Hard to judge this book, I was excited as I haven't listened to a new Hiaasen book in years. Unfortunately I have become accustomed to listening to George Wilson's narration, and IMHO Arte is not anywhere close to Wilson's performance. This book just doesn't seem as funny as previous audiobooks. I'm truly not sure whose to blame- Arte or Carl.
I don't know; I didn't find it particularly funny. Carl Hiaasen is light years ahead of Tim Dorsey.
I'd have to finish this one first, but this book has a thin plot and is very disjointed with alot of filler.
Characters seem okay, we just need a story for these characters. Alot of characterization, but no story.
It had potential; i think the author is trying too hard to outdo Hiaasen. Just didn't work for me.
To correct a review from someone else, Carl Hiaasen's first book was written in 1986. This book was written in 1999. Clearly Dorsey is the copycat here, unfortunately not a very good one. Tried to like this book--just didn't care what happened anymore after 6 hrs of listening. The story just drags on and on; probably could have cut this book in half and it might've been enjoyable.
I had heard good things about this series and decided to take a chance on this book. Started out ok and I thought the narrator was good. Unfortunately this story goes nowhere. Reititious and boring. Plot made no sense, characters have unexplained supernatural powers, and a myriad of other flaws throughout the book. The writing was juvenile;for awhile I thought the book could've been written for children. But then again, sexual innuendo, transvestitism, etc. suggest not. Cannot believe I made to the end. Lame, lame, lame story. Do not waste a credit on this book.
This book is hilarious. Supposedly a true account of Richard Kuklinski's life, none of the subject matter is verified and simply taken as truth by the author. Furthermore, as others have stated, the editing is atrocious--the book is repetitous and full of cliches and trite phrases. The author tries to sensationalize everything to the point of non-belief.
The repetition of this book is unbelievable. You will the same ideas over and over and over and over and over and over again.
If I had the patience I would listen to the book again and count the number of cliches in this book. It's got to be in the hundreds.
I don't think this guy was connected to the mob--just a wannabe. Not too many specific details in this book, just vague generalizations. I don't doubt this guy is nuts and killed a few people but I think most of this is fantasy.
As far as the story goes, it's fairly interesting if you tolerate the repitition and the triteness.
I suggest you read some reviews on Amazon before you decide to invest a credit into this book.
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