Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters, including his just-ex lover, a hot-blooded fugitive from Kansas; the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; two avariciously optimistic real-estate speculators; the Bahamian voodoo witch known as the Dragon Queen, whose suitors are blinded unto death by her peculiar charms; Yancy’s new true love, a kinky coroner; and the eponymous bad monkey, who with hilarious aplomb earns his place among Carl Hiaasen’s greatest characters.
Here is Hiaasen doing what he does better than anyone else: spinning a tale at once fiercely pointed and wickedly funny in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of what’s left of pristine Florida - now, of the Bahamas as well - get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.
©2013 Carl Hiaasen (P)2013 Random House Audio
This book was recommended to me by others that have READ the books. They loved it because of the references to Florida and the Bahamas. We live there so it is great to be able to reference names and places. As a Yacht Captain, it is most fun when locations that I have been are included. I don't have time to read so I listen. I found the story decent and fun but the narration is the worst that I have ever heard. Now, if you enjoy listening to a New York retiree sitting around a table in a retirement home and reading a book to you, it might work. Mispronounced product and location names are very annoying. But the most annoying, and boring, is the cadence and speech pattern. If you listen to Spy and Suspense narrators such as Ron McLarty, J.D. Jackson and John Shea, you know what creates interest and excitement. For me... I bought the audible book and will listen through it, but had I known, I would not have.
Loved this book. Great semi-mystery with some good twists and turns. The title character adds some great color to the book where it is involved. The characters are likable in many cases, and loathsome in others, they really are well fleshed out. The narration by Arte Johnson is very good, his voice seems to add to the humor. Great summer listen, fun and light.
Hiaasen, yes. Arte--NEVER
Use a better narrator
I couldn't stand him. Felt like he was reading to a bunch of third-graders. What a waste of money
Couldn't tell you because the narrator was so BAD that I only listened for 10 minutes just hoping he might grow on me. Didn't happen. Very dissatisfied
I wish I never bought this book
A better reader might have helped keep my interest up . I always have loved these in the past
I didn't finish it
Want my money back
The attempts at plot twists resulted in preposterous scenarios that I will not explain as it would spoil the book for those that still want to dive in. I'm puzzled by the number of good reviews and if they are more based on loyalty to the author versus this story. The monkey was the highlight.
Yes. You will laugh out loud and lose yourself in the plot and dialog.
The "story" about the pack of marauding dogs and the appearance of chewed up buttocks.
Passed out nude guy discovered as house is shown to perspective buyers.
Probably the voodoo priestess.
Another day in f***ing paradise. If you love Hiassen as I do, you will love this one. My sister and I had to make an unplanned 10 hour road trip for a family emergency and we hooted at this book both ways. Can't listen with the kids in tow but a joy for adults. Go for it. You will ache from laughter.
The humor that was mixed in with the story.
At the beginning I found it hard to understand him, but then I grew accustomed to his voice and intonation and it was great.
Narration was very disappointing
Writing not up to usual standard
Sometimes stumbling over words
Hopefully Arte Johnson will not be used in any future readings
Business woman, creative with music and fabric/leather arts, avid listener (I can sew while I listen!).
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The characters are well crafted and complex, the situations absurd, the pace rapid and compelling. And the performance by Arte Johnson -- let's just say I went on a search for more books he'd narrated and was disappointed to find that Carl Hiaasen's other novels are not among them.
Crazy but likeable characters, funny situations.
No, haven't but will be!
I wanted to, but couldn't. Perfect for car travel listening.
Summer reading at its best.
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