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
Carl Hiaasen's dark but perceptive take on the seamy side of Florida is acute and loaded with his sardonic humor. His characters are drawn large and cartoonish but we learn to love them. There is a bit of a mystery in this novel. To me, often Hiaasen likes to throw some extreme characters into hurricanes and see what happens. In this book, we do have a tropical storm, but underlying it is a diabolical plot. This was a very fun book to listen to and very entertaining.
No one with an ear for good narration.
This is, by far, the worst of the multiple Hiaasen books I have listened to, and it is solely because of the unimaginative narration of Arte Johnson. Monotonous, boring, and almost impossible to listen to, in my humble opinion.
It was boring and unimaginative. There was no difference in the voices from one character to another. The narration was primarily in a monotone. He mispronounced several common words. He ran on sentences, so frequently a complete change of scene would sound as if it were in the same paragraph or sentence he had just read. Very annoying. The worst narration of any of the hundreds of audible books I have enjoyed.
The book itself was ok, but the subtle and not so subtle nuances of Hiaasen's work were lost in translation by Mr. Johnson.
I will never purchase another book narrated by Arte Johnson. Loved him on Laugh-In, but not so much as a reader.
Bit of a disappointment. This story is very convoluted, more so than usual. I'm going to go back and reread this book to see if I can pick up more the next time around. Its good enough that I will go back and reread it, but not good enough that I'll do it right away and for the fun of it. Too many sub stories. Too little connection between the sub stories. And the Bad Monkey plays such a small part in the story. I kept looking to learn more about the monkey and was disappointed.
Love novels, love to laugh.
Another zany adventure from Hiaasen. Not my favorite, but that could be due to the narrator. He has a sort of New York accent. He'd probably be great reading Elmore Leonard's work but he doesn't fit here. It's a shame. So I'd say don't miss it, just don't listen to it. I'm going to read it and I think I'll enjoy it more.
I did not like the narrator. His voice and accent made me thing the character was a very old man, far past the age of chasing dames and solving crimes. This ruined the story for me.
Some of the earliest books by Carl Hiassen were griping as well as hilarious. This has the same aspirations and tone, but isn't as carefully put together. If punchy one-liners are your forte, this is a great book. The plot is a bit absurd, but that is why most of us read or listen to Hiassen. If you have ever watched an advertisement for elderly "scooters" and have wondered who is making money from Medicare, here is an answer. Frankly, I rather like hearing about bad guys being eaten by sharks.
Amusing book, horrible reading.
The problem is not with Hiasson's lightweight comedy, but with Arte Johnsons fingernails - on - the - blackboard - bad reading. I finally decided to be amused rather than annoyed by his attempts (and non–attempts) at accents and his weird rhythms, and so was able to listen to the end. But I'll avoid any Arte in the future.
Just did not deliver the way George does....
1st time I did not enjoy a Hiaasen novel...bring back George.
no, trying to figure out the money back thing,
Pick a better narrator. Because every character sounds exactly the same, I can't keep track of who's who.
Buy the book and read it
While Arte Johnson is a very good narrator his style was a poor choice for this story.
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