When a severed arm is discovered by a honeymooning couple in the Florida Keys, former police detective - now reluctant restaurant inspector - Andrew Yancy senses that something doesn't add up.
Andrew's search for the truth takes him to the Bahamas, where a local man, with the help of a very bad monkey is doing everything in his power to prevent a developer from building a new tourist resort on the island, with deadly consequences....
©2013 Carl Hiaasen (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
"The funniest crime novelist to put pen to paper" (Evening Standard)
"‘Hiaasen amplifies the grotesque aspects of everyday criminality in order to cut to the heart of human nature" (Irish Times)
The story seems to be up to Hiaasen's usual standard, but it is ruined by the really bad narration. Hiassen has had some great readers, why suddenly this guy? The reading is jerky, sing-song and the emphasis is often wrong.What a pity.
"hated the reader and the performance"
I so hated the reader and his performance which is stilted and without emotion in the first chapter I simply couldn't get any further than the first 10 minutes. I tried more than once thinking it might be my mood but I couldn't do it! Try listening before you buy. Shame as I usually like Carl Hiaasen for his mad humour.
Maybe if by a different reader or I'll download to my Kindle and try on that.
"Ruined by Narration"
I love Hiaasen, his books are great, but listening to this (rather than reading it) is unspeakably bad. Men, women, old, young, every line is read in exactly the same deadpan voice. Given Hiaasen's novels are all about conversation, this makes the book almost impossible to follow. The stupid thing is his other novels have great narrators. Buy the physical book instead, as its almost certainly excellent when read any way other than by this narrator.
And if you really need it read to you, get Stephen Hawking to do it as he would do a better job.
I'd give it no stars if I could.
"Narrator Not Great"
Bring Back Skink
Hurricane Love Scene
Not Very Good
Lance Fullers narration almost put me off - but it takes a heck of a lot before I give up on a book and eventually I got used to it and was laughing inappropriately as I usually do with a Carl Hiaasen book.
"Fair to middlin' - not really for me"
My sense of humour is less slapstick and a trifle more subtle and I really wasn't particularly amused by this tale, the story was OKish, I managed to guess the overall plot before I was half way through.
I wouldn't trouble to search out another book by this author.
"Hilarious Simian based romp"
Yes, the audio edition performed by Lance almost put you in the Bahamas amongst the crazy antics of crime and property development.
The most memorable moment was a very painful scene where said bad monkey bit deep into a certain part of a character's anatomy with side splitting consequences.
The storm descends on to the Bahamian island while the main villain struggles in his ever more debilitated state to remain in control of his destiny.
I did not want to listen to this rich text in one sitting as like a fine wine you take well savoured sips to fully appreciate it like the hilarious but yet complex story.
Once more Hiaason takes comedy and crime to new heights but be prepared this is a deluxe piece as Lance reads so well.
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