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Double Whammy Audiobook

Double Whammy

A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.
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Publisher's Summary

"Robert Clinch loved his boat more that anything else in the world...more than his wife...his kids...his girlfiend...even more than the largemouth bass he was pursuing." Thus begins a twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

©1988 Carl Hiaasen; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"The cast of bizarre characters and the suspenseful events confirm Hiaasen's reputation for creating singular villains and heroes. While he's probably unpopular among some fellow citizens in his home state, he will certainly please readers who appreciate the Swiftian wit in his cautionary tales." (Publishers Weekly)
"The action is swift, and there are some very funny scenes." (Library Journal)

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    Benjamin mexico city, Mexico 08-20-14
    Benjamin mexico city, Mexico 08-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A nice 80s mystery"
    What did you love best about Double Whammy?

    The plot nice working by the author, didnt know when it was dated got a good surprise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Whammy?

    The sex and fishing scenes. Fun


    Which character – as performed by George Wilson – was your favorite?

    Skink I think he is a classic


    If you could take any character from Double Whammy out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Skink I would like to see him eat also the Garcia & Tile partners...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LoriBee Northern California 07-05-14
    LoriBee Northern California 07-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Maybe if you're into bass fishing?"

    Maybe if you're into bass fishing you'll enjoy this book more than I did. Normally, Hiaasen's books are so funny, it doesn't matter what the subject matter is, I'll like them. This one, no so much. Maybe too much time spent on fishing. Maybe too many similar characters, I had trouble following who was who. I'll keep reading Hiaasen, but this won't be on my list of keepers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy NEW YORK, NY, United States 05-23-13
    Jeremy NEW YORK, NY, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2012

    This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.

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    "Pointless (but fun!) adventures in the old south"

    There is this kind of book which takes a bunch of savvy characters, gives some unusual occupations and places them in an out-of-the-ordinary environment. This is more or less what this book as can be seen by the following elements: (a) a deranged hermit, (b) a bunch of obsessive fishermen, and (c) the swampy old South.

    The story is an after-thought to the characters and their environment. Completely forgettable, unpredictable (in a bad way), borderline trivial or borderline far-fetched, I doubt that this kind of story will satisfy any fan of thrillers that keep you on your toes. While some pretty serious stuff actually happens, it all feels more like a picnic and gentle children's play.

    I gave it three stars because the book works well as a guilty pleasure. The action moves forward and remains mildly entertaining. The characters are one-dimensional but are unusual enough that it's fun to read. The performance is okay with some nice distinction between Miami and central Florida accent, but I feel more diversity would have been better.

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    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-18-13
    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Love the conch. My favorite Hiaasen book"
    If you could sum up Double Whammy in three words, what would they be?

    florida correct


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Whammy?

    use of trooper, skink, im bored typing already, read it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    xxxxx xxkensdma


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, dgniewhduhe


    Any additional comments?

    Carl understands redneck crackers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James FRANKLIN, WI, United States 03-11-13
    James FRANKLIN, WI, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Poking Fun at Professional Fishing"

    Poking fun at professional fishing, it was really funny on many levels. This is Carl Hiaasen at his best. Fabulous reader, really suits my tastes.

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    L. B. 12-20-12
    L. B. 12-20-12

    labon

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    "Entertaining"
    Would you listen to Double Whammy again? Why?

    Sure, in fact I had already read it and enjoyed it as much the second timr


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters, pacing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't say


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Fine for car lustening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Orlando, FL, United States 10-18-12
    Scott Orlando, FL, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Recommended by a friend, but not for me"

    Double Whammy was recommended to me by a friend as a good place to start in the Carl Hiaasen world. I enjoyed the characters and his writing style, and am currently reading Hoot to my son (and really enjoying it), but the overall story just didn't grab me and keep me rushing to my phone to listen to more...

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    Dee 10-15-12
    Dee 10-15-12
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    "Not great. hard to follow"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    just not a great storyline


    What was most disappointing about Carl Hiaasen’s story?

    i couldnt follow the story. the names all blended together and it wasnt as easy to listen to as his other books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Wilson?

    hes a good narrator. just didnt like the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 07-22-12
    Robert Carlsbad, CA, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Carlsbad Rob

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    "One of Carl Hiaasen's First and it shows"

    Loved all of his books when I was younger, now I see the repetition. He may not have the same characters in each one but often uses the same mold and the details used to show who is good and/or cool are generally the same. Anyway this one felt forced, as if he wanted to say something about the suburbanization of Florida but really didn't wrap a good enough story around it to carry the theme. The villains are bland and the heros are a bit bland. For Carl Hiassen this is probably his blandest. The narrator did a good job, he always does a good job. So if you like Carl Hiassen its worth it, if you've never tried Carl Hiassen don't start with this one. Nearly any other one would be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Wimberley, TX, United States 05-03-12
    Gail Wimberley, TX, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2007
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    "It was just that good."
    Would you listen to Double Whammy again? Why?

    Yes, and I did twice.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I didn't know who did what to whom until part 2 of the book, and even then it was kind of a surprise.


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    At first I thought this was a dud. But after listening to him for awhile, it worked.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure, it was good. The ending gruesome and gladly so.


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  • Caro
    Cornwall
    4/18/14
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    "Love Carl Hiaasen"

    I loved this book, so funny and engaging. Although there is a surreal quality I found myself really believing in the characters. I only discovered Carl Hiaasen recently and I've now downloaded most of his books. I'm rationing the last few now. I keep asking my friends if they have read any of his books and so far I've not found anyone who knows him, I wonder why? I am so glad I gave him a try even though I'd not heard of him, based on the reviews here and on amazon. I enjoyed the reading very much too, great voice and wry delivery when necessary.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Cumbria, United Kingdom
    12/9/13
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    "Absurd great fun"
    Where does Double Whammy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm glad to say I've heard a lot of good audiobooks, but double whammy is up there with the best. The narrator brings the characters to life, and the story is completely nuts but you still want to find out what happens. I'll be looking out for more from Carl Hiaasen.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Evans
    8/5/13
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    "Floida fun Carle is a good story teller"

    Friendly fishermen. what a crew, but the good guys have best intension's. Any thing goes in floida.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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