©1988 Carl Hiaasen; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC
"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)
Say something about yourself!
The plot nice working by the author, didnt know when it was dated got a good surprise.
The sex and fishing scenes. Fun
Skink I think he is a classic
Skink I would like to see him eat also the Garcia & Tile partners...
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.
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
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.
Say something about yourself!
use of trooper, skink, im bored typing already, read it
Carl understands redneck crackers
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.
Sure, in fact I had already read it and enjoyed it as much the second timr
Fine for car lustening
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...
just not a great storyline
i couldnt follow the story. the names all blended together and it wasnt as easy to listen to as his other books.
hes a good narrator. just didnt like the book
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.
Yes, and I did twice.
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.
At first I thought this was a dud. But after listening to him for awhile, it worked.
Sure, it was good. The ending gruesome and gladly so.
"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.
"Absurd great fun"
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.
"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.
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