©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)
Skin Tight was my first Hiassen novel and it was absolutely fantastic. This one was very much less fantastic. Its a decent read but not Skin Tight.
Love the characters and the story line, just as I do with all of Carl's books. George Wilson is the only narrator for these stories. He brings "Skink" to life every time.
this book was 16 or so hours of good fun. learn more about bass fishing than you knew there was to learn, and love every minute. The reader does a great job.
This book can be summed up in one word.... STOOOPID!!
There are so many countless, stupid scenes in this book, I could write for days. The author's attempt at comic relief is probably the poorest I have ever read.
The book was intended to be an over-the-top, funny, and witty fare; but I snickered all of two or three times at most, and found nothing really funny at all.
Two examples can summarize the stupidity of this "sidesplitter":
1) One of the characters can't light a campfire, so he turns his zippo lighter upside down and pours the lighter fluid on the sticks. He then lights the fire and the campfire explodes so violently that it blows him back and singes his hair and eyebrows.
Wow... we could solve all the world's energy problems with 1 can of zippo lighter fluid if a few drops can blow up a campsite!
2) The "loveable" character in the book, "Skink, (also call "Captain") cooks and eats a family's toy poodle. It added no value or humor and actually belittled his creation of a decent character.
The book is loaded with similarly stupid stories and jabs throughout. Yep, real funny....
As far as the overall story goes, it actually starts out pretty good. The first few hours at least kept me listening till the end so I didn't give it a 1-star.
But.... the story goes downhill quick - and in conclusion, the ending leaves many small holes unfilled.
I would definitely pass on this one.
This story started out slow and somewhat hokey. But the storyline and characters hooked me and kept realing me in. Once I got into it, I couldnt get out of the car and turn it off.
Carl creates charactors that can only be believed in America. The detail and accuracy of his description of location and events makes this out right fiction seem almost believable. But in his typical fashion there are twists and turns that leave a listener on the edge of the chair. If you are a fan already you will love this book, if not be prepared to become hooked on a new author.
This one great author! I hate fishing but the charaters are so much fun. Learned a little about bass fishing and can understand why so many people enjoy it. Try Skinny Dip, I have listened to this book 3 times. Double Whammy will get at least one more listen.
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