©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)
Over my 70 plus years in the top 25
laughs on the edge seat, I am a Florida girl.
Great drama at the correct times!
Skink of course...I am a retired employe of the great State of Florida , takes one to know one.
I have two hard copies I made my family read,they don't like audio.
Very funny storyline and setting. Written early in his career, takes place in the 80's. Pokes fun at bass fishing, televangelists, and sleazy Florida condo developers.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Decent enough mystery novel I suppose. However, a few of the characters were just a bit too strange. Eating roadkill was over-the-top.
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
"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.
A must for all fishing enthusiasts. Good storyline. Lots of unexpected , hilarious turns in the plot. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
"Indignation CAN be funny!"
Skink at his most, with a supporting cast of misfits, both good and bad, what's not to like? Brilliantly narrated too!
Like I said in the headline, indignation can be very funny, and it's a help for us tree huggers who maybe feel despondent at the enormity of the task we face if we want to make a difference in the fight for the environment.
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