©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)
Good story but the constant audible swallowing of the narrator detracted from presentation. He'd be good if he stopped swallowing saliva every 10 seconds.....
This is my first Hiaasen novel, and I'll buy more. I really loved this book. The couple of main characters were colorful and believable and likable and just fun to follow. The action and mystery were engaging, and I was invested to see what happened. The best part was the humor. It was disrespectful and surprising and mixed perfectly with some of the dark things that happened through the story. I also loved the little bit of romance. The ending was great too. The narrator Wilson did a great job, he disappeared nicely into the background and let the story shine. I've already recommended this book to a couple of friends.
The narration was so terrible I could not enjoy the story. Ever time I was getting into the story Mr. Wilson swollowed irrating me so much I became distracted. I will never buy another audiobook George Wilson is narrating! I primarily paid to listen the narrator's body functions!
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Is there a Florida culture? One that’s as different from everywhere else as maybe Mars’? Is this the place where paradigms smash up against one another crushing egos, dreams, and bodies? Odd thing about this story… it sort of doesn’t end… Well at some point the reader says, “The End”, so I guess Hiaason decided that was the point at which he felt like he wanted to stop pulling on this particular string. And you know what? I wanted him to keep on pulling. See Hiasson’s like dope. You start on the stuff he’s peddled to you and all at once the bag’s gone and you’ve got to go cold turkey. This weird, odd tale is totally macabre fun. It all works because you’re distracted by the noise of Florida paradigms FWUMPING.
George Wilson captures all of the zany mystery and cavorting creatures in a way that makes the impossible to believe as credible as the evening news. Hell… this might simply be Florida’s evening news.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
This is one of the first stories involving Skink, the ex Florida governor who went crazy in the Everglades. It explains how he lost his eye as well.
This is a nonstop laugh riot with unforgettable characters caught up in each other's own irony.
I loved "Skinny Dip", which led me to buy "Double Whammy". I was not disappointed. It is loaded with satire, all kinds of wacky characters, lots of action, lots of laughs. This is nothing you could take seriously, just good fun. Although the characters are totally off-the-wall, the protagonists are also likeable, which is important to me.
host of the podcast Not In A Creepy Way, avid audiobook listener
I think the narrator did a good job reading a great book. Totally fun, totally engrossing, and (unfortunately) so twisted that it's nearly believable.
One day while listening to this book on my ipod at the gym I was laughing so hard i(it was during the "pitbull head as a braclet")someone asked my if I was okay. I nearly wet myself. I just loved the book. So funny! I have listened/read some real crappy mystery audiobooks and I was getting discouraged. I took a chance on this book. Well worth it!
This is only the second work by this author -- it won't be last. It is a pleasure to drive and be compelled to laugh out loud while still being challenged to think about important issues. I highly recommend this book.
Vintage Hiaasin. Funny with twisted characters. Great read and great listen. The narrator does a great job. I love how Hiaasin characters great their just desert.
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