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Lucky You | [Carl Hiaasen]

Lucky You

Grange, Florida, is famous for its miracles - the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the stigmata man. And now it has JoLayne Lucks, unlikely winner of the state lottery. Unfortunately, JoLayne's winning ticket isn't the only one. The other belongs to Bodean Gazzer and his raunchy sidekick, Chub, who believe they're entitled to the whole $28 million jackpot. And they need it quickly, to start their own underground militia before NATO troops invade America. But JoLayne Lucks has her own plans for the Lotto money - an Eden-like forest in Grange must be saved from strip-malling.
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Publisher's Summary

Grange, Florida, is famous for its miracles - the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the stigmata man. And now it has JoLayne Lucks, unlikely winner of the state lottery.

Unfortunately, JoLayne's winning ticket isn't the only one. The other belongs to Bodean Gazzer and his raunchy sidekick, Chub, who believe they're entitled to the whole $28 million jackpot. And they need it quickly, to start their own underground militia before NATO troops invade America.

But JoLayne Lucks has her own plans for the Lotto money - an Eden-like forest in Grange must be saved from strip-malling. When Bode and Chub brutally assault her and steal her ticket, JoLayne vows to track them down, take it back - and get revenge.

The only one who can help is Tom Krome, a big-city investigative journalist now bitterly consigned to writing frothy features for a midsized central Florida newspaper. With a persuasive nudge from JoLayne, Krome is about to become part of a story that's bigger and more bizarre than anything he's ever covered.

Chasing two heavily armed psychopaths down the coast of Florida is reckless enough, but Tom's got other problems - the murderous attention of a jealous judge; an actress wife who turns fugitive to avoid divorce court; an editor who speaks in tongues; and Tom's own growing fondness for the future millionairess with whom he's risking his neck.

The pursuit takes them from the surreal streets of Grange to a buzzard-infested island deep in Florida Bay, where they finally catch up with the fledgling militia - Chub, Bode Gazzer, a newly recruited convenience-store clerk, and their baffled hostage, a Hooters waitress.

The climax explodes with the hilarious mayhem that is Carl Hiaasen's hallmark. Lucky You is his funniest, most deliriously gripping novel yet.

©2013 Carl Hiaasen (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 11-27-13
    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Made me want to play the lottery"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    When JoLayne opens the envelope with the lottery ticket in it.


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

    Yes, this was a can't stop... one more chapter in the driveway kind of book!


    Any additional comments?

    A Hiaasen book is twisted humor... guaranteed

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy portland, OR, United States 06-18-13
    Jimmy portland, OR, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not Hiaasen's best work"

    If its your first go at Carl Hiaasen, try something else. Striptease or Skinny Dip, maybe.

    His genius is making flawed characters lovable, so you end up rooting for them all the way.

    There's none of that here. No redemption for the bumbling villain. Hero and heroine are unlovable. No real social comment. Racist bad guys and scamming zealots: too easy. I just didn't enjoy it.

    He's one of my favorite audiobook pleasures, but Hiaasen missed the mark with this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 08-02-13
    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 08-02-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not Lottery fever"
    If you could sum up Lucky You in three words, what would they be?

    Just a shade off Carl Hiaasen's normal


    What did you like best about this story?

    the overall story had it's points


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

    Sinclair


    If you could rename Lucky You, what would you call it?

    Lucky You is ok


    Any additional comments?

    Was a bit disappointed, really. Not one of his best, but still a very good listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Rife 07-07-13
    Ron Rife 07-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    Would you try another book from Carl Hiaasen and/or George Newbern?

    Yes, but with a different narrator. Loved the humor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amber - a voice of reason in an strained plot.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was painful. Only the content kept me going past the first chapter. Sounds like this was his first read and needs to listen to Scott Brick to see how a professional performer does it.


    Could you see Lucky You being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The Week book review moved me to listen to this book. I will stop taking views from The Week seriously. The producer of the Audible book should review his/her notes as to
    why this narrator was hired....and learn from their mistake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mari Cleveland Heights, OH, United States 06-30-13
    Mari Cleveland Heights, OH, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Classic Carl Hiassen"

    Oh, if only we lived in Carl Hiassen's world. Where the bad guys always loose (in the most entertaining of ways), corruption meets it's comeuppance, the environment is always saved and good people manage to find each other and eke out an existence in this stupid, silly world we live in.

    This is classic Hiassen, from the corrupt judge to the hysterically stupid white power militia thugs to the small town living on fake christian miracles. If you like Hiassen, you'll love this one. Paced beautifully, peppered with crisp dialog, smart insights and great comic timing. I'm sorry it ended!

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