In this hilarious novel from Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet, a honeymooning couple makes friends with a marine biologist who discovers genuine mermaids in a coral reef - and who, the next night, apparently drowns in her hotel bathtub. As a resort chain swoops in to corner the market on mermaids, the newlyweds (opinionated, skeptical narrator Deb and handsome online gamer Chip, the world's friendliest man) join forces with other vacationers - including an ex-Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and a hipster Tokyo VJ - to protect the mermaids from the corporate "Venture of Marvels" that wants to turn their habitat into a theme park.
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"An admirable example of a funny novel with a serious message that works swimmingly. Dive in." (Kirkus Reviews)
Somebody who wants purely escapist fiction who has a low bar of quality.
I ordered this because it was on several "Best of the Year' books. I can't imagine why.
I love many of the audiobooks I listen to - I dislike a very small number and don't even finish many of those. This one is an odd one that falls a bit more in the middle. I liked it a lot, but didn't absolutely love it.
A good story about mermaids is hard to find.
I think I would have put down the book actually. There was something warm about her tone despite the thick irony at the beginning.
Wouldn't rename it.
As I have indicated - a bit too ironic and sarcastic at the beginning but I was rewarded for staying the distance. The story all catches up with itself and is very entertaining and interesting once you break through.
It is written by a character who is sarcastic and negative about everything from the first sentence. Gets very tiresome quickly. Almost like a valley girl recitation
It is trivial to the point of the absurd
Her voice was a constant reminder of a spoiled rich bratty valley girl
I have deleted after the 2nd chapter.
I am surprised this was a Booker finalist. The main protagonist is simpering and irritating. A disappointing listen. I would not recommend this book or recording.
Omg painful to listen to. The author labors on with annoying tangents. I actively hated the main character narrating the book after 15 minutes. Didn't get past the 1st chapter.
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