As with Hiaasen's other books, Skin Tight is one long, extended farce, a comic take on everything from TV tabloid hosts to ambulance chasers, chronicling modern America's ever-growing penchant for tastelessness, self-absorption, and high sleaze.
You will find yourself laughing in spite of yourself at wildly improbable characters like Chemo, a 7-foot monster with a face like a bowl of breakfast cereal; Heather Chappell, who wants to completely renovate her Barbi-doll body; and Reynaldo Flemm, the host of prime time's In Your Face, who stages mock attacks to his person in order to increase the Nielsen ratings.
©1989 Carl Hiaasen; (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC
"Hiaasen's latest thriller is his funniest and sharpest novel to date....This wickedly amusing story is the work of a keen satirist who off-handedly exposes the moral rot at every level of society." (Publishers Weekly)
In typical Hiaasen fashion this book lives up to his wicked sense of humor. The way he writes his stories make you feel as though you're in the story & can't wait for the next hilarious character to surface.
Anyone who has listened to Hiaasen will certainly love this one. Its also a great introduction to new listeners.
A must hear.
This was a great book with great characters. Carl seemed to have included every type of character immaginable in this book and tie them all together. One of the best books I've listened to on Audible. If you like the character Nick Stranahan, check out Skinny Dip also.
This one was not my favorite of the three Carl Hiaasen books I've read. It got a little tedious at times - but was still entertaining and fun.
ANYTHING by Hiassen is GREAT. Funny? - NO - Hilariously Funny! And well written. George Wilson's reading is flawless and his characterizations add even more humor. I have listened not only to this book but three others and they are by far my favorites. These audios are actually better than reading the books (I have read two of them as well). One warning - members of the female gender may not like these books (as I have noticed by some of the reviews), but do not let that deter you. His books are truly worth getting -- I will even listen to this one again.
Say something about yourself!
I enjoyed this book. I was looking for something light after I had read a series of serious books, however due to the subject matter it probably wasn't the best choice for a relaxing read. While it is humorous, a lot of people are killed in this book.
I listened to Skinny Dip prior to this, so it was interesting to see where Mick Stranahan came from. I think some of the conclusions are a bit far fetched, but really it was enjoyable if you don't read into it too much.
Just a heads up. While I listen in the car I have to keep my audio player at top volume so I don't have to keep my car speakers so loud because I get static, this usually is not an issue - but for some reason this book had a weird buzzing noise in the background every time the narrator was "on". If the narrator stopped and it was just space interjected during editing it didn't buzz. I could drown out the buzzing without too much trouble, but it was obvious when he went on and off. I thought the narration was fine (a few minor blips, but nothing unexpected) but I knocked it a star because of the editing/buzzing. It also seemed like it stopped and started a new chapter/paragraph without proper spacing in some areas. Spacing I'd expect at the end of a sentence and it took me a minute to catch up that we were talking about different people.
All the reviews of this said how funny it was. Perhaps I should not have tried it right after reading Open and Shut. There were some things that I thought might have been amusing, but only after I stopped and thought about it. Maybe the performance was too subtle for me. I usually "get it" when it's subtle, but there was some brutality in this that just wasn't funny. I will give it another try, perhaps after a text book or something with no expectation. The narrator sounded fine, but what was funny got right passed me.
I've only listened to two of his books, but I can't say that I was a huge fan of this one. The plot was good enough, but some of the scenes were painful to listen to – like any involving ditzy women that threw herself at any of the male characters. I like the outrageous scenarios, but the voice of the narrator was grating whenever he had to do a female character – they all sounded the same; airy and unintelligent. Try Skinny Dip instead.
Got a long road trip--take this a long to while away the miles. Hiasson once again manages to spin an enjoyable and entertaining yarn with a wild bunch of characters. You just never know what kind of whacky behavior one of them will display during the course of the story, or even in what direction the story will go. Intellectuals would probably look down their noses at this writing, but it is fun, light hearted, and brilliant. I can only imagine what the author must be like in real life--he really does come up with some warped ideas!
This book is not for everyone, only those that appreciate a dark sense of humor, a good story with more twists and turns than a sports car road race, vivid and right on point criticism of what has happened to South Florida and a book that is hard to put down. Warning: if you listen to it in public, you may find yourself laughing out loud before you know it.
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