©2004 Carl Hiaasen; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"At this point in his career as a comic novelist, Carl Hiaasen did not need to get any better. He has long been writing smarty, fizzy Floridian escapades that amount to pure reading pleasure. But Skinny Dip, his latest, is something more: a screwball delight so full of bright, deft, beautifully honed humor that it places Mr. Hiaasen in the company of Preston Sturges, Woody Allen and S.J. Perelman....Mr. Hiaasen writes with finesse." (The New York Times)
"Hiaasen's signature mix of hilariously over-the-top villains, lovable innocents and righteous indignation at what mankind has done to his beloved Florida wilderness is all present in riotous abundance in his latest....Hiaasen's books are so enjoyable it's always a sad moment when they end." (Publishers Weekly)
"No reprobate escapes the satirical eye of Hiaasen, who writes like the love child of Hunter S. Thompson and Evelyn Waugh....Like Hiaasen's nine previous novels, this one's a corker, chock-full of belly laughs and blistering truths." (Booklist)
Absolutely NOT dull and NOT unpredictable. This author is so dry wittingly clever I had to rewind and write down some of his one liners. One of the most 'lighten me up' and 'take away my stress' books I've read in a long time. He appeals to my funny bone as do Al Franken, Anne Lamott and David Sedaris. Goodie, I have another good writer to add to my list.
This book is a real treat. Writen with a wry sense of humor and an engaging narrative. It's a great murder mystery (of sorts). I listened to it when I drove to and from my summer cabin, and it made the time fly. A really fun book.
Hiassen's books are, in general, a totally fun read.Anyone who has a sense of humor and relishes in meeting new and certainly unusual (and often completely unethical) characters, will enjoy this booik. HIassen's 'good' characters are utterly lovable and his 'bad' characters make your skin crawl. This is easy listening at its best... I found myself eager to pick up where I had left off listening and enjoyed the narration very much. Not the kind of book that is going to change anyone's life, but certainly a fun 'summer beach read'.
One of those books where you just sit in your parked car listening or carry the disk into the house because you want to hear what happens next. I loved it!
... but a lot of fun. I found myself carrying the audible device into the house from the car just so I could continue the romp. Other reviewers are right, if you are looking for a "who done it" full of twists and turns and unpredictable challenges, look elsewhere. If you are offended by crude language, run. Great for an unwind at the end of a long day at work and better than anything I hear on the radio.
This is a great, funny light read. Mick Stranahan is a hilarious but subtle hero. If your just looking for fun and don't want to over analyze - you'll love it.
My first read of this author was a real treat. Can't wait to read ALL the rest. Just terrific. Great plot, subplots. The characters are rich and memorable. Perfect fiction!
This book was terrific fun. Funny characters, funny story, an engaging plot, all delivered with a dry wit. It was a nice change of pace for this mystery fan. Stephen Hoye did a good job, especially with characterizations and dialogue. His narrative, though, sometimes sounded like he was delivering the human interest story on the evening news. He tended to end every sentence with a sweeping drawl and downward intonation. But I won't let that stop me from another Hiassen/Hoye collaboration. In fact, I look forward to it.
My first Carl Hiassen book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The plot is as skinny as the title of the book but that's missing the point. We're laughing along as the unlucky and unlikeable (in equal measure) Chaz finally gets what he deserves.
Yes it's predictable but the characters are likeable and I found myself rooting for Joey and Mick to make Chaz's life a total misery.
The narration is very good, bringing the characters to life without going too over the top with accents.
In all "a good romp", just turn your brain off at the door and collect it again on the way out.
Welcome to our group Dakota; welcome to my life Summer, you've made it so much better. Give back to our wounded warriors who gave so much.
As a frequent reader of Hiaasen's works in my opinion this is his best. Joey Perrone's horndog husband Chaz tosses her overboard where she washes up on on the shore of Mick Stranahan's island clutching a bale of Jamaican weed. Thus saved from the perils of the sea she sets out to exact revenge from her two timing murdering husband. Coming at the wife killing Chaz is homicide detective Karl Rolvag; a man with two pet albino pythons and a yearning to leave the madness of Florida for the quiet of Edina, Minnesota. Added to the ensemble cast is Joey's sheepherder brother, a millionaire farmer-polluter and a redneck bodyguard carrying a bullet in a most uncomfortable place. The story veers away from the darker side that Hiaasen's works often contain. Oh one other high point too; the return of Skink. A five star favorite.
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