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"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)
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'.
... 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 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.
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!
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.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
this is my second review, because somehow the first, a brilliant effort, just disappeared. So forgive my brevity.
I'm really struggling trying to find new authors and series in mysteries and thrillers. Then I remembered how much I liked Double Whammy and Striptease. Skinny Dip is just as much fun.
I was 100% invested in all the characters. It is one of best stories I've come across.
Again, I just don't have the stamina to rewrite a decent review, what you should know that I loved every second of this book!
I love Carl Hiaasen - his books are always a great read. This was my first time listening to a Hiaasen novel - and it was one of the best listens I've had since joining audible a year ago. The narrator is excellent - very easy to understand, lots of well-done voices for the different characters, and no annoying voice/mouth quirks. I'm hoping that all the Hiaasen novels are read by this same guy!
As for this novel specifically, I thought it was one of Hiaasen's best. Fascinating, darkly hilarious, and really hard to put down. I loved all the characters, except (obviously) for the slimeball husband, and felt very invested in their fates. The ending was nicely satisfying. I see some people disliked the Viagra jokes - I didn't think they were superfluous or juvenile at all; they fit perfectly with Chaz and his personality.
Parents: Hiaasen has a children's book out, "Hoot", that my 10 year old adored and my 7 year old liked.
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.
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