©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)
Decided to purchase this audio book based on the interview of the author on the Today Show. Found the first line in the book to be the only funny line. The story was dull and humorless, in my opinion. In case you're wondering about what I do think is amusing, just listen to Nelson DeMille's, The Gold Coast.
I still don't understand why the author took pains to write such a book. All the characters, while high in colors, are completely fabricated. It took a long time to listen to and at the end, I was struck dumb when the end came, and left to ask why? Such a pointless story, and all this time wasted. The thing with an audiobook is, you can't quite fast-forward to get a preview and decide if it's worth listening until the end. I've had this feeling also with Ringworld, although that was by far more entertaining. This book, however, meanders thru petty and unlikely characters and an intrigue which never really goes anywhere. It's a good exercise for a creative writing class, and the writing is actually quite skilled. But overall, and not being an English major student to appreciate the style, it was a waste of the time it took me to listen to.
Story line had a lot of potential, but spent to much time in explicit sexual situations. I also failed to see the humor in all the juvenile viagra jokes. The bodyguard and the old woman were the only interesting characters. I couldn't find myself caring about anyone else.
While the beginning of the book caught your attention and interest, by the middle to end of the book I found that the book became difficult to listen to.
Both uninteresting and very predictable, it was a struggle to listen to the last couple hours. Perhaps the abridged version would be much better but I this was certainly one of our least favorite books of recent listening/reading...
Charles L. Baker, MSSW
The first 10 minutes or so lead the listener into the feeling that this is going to be a good, exciting listen - however, the longer it goes, the more predictable and the less sensible this book becomes. I hope Mr. Hiaasen has another job. He's not going to make it as an author. This is excruciatingly painful for the listener, but I really felt worse for narrator Hoye - he tried - but nothing could save this turkey.
This is a treat for me, b/c I love Carl Hiassen and his tawdry Floridian romps... and, I knew Stephen Hoye because he's done such great work on some audiobooks I've produced myself, for the Best American Erotica series. It was such a treat to discover his work here.
After having read every other Hiassen book this was the last. One of his better books but I cannot say the same for the reader. I quess I was used to George Wilson narration which was fantastic but I just wanted to shut this one off. To monotone and to hard to follow different characters because of reader. gave the book itself 5 stars but the reader 2 stars
I was looking for an engaging piece of fluff to listen to while working but this book is so ridiculous it's not even fun. "Chaz could talk about his penis all night long" and believe me, he does. The characters and story are predictable and I could really skip all the details about the main character's boner. Not sexy, not funny, not interesting.
I don't understand why people found this so funny. Laugh out loud? Hardly. Instead the book is dull, there is no reason to care about the pathetic characters, the narrators voices are over the top, and the book is loooong. You stop caring about the book well before the end of Part I and Part II feels like a chore. In addition the sex scenes are ridiculous and mean nothing to the plot. Trust me, don't bother.
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