©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)
The first few chapters were terrific. After that is was just plain stupid. It was all I could do to finish listening to the book.
I suppose it takes a certain sense of humor to find this book hilarious, and I happen to have that sense of humor. I don't remember so thoroughly enjoying the previous Hiaasen books I've read, so this one must have that little something extra. I think that something is wit/sarcasm blended with a knack for making the outrageous seem plausible. Every character has such a ridiculous and over the top background it seems to me that Hiaasen is making fun of the whole concept of chartacter development. Didn't you ever notice how ridiculously contrived the watershed moments in character's lives are in some books (like all Dean Koontz books)? Since Joey's parents dying gives her character depth, why not make them die in a plane crash with a doped up bear in the co-pilot seat of the plane? Since we need to see the bodyguard is completely whacked - why not make him collect roadside fatality markers and have such a hairy pelt he needs to shave it to put on his drug patches? Completely ridiculous, yet cumulatively hilarious.
If you are not one to rush through audiobooks you will appreciate the comedy throughout. If you don't get - or care for - the humor, the book will probably drag for you. However, the narrator's performance alone makes this worth a listen. He is absolutely hilarious.
Skinny Dip is the best of the books by Hiaasen that I've read or listened to. The narrator on this one is superb. All in all, a great story with the humor, and ecological push, that I've come to expect from the author. Being very well read also made this a 5 star audio book.
Absolutely wonderful - I've been telling all my friends about it.
His 'sarchy' humor had me rolling. I'm looking at his other novels for my next read.
I dropped out of the grip of the novel a few times with dialogue that was a hint forced, or plausibility issues that were stretched a bit too far. Howerver, given the overall fun of this book, these are very easily forgivable, and minor enough that it still gets a 5.
I have to agree with the previous poster that didn't get the humor. It's too bad, too, because I couldn't find anything to get me to enjoy this story. The characters are shallow, their actions rediculous, and it seemed to me that the author might not actually know any smart people, so he didn't have an experience to base real characters on. I got the real impression that the writer sits in an apartment in Miami and watches people on the street, but never really goes outdoors.
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 thought this book would never end. I was attracted by the plot, but it just ran out of steam. The villain is so over-developed that he comes off as just an incompetent idiot. The narrator gives a good effort, but don't waste your time.
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