©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)
I hardly every write reviews but this was to good not to say something. I found myself laughing and sitting on the edge of my seat. It's a great book and you won't be sorry.
I listen to my books while driving and I found that I almost had to pull over I was laughing so hard. The reader does an excellent job(many a good book has been ruined by a bad choice of reader).
Skinny Dip combines a rolicking story line with good characters and frequent humorous turns of phrase. A thoroughly entertaining accompanyment to the morning commute.
What started out as a seemingly engaging plot quickly faded into a formulaic and predictable story. The characters seemed like caricatures of themselves engaging in inane, dumbed-down dialog. The sub-plots were like a Hollywood B-movie with all the ingredients for a mindless afternoon matinee. The only redeeming quality was the environmental angle which was completely under developed. How the hell did this book make it on the best seller list among other works that are of much higher caliber? This is your book if you?re looking for a quick, pointless read that is not particularly funny or interesting. I?m never reading Carl Hiassen book again. It?s a tired story trying desperately to be interesting and hip. I might have enjoyed this sophomoric book in high-school. As a thirty-something, it was a waste of my time.
Could have been a good book - less dumb sex, more character development, less predictability. Only saving grace -good narration
I didn't get the whole idea for the plot: Chaz (the bumbling villan), thinks his beautiful, rich, magnificant wife knows of his villany, and throws her (a world class swimmer) overboard from a cruise ship to kill her? Then she and her languid but clever and disillusioned rescuer and his dog cook up this scheme to get back at him? Just how is this scheme supposed to work out anyway? Well, it didn't work out the way they planned (whatever that was), but through dumb luck, Chaz presumably got his due in a totally unplanned and implausible way. Only one innocent person shot and left for dead as a result of their antics. One not-so-innocent person dead, but what the heck. I didn't get the humor, and I thought the plot was contrived and improbable. Good to listen to in the car. You don't have to pay close attention.
I seldom leave reviews--either good or bad--but I feel I need to this time. Premise of the story is interesting with a great deal of potential. The story, however, falls short, and, as it develops (and I use that word loosely), even turns incredibly unbelieveable, silly, and ridiculous. I was even embarrassed for the writer at points. Funny? Not even close. Entertaining? Not much. The reader's voices/accents/inflections are distracting, and, I think, not true to the story. They even tend to be distracting. Language is terribly gutter. Couldn't listen to all of the story.
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