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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)
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.
Travis McGee grows a wicked sense of humor, loses the testosterone o.d., grows an imaginative cruel streak, and meets the 21st (or maybe even the 20th) century. I loved McGee, but this guy . . .
As a fellow Floridian, I've been reading Carl Hiaasen's novels for years and they just keep getting better and better. I can relate to the kooky characters and the humorous situations. I loved this book, but to be honest I've never read or listened to a Hiaasen that I haven't loved.
I read a review praising this author, but I really don't see it. story was very predictable despite some quirky incidents. Main characters were cliche and contradicted themselves in several places and supporting characters were not well developed. Kept hoping it would get better.
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