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Skinny Dip Audiobook

Skinny Dip

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Publisher's Summary

Joey Perrone is a woman with a mission. She's just been pushed overboard from a cruise liner by Chaz, her scumbag husband, and survived to tell the tale.

But rather than reporting the crime to the police, she decides to stay dead and instead of getting mad, get even.

Filled with a host of endearingly offbeat characters, and a narrative that is hilarious, romantic, and thought-provoking by turns, Skinny Dip takes us on a journey through the warped politics of southern Florida, and through the madness created by the human heart.

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    Joel Australia 01-08-13
    Joel Australia 01-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the American Greats"

    I am not one much for American authors, but Carl Hiaasen is a great writer. Combined with a fantastic narration this audiobook is well worth the effort to listening too. After listening to this audiobook my wife has been fired to read other books by the author as well as pressuring me to get another Hiaasen audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leon Pretoria, South Africa 07-24-11
    Leon Pretoria, South Africa 07-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun but too long"

    This book was entertaining but just a bit too long. An abridged version would have been more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 03-31-10
    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 03-31-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Humor Sunk In Everglades"

    I was disappointed with this book which contained abundant crude language, minimal but equally crude humor, poor character development and no suspense. Add to that the narrator's painful attempt at female voices and you have a wasted book credit to avoid.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • P1969
    2/21/15
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    "Acerbic wit and social critique"

    This was my first foray into Hiaasen territory, and I loved it, particularly in Jeff Harding's rendition. His female voices are very good for someone with such a gravelly voice.
    The story starts as a failed wife murder that comes back to bite the husband who fancied that throwing his wife overboard on a cruise would solve the problem of his irritation with her and rejuvenate his bank account. The wife survives, teams up with a better man and finds out a thing or two about that husband of hers that makes him look more than just homicidal: phoney degrees, environmental pollution, fraud, and serial adultery - oh, and he's stupid as well, a fact previously glossed over by his remarkable sexual prowess. Plenty of motives for revenge, and so the game begins...
    Hiaasen delights the reader with plot twists, ironic comments on Florida's social mores and protagonists who are intelligent, articulate but lovably flawed. The prose has plenty to recommend it too, not least the quasi-hardboiled wit and the wisecracks. The genre is crime fiction but the characterisations are solid and have psychological depth. This would be fabulous as a holiday read (unless you go to Florida, of course) or on a long, cold journey. Or if you're just hacked off with the rich-and-irresponsible getting richer-and away with everything. Here they don't. They get their heads blown off or at least their arses kicked.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    OLDHAM, United Kingdom
    11/13/13
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    "Its just brilliant!"
    What did you like most about Skinny Dip?

    It fun and more fun, laugh out loud


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the book tells a story about how greed and consumerism is bad for us


    What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His ability to act out each character is amazing


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    St Austell, Cornwall, United Kingdom
    7/28/09
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    "Hiaasen at his surreal best"

    I adore Hiaasen's books, and this is my all time favourite. It's splendidly read here. A murderous husband, the world's most hirsute body-guard, a seriously cool dude and his daft doberman, and a supposedly dead wife who's determined to get even. Classic Hiaasen, hugely entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
    5/12/15
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    "is revenge sweet?"
    Any additional comments?

    this is fast paced and kept me listening just to know what happened in the end and I thought what, is that it. it ended so abrupt.
    this is the first book I have listened to by carl Hiaasen which leaves me undecided whether to try any more.
    jeff harding did a reasonable job of performing the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • genna
    accra
    7/8/16
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    "SKINNY DIP by CARL HIAASEN"

    Great story. comical, twisting, swampy tale.
    Pity the reader had to spoil it by reading the heroine's part in such a soppy voice.
    Irritated me to the point of abandonment. Glad I persevered.
    Latter chapters are brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    12/3/15
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    "Very dry humour, loved it!"
    Would you listen to Skinny Dip again? Why?

    Probably not as i'll never get through my wishlist if i do. I also found the narrator to be a little grating at times, the nasal accent for the Chaz character worked and was fitting but I didn't find it a touch painful at times!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The light hearted, if slightly dark 'twist' (it's not really a twist as you know fairly early on but I shan't ruin it!


    What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

    The characters were versatile and the accents clearly different but some of the accents really got to me after a while!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh quite a lot. It also made you think quite long and hard about the one clear underlying message about the destruction of the planet.... i'm not a die hard green but still the whole premise of solution and not caring does ring true!


    Any additional comments?

    It was a very different book to anything i've read before, but i enjoyed it immensely!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    10/20/15
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    "Entertaining but not gripping"
    What did you like best about Skinny Dip? What did you like least?

    The plot was interesting enough for me to want to finish the book and I most enjoyed the humour and characters, particularly the 'bodyguard' Toole, who had real depth. The least enjoyable aspect was the narration of the female characters - grating, harsh, whiny and caricature-like.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'd probably change the narrator - I think it's Jeff Harding as announced on the soundtrack, although my library says it's Kerry Shale.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd had Carl Hiasson's books on a mental to-do list because the blurbs made them seem like my kind of thing, smart, funny crime novel, but I'm not as impressed as I'd expected to be and I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Dartford, United Kingdom
    10/11/15
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    "Unchallenging entertainment"

    This was an engaging and entertaining romp, reminiscent of Wilt (Tom Sharpe) and books by David Lodge. It is full of weird characters and amazing escapes from death; only the baddies die. I liked it so much I happily spent more hours gardening than planned just so I could listen.

    My version was narrated superbly by Kerry Shale; he had a different voice for each character, and his women’s voices were totally believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • beth5001
    london
    7/15/13
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    "very funny - loved it"
    What made the experience of listening to Skinny Dip the most enjoyable?

    Wonderful story and so enjoyable - the actor reading the story is so good...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tool !!!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    too many to list


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    anyone I have told to read this book has found it very funny and a great story - great holiday read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    12/13/09
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    "How I loved this book"

    Only ever reading one other Carl Hiassen book "Native Tongue" I was more than pleased to purchase this book. It was highly entertaining and filled with the usual collection of Hiassen characters. You'll find yourself chuckling away and the time flies by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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