Meet 22-year-old Cherry Pye (nee Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was 14 - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.
Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her undercover stunt double, Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too indisposed - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.
Now the challenge for Cherry's handlers (backstage mother; horndog record producer; nipped, tucked, and Botoxed twin publicists; weed-whacker-wielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence a secret from Cherry's public and from Cherry herself.
The situation is more complicated than they know. Ann has had a bewitching encounter with Skink - the unhinged former governor of Florida living wild in a mangrove swamp - and now he's heading for Miami to find her....
Will Bang Abbott achieve his fantasy of a lucrative private photo session with Cherry Pye? Will Cherry sober up in time to lip-synch her way through her concert tour? Will Skink track down Ann DeLusia before Cherry's motley posse does?
All will be revealed in this hilarious spin on life in the celebrity fast lane.
©2010 Carl Hiaasen (P)2010 Random House
While Mr.Hoye does some great work in the character voices, the narration is dry, mono toned and doesn't match the wryness and dry humor one hears when reading Hiaasen's books.
I did not think that a Carl Hiaasen book could be ruined by poor narration. I was wrong. This guy gives NO inflection of the different characters in the book. I finished reading it a few days ago and cannot really even tell anyone what it was about. I think I will get the book at the library and read it. Please, fire this narrator and bring back George Wilson who is one of the best narrators out there.
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My husband & I listened to this while on a cross Canada trip after lisening t an interview with Carl Hiaasen. Cherry was a perfect Lindsay Lohan type; great story
I REALLY enjoy Carl Hiaasen's sarcasm and wit. I've listened to most of his books and rarely get bored with them. I got bored with this one. Thank goodness Skink made an appearance, or it would have been intolerable. I just couldn't get into the main characters, and the South Beach setting got stale quickly. The plot started rattling around aimlessly, and the ending left much to be desired. I won't quit Carl, but I won't give this book a second listen...and I'm kinda glad that the first listen is finally over.
Revolting, vulgar, trash. Not something I expected from the author. Consistent from the get go: garbage. Probably truthful about stardom and their life style, but not for the person looling for a funny and light read.
Great laugh out loud humor. Found myself looking for an excuse to "Take a Ride" so I could listen. A Fun and easy book... Hiaasen's descriptions are genius -- and I like Hoyle's reading.
I love Carl Hiaasen, and this book is not my first trip to the Florida back o'beyond with him. And while I will always love the Governor, and I did enjoy the Ann character. I was seriously tired of stupid Cherry. I did have some moments of laughter, but by the end, I was seriously just hanging on.
Stephen Hoye did a terrible job on this Hiaasen lame duck. It made Skink sound like a sissy. I was very dissappointed in this one! I usually love Hiaasen's books but this one was not up to standards.
Hm. I was so looking forward to this. LOVED Skinny Dip and got into a Hiassen phase after that. But this one... It just doesn't work for me the way the others did. I really just ended up not caring about the story or anybody in it.
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