Audie Award Finalist, Humor, 2014
The legendary Deep Thoughts and New Yorker humorist Jack Handey is back with his very first novel - a hilarious, absurd, far-flung adventure tale.
"Are you a fan of books in which famous tourist destinations are re-purposed as unlivable hellholes for no particular reason? Read on!
"Jack Handey's exotic tale is full of laugh-out-loud twists and unforgettable characters whose names escape me right now. A reliably unreliable narrator and his friend, who is some other guy, need to get out of town. They have a taste for adventure, so they pay a visit to a relic of bygone days - a travel agent - and discover an old treasure map. She might have been a witch, by the way. Our heroes soon embark on a quest for the Golden Monkey, which takes them into the mysterious and stinky foreign land of Honolulu. There, they meet untold dangers, confront strange natives, kill and eat Turtle People, kill some other things and people, eat another thing, and discover the ruins of ancient civilizations.
"As our narrator says, 'The ruins were impressive. But like so many civilizations, they forgot the rule that might have saved them: Don't let vines grow all over you.'"
©2013 Jack Handey (P)2013 Hachette Audio
It's basically Deep Thoughts crammed into a flimsy plot. I love his stuff, but I could only take so much at a time due to dryness desensitization. Then I'd come back to it and it was hilarious again. His tone is hysterical, and I could definitely see re-listening to this in the future.
I loved the jokes. They are timeless, carefully crafted and honed, and memorable. They are silly in the same way that Monty Python or Sid Caesar is silly.
This is a wild expedition of a story that somehow manages to hang together in a crazy logical way. The dialog is given in short bits, frequently with lists of things like "Warnings", "Inventions", "Ways I'm Going to Kill Don". There are lots of observations on life, like "What kind of world to we live in." The story is really very clever in its twists and turns. (I didn't know there were Japanese soldiers on Hawaii. Oh well. I guess if you can believe a SKELETON can shoot a machine gun...)
Handey is perfect as a narrator of his book. He has what I think might be a midwestern accent which totally matches the silliness of the main character. Arte Johnson who narrated A Confederacy of Dunces would I think have been able to handle this material too, but Handey is so goofy and charming.
There were very few flat spots in the story line. It was pretty funny all throughout, but frequently there are bits that are really hilarious.
I think this book deserves to be a classic of comedy writing. It's timeless. I want more Jack Handey! I want a detective mystery. And a ghost story, with SKELETONS.
I don't often re-listen to audiobooks. I've listened to this one three times and keep laughing. It is hilarious.
If you clicked on this book recognizing the name Jack Handey, just buy it now and get ready to laugh until your face hurts.
Every little bit of The Stench of Honolulu is too much. The protagonist is the worst human being ever, and it's told entirely from his perspective. Every plot device is ridiculous, every character is an over-the-top cartoon. Every "fact" is made up, including everything about Hawaii and Honolulu. Every sentence contains a joke, usually a really dumb one. It's read by the author. It's very short, which is good because it's so intensely funny you can't take too much of it at once.
The read was not up to Audible's usual standards.
It had it's funny moments.
He is a clever writer. Needed a better reader, and maybe some music or something to pull it together.
A better flow to the narrative. It's almost as if someone wrote an entire book on twitter using the most bland jokes possible.
The story was simply awful. Full of unfunny jokes, unfunny setups, with no actual humor.It's not even a real story, just a sequence of unfunny one liners strung together.
I'm not sure if the book has no punctuation but it was certainly narrated that way.
If I was an editor, I would have rejected this as a book.
I can only believe the rave reviews were plants. On the other hand, if you thought the "Ernest goes to,," series of movies was funny, this is probably the right book for you.
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