In his latest bizarre concoction, Dorsey picks up - sort of - various plot strands from his earlier books, including Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, and Orange Crush. There's still the matter, you see, of the briefcase full of cash, and still unresolved are the stories of Serge Storms, the serial killer and history buff; Johnny Vegas, the startlingly handsome virgin; Jethro Maddox, the Hemingway look-alike; and Paul, the Passive-Aggressive Private Eye. Fans of Dorsey's magnificently off-kilter adventures will be thrilled to rejoin these characters and to meet a host of new ones, including Mr. Granda, the leader of a down-and-out drug cartel who is looking to buy a submarine, and Ralph Krunkleton, one of America's very worst novelists, whose novel The Stingray Shuffle features prominently in the goings-on. A brilliantly constructed romp that is part thriller, part farce, and entirely, gloriously, deliriously wacky.
©2003 Tim Dorsey (P)2011 Recorded Books,LLC
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
There are three types of audiobooks that I find appealing: 1. Books I've read in print that I loved and wanted to revisit in audio format; 2. Books of movies I loved and wanted to hear in their original literary versions; 3. Books that are fun. Stingray Shuffle falls into the latter category, a virtually can't miss category because the main criterion is that they are fun. And it is.A sub-genre of fun books are the Florida books of a notable number of authors. The one that I've read a lot of of is Carl Hiaasen. Tim Dorsey is Carl Hiaasen on steroids. Or drugs, more generically. The Stingray Shuggle completes a series of three books (the others are Dorsey's first two, Florida Roadkill and Hammerhead Ranch Hotel) in which his omnipresent protagonist, Serge Storms, pursues a cache of $5 million cash. In Stingray Shuffle, we find out why he wants the money.Among the three categories of audiobooks that I like to listen to, Stingray Shuffle ranks as a solid entry in the fun group. I've listened to some that I like more (Ready Player One, Book of Joe, Agent to the Stars, Hiaasen's Strip Tease), but I liked it just fine. The books that end up disappointing me are almost invariably books that don't fall into these three categories -- police procedurals, non-fiction, non-comic sci-fi.
Serge Storms, of course. What a creation! A chemically unbalanced sociopath with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Floridian and a fairly righteous moral compass, and a knack for creative killings. But the beauty of Dorsey's books (like Hiaasen's) is the diverse spectrum of characters, and Stingray Shuffle doesn't disappoint with its hypnotist, book club ladies, bad author, bumbling cartel thugs, and the return of Johnny Vegas, reluctant virgin.
Serge Storms, of course. Serge gets to go on a number of rants in Stingray Shuffle, whether in court defending himself or in the car telling stories or recounting Florida history. Wilson captures his manic voice perfectly. He does a great job with all the characters. He is a prolific audiobook reader, including many of Dorsey's books as well as Hiaasen's, so he has a lot of practice.
Yes and no. Too manic to take in one big dose, but with so many characters, it was hard trying to keep them all straight over the course of a bunch of smaller doses.
If you're new to this genre, start with Hiaasen or any one of the other notable authors (John D. MacDonald, Dave Barry, et.al.) and move on to Dorsey when you want to take it to the limit. He is definitely farther out there than the Dry Tortugas (which figure into the climax of his first novel, Florida Roadkill).
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
I am sure it is. The tongue in cheek performance made me laugh and groan.
The plot kept me falling off my seat laughing. Serge and company are successful mobsters through a comedy of errors. This was my first Dorsey, will not be my last. They remind me of the bumbling villains found in Carol Higgins Clark novels. And the very satisfying way it all comes together in the end
The way way he does the voices and the accents are funny. I also enjoy how he is very serious about these characters trials and tribulations. I was ROFLMAO
Most definitely, the twist and turns were so hilarious. A lot of the time your thinking" I know where this is going" and then "what just happened here" funny
Will definitely be reading some more Dorsey. It was not what I expected. Actually it was better than expected.
Most definitely, especially one who liked Carl Hiaasen books. Very similar writing styles.
Serge, he is so random...you just never know what he will say or what will happen to him next.
Seriously this book made me laugh and occasionally cringe
This was my first book by George K. Wilson. I chose it because I love Carl Hiaasen books and read Wilson is similar. I'm going to check out some other titles by this author. Hope I enjoy them as much as this one.
I hear or see Dexter mentioned occasionally in discussions or reviews about Serge. I love both series, but I don't think they're the same at all. Since I just listened to the most recent Dexter book in between Serge marathons, I decided to start making a list of comparisons to show why they're different. Here's what I have so far:
Dexter has a legitimate job. Serge lives on the proceeds of crime.
Dexter feels a deep need to kill. Serge would just as soon not, but...
Dexter's victims must meet certain eligibility requirements, defined by "Harry's Code." Serge's victims just have to really piss him off.
Dexter has a routine and a ritual way of killing. Serge doesn't use the same method more than once.
Dexter stays to the end. Serge usually goes away while they're still alive, and leaves them with a slim (practically non-existent) possibility of escape.
Dexter thoroughly cleans up afterward. Serge leaves bodies and parts strewn all over Florida for others to find and deal with.
Dexter keeps a box of slides with blood samples of all his victims. Serge keeps a box of historical Florida souvenirs.
Dexter talks to his playmates for maximum terror and mental anguish while he works on them. Serge entertains his victims with pleasant banter while setting up his devices, which practically amounts to the same thing.
Both rely heavily on duct tape.
The story was a disjointed mess. The characters were equally a mess. I kept thinking it might improve. It did not. I could not finish listening.
It's a keeper
Oh, yes.....the mystery train was a hoot!
It's always Serge, for sure
Laugh out loud
His sense of humor, the reoccuring characters, the insane trivea just blows me away.
Creative story line. Some carry over from earlier books about the missing 5 million.
The substory of the forgotten author and how his books become popular again because the coke dealer begins using them for distribution. And there's more, but i don't want to spoil the surprise. I hope I'm not mixing up books, because I'm hooked on Dorsey and am currently on book 10, can't get enough.
Serge went to New York City to catch a train to, surprise, Florida. He stayed at a hotel our family had just stayed at, and I learned all kinds of trivea facts about that hotel that I hadn't knew before.
Stick with Dorsey,. His audiobooks can be hard to follow because of the way he has 3-5 stories going and jumps between them. They all merge at the end. If you're driving, you'll have to repeat a chapter once in a while if your attention drifts due to traffic.
"Dorsey $5000000 magic"
I recommend listening to the series. It does not matter which order, they are individual stories. . Anarchic fun, not for the prudish or faint hearted.
Dorsey $5000000 magic the russians will sell any thing.
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