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Florida Roadkill | [Tim Dorsey]

Florida Roadkill

Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money. On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals - and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen insurance money. Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more drugs... and the suitcase.
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Publisher's Summary

Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money. On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals - and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen insurance money. Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more drugs... and the suitcase. In the meantime, there's murder by gun, Space Shuttle, Barbie doll, and Levi's 501s. In other words, welcome to Tim Dorsey's Florida - where nobody gets out unscathed and untanned!

©1999 Tim Dorsey (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 12-19-12
    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 12-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I tried to like it"

    I really did try to like it. I tried to laugh off the characters. I tried to wait for the author to start tying things together. But after about two hours I gave up.

    The first two hours of the book is a shaggy dog story filled with the most amoral people you can imagine. No, wait ... I could not have imagined people that amoral. The book just finally wore me down ... it wasn't funny enough to hold my attention, and those characters were just soooo depressing.

    The narrator was clear, but his performance had all the warmth of a 1960 educational film.

    I realize I'm in the minority with regards to this book... but if you can make it all the way thru the book then you are a better man than I.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn MILLWOOD, VA, United States 11-12-12
    Lynn MILLWOOD, VA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Florida Roadkill-not so good"
    What disappointed you about Florida Roadkill?

    I was hoping for John McDonald or Karl Hiaasen quality and was very dissappointed


    What could Tim Dorsey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Story is just too much sleaze. Characters are ALL sickos with no meaning.


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    Narrator is good! Lots of feeling and easy to listen to.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Florida Roadkill?

    Many, the grossness just goes on and on.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark nyack, NY, United States 09-26-11
    Mark nyack, NY, United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Its a Mad Mad Mad Florida!"

    I would never Mistake a Tim Dorsey Novel for a Hiaasen! If anyone does they are not paying attention. Mr. Dorseys characterizations are so wild and wacky they could be real, but only if you believe that truth is stranger than fiction.

    If you are offended easily or dont like creative killings, this is not for you.

    If you have said "i have a sense of humor and this is not funny", this is not for you.

    If you believe that freedom of speech should only go so far, this is not for you.

    Any or all of Tim Dorseys books will make just about anybody with a real sense of humor smile and cringe and spit milk out of your nose while you say i can see that as a newspaper story.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Paul A. Baldassarre Orange, CA 01-31-14
    Paul A. Baldassarre Orange, CA 01-31-14 Member Since 2006

    Paul B.

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    "Almost couldn't finish it because of the reader"
    Would you try another book from Tim Dorsey and/or George Wilson?

    Yes, but not if it was read by George Wilson, which means I won't listen to books 2-8


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Wilson’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, the story is what kept me involved


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad that Wilson was replaced with Wyman starting with book 9 of the series but haven't listened to any more than a couple of samples so I can't comment on them other than to say that the samples sound like he understands Dorcey's characters better and doesn't put commas where they, shouldn't, be.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Seven Hills, OH, United States 12-18-12
    Diane Seven Hills, OH, United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2007
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    "An Attempt at Humor Falls Short"
    What would have made Florida Roadkill better?

    This sequence of missteps from very unfortunate characters, I think, is supposed to be funny. Save your time. The plot is limited, the characters are transparent.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tim Dorsey again?

    Unlikely.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not at all.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Florida Roadkill?

    It would be easier to determine which one or two to keep.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian United States 06-20-12
    Brian United States 06-20-12
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    "Less than I'd hoped for"

    I heard great things about Dorsey's books and started with this one which left me disappointed. So many characters are introduced for no apparent reason, a long series of disjointed and implausible plot lines, and the humor fell flat for me at least. Part of this could be due to poor narration (or perhaps poor editing). One can hear the narrator taking long breaths, clearing his throat, (maybe sipping on a drink?) etc and the reading is flat. But I'm willing to give this author a second chance and have already begun another more recent work with a different narrator. I like the concept and the Florida setting. Who knows? Maybe the series gets better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Tucson, AZ, United States 04-20-12
    Richard Tucson, AZ, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Stick With Carl Hiaasen..."
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know; I didn't find it particularly funny. Carl Hiaasen is light years ahead of Tim Dorsey.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tim Dorsey again?

    I'd have to finish this one first, but this book has a thin plot and is very disjointed with alot of filler.


    Which character ??? as performed by George Wilson ??? was your favorite?

    Characters seem okay, we just need a story for these characters. Alot of characterization, but no story.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had potential; i think the author is trying too hard to outdo Hiaasen. Just didn't work for me.


    Any additional comments?

    To correct a review from someone else, Carl Hiaasen's first book was written in 1986. This book was written in 1999. Clearly Dorsey is the copycat here, unfortunately not a very good one. Tried to like this book--just didn't care what happened anymore after 6 hrs of listening. The story just drags on and on; probably could have cut this book in half and it might've been enjoyable.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Yachats, OR, United States 07-16-11
    Tina Yachats, OR, United States 07-16-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Love Tim Dorsey's Books!"

    I often wonder, as I listen to these books... What kind of crazy, sick, twisted, warped, thoughts must be rolling around in Tim Dorsey's head on a daily basis. To come up with all those highly inventive ways to kill. Does he just walk the aisles of Home Depot for inspiration?!? Serge is just a moral enforcer of epic proportion, you gotta love the guy! I really hope Triggerfish Twist is released soon! Thanks for all the great books! Highly Recommended!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F Munier 04-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "goofy but fun"
    Any additional comments?

    having been born in FL. I could relate to places in story and enjoyed it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas A. Finkle At my computer 03-28-14
    Thomas A. Finkle At my computer 03-28-14 Member Since 2013

    parrot dude

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    "Not as Good as Triggerfish Twist"

    Due to a sale, I bought Triggerfish Twist (published as book 4 although in the timeline, Triggerfish Twist happens first then Florida Roadkill). There are some disconnects in the characters meeting in Roadkill even though they knew each other in Triggerfish.

    I love how the author pokes fun at a business segment in each of these two book. This one is Insurance, Triggerfish it's Management Consulting. The tongue in cheek absurdity of these businesses left me laughing out loud and re-winding to enjoy the skew how the stories of corruptions, which are all too believable.

    Like an episode of Seinfeld, Tim Dorsey's books weave a tapestry strand by strand until it all comes together. He introduces characters with funny episodes that seem to be stand alone segments and slowly start to integrate the characters into a larger story.

    The story follows Serge and Coleman as the track down insurance money from a insurance claim (on a sleazy dentist that they have dismembered).

    Serge, the protagonist(?), seems to have evolved between the two stories. In both books, Serge murders truly reprehensible people. The difference is that he is a petty thief that kills people that offend his moral code in Triggerfish. Here he kills for the money. This makes Serge less likeable character.

    George K. Wilson does a great job with voices ranges from stoner Coleman to coke fueled Sharon.

    I recommend this book, but it is not as enjoyable as Triggerfish Twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Not for the squeemish"

    Good fun I hope these guys do not go to Disney land.
    So wild I bet there are people like this in Florida.
    The reader is very good and his voices bring a good story to life

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