©1991 Carl Hiaasen; (P)1992 Recorded Books
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I don't know why this ended up in my reading list - musta been on sale or something. It's not a bad story and does have some good parts, but there's a lot of "satire" in it that just missed the mark. And too much "aren't I funny" from the author. He isn't that funny. The story isn't that "biting" or insightful and there's WAY too much time spent harping on about environmental destruction... I got the point by the halfway mark.
Trimming out a couple hours would have made it more enjoyable. We could have skipped most of the story around Joe's porn girlfriend (still don't know what the point of her was), Skink's stupid panther shenanigans (oh-kay, what was that all about?), and the steroid-head's over-the-topness (maybe this guy was supposed to be funny? it was just dumb). I don't think I'll read any more of this author's stuff though... his writing just isn't as funny as he thinks he is.
The narration, however, was excellent.
I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!
It was okay, but I was kinda over it by the middle. so much of it was unrealistic, if you decide to read it yuou will probably agree. Very entertaining tongue in check detective work.
Not great literature. Not terribly complicated. Interesting characters. Likable main character. Fun plot How can you not like an ornery libidinous dolphin?
Say something about yourself!
The is a beautiful, cheeky tale from a writer whose passion for his home state is only surpassed by a writing style that is elegant, natural and a hell of a lot of fun to listen to.
Another fine distraction by Mr. Hiaasen with a engrossing rendering by Mr. Wilson. Almost makes one want to vist Florida.
Florida is a dangerous place! With gun-packing grandmas and mafia mobsters seeking vengeance, a tourist theme park is beset with difficulties. However, I would hold back any tears. The owner is not a nice person. But not to worry, the mysterious Skink makes his second appearance in this rollicking farce. Hopefully, he can help save the few good guys who want to stop the park's owner from building another golf course.
Great fun, if you don't mind a little graphic, if brief, violence.
This book distracts the reader from life's mundane and trivial events and immerses him/her in Florida's humid, mosquito ridden delights. A better way to experience the state than visiting it.
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