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Double Whammy Audiobook

Double Whammy

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Publisher's Summary

"Robert Clinch loved his boat more that anything else in the world...more than his wife...his kids...his girlfiend...even more than the largemouth bass he was pursuing." Thus begins a twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

©1988 Carl Hiaasen; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"The cast of bizarre characters and the suspenseful events confirm Hiaasen's reputation for creating singular villains and heroes. While he's probably unpopular among some fellow citizens in his home state, he will certainly please readers who appreciate the Swiftian wit in his cautionary tales." (Publishers Weekly)
"The action is swift, and there are some very funny scenes." (Library Journal)

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    David Sioux Falls, SD, United States 06-04-04
    David Sioux Falls, SD, United States 06-04-04 Listener Since 2003
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    "First For Me"

    This was the first time I have listened to any books by this Author. All I can say is I am hooked! While the story was your typical whodunit everything else about it was exceptional. I loved the characters as well as the witty dialog. I hate to compare authors but his dialog is as good as Elmore Leonards. I caught myself laughing out loud sometimes and I hardly ever do that so if you want a fun ride through a good story I highly recommend this book.

    50 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Sonoma, CA, United States 08-04-04
    Pamela Sonoma, CA, United States 08-04-04 Member Since 2013
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    "who thought fishing could be this funny?!!"

    I have zero interest in fishing of any kind, but then a Carl Hiaasen book is never really about the subject it covers. His books are funny, odd, and I must say that this one was slightly gross at certain parts. But funny gross, not nauseating gross. I was alternating falling off the treadmill laughing so hard, smiling in the subway at one of his fabulous descriptions and thinking, "eeewwww." As with all his books, a pleasure. The listen is a breeze: never dull, nothing to slow the plot.

    42 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Janet S. Bessemer Reno, Nevada 06-14-05
    Janet S. Bessemer Reno, Nevada 06-14-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "My first Hiaasen read a grand slam"

    There are two kinds opf audio books in my universe. One is the kind I have to LISTEN to and rewind if I miss something, etc. The kind I might read for actual knowledge of a subject matter or literature. This is the other kind; the kind I don't need to catch EVERY word of, although I try to catch every word These are "books to sit still and do hobbies with." This is the kind of book that is to me "music to clean by" - my house is spotless after a weekend with this book because I couldn't "put it down." It is easy to keep track of things despite my comings and goings, turning it off and on going from room to room and so on. The story was engaging and the narrator fabulous. If the story is engaging and easy to follow I frankly don't care what it is about, and despite not being much of a detective/mystery follower I delighted in this book. Ear candy for the sweet tooth so to speak. The characters are very well developed and it would be easy to imagine some of the characters themselves being the subject of their own "series spinoffs." And much applause to the narrator, a GREAT job making a fun book even more fun. All in all a great little "read" which will serve to make me a Hiaasen fan from now on.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 07-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A totally fun listen"

    First I've tried from Carl Hiaasen, and what a fun book it is. It's a slapstick kind of drama, with murder, mystery and a crazy bunch of characters that will give you a good laugh here and there. How he blends the murders with mad capped fun, is beyond me, but this author does an excellent job. The narrator has great delivery (in a dry sort of way) of the personalities of this zany group. I did read some of this book, to speed things up, but have to confess that I enjoyed listening to it more. Having grown up in Florida, makes it easy to relate to the land schemes, get rich tourist traps, and attitudes of the book. Nice to see some humor put to it.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tonette Hoquiam, WA, United States 01-21-08
    Tonette Hoquiam, WA, United States 01-21-08
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    "Not for dog lovers"

    While the story was at times enjoyable, there were a couple of very disturbing incidents involving dogs. The only animal that any of the characters cared about was the giant pet fish Queenie. Also there were too many characters that had no redeeming values. The book went from funny to vulgar and witty to stupid.
    I chose this book because it was supposed to be humorous but I don't think it belongs in that category. There were some funny moments but not many.

    77 of 87 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-02-08
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-02-08 Member Since 2017

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.

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    "Classic Hiaasen"

    Carl Hiaasen is knock-down funny and those who enjoy his brand of humor will not be disappointed with Double Whammy. The characters are great, the situations are hilariously unbelievable and the irreverence flows like honey. And George Wilson's narration is over the top. A great listen.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-07-11
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "This book's like dope... Hard to stop once started"

    Is there a Florida culture? One that’s as different from everywhere else as maybe Mars’? Is this the place where paradigms smash up against one another crushing egos, dreams, and bodies? Odd thing about this story… it sort of doesn’t end… Well at some point the reader says, “The End”, so I guess Hiaason decided that was the point at which he felt like he wanted to stop pulling on this particular string. And you know what? I wanted him to keep on pulling. See Hiasson’s like dope. You start on the stuff he’s peddled to you and all at once the bag’s gone and you’ve got to go cold turkey. This weird, odd tale is totally macabre fun. It all works because you’re distracted by the noise of Florida paradigms FWUMPING.

    George Wilson captures all of the zany mystery and cavorting creatures in a way that makes the impossible to believe as credible as the evening news. Hell… this might simply be Florida’s evening news.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Boise' Idaho United States 03-31-04
    Sandra Boise' Idaho United States 03-31-04 Member Since 2004

    I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites

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    "southern comfort"

    Double Whammy is another great listen. There is great literature and then there is great audible. There are very few books that make me laugh out loud as much as a Carl Hiaasen book read by George Wilson. You wonder where he gets his characters and then you read about the bank robber who used his own bank deposit slip to write the holdup note and you know-they are us. Some of us at least.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    D. Jackson 06-22-15
    D. Jackson 06-22-15
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    "Good story narration not so much"

    Good story but the constant audible swallowing of the narrator detracted from presentation. He'd be good if he stopped swallowing saliva every 10 seconds.....

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kim Harrisburg, PA, United States 07-02-12
    kim Harrisburg, PA, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "TERRIBLE NARRATION!!!!!"

    The narration was so terrible I could not enjoy the story. Ever time I was getting into the story Mr. Wilson swollowed irrating me so much I became distracted. I will never buy another audiobook George Wilson is narrating! I primarily paid to listen the narrator's body functions!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Caro
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    "Love Carl Hiaasen"

    I loved this book, so funny and engaging. Although there is a surreal quality I found myself really believing in the characters. I only discovered Carl Hiaasen recently and I've now downloaded most of his books. I'm rationing the last few now. I keep asking my friends if they have read any of his books and so far I've not found anyone who knows him, I wonder why? I am so glad I gave him a try even though I'd not heard of him, based on the reviews here and on amazon. I enjoyed the reading very much too, great voice and wry delivery when necessary.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Cumbria, United Kingdom
    12/9/13
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    "Absurd great fun"
    Where does Double Whammy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm glad to say I've heard a lot of good audiobooks, but double whammy is up there with the best. The narrator brings the characters to life, and the story is completely nuts but you still want to find out what happens. I'll be looking out for more from Carl Hiaasen.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Evans
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    "Floida fun Carle is a good story teller"

    Friendly fishermen. what a crew, but the good guys have best intension's. Any thing goes in floida.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • genna
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    "Double Whammy"

    A must for all fishing enthusiasts. Good storyline. Lots of unexpected , hilarious turns in the plot. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Eilert
    Lensvik, Norway
    3/16/16
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    "Indignation CAN be funny!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Double Whammy to be better than the print version?

    Skink at his most, with a supporting cast of misfits, both good and bad, what's not to like? Brilliantly narrated too!


    Any additional comments?

    Like I said in the headline, indignation can be very funny, and it's a help for us tree huggers who maybe feel despondent at the enormity of the task we face if we want to make a difference in the fight for the environment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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