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Editorial Reviews

Oliver Wyman's voice sounds like a chainsaw in a minor key in his latest turn as Serge A. Storms in Dorsey's eleventh Florida adventure. The lovable psychopath/hero, Serge, along with his trusty amigo, Coleman, who's always high, cruises tourist sites like the West Tavern, where Lynyrd Skynyrd was inspiration for the song "Three Steps." They're gathering material for a travel website to the weird. The villain, a small-time thug nicknamed "Jellyfish," and a gorgeous stripper who is dancing her way through college feature in a surreal plot. Wyman's mishmash of gravelly accents and Dorsey's off-the-wall jokes make listening to this audio highly entertaining.

Publisher's Summary

Just when you thought it was safe to go online...

Serge has returned! That loveable collector of trivia, souvenirs, and murder methods is back with a new A-Tour of Florida. And this time he's out to set the record straight!

Serge is upset that his beloved state isn't getting its proper recognition, so he sets up his own wildcat Internet travel-service site, hyper-blogging his way down the coast with his perpetually hammered sidekick, Coleman. Unfortunately Serge's Web presence catches the attention of his nemesis, Agent Mahoney, and the chase is on.

Meanwhile, professional robbery crews have begun targeting trade show exhibitors, who may or may not be what they seem. Bodies begin piling up, and Serge has had enough! He's forced into the only logical course of action: shopping at the Home Depot.

And this only raises more questions: Who is tutoring strippers through the community college? Where did all these diamonds come from? And does Lynyrd Skynyrd hold the key to everything?

It's time to sign on with Serge and see where the twisting, sun-splashed trail leads in Nuclear Jellyfish!

©2009 Tim Dorsey (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    5 out of 5 stars

Twisted sense of humor

Not for everybody. I think Dorsey is a riot. As a mental health clinician, I see "Serge" walk into my office several times a day. Unfortunately, the real life characters aren't nearly as entertaining. SO maybe for me, Dorsey is therapy.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Oddly funny.

This was my first Tim Dorsey novel. I wasn't so sure about the book in the beginning; the plot seemed a bit scattered, and I almost stopped listening. But I stuck with it, and I'm glad I did! The seemingly incongruent plot lines all come together beautifully in the end. A good listen for those who like off-beat humor.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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One of my favorite Serge stories

I've been listening since Book 1 of the Serge Storms series came out on audio. This performance was great! Major chapter sections are segued with music which enhanced the mood. It's been hard to adjust since the narrator changed, but this performance turned the page for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Another hilarious book from Dorsey

Any additional comments?

Despite what others have said, I started listening to the later Serge books so for me George Wilson is not the 'real' Serge. I think Oliver Wyman does an excellent job. His combination of indifferent narration coupled with spot on character voices is simply perfect. His delivery makes Tim Dorsey's books even funnier and incredibly easy to listen to. At times you think there are multiple narrators he switches between character voices so well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Need to get back to George Wilson~

Although I enjoyed the book, I certainly missed hearing the best narrator for Serge & Coleman - Geroge Wilson.. no one can do Serge as good as this man! If you are a fan of Dorsey, you will not be disappointed.. but please bring back Geroge Wilson!!!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Can't get enough of Serge!

Would you consider the audio edition of Nuclear Jellyfish to be better than the print version?

Don't know, because I have not read the print verison. But I have to tell you, listening to this is a riot! Real "laugh out loud" stuff!

What other book might you compare Nuclear Jellyfish to and why?

Well, the other books in this series. Serge, & Coleman, too funny for words.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to say, because you don't have time to consider....the thing moves at lightning pace

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Wish I could have. And may listen to it again, just for that reason!

Any additional comments?

More Serge, give me more Serge!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Warren
  • Elizabethton, TN, United States
  • 03-18-13

Awful narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Book yes, audiobook maybe.

What other book might you compare Nuclear Jellyfish to and why?

Just like other Tim Dorsey books

What didn’t you like about Oliver Wyman’s performance?

Nothing was probably the worst narrator I have ever heard

Did Nuclear Jellyfish inspire you to do anything?

Pray the narrator never does another book again

Any additional comments?

Did I mention the narrator sucked.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ron
  • Oregon City, OR, United States
  • 06-24-09

One of his best, if not the best.

I simply can not get enough of Serge and Coleman. This is easily one of the very best of Serge's adventures. Great storyline, great narrator, and a twist at the end. I can only hope that more if not all of Tim's books become audio offerings.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Dumb,dumb,dumb

What a completely and utterly stupid story. THe story line was completely confusing and unbelievable and the narrators voice irritating beyond belief. I couldn't finish it and I rarely leave one unheard.

10 of 19 people found this review helpful

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I just keep coming back for more Serge

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would certainly recommend this book to anyone that likes laugh, follow outlandish plots, and some how find that it is all tied together with a nice little bow in the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Serge and Coleman are characters that you can't but love and come back to the next book for more. They are so completely different from each other, yet Tim Dorsey found a way to make these two inseparable (well okay he separated them for a short while in the beginning of the series but brought the true dynamic duo back together for a barrel of laughs seasoned with just the right amount of revenge to please your pallet and make you hungry for more.

Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

Serge and Coleman of course. Oliver Wyman's impression of the two characters is spot on for their antics.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I always find myself laughing out loud at the comments and analogies the author dreams up for his amazing cast of accidental heroes and villains

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  • Peter Evans
  • 12-27-12

Whatch the mushroom cloud.

Tim done good again. I love florida. I want to go again, in a armoured car.