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Editorial Reviews

Charles "Chaz" Perrone is a real scumbag, but he's the love of Joey Perrone's life. That is, until he dumps her over the side of a cruise ship. But, due to her history as a swimming champ, her lucky find of a bale of Jamaican pot and a rescue by ex-cop Mick Stranahan, she lives to take out her revenge on the poor slob. Set in south Florida and full of eccentric characters who come to life with Hiassen's vivid character sketches, Skinny Dip is laugh-out-loud funny. The narrator adds to the story with the excellent interpretation of the characters. Hard to put the headphones down with this one!

Publisher's Summary

When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead. As a result, Chaz becomes increasingly erratic and inept, a fact noticed by his ruthless and cold-blooded coworkers. Also, the six-time-married Mick rediscovers the thwarted romantic in him, believing that the seventh time might be the charm.
©2004 Carl Hiaasen (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"At this point in his career as a comic novelist, Carl Hiaasen did not need to get any better. He has long been writing smarty, fizzy Floridian escapades that amount to pure reading pleasure. But Skinny Dip, his latest, is something more: a screwball delight so full of bright, deft, beautifully honed humor that it places Mr. Hiaasen in the company of Preston Sturges, Woody Allen and S.J. Perelman....Mr. Hiaasen writes with finesse." (The New York Times) "Hiaasen's signature mix of hilariously over-the-top villains, lovable innocents and righteous indignation at what mankind has done to his beloved Florida wilderness is all present in riotous abundance in his latest....Hiaasen's books are so enjoyable it's always a sad moment when they end." (Publishers Weekly) "No reprobate escapes the satirical eye of Hiaasen, who writes like the love child of Hunter S. Thompson and Evelyn Waugh....Like Hiaasen's nine previous novels, this one's a corker, chock-full of belly laughs and blistering truths." (Booklist)

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  • Kim
  • Spokane, WA, United States
  • 04-07-12


I liked this book but didn't find anything to really love about it. It's clever and entertaining in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something light and easy to listen to while doing other things - a great book if you're a multi-tasker.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great book, great listen

I love Carl Hiaasen - his books are always a great read. This was my first time listening to a Hiaasen novel - and it was one of the best listens I've had since joining audible a year ago. The narrator is excellent - very easy to understand, lots of well-done voices for the different characters, and no annoying voice/mouth quirks. I'm hoping that all the Hiaasen novels are read by this same guy!

As for this novel specifically, I thought it was one of Hiaasen's best. Fascinating, darkly hilarious, and really hard to put down. I loved all the characters, except (obviously) for the slimeball husband, and felt very invested in their fates. The ending was nicely satisfying. I see some people disliked the Viagra jokes - I didn't think they were superfluous or juvenile at all; they fit perfectly with Chaz and his personality.

Parents: Hiaasen has a children's book out, "Hoot", that my 10 year old adored and my 7 year old liked.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Perfect fit of narrator and story

You've read how fun the plot and characters are - I can only agree. But what really added to the audio experience was the narrator's voice - just the right ironic tone and inflection to underscore the delightful (and believable) absurdity of the story, without being a distraction that takes the listener out of the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Do not try lifting weights while listening to this book. It is laugh out loud delightful.

26 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • 12-28-04

Somewhat disappointing

This was the first Carl Hiaasen book I've listened to, so I won't dispute the raves he's gotten from other listeners. But what started out as an amusing story just fell flat for me, and I thought the ending was rather abrupt -- not the kind of satisfying revenge by the wife that I was expecting. The prolific use of the f-word and the sex jokes were tedious for me, and could offend some listeners. Narrator was very good.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • Reno, NV, USA
  • 07-23-04

Very Funny

This is my first book by this author and I am just thrilled with it. The reading is wonderful with the characters taking on their own personalities. The reading for the character of "Tool" is especially well done.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 07-27-04

Hiaasen's best yet!

This is an absolutely brilliant summer read. I cannot praise this book enough. The characters are excellent in the usual offbeat way. What?s more, the narrator is the best I have heard in all my years of listening to audio books. If you want an Audible book that combines a little suspense with humor, easy reading, and something to think about (environmental issues facing the Everglades), then this is the title you'll want to download.

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  • Johnny
  • Tallapoosa, GA, United States
  • 04-09-15

Very Entertaining for first 80% of Book, Then...

This was a very entertaining book for the most part. Very light and enjoyable. But toward the end, my wife and I both felt that it just got too outlandish and silly.

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  • Beverly
  • Flovilla, Georgia, United States
  • 03-20-14

Another Brilliant Hiassen

I love reading anything by Carl Hiassen! His books are clever, insightful and hillarious. This one was dead on the money with the others. It kept me laughing out loud and rooting for the main character the entire way through. I hated to see it end.

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  • Cindy
  • United States
  • 05-03-13

Another win for Hiassen!

This book is every bit as good as the others in this "series" of madcap happenings in Florida. Well written and always wryly funny, I can't get enough!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful