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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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  • Michael
  • lake oswego, OR, USA
  • 10-06-04

Hmm....What's so funny?

I have to agree with the previous poster that didn't get the humor. It's too bad, too, because I couldn't find anything to get me to enjoy this story. The characters are shallow, their actions rediculous, and it seemed to me that the author might not actually know any smart people, so he didn't have an experience to base real characters on. I got the real impression that the writer sits in an apartment in Miami and watches people on the street, but never really goes outdoors.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Tyson
  • Sarasota, FL United States
  • 09-12-04

Would not recommend it.

Decided to purchase this audio book based on the interview of the author on the Today Show. Found the first line in the book to be the only funny line. The story was dull and humorless, in my opinion. In case you're wondering about what I do think is amusing, just listen to Nelson DeMille's, The Gold Coast.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jerry
  • Memphis, TN, USA
  • 08-02-04

A waste of time

I thought this book would never end. I was attracted by the plot, but it just ran out of steam. The villain is so over-developed that he comes off as just an incompetent idiot. The narrator gives a good effort, but don't waste your time.

8 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Skinny Dip

This was a very good read. Funny, light and just plain fun to read.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Why?

I still don't understand why the author took pains to write such a book. All the characters, while high in colors, are completely fabricated. It took a long time to listen to and at the end, I was struck dumb when the end came, and left to ask why? Such a pointless story, and all this time wasted. The thing with an audiobook is, you can't quite fast-forward to get a preview and decide if it's worth listening until the end. I've had this feeling also with Ringworld, although that was by far more entertaining. This book, however, meanders thru petty and unlikely characters and an intrigue which never really goes anywhere. It's a good exercise for a creative writing class, and the writing is actually quite skilled. But overall, and not being an English major student to appreciate the style, it was a waste of the time it took me to listen to.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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It could have been so much more...

Story line had a lot of potential, but spent to much time in explicit sexual situations. I also failed to see the humor in all the juvenile viagra jokes. The bodyguard and the old woman were the only interesting characters. I couldn't find myself caring about anyone else.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • Oak Park, IL, USA
  • 09-07-04

Unabridged, Very Very Unabridged

While the beginning of the book caught your attention and interest, by the middle to end of the book I found that the book became difficult to listen to.

Both uninteresting and very predictable, it was a struggle to listen to the last couple hours. Perhaps the abridged version would be much better but I this was certainly one of our least favorite books of recent listening/reading...

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Lousy Characters & Predictable Plot

The first 10 minutes or so lead the listener into the feeling that this is going to be a good, exciting listen - however, the longer it goes, the more predictable and the less sensible this book becomes. I hope Mr. Hiaasen has another job. He's not going to make it as an author. This is excruciatingly painful for the listener, but I really felt worse for narrator Hoye - he tried - but nothing could save this turkey.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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How Can You Say No to Carl?

This is a treat for me, b/c I love Carl Hiassen and his tawdry Floridian romps... and, I knew Stephen Hoye because he's done such great work on some audiobooks I've produced myself, for the Best American Erotica series. It was such a treat to discover his work here.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ernie
  • Miller Place, NY, United States
  • 04-18-06

Great Story/Bad Reader

After having read every other Hiassen book this was the last. One of his better books but I cannot say the same for the reader. I quess I was used to George Wilson narration which was fantastic but I just wanted to shut this one off. To monotone and to hard to follow different characters because of reader. gave the book itself 5 stars but the reader 2 stars

0 of 1 people found this review helpful