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Skinny Dip Audiobook

Skinny Dip

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    N. Kennedy 09-07-04
    N. Kennedy 09-07-04
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    "Worth reading: B+ book, outstanding reader"

    Echo the comments of other reviewers. Wld rate as consistently amusing but not killer funny. Good story with some good twists and charming moments. The real gem in this offering is the reader who is outstanding! Definitely one of the best ever. Really makes the story come to life with an incredible array of completely distinct characters -- different accents, ages, genders, personalities.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bapário 09-03-04
    Bapário 09-03-04

    Kebles

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    "Elmore Leonard With a Twist"

    An excellent read. If you enjoy quirky, out of the ordinary stories, with strange, yet throughly believable culprits, this one's for you!!
    I especially liked "Tool", a giant, hirsute sociopath, who steals fentanyl patches off of people in nursing homes because he's got a bullet lodged "up the crack of my ass". He actually becomes one of the characters who has the most conscience and common sense of them all......
    Well worth the credit!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Cazenovia, NY, USA 08-31-04
    Jon Cazenovia, NY, USA 08-31-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Don't waste your time"

    The first few chapters were terrific. After that is was just plain stupid. It was all I could do to finish listening to the book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Newtown, CT, USA 08-18-04
    Jay Newtown, CT, USA 08-18-04
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    "Very engrossing and funny"

    I suppose it takes a certain sense of humor to find this book hilarious, and I happen to have that sense of humor. I don't remember so thoroughly enjoying the previous Hiaasen books I've read, so this one must have that little something extra. I think that something is wit/sarcasm blended with a knack for making the outrageous seem plausible. Every character has such a ridiculous and over the top background it seems to me that Hiaasen is making fun of the whole concept of chartacter development. Didn't you ever notice how ridiculously contrived the watershed moments in character's lives are in some books (like all Dean Koontz books)? Since Joey's parents dying gives her character depth, why not make them die in a plane crash with a doped up bear in the co-pilot seat of the plane? Since we need to see the bodyguard is completely whacked - why not make him collect roadside fatality markers and have such a hairy pelt he needs to shave it to put on his drug patches? Completely ridiculous, yet cumulatively hilarious.

    If you are not one to rush through audiobooks you will appreciate the comedy throughout. If you don't get - or care for - the humor, the book will probably drag for you. However, the narrator's performance alone makes this worth a listen. He is absolutely hilarious.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zakir Ashland, OR, USA 08-10-04
    Zakir Ashland, OR, USA 08-10-04 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Funny."

    Hilarious storytelling!

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    Tammi North Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-07-04
    Tammi North Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-07-04
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    "Perfect Summertime Read"

    Not deep, but it takes you away on a little adventure. Very fun for summer reading.

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    Charles St Petersburg, FL, USA 08-06-04
    Charles St Petersburg, FL, USA 08-06-04
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    "His best yet"

    Skinny Dip is the best of the books by Hiaasen that I've read or listened to. The narrator on this one is superb. All in all, a great story with the humor, and ecological push, that I've come to expect from the author. Being very well read also made this a 5 star audio book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Seminole, FL, USA 08-05-04
    Ed Seminole, FL, USA 08-05-04
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    "Superb with only the most minor of flaws"

    Absolutely wonderful - I've been telling all my friends about it.
    His 'sarchy' humor had me rolling. I'm looking at his other novels for my next read.
    I dropped out of the grip of the novel a few times with dialogue that was a hint forced, or plausibility issues that were stretched a bit too far. Howerver, given the overall fun of this book, these are very easily forgivable, and minor enough that it still gets a 5.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael lake oswego, OR, USA 10-06-04
    Michael lake oswego, OR, USA 10-06-04
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    "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.

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

    Philip Tyson

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    "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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