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Grange, Florida, is famous for its miracles - the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the stigmata man. And now it has JoLayne Lucks, unlikely winner of the state lottery.

Unfortunately, JoLayne's winning ticket isn't the only one. The other belongs to Bodean Gazzer and his raunchy sidekick, Chub, who believe they're entitled to the whole $28 million jackpot. And they need it quickly, to start their own underground militia before NATO troops invade America.

But JoLayne Lucks has her own plans for the Lotto money - an Eden-like forest in Grange must be saved from strip-malling. When Bode and Chub brutally assault her and steal her ticket, JoLayne vows to track them down, take it back - and get revenge.

The only one who can help is Tom Krome, a big-city investigative journalist now bitterly consigned to writing frothy features for a midsized central Florida newspaper. With a persuasive nudge from JoLayne, Krome is about to become part of a story that's bigger and more bizarre than anything he's ever covered.

Chasing two heavily armed psychopaths down the coast of Florida is reckless enough, but Tom's got other problems - the murderous attention of a jealous judge; an actress wife who turns fugitive to avoid divorce court; an editor who speaks in tongues; and Tom's own growing fondness for the future millionairess with whom he's risking his neck.

The pursuit takes them from the surreal streets of Grange to a buzzard-infested island deep in Florida Bay, where they finally catch up with the fledgling militia - Chub, Bode Gazzer, a newly recruited convenience-store clerk, and their baffled hostage, a Hooters waitress.

The climax explodes with the hilarious mayhem that is Carl Hiaasen's hallmark. Lucky You is his funniest, most deliriously gripping novel yet.

©2013 Carl Hiaasen (P)2013 Random House Audio

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Not Hiaasen's best work

If its your first go at Carl Hiaasen, try something else. Striptease or Skinny Dip, maybe.

His genius is making flawed characters lovable, so you end up rooting for them all the way.

There's none of that here. No redemption for the bumbling villain. Hero and heroine are unlovable. No real social comment. Racist bad guys and scamming zealots: too easy. I just didn't enjoy it.

He's one of my favorite audiobook pleasures, but Hiaasen missed the mark with this one.

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Made me want to play the lottery

Which scene was your favorite?

When JoLayne opens the envelope with the lottery ticket in it.

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

Yes, this was a can't stop... one more chapter in the driveway kind of book!

Any additional comments?

A Hiaasen book is twisted humor... guaranteed

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A Timely, Funny Take on Lotto

As I write this the national lotto is north of 9 billion dollars. Now even those of us that refuse to play are wondering what we would do with such a staggering sum. So Hiaasen's book tells the tale of two winning tickets to a 28 million dollar prize.

One lucky holder is an eccentric, beautiful black woman who has plans to conserve a large plot of land she loves for its beloved wildlife. The other ticket is held by 2 dimwitted white supremacist who plan to start the nations biggest militia. The problem as they see it is that they must have the complete 28 million dollars in order to be successful. So they set out to steal the ticket from the eccentric black woman.

It a nutty story filled with ridiculously crazy characters in even more absurd circumstances. But its funny and just plain fun. If you need a lift this is a quck fix for my re than a few chuckles.

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boring

boring to the fullest, to many different characters in the book, lost in story

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Comical plot with biting social commentary

Entertaining but also enlightening about Florida ecology. The humerous but uncannily real characters help one to understand why our country is regressing.

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It's your typical Carl Hiaasen book.

It's your typical Carl Hiaasen book full of crazy backwoods characters and a wild storyline!

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Funny and enjoyable

I enjoyed the book. The narrator does a terrible woman's voice. If you like Southern novels you will enjoy.

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Good fun undermined by poor narration

Exploring the absurdity of life in Florida, and by extension life in the USA, Lucky You is a good example of how Hiassen can slyly play with America's self-obsession and self-regard. The danger is that we only see ourselves in the heros and heroines. In reality all the characters represent parts of us, whether acknowledged or not. We may aspire to be as noble as JoLayne, but in reality we are probably better represented by the Hooter waitress, Amber, who is trying to be decent, but who is also willingly making a lot of compromises to achieve a life of ease. Doing the honourable thing is not automatic

Lucky You is a good example of Carl Hiaasen's style, although Native Tongue is still my personal favourite. It is not perfect, but it will make you smile, perhaps laugh, and probably think. You may want to consider the print rather than audible version. The narration is amateurish. Eventually the affected world-weary tone begins to annoy and distract.

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my first by this author

This is the first time I've listened to this author and I found him amusingly absurd & very entertaining. In this good guys/bad guys scenario it was easy to figure out who to love and who to despise. Thus the ending was rather satisfying. I will try another one of his books!

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I’m easy, just like to be entertained

Very few books have I not liked so I may not be the best person to ask. Everything has its merits but I will say I’ve had a few I just couldn’t finish. So I am new to Carl Hiaasen and so far I like his work, I get entertained and he drags me into the story quickly. I enjoyed this book, some language is rough but the it wouldn’t work with out it. I loved the plot and all the characters, this is a good fun book to listen to...it had me rooting for certain things to happen. Thanks