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Publisher's Summary

Key West is a smuggler's paradise. All that's needed are the captains to run the contraband, and Breeze Albury is one of the best fishing captains on the Rock. He's in no mood to become the Machine's delivery boy, however. So the Machine sets out to persuade him. It starts by taking away Albury's livelihood and his freedom. But when the Machine threatens Albury's son, the washed-out wharf rat turns into a raging, sea-going vigilante.

©1982 Carl Hiaasen and Bill Montalbano (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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Key West is great

An excellent story with a deep knowledge of the Keys
but PLEASE get reader who can speak Spanish

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Not the humor of his other books

Not the Humor as his other books. I’m usually roaring laughing about half of the story. This might have been one of earlier books.

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A fun romp Hiaasen style.

I have been struggling to find great listening experiences, especially since I tend to listen to so many books. So I looked up books read by George Wilson and discovered a few books by Hiaasen I havent tried. Wilson is a master at delivering the humor and irony Hiassen is famous for.

Trap Line is set in the Florida Keys of the early 1980s. Its a clever, romantic, funny expose' of the travesty of the ecosystem devestated by private and government greed and mishandling.

Try this if you need a good laugh, despite the fact your world may be spinning out of control.

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Not one of Hiaasen's best

I've been a Hiaasen fan for many years, and have read some of his books several times -- Lucky You is one of my favorites. I hadn't read this one, so I spent a credit on it. It's really disappointing. The reader is ok, though his Spanish accent is cringeworthy in places, and his female voices are poor. The main problem is the lack of humor. I am nearly at the end, and have not found even one funny moment. People are killed, a child is tortured, a cop watches a vicious mugging of a gay man and does nothing -- and much more. There are quirky characters, and the portrayal of the setting (Key West) is compelling. The plot is ok. Usually, with Hiaasen, you get all this along with biting satire and witty dialogue, but without that, the book just depressed me. Am I still a fan? Yes. But I don't recommend this particular book. Try "Lucky You" instead.

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Struggled to finish. It had some Haiison moments,

Most of the characters were funny in true Haiison style. The narrator was great with his inflection, but could have used a female voice for the women. The story line was tired and lacked believability. The money floating in the water with people scrambling after it was LOL funny. it seemed to drag, adter that. I was a struggle to finish it.

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Enjoyed this book very much but it may offend some Readers

One of Carl Hiassen’s best!

If you enjoy his irreverent sense of humor, you will love this book


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Another super one!

weaving of characters was less complex than some of his others but still LOVED it!

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not your typical Hiassen book, but worth it

What did you like best about this story?

I always love Hiassen charactors.

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I was expecting more twisted, dark humor which is Hiassen's trademark. This book was well crafted, well read, and a good story, but nothing unexpected, really, and nothing like the usual twisted free for all that he can create.

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Big fan of Carl Hiassan

Would you listen to Trap Line again? Why?

Probably not although I enjoyed the story.

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Story line takes place in the 80's; suspense and characters interesting and, with exception of old technology references, still great.

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Could not stop listening!

I must confess; I have been hooked Carl Haison's books from the first one. Thanks.








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  • JOHN
  • 02-04-17

Wonderful story telling

This is Carl Hiaasen at his very best. He, together with Bill Montalbano, bring the Florida keys to life and manage to weave an intriguing story line into the exotic setting. Their care for the area's nature and wildlife and their abhorrence of the impact on it of commerce and political corruption, shines through.

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  • merrylon
  • 09-21-15

Sadly, not your typical...

Hiaasen fans appreciate his sly, quirky humour, convoluted plots, all-encompassing sense of impending comic doom, a thorough insights into a specialised aspect of life (bass fishing?) and characters who never, ever stop digging, because they haven't noticed the hole yet. Maybe the Florida landscape and his strong ecological stance are also attractions.

Unfortunately, this novel is lacking in most of these elements. The plot is linear and straight-forward. Since it is set in the 1980s, the ecological theme is very minor. And the characters are not well-rounded. The hero is a manly man with many of the stock features of the type. There are two well fleshed out female characters, though one acts very uncharacteristically at the end, which undermines credibility. The ending is generally weak, really unsatisfactory. The heroic individual determined to overcome adversity – against all medical science and logic, but what the heck. Cue the massed choirs.
Non-US readers may well find the handling of the baseball theme way too idealised and romanticised.

On the upside, the reader was good; I'll be looking out for more of his work.