©1988 Carl Hiaasen; (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC
"The cast of bizarre characters and the suspenseful events confirm Hiaasen's reputation for creating singular villains and heroes. While he's probably unpopular among some fellow citizens in his home state, he will certainly please readers who appreciate the Swiftian wit in his cautionary tales." (Publishers Weekly)
"The action is swift, and there are some very funny scenes." (Library Journal)
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"First For Me"
This was the first time I have listened to any books by this Author. All I can say is I am hooked! While the story was your typical whodunit everything else about it was exceptional. I loved the characters as well as the witty dialog. I hate to compare authors but his dialog is as good as Elmore Leonards. I caught myself laughing out loud sometimes and I hardly ever do that so if you want a fun ride through a good story I highly recommend this book.
"who thought fishing could be this funny?!!"
I have zero interest in fishing of any kind, but then a Carl Hiaasen book is never really about the subject it covers. His books are funny, odd, and I must say that this one was slightly gross at certain parts. But funny gross, not nauseating gross. I was alternating falling off the treadmill laughing so hard, smiling in the subway at one of his fabulous descriptions and thinking, "eeewwww." As with all his books, a pleasure. The listen is a breeze: never dull, nothing to slow the plot.
"My first Hiaasen read a grand slam"
There are two kinds opf audio books in my universe. One is the kind I have to LISTEN to and rewind if I miss something, etc. The kind I might read for actual knowledge of a subject matter or literature. This is the other kind; the kind I don't need to catch EVERY word of, although I try to catch every word These are "books to sit still and do hobbies with." This is the kind of book that is to me "music to clean by" - my house is spotless after a weekend with this book because I couldn't "put it down." It is easy to keep track of things despite my comings and goings, turning it off and on going from room to room and so on. The story was engaging and the narrator fabulous. If the story is engaging and easy to follow I frankly don't care what it is about, and despite not being much of a detective/mystery follower I delighted in this book. Ear candy for the sweet tooth so to speak. The characters are very well developed and it would be easy to imagine some of the characters themselves being the subject of their own "series spinoffs." And much applause to the narrator, a GREAT job making a fun book even more fun. All in all a great little "read" which will serve to make me a Hiaasen fan from now on.
"A totally fun listen"
First I've tried from Carl Hiaasen, and what a fun book it is. It's a slapstick kind of drama, with murder, mystery and a crazy bunch of characters that will give you a good laugh here and there. How he blends the murders with mad capped fun, is beyond me, but this author does an excellent job. The narrator has great delivery (in a dry sort of way) of the personalities of this zany group. I did read some of this book, to speed things up, but have to confess that I enjoyed listening to it more. Having grown up in Florida, makes it easy to relate to the land schemes, get rich tourist traps, and attitudes of the book. Nice to see some humor put to it.
I am an avid Hiaasen fan!! I have read all his books, and this one was the first! Hilarious characters, excellent writer with a message. I think this is his Best! Everyone I've recommended this book to has raved about it. Light hearted entertainment---DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!!
"Not for dog lovers"
While the story was at times enjoyable, there were a couple of very disturbing incidents involving dogs. The only animal that any of the characters cared about was the giant pet fish Queenie. Also there were too many characters that had no redeeming values. The book went from funny to vulgar and witty to stupid.
I chose this book because it was supposed to be humorous but I don't think it belongs in that category. There were some funny moments but not many.
Carl Hiaasen is knock-down funny and those who enjoy his brand of humor will not be disappointed with Double Whammy. The characters are great, the situations are hilariously unbelievable and the irreverence flows like honey. And George Wilson's narration is over the top. A great listen.
Sorely disappointed by the ending. While I can suspend disbelief in the interest of plot development, there were just too many far-fetched elements, especially the scene in the ex-wife's bedroom with her husband sleeping next to her. I also hated the part about Skink and the husband's dog.
I have read other Hiaasen books and enjoyed them but this was just too much.
"Not Hiaasen's best; awful narrator"
I am a big Hiaasen fan, and couldn't wait to listen to this one. But it just didn't grab me like the rest of his books do - my mind wandered a bit.
Hiaasen is as funny and farcical as ever, with the same crazy over-the-top cast of charcters (fans of "Skinny Dip" will enjoy seeing the origins of the "Captain") that he always writes, but the fishing backdrop bored me and the narrator was awful. He swallowed and mouth-breathed so repeatedly that I found myself unable to listen when it was quiet around me; I could only tolerate it with a lot of noise going on, like at the gym. I'm sorry to see that so many of Hiaasen's books are read by this guy (do they not listen to themselves?) - the narrator of "Skinny Dip" is far superior.
Still, it's classic Hiaasen dark humor, and it made me laugh many times, so that's worth 4 stars.
"13 hours of Narrator’s body noises"
I had to stop listening to this book half way through; less than half I couldn't even make it to the second track. The story is fine but I agree it's no "Skinny Dip."
I had to stop listening because the noises that came from the narrator were such a gross distraction it finally became too much. Through most of the book you hear random rumblings of the narrator’s stomach which is usually followed by lip smacking and the sloshing of someone drinking water. Again it's not just once, but continually and for hours.
If you want 13 hours of listening to grotesque body noises this is the book for you!
"Love Carl Hiaasen"
I loved this book, so funny and engaging. Although there is a surreal quality I found myself really believing in the characters. I only discovered Carl Hiaasen recently and I've now downloaded most of his books. I'm rationing the last few now. I keep asking my friends if they have read any of his books and so far I've not found anyone who knows him, I wonder why? I am so glad I gave him a try even though I'd not heard of him, based on the reviews here and on amazon. I enjoyed the reading very much too, great voice and wry delivery when necessary.
"Absurd great fun"
I'm glad to say I've heard a lot of good audiobooks, but double whammy is up there with the best. The narrator brings the characters to life, and the story is completely nuts but you still want to find out what happens. I'll be looking out for more from Carl Hiaasen.
"Floida fun Carle is a good story teller"
Friendly fishermen. what a crew, but the good guys have best intension's. Any thing goes in floida.
A must for all fishing enthusiasts. Good storyline. Lots of unexpected , hilarious turns in the plot. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
"Indignation CAN be funny!"
Skink at his most, with a supporting cast of misfits, both good and bad, what's not to like? Brilliantly narrated too!
Like I said in the headline, indignation can be very funny, and it's a help for us tree huggers who maybe feel despondent at the enormity of the task we face if we want to make a difference in the fight for the environment.
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