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Trap Line

Narrated by: George K. Wilson
Series: Black Lizard, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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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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  • Histerian
  • 04-04-2017

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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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 15-01-2016

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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  • Mark
  • 21-06-2020

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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  • Richard J
  • 15-06-2020

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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  • Gloria Witkus
  • 23-09-2019

Another super one!

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

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  • S.A.
  • 01-01-2013

not your typical Hiassen book, but worth it

What did you like best about this story?

I always love Hiassen charactors.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Christy
  • 10-09-2012

Big fan of Carl Hiassan

Would you listen to Trap Line again? Why?

Probably not although I enjoyed the story.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Alex Chochem
  • 24-09-2016

Could not stop listening!

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








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  • Ana Manwaring
  • 06-04-2016

Those Floridians are Bananas!

I love everything Hiaasen writes or co-writes. Trap Line is another hit. Crazy, colorful characters, an intricate plot and loads of humor. What isn't to like? I particularly liked the open ended close. Will we hear more from Breeze?

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  • BEHouck
  • 29-10-2012

OK time killer if you have nothing better to do

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

All the plot points you expect in a Hiaasen effort were present however it just didn't come together as seemlessly as many of his books. It seemed to be missing that edge of humor that Hiaasen injects into his novels. I kept expecting the Captain to jump out of a mangrove swamp at any time but was disappointed.

What does George K. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Yes, Wilson's read was good for me. He picked up the personalities of the characters. Other reviewers have mentioned his poor accent for his hispanic characters but I did not find that as annoying as others have.

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  • JOHN
  • 04-02-2017

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
  • 21-09-2015

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.