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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,644 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Hiaasen Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements -- such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks -- that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.

After watching Stoat blithely dump a trail of fast-food litter out the window, Twilly decides to teach him a lesson. Thus, Stoat's prized Range Rover becomes home to a horde of hungry dung beetles. Which could have been the end to it had Twilly not discovered that Stoat is one of Florida's cockiest and most powerful political fixers, whose latest project is the "malling" of a pristine Gulf Coast island. Now the real Hiaasen-variety fun begins.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Donna | 2/17/2014

    " Carl Hiaasen is very funny, a few times. He has a tendency to reformulate the same book over and over, but I didn't know that when I read this, and I still regard it as one of his best efforts. He shares a horror of environmental despoilment and domestic violence with writer Stephen King, perhaps in reverse order for the latter. If you are a fan of Florida wildlife preservation and have a dark sense of humor, this is your book. He writes what might be referred to as "crime capers", a phrase originally used as far as I know to Donald Westlake's books. His touch is not quite as deft as Westlake, but then that's a hard standard to be held up against. I really enjoyed this book as well as its implied sentiments. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hillary | 2/12/2014

    " Carl Hiaasen is known for writing madcap Floridian adventures full of zany characters--but in this one I think he came off the rails a bit. The characters are awfully one-dimensional and are too easily divided into "the good guys" and "the bad guys." All the same, Hiaasen's blatant-but-wacky criticism of Florida's corrupt politicians and land-grubbing developers was entertaining. Fine for people who read his books all the time and enjoy his style, but not the best choice for someone looking to try him out for the first time. He has better ones out there. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Tara Lynn Tanner | 2/10/2014

    " Sick puppy is right. This is like Edward Abbey and whoever wrote Sexy Beast had a baby and named him Carl Hiaasen. If you are into environmental terrorism and weird kinky stuff and don't mind distasteful language- this is the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike Meadows | 2/2/2014

    " incredibly funny and engaging. lots of laughs cover to cover. "

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