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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,968 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Hiaasen Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn’t know which way the Gulf Stream runs. He might also be the only one who went into biology just to make a killing, and now he’s found a way–doctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the endangered Everglades. When Chaz suspects that his wife, Joey, has figured out his scam, he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner into the night-dark Atlantic. Unfortunately for Chaz, his wife doesn’t die in the fall.

Clinging blindly to a bale of Jamaican pot, Joey Perrone is plucked from the ocean by former cop and current loner Mick Stranahan. Instead of rushing to the police and reporting her husband’s crime, Joey decides to stay dead and (with Mick’s help) screw with Chaz until he screws himself.

As Joey haunts and taunts her homicidal husband, as Chaz’s cold-blooded cohorts in pollution grow uneasy about his ineptitude and increasingly erratic behavior, as Mick Stranahan discovers that six failed marriages and years of island solitude haven’t killed the reckless romantic in him, we’re taken on a hilarious, full-throttle, pure Hiaasen ride through the warped politics and mayhem of the human environment, and the human heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A screwball delight so full of bright, deft, beautifully honed humor.... You'd follow [Hiaasen] anywhere.  The New York Times
  • A whopping cannonball splash of fun.... Hooray for Hiaasen’s world.  Los Angeles Times
  • Barking mad.... Here Hiaasen is at his best. The Baltimore Sun
  • "It doesn’t do Carl Hiaasen justice to call him Florida’s funniest state product.... Hiaasen is something bigger: a superb national satirist [and] a great American writer. Entertainment Weekly
  • "Hilarious.... Like the characters, the plot is a hoot, but the real laughs are in Hiaasen's telling. People (Critics' Choice)
  • "Confident and determinedly wacky.... Skinny Dip thrives when Hiaasen and his heroes let their prankster spirits run amok.... Riotous fun.  A.V. Club
  • Bitingly satirical, sublimely zany, and deeply satisfying. Kirkus Reviews
  • Hiaasen's signature mix of hilariously over-the-top villains, lovable innocents, and righteous indignation at what mankind has done to his beloved Florida wilderness is all present in riotous abundance.... Hiaasen's books are so enjoyable it's always a sad moment when they end. Publishers Weekly
  • "Another delirious romp through the swamps of South Florida from the irrepressible Carl Hiaasen.... A corker, chock-full of belly laughs and blistering truths. Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 1/19/2014

    " Confession: I listened to the abridgment on audio CD while driving in my truck. This was just pure fun to listen to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jan | 1/13/2014

    " I just love Carl Hiaasen. His characters are so quirky and the situations so bizarre. The good guys always win in the end and the bad guys come to some very peculiar end. But my all-time favorite remains Tourist Season. You can mess with that mouse in Orlando. But you can't steal the Orange Bowl Queen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Claudia | 1/12/2014

    " I seem to share Mr. Hiassen's peculiar view of the world and his 2 locations - Minnesota & Florida are oddly compatible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mitzy Zahm | 12/31/2013

    " Wonderful! Only Carl can create a truly dispicable character like the husband in this book. A very rewarding read! Be warned, don't read it in a group of people, because it is 'laugh out loud' funny! "

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