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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: March 2004 ISBN: 9781415905364
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyse | 12/14/2013

    " Yet another wonderful book from Hiaasen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 12/9/2013

    " Another great one from Hiaasen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 12/8/2013

    " A typical quick Carl Hiassen read. The main character in this one is called Joey Perrone. She is married to an unscrupulous biologist. They are on a cruise, when he pushes her overboard in the middle of the night, expecting her to drown. Miraculously she lives, and the rest of the book is about her attempts to extract revenge on him. She gains the help of a recluse living in a stilt house, a police detective from Minnesota who keeps large snakes and a bodyguard who is addicted to pain patches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tinkalanashai | 11/13/2013

    " I'm reading this again but I'm almost finished. I love the build up and detail of the characters in this book! That detail makes the story so much more fun. Why don't I have any more Hiaasen books?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily White | 10/28/2013

    " I loved the book. It was interesting and very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawne | 10/7/2013

    " This was a very fun book to read...very light, humorous yet with a bit of mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Chaos | 10/5/2013

    " I listened to this on audio book, and it seems that Barry Bostwick's reading of it is what sold me. Entertaining, quick, fun read. Take this to the beach or on a road trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timlin Loxterkamp | 9/11/2013

    " Not very stimulating, but did make me laugh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celeste Gantz | 9/4/2013

    " Terrific book with great laughs, twists and turns but also lots of important information regarding the disappearance and misuse of the Everglades. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaynez | 8/16/2013

    " This is my first Carl Hiaasen book. Kinda light, fun, sexy. A major revenge on a major A-hole tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 8/11/2013

    " Almost as funny as Lucky You but still a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Therese | 6/24/2013

    " Great opening! Funny, fast paced, and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 6/21/2013

    " Always an enjoyable read. Characters are developed and the situations are hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise Woodruff | 4/8/2013

    " Weird... but hilarious. Great social commentary, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nora | 12/17/2012

    " one of his best, and the last one i have, read all his books, what a ride! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Davies | 12/1/2012

    " My first and favorite Carl Hiaasen book! I recommend this to everyone. My Grandma enjoyed it immensely as did my mom - a book for all generations in your family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Soni | 11/27/2012

    " New author to me. Slow to get started but then got to a point I wanted to finish it. Enjoyed it but don't think I would recommend it. Anyone read any of his other books that you enjoyed? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Kaufman | 11/23/2012

    " Another great book from Hiaasen. Like Parker he writes with economy of words, but says so much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynley | 10/30/2012

    " This is my brother-in-law's favourite book ever. I read it to pacify him, but I'm not taking any more recommendations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Malik | 10/2/2012

    " Hilarious book. I loved it! I can't wait to read some of his other books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey Millikan Bacigalupo | 9/19/2012

    " Loved it! The conflict, the characters (esp. Tool and Maureen), the plot. A VERY fun read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa Nielson | 6/18/2012

    " started but only read a few chaoters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 4/4/2012

    " From the first few chapters, it seems like a Christopher Buckley-type humorous book. And now that I've finished it, a great beach read. Fun and goes quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laini | 2/21/2012

    " I laughed my ass off all the way through this book. My first Hiaasen, but if the rest can equal this one, I won't be disappointed. The character of "Tool" alone was worth the cost of the book. Hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/30/2011

    " Very silly book and not serious at all, but an enjoyable read.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 6/30/2011

    " I LOVED this book. Read at the beach, on a lake, by the river...but NOT on a cruise! You will laugh out loud, roll around on the floor and jones for a fruity drink with an umbrella in it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/30/2011

    " Entertaining as a light read. Great pool or beach book, especially since it's set in Florida :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 6/27/2011

    " Humorous enough writing, but I was annoyed with the overly sexualized female characters. What exactly was everyone's plan through out the book? It seems if you have carte blanche of being presumed dead and rich beyond means, you could come up with a better revenge plan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/19/2011

    " fun read--though the convoluted plot later in the book seemed a little unclear in spots. Still, I'll read more of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheenar | 6/16/2011

    " This book combines a tale of greed and misfortune to a couple that is disfunctional which leads the wife to take her own life and ingenuinty to the next level "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 6/12/2011

    " LOVED this book! Just don't read on a cruise! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 6/11/2011

    " No way! An action book with a story centered around agricultural water pollution! Yeah! And the characters were fun, too -- Joey is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bobby | 6/8/2011

    " if you like either florida or laughing, read this. a real hoot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hallie | 6/1/2011

    " Really good for summer reading. Quick moving plot with interesting characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 5/30/2011

    " He throws his wife over board in the middle of the night on the cruise ship ... and I'm laughing? This was funny? Yes! And on from there, an incredibly, irresistibly ridiculous story! I must find more books by Carl Hiassen. Who is this crazy guy? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 5/26/2011

    " Three and a half stars, really. For some reason, I expected it to be better. Instead of reading it because I wanted to know what was going to happen, I read it just so I could get to the end and then move on to another book. "

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About the Author
Author Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen is a successful journalist and novelist. He is a writer and investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, and his work has appeared in Time, Life, Esquire, Playboy, Gourmet, and Sports Illustrated. His earliest novels—Powder Burn, Trap Line, and A Death In China—were cowritten with fellow journalist Bill Montalbano. Since then, he has written books in a variety of genres. His novel Strip Tease was made into a movie in 1996, and his young adult novel Hoot, a Newbery honoree, was made into a movie in May 2006. A number of Hiassen’s works have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, including Star Island, Chomp, Sick Puppy, and Scat. In addition to being a writer, Hiassen is also a public speaker. He lives in Florida with his family.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End. His audiobook narration has won him fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards.