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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: Barry Bostwick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9780739313008
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Marine biologist Chaz Perrone can't tell a sea horse from a sawhorse. And when he throws his beautiful wife, Joey, off a cruise liner, he really should know better. An expert swimmer, Joey makes her way to a floating bale of Jamaican pot-and then to an island inhabited by an ex-cop named Mick Stranahan, whose ex-wives include five waitresses and a TV producer. Now Joey wants to get revenge on Chaz and Mick's happy to help her.But in swampy South Florida, separating lies from truths and stupidity from brilliance isn't easy. Especially when you're after a guy like Chaz-who's bad at murder, great at fraud, and just terrible at getting caught.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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)
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/19/2014

    " this book was just okay.....definitely not as humorous as it claimed, or maybe I just didn't get the author's sense of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alfred Bates | 2/14/2014

    " Suspenseful and funny at the same time. I read this a while ago, but I thought it was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anand | 2/14/2014

    " My 2nd book by him that a completed reading and it was great, nice story, and funny too "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Jackson | 1/28/2014

    " Best of the Carl Hiaasen books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marije | 1/25/2014

    " A fun thriller that doesn't take itself very seriously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gazelle | 1/22/2014

    " A fun mystery/comedy. Definitely a nice change from the more serious books I read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nell George | 1/22/2014

    " I laughed the entire time I read this book. Loved it and continue to look for his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desiree | 1/20/2014

    " Was well enough written, but I'm not all that eager for second book by author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendan Whelton | 1/16/2014

    " Not his best book, try Sick Puppy instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K | 1/1/2014

    " So weird but the characters are wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don Paske | 12/31/2013

    " An entertaining read about a bubbling non-marine biologist and the wife he tried to kill. Hiaasen has his own brand of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Vasseur | 12/26/2013

    " An entertaining caper, both quietly and largely funny, which recalls to my mind the novels of Martin Clark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Fournier | 12/26/2013

    " Hilarious! Another of his books, Sick Puppy, was even better. I'm going to read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nora | 12/17/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 12/15/2013

    " Carl Hiaasen keeps me coming by with his black humor and his unwavering fight for the Florida environment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jpl1966 | 12/11/2013

    " funny, twist and turns, Hiaasen once again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 12/7/2013

    " Witty, somewhat predictable towards the end. Great beach read. "

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

    " This was so funny. Listened to it on CD. Completely silly "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Beck | 7/23/2013

    " This is a great story, Hiaasen has a knack for incredible characters and zany situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/21/2013

    " Fun to read with great dialogue. I have read his children's book, Hoot, but I had never read any of his adult novels. I will definitely go back for more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy Hasty | 9/9/2012

    " Fun read; Hiaasen balances his preaching about environmental sin with quirky characters and outlandish plots. The sobering realities are more palatable and perhaps gain a wider audience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 7/27/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 4/9/2012

    " Not great literature, but a really fun read. Goofy, sometimes dumb, but always entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexander McQuire | 1/23/2012

    " I chose this book for my personal essay in my final year at highschool, The book was funny, witty and had a great overarching plot that followed our three main characters. It's one of those books that is hard to put down as soon as you start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/13/2012

    " I laughed all through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Rejsek | 12/2/2011

    " Not as good as his early books,but entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 11/19/2011

    " I really enjoyed parts of this book...some really funny writing, comparisons, etc. I think it went on a bit too long though. I kept waiting for everything to come crashing together and instead he slowly and carwdulky wove it together. ..and I was a little bored by the time he got there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 9/18/2011

    " this guy is so funny. i love the way he weaves his favorite people in and out of most of his novels. he's a laugh out loud writer, and gives me comic relief about serious issues that surround us all, in and out of florida. a good witty satirist. plan to finish all his books. "

  • 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

Barry Bostwick has appeared in movies, television, and in musical theater. He played Brad Majors in the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and on television he appeared in the comedy Spin City with Michael J. Fox. In 1972 he received a Tony Award nomination for originating the role of Danny Zuko in the Broadway musical Grease. He then won a Tony Award in 1977 for his role in the musical The Robber Bridegroom. Bostwick continues to work in television.