I've never read a Carl Hiaasen book, and never will again. I just have no respect for an author who kills a char**spoiler alert** This book was awful.
I've never read a Carl Hiaasen book, and never will again. I just have no respect for an author who kills a character off by having them 'f*#@ed to death by a dolphin'. Sorry Carl, there's just no forgiving that kind of thing.
I was sad to see this book go so completely off the deep end. There actually were a few times when I chuckled, because it really was humorous at certain points. But Hiaasen clearly thinks he's hilarious, and hasn't grown out of the raunchy teenage boy stage where excessive cussing, phone sex, and guns are the coolest things he's ever heard of.
From a technical standpoint, this book suffered for a few reasons: - Why did the author use every character's first and last names EVERY TIME HE REFERRED TO THEM?! Was he padding his word count or something? It was really obnoxious. - The book was about 1/3 longer than it should have been. There were scenes that served no purpose to the story, other than to prolong the book (and my agony). - A couple of the characters seemed to change personality at various points throughout the book. I think the fact that there were SO many characters made it difficult for the author to keep their 'voices' distinct.
I opted to listen to the audiobook version of this, and am grateful that I did. If I had wasted precious reading time on this stupid book I would have been even more ticked off. Instead, I listened to it at work, so I technically got paid to do it. ;)
*A side note in regards to the audiobook: The narrator did an excellent job....more
I really struggled to get through it. Not because Hoffman is a poor writer, but because I found myself not waMy 1 word review of this book: Melancholy
I really struggled to get through it. Not because Hoffman is a poor writer, but because I found myself not wanting to listen to such a downer of a story. I could only handle it in small doses. Each story was filled with sadness, or anger, or violence, or betrayal, or loss; filled with lying and people feeling trapped or unable to be who they knew they were deep down. It's not that I need my books to be 100% happy 100% of the time, but a book filled to the brim with negativity just wasn't enjoyable.
What I DID like: The 'layout' of the book. The town was the main character, and each story allowed us to see how the town & its people were changing throughout the 300 years that the book spans. I could draw a mental family tree, tracking the lineage of the town's first settlers all through the years. Hoffman did a wonderful job of keeping that thread of continuity in tact, so that the stories were connected just enough for the book to feel like 1 whole, instead of several pieces....more
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect out of this book. I bought my mom the audio version for Christmas because she really likes the gal who reads it.I honestly wasn't sure what to expect out of this book. I bought my mom the audio version for Christmas because she really likes the gal who reads it. Other than that, I had never heard of it and didn't know anything about it.
Ultimately, I really enjoyed the story. I had planned on only listening to it at work, but found myself turning it on in the car & while I was at home too. The storyline is an original enough idea that it kept me interested. And I liked most of the characters enough to want to know what was going to happen to them next (Beau was BY FAR my favorite! Loved him!). I mostly had the 'bad guy(s)' figured out, but wasn't completely certain of it until it was pretty close to the end and everything came together.
My main complaint was with all of the 'Do I trust him or don't I' flip-flopping throughout the story. In that sense, Ian felt a little too Edward-y, and Haven felt a little too Bella-y for me (sorry to pull out the Twilight reference, but it's hard to avoid with YA love stories), but it wasn't enough to completely annoy me or turn me off from reading the book.
I recently found out that this is going to be a series, and I think I'll probably read the next book when it comes out....more
I've only seen about 5 minutes of 'Chelsea Lately' so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when a coworker gave me this audio book to listen to. WhatI've only seen about 5 minutes of 'Chelsea Lately' so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when a coworker gave me this audio book to listen to. What I *didn't* expect was to laugh uncontrollably while listening to it (which probably got on my coworkers' nerves after awhile). I'm sure listening to Chelsea Handler's books (vs. reading them) makes them even funnier because you get to hear the stories straight from her. For me, her sense of humor is just the right balance of sarcasm and irreverence.
This book did, however, make me thankful that I'm not Chelsea's friend or family, because she really doesn't hold back any punches. I wonder what it's like to read some embarrassing/hilarious stories about yourself in one of her books. :)...more
Ugh... I honestly don't know whether to blame my dislike of this book on the book itself, or on the guy who narrated the audio book (he was very diffiUgh... I honestly don't know whether to blame my dislike of this book on the book itself, or on the guy who narrated the audio book (he was very difficult to listen to). I've read other Sandra Brown novels several years ago and enjoyed them, so I was really bummed when this one wasn't as good as I remember the other ones being. But maybe my tastes have changed over the years.
The only reason I'm not giving this 1 star is because I didn't have the murderer figured out until it was revealed. I knew who it WASN'T, but hadn't come up with the culprit on my own. But even that 'twist' wasn't incredibly compelling.
Overall this book was very unremarkable, and it annoyed me more often than it entertained me....more