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Book Reviews of Skinny Dip

Skinny Dip
Skinny Dip
Author: Carl Hiaasen
ISBN-13: 9780375411083
ISBN-10: 0375411089
Publication Date: 7/13/2004
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 227 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
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105 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

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Helpful Score: 4
Hiaasen's latest fictional crusade against the destruction of Florida's nature world is as funny, fast-reading, and enjoyable as his many previous works. The characters are outrageously inventive, the dialog pitch-perfect, and the reading experience just plain fun. Recommended!
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Helpful Score: 4
Considering how trying to kill your wife could be funny, this book is hilarious! It reminds me a bit of Evanovich in how she has so much serious stuff going on yet adds humor; yet it's different too. I enjoyed this book a lot. you have to read it to unfold the entire mystery and how so much stuff keeps coming around and going wrong!
Angeleyes avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 217 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
My first Carl Haissen book and it won't be my last. This book is all about revenge and the best way to serve it. I got a big kick out of how the main character and her new beau tried to make her husband nuts, and in the end won. Lots of chuckles along with way.
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Helpful Score: 3
"Skinny Dip" is another entry into Hiaasen's theater of the absurd, with its usual cast of colorful characters and ridiculous twists to the plot that remind you there are far more idiots in this world than those with common sense. There are cameos from previous books, such as Mick and Captain, but enough new personalities - and fresh digs into political corruption - to make this entertaining and enjoyable. It's laugh out loud funny with enough feel good emotions to counter the darker motivations. I loved Joey and Mick, as well as the fascinating Tool. There isn't a single miss in the cast of this offbeat work. My only complaint was the rather blunt and enigmatic ending.

Still, you can't go wrong with this one for wacked out, plotty fun.
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Helpful Score: 3
Very funny! Vintage Hiaasen. Follow the tale of a bride on her honeymoon with her murderous new husband. He pitches her overboard from the cruise ship, and she swims to an island inhabited by a (sexy, of course!) recluse, who helps her exact a hilarious revenge.
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Helpful Score: 2
Just when you think Carl Hiassen can't get any wackier, along comes another great read!
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Helpful Score: 2
This was my first Hiaasen and a GREAT read!
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Helpful Score: 2
Fastpaced mystery that's funny too.Takes place in Fla. Keys.GREAT!
maurac23 avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on
Helpful Score: 1
great twists!
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Helpful Score: 1
An amusing summer read. Great for fun and sun by the pool, but not a great piece of literature.
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Helpful Score: 1
love this book; read it twice!
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Helpful Score: 1
After reading this had to order more Carl.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a great, entertaining book. I found myself laughing out loud and some of the antics and situations!
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Helpful Score: 1
Very funny, quick read, quite absorbing. Even better than the other books of his I have read.

Reminds me of a Seinfeld episode.
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Helpful Score: 1
Another funny book by Carl Hiaasen. I'm a huge fan!
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Helpful Score: 1
We read this book in our book club. We all found it a light hearted, funny story. It was a nice book to read, especially after reading something dark or disturbing.
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Helpful Score: 1
I like the eco-terrorism angle that his stories have. It was a nice, easy read.
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Helpful Score: 1
From the book jacket: Marine biologist Chaz Perrone can't tell a sea horse from a saw horse. And when he throws his beautiful wife, Joey, off a cruise liner, he really should know better. An expert swimmer, Joey makes her wat to a floating bale of Jamaican pot- and then to an island inhabited by an ex-cop named Mick whose ex-wives include five waitresses and a TV producer. Now Joey wants revenge.......

This book is a funny fast read.
momjovi avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
good mystery
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Helpful Score: 1
Kind of silly and far fetched but a fun, light read
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Helpful Score: 1
FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY!
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Helpful Score: 1
Very funny and entertaining. If you like dark humor, or just Carl Hiaasen, you will love it!
jdauntless avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 112 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
``A screwball delight full of bright, deft, beautifully honed humor . . . pure reading pleasure.'' NY Times review.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great characters - funny and smart writing... My first read from this author - I can't wait to read more!
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is a great summer read, very funny, and a quick read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Hilarious and incisive dark comedy about the demise of Florida wildlife and human nature. If you liked _Sick Puppy_, you'll love this.
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Helpful Score: 1
Hiaasen at his funniest.
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Helpful Score: 1
His books are always enjoyable. This was one of my favorite.
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Helpful Score: 1
Hiaasen continues to be a highlight as an author -- providing a hilarious romp through the waters of Southern Florida! Keep it up! I love the ride~!
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Helpful Score: 1
A quick read that keeps you on the edge of your seat...funny and entertaining!
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Helpful Score: 1
Very entertaining! A great light read.
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Helpful Score: 1
I liked this one very much, although it did have an element of "romance" in it...
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Helpful Score: 1
My first Hiaasen novel --- won't be my last! What a fun read!
daninpa avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on
Helpful Score: 1
A very enjoyable read. One of Hiaasen's best!
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was very entertainig! I would recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fabulous read!
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Helpful Score: 1
good story, fun read
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Helpful Score: 1
Read this book through a bookring. Hard to get started, but about halfway through I couldn't put it down.
mdbarbara avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
"A screwball delight full of bright, deft, beautifully honed humor...pure reading pleasure." "Terrific - a whopping cannonball splash of fun...breakneck pace...lots of laughs and plenty of vicarious vengeance."
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Helpful Score: 1
This book easy to read and very, very funny. I laughed out loud several times. I would recommend it for anyone needing a good laugh and light-hearted reading.
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Helpful Score: 1
What a fun read! Hiaasen is a favorite of mine, his books never fail to surprise me - what a seriously clever and hilarious author. Recommended!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Carl Hiaasen is one of my favorite authors. He always makes me laugh out loud while reading.
philovance avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 19 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Skinny Dip.

Another excellent Carl Hiaasen adventure. Man and wife go on a cruise. Man throws wife overboard. Unbeknownst to him she is an excellent swimmer and makes it to shore. With her rescuer, she plots to pay her husband back. Good book, page turner.
auntmaymay1221 avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
As a Floridian, I love these books! I recognize the characters...and laugh my butt off....wonderfyl writing and characterization!
StampJockey avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on
Helpful Score: 1
This book was a great read. I would highly recommend it to anyone that likes a novel with an original storyline that is full of twists, turns, drama , suspense and humor. Hiaasen takes us on a whirlwind tour de force that leaves you wanting more even when you've reached the stunning conclusion.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very funny. Classic Hiaasen. My husband would rock the bed at night laughing while he read it.
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Helpful Score: 1
Hilarious! Hiaasen at his best! Woman shoved overboard by her husband, she pretends to remain dead and bedevils him with some help from a fella - becomes her romantic interest. Really funny and wry.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is another delirious and zany romp through the swamps of South Florida with a cast of equally delirious and zany characters.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book! Fast read! Entertaining!
starfkr avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 53 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I don't know how to describe this book; it's a quasi-mystery with some romance and comedy thrown in for good measure. The author is particularly adept at creating over-the-top, yet somehow realistic, characters. I didn't find myself particularly attached to the story but I found it intriguing enough to keep reading. All in all, an enjoyable romp.
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Helpful Score: 1
A fun read. Comic and eccentric characters, and a fast-moving plot

3.5 stars out of 5
shukween avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 118 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Typical of Hiassen, this book is a rollicking romp through South Florida, with a cast of barely believatble characters. The equivalent of literary bubblegum, this story traces the adventures of a wife whose husband heaves her overboard off a cruise ship expecting never to see her again...but she doggedly survives, only to remain in hiding until she can both figure out why her husband did it and salve her pride by tormenting him a little bit. You will laugh out loud and wish you could meet some of Hiassen's vivid cast of personnages whom she crosses paths with in her quest to drive her husband nuts.
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Helpful Score: 1
Hiaasen "borrows" tidbits from real news stories and scatters them in this hilarious book about revenge. His humor is dry and sometimes a bit perverse, but his ideas are fresh and his characters are memorable. You can't go wrong with this author, whose books are always set in southern Florida.
jshumor avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Another romp through Florida. Mick Stanahaan is back after finding a blonde woman riding a bale of marijuana in the ocean. As funny aas can be and quite the mystery to boot.
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Helpful Score: 1
As usual, Carl Hiaasen wrote a thoroughly enjoyable book.
sabayrac avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 34 more book reviews
A delightful read - a mystery, a little sex and it all winds around to be a book you don't easily lay down.
A wife gets thrown off a ship and presumed to be drowned or eaten by sharks.....but, not so and as the tale unwinds you see how she catches her husband in her snare.
The detective seems more like a Columbo character......all a wonderful read!
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Very funny story. Highly recommended for plenty of chuckles and a few genuine laugh out loud moments.
buzzby avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 6062 more book reviews
How come these novels never take place in South Dakota?
sassenach avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 18 more book reviews
This was the first Carl Hiaasen book that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. I will be looking for more by him!
jamiG avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 37 more book reviews
Interesting to have a murder mystery where you know from the beginning Who Dunnit. Positive book on the strength of a woman. In the end, everyone gets pretty much what they deserve... Nice.
theatricalscot avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 15 more book reviews
Hiassen's talents are on full display here in this pulpy and enjoyable Florida thriller.
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This was the first book by Carl Hiassen I read and I've been hooked ever since.
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Quirky, humerous and just plain fun ! :)
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I loved this book, if you need to laugh, this is the book for you. The characters are hilarious and the story line gets funnier the longer you read. I rarely laugh out loud while reading but this book had me in stitches.
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Awesome, probably one of my faves.
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Great read.... clever plot, well developed character.
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typical funny Hiaasen
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Living in Florida, working at a theme park, Carl's work hits home for me. I love his humor, a little trashy in all the right places, definitely "R" rated. Great departure..
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Great book! One of those that you can't put down
augieandlourock avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 117 more book reviews
This book will defiantly having you laughing.Its a very funny book about a husband who pushes his wife overboard on a cruise ship and thinks shes dead.Only the wife isnt dead and she comes back to get revenge on him.He thinks hes going crazy but in reality the wife is doing all of it.She mets a new man who helps her and they fall in love.
fastfingers avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 73 more book reviews
Loved this book. Funny, entertaining and a quick read. Didn't want to put it down.
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Good read. Interesting characters. The book starts quickly and keeps your attention throughout.
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Good book for a vacation read. Nothing too deep!
LadyBook81 avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 60 more book reviews
I couldn't put this book down! It was so good! I have never read this author before but I am goig to from now on! I highly reccommend this book and author!
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Bitingly satirical, quite zany, and most of all,
deeply satisfying. Laugh out loud funny.
One of Carl's best.
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A real fun book to read.
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Extremely entertaining, and readable; won't win a pulitzer but a perfect crime read.
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Serious ecological problems caused by society handled with humor and leaving you wondering "What else can go wrong". Writer creates great characters and tricky plots that work. Good read cover to cover.
galnsearch avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 143 more book reviews
A crooked marine biologist kills his wife by pushing her overboard from a cruise liner. Unfortunately for him, she survives. Lots of twists and turns in this novel. Enjoyed reading this one.
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Fun book to read in the summer!
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Fantastic read! I could not put it down.
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Hiaasen is just plan warped! But, he sure can write a great book! This was my fav of all of his that I've read.
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Fun! An enjoyable read!
IMADiva avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 43 more book reviews
Carl Hiaasen is always funny and this book is no exception to the rule. When Chaz pushes his wife overboard on their anniversary cruise he forgets she was the captain of her college swim team. She drifts up to a private island on a bale of marijuana and from there on the laughs and characters multiply on every page.
JuneRosebud avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 12 more book reviews
Super cute. Mr. Hiaasen did an excellent job through dialogue of illustrating his characters feelings. It is a little bit zany and a very fun read.
JeanneB avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on
Alot of fun. I always enjoy Hiaasen's books and this one did not disappoint. Again, Florida is his main character. The story is very funny. It is also scary because (though fictional) he is really writing about the impact of greed and corruption on the Florida Everglades.
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Awesome! I read it in one day! My first for Hiaasen but not the last!
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Another great story with new and old characters.
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Great fun read! A little quirky, but a very entertaining book!
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Light reading, with no substance. The basis of the comedy was the pathetic characters. Not assumed.
samuraibunny avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 33 more book reviews
An amusing book to be sure. There was romance in this book, but it was very low-key, the main plot being revenge.

Since this is a light book, I didn't expect much character growth, but there is - surprisingly - a couple. Behind the humor and the satire, there is definitely a push for environmental awareness, which I think is fantastic. I mean, if you're dead, how are you going to spend all of that cash?

This is certainly a laugh-out-loud book, from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.
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On behalf of my husband, who is the fiction reader in our family, I submit his review of Skinny Dip.

He found the story line was very interesting and fun, in a weird kind of way. My husband is not one for much baffoonery, so that says alot about his appreciation for this writer's work.

The vulgarity was something that my husband did not like, and said that he wished the writer would have toned it down. The story held his attention throughout, though, and deserved to be told without so much profanity.

A 4.5 star rating would be appropriate for Skinny Dip other than the colorful language, which brings it down to 3.5.

Bea
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I LOVE CARL HIAASEN!! HE NEVER FAILS TO ENTERTAIN!!!
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Terrific, hilarious read. Read it cover to cover in one sitting!
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This is a bizarre tale. a comedy about a man who throws his wife overboard from a cruise ship balcony. you have to read it to ever understand how it could be. i really liked this book.
Pattakins avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 365 more book reviews
A great revenge story that flows well, and is unpredictable.
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An extremely easy read...had to read for a book club. Not a good discussion book.
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Quick entertaining read
tracey avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 41 more book reviews
Light fun read.
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Read well, by Barry Bostwick, it's a quick listen.
NancyAZ avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 84 more book reviews
So funny! I didn't expect much from this book and boy was I mistaken! It is well written, FUNNY, and has a good plot and ending. I highly recommend!
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Funny and suspenseful and the characters are awesome
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There is a thin line between farce and stupid, fortunately Carl Hiaasen stays on the funny side. Another book that features the characters that only seem to inhabit the islands, coasts and Everglades of Florida. How about a tale that begins with a woman being pushed off a cruise ship by her husband and is saved when she happens upon a floating bale of Jamaican pot. Hang on, it is a wild, fun ride to the finish. Enjoy
ORION9 avatar reviewed Skinny Dip on + 56 more book reviews
This story is vintage Hiaasen: takes place in Florida, is peripherally concerned with ecology, has vivid characters, and a plot revolving around greed. Ho hum. Except characters, plot, and background are over-the-top funny. When you read a Hiaasen story, you will laugh, of course, but two pages later, and have to go back to see if what you thought you read was actually printed. He writes outrageously funny stories and this one is no exception.
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This book is readable but it got wet.
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