Lucky You

  • by Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Grange, Florida, is famous for its miracles - the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the stigmata man. And now it has JoLayne Lucks, unlikely winner of the state lottery.
Unfortunately, JoLayne's winning ticket isn't the only one. The other belongs to Bodean Gazzer and his raunchy sidekick, Chub, who believe they're entitled to the whole $28 million jackpot. And they need it quickly, to start their own underground militia before NATO troops invade America.
But JoLayne Lucks has her own plans for the Lotto money - an Eden-like forest in Grange must be saved from strip-malling. When Bode and Chub brutally assault her and steal her ticket, JoLayne vows to track them down, take it back - and get revenge.
The only one who can help is Tom Krome, a big-city investigative journalist now bitterly consigned to writing frothy features for a midsized central Florida newspaper. With a persuasive nudge from JoLayne, Krome is about to become part of a story that's bigger and more bizarre than anything he's ever covered.
Chasing two heavily armed psychopaths down the coast of Florida is reckless enough, but Tom's got other problems - the murderous attention of a jealous judge; an actress wife who turns fugitive to avoid divorce court; an editor who speaks in tongues; and Tom's own growing fondness for the future millionairess with whom he's risking his neck.
The pursuit takes them from the surreal streets of Grange to a buzzard-infested island deep in Florida Bay, where they finally catch up with the fledgling militia - Chub, Bode Gazzer, a newly recruited convenience-store clerk, and their baffled hostage, a Hooters waitress.
The climax explodes with the hilarious mayhem that is Carl Hiaasen's hallmark. Lucky You is his funniest, most deliriously gripping novel yet.

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Not Hiaasen's best work

If its your first go at Carl Hiaasen, try something else. Striptease or Skinny Dip, maybe.

His genius is making flawed characters lovable, so you end up rooting for them all the way.

There's none of that here. No redemption for the bumbling villain. Hero and heroine are unlovable. No real social comment. Racist bad guys and scamming zealots: too easy. I just didn't enjoy it.

He's one of my favorite audiobook pleasures, but Hiaasen missed the mark with this one.
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- Jimmy

Made me want to play the lottery

Which scene was your favorite?

When JoLayne opens the envelope with the lottery ticket in it.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, this was a can't stop... one more chapter in the driveway kind of book!


Any additional comments?

A Hiaasen book is twisted humor... guaranteed

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- Taree

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio