Sick Puppy : Skink

  • by Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • Series: Skink
  • 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Palmer Stoat notices the black pickup truck following him on the highway, he fears his precious Range Rover is about to be carjacked. But Twilly Spree, the man tailing Stoat, has vengeance, not sport-utility vehicles, on his mind. Idealistic, independently wealthy, and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. He favors unambiguous political statements - such as torching Jet-Skis or blowing up banks - that leave his human targets shaken but re-educated.
After watching Stoat blithely dump a trail of fast-food litter out the window, Twilly decides to teach him a lesson. Thus, Stoat's prized Range Rover becomes home to a horde of hungry dung beetles. Which could have been the end to it had Twilly not discovered that Stoat is one of Florida's cockiest and most powerful political fixers, whose latest project is the "malling" of a pristine Gulf Coast island. Now the real Hiaasen-variety fun begins....
Dognapping eco-terrorists, bogus big-time hunters, a Republicans-only hooker, an infamous ex-governor who's gone back to nature, thousands of singing toads and a Labrador retriever greater than the sum of his Labrador parts - these are only some of the denizens of Carl Hiaasen's outrageously funny new novel.
Brilliantly twisted entertainment wrapped around a powerful ecological plea, Sick Puppy gleefully lives up to its title and gives us Hiaasen at his riotous and muckraking best.

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What the Critics Say

"Carl Hiaasen once again produces a devilishly funny caper. In Sick Puppy, he shows himself to be a comic writer at the peak of his powers." (Publisher's Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Therapy for green folk

Would you consider the audio edition of Sick Puppy to be better than the print version?

I do enjoy listening to Carl Hiaasen novels in the car, but I'm sure I'd enjoy the printed word as well. Sick Puppy is a good one for the commuter -- not too hard to follow and plenty of good laughs.


What did you like best about this story?

Skink is always awesome. But in this case I really enjoyed Twilley Spree's antics.


Have you listened to any of George Newbern’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, Seabiscuit: An American Legend. Both books were well-read.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well, one or two moments were moving, but I don't want to write a spoiler.


Any additional comments?

Hiaasen's novels are satirical crusades against government corruption, corporate greed, and most of all, land development and other crimes against nature. He does not spare either side of the aisle, but I suspect that if you tune in to conservative talk radio, you will not like this book. On the other hand, if you are inclined to make donations to The Nature Conservancy and similar-minded groups, Hiaasen may stop your tears for at least a little while.

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- Herv J. Peairs

The Hiaasen Formula

A strange guy sees an a****** in a new sports car driving down the road tossing litter out of his window and finds an ingenious way to get even with him. From there things begin to escalate in ways that could only happen in a Carl Hiaasen novel. As always ecology is a major theme in the plot of a Hiaasen novel as are the weird offbeat characters that always seem to populate fiction written by the author. Again, as usual, there is a beautiful blonde stuck with the dorky p**** whose role is to be the book's clueless antagonist; until she begins an affair with the almost as clueless but much more lovable protagonist. The audiobook is okay even with a narrator who seems to be mediocre at best; it might be better to read the print version.
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- Me & My Girls

Book Details

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