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Where does The Stingray Shuffle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
There are three types of audiobooks that I find appealing: 1. Books I've read in print that I loved and wanted to revisit in audio format; 2. Books of movies I loved and wanted to hear in their original literary versions; 3. Books that are fun. Stingray Shuffle falls into the latter category, a virtually can't miss category because the main criterion is that they are fun. And it is.A sub-genre of fun books are the Florida books of a notable number of authors. The one that I've read a lot of of is Carl Hiaasen. Tim Dorsey is Carl Hiaasen on steroids. Or drugs, more generically. The Stingray Shuggle completes a series of three books (the others are Dorsey's first two, Florida Roadkill and Hammerhead Ranch Hotel) in which his omnipresent protagonist, Serge Storms, pursues a cache of $5 million cash. In Stingray Shuffle, we find out why he wants the money.Among the three categories of audiobooks that I like to listen to, Stingray Shuffle ranks as a solid entry in the fun group. I've listened to some that I like more (Ready Player One, Book of Joe, Agent to the Stars, Hiaasen's Strip Tease), but I liked it just fine. The books that end up disappointing me are almost invariably books that don't fall into these three categories -- police procedurals, non-fiction, non-comic sci-fi.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Serge Storms, of course. What a creation! A chemically unbalanced sociopath with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Floridian and a fairly righteous moral compass, and a knack for creative killings. But the beauty of Dorsey's books (like Hiaasen's) is the diverse spectrum of characters, and Stingray Shuffle doesn't disappoint with its hypnotist, book club ladies, bad author, bumbling cartel thugs, and the return of Johnny Vegas, reluctant virgin.
Which character – as performed by George K. Wilson – was your favorite?
Serge Storms, of course. Serge gets to go on a number of rants in Stingray Shuffle, whether in court defending himself or in the car telling stories or recounting Florida history. Wilson captures his manic voice perfectly. He does a great job with all the characters. He is a prolific audiobook reader, including many of Dorsey's books as well as Hiaasen's, so he has a lot of practice.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and no. Too manic to take in one big dose, but with so many characters, it was hard trying to keep them all straight over the course of a bunch of smaller doses.
Any additional comments?
If you're new to this genre, start with Hiaasen or any one of the other notable authors (John D. MacDonald, Dave Barry, et.al.) and move on to Dorsey when you want to take it to the limit. He is definitely farther out there than the Dry Tortugas (which figure into the climax of his first novel, Florida Roadkill).
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I hear or see Dexter mentioned occasionally in discussions or reviews about Serge. I love both series, but I don't think they're the same at all. Since I just listened to the most recent Dexter book in between Serge marathons, I decided to start making a list of comparisons to show why they're different. Here's what I have so far:
Dexter has a legitimate job. Serge lives on the proceeds of crime.
Dexter feels a deep need to kill. Serge would just as soon not, but...
Dexter's victims must meet certain eligibility requirements, defined by "Harry's Code." Serge's victims just have to really piss him off.
Dexter has a routine and a ritual way of killing. Serge doesn't use the same method more than once.
Dexter stays to the end. Serge usually goes away while they're still alive, and leaves them with a slim (practically non-existent) possibility of escape.
Dexter thoroughly cleans up afterward. Serge leaves bodies and parts strewn all over Florida for others to find and deal with.
Dexter keeps a box of slides with blood samples of all his victims. Serge keeps a box of historical Florida souvenirs.
Dexter talks to his playmates for maximum terror and mental anguish while he works on them. Serge entertains his victims with pleasant banter while setting up his devices, which practically amounts to the same thing.
Both rely heavily on duct tape.
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I recommend listening to the series. It does not matter which order, they are individual stories. . Anarchic fun, not for the prudish or faint hearted.
Dorsey $5000000 magic the russians will sell any thing.