In his latest bizarre concoction, Dorsey picks up - sort of - various plot strands from his earlier books, including Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, and Orange Crush. There's still the matter, you see, of the briefcase full of cash, and still unresolved are the stories of Serge Storms, the serial killer and history buff; Johnny Vegas, the startlingly handsome virgin; Jethro Maddox, the Hemingway look-alike; and Paul, the Passive-Aggressive Private Eye. Fans of Dorsey's magnificently off-kilter adventures will be thrilled to rejoin these characters and to meet a host of new ones, including Mr. Granda, the leader of a down-and-out drug cartel who is looking to buy a submarine, and Ralph Krunkleton, one of America's very worst novelists, whose novel The Stingray Shuffle features prominently in the goings-on. A brilliantly constructed romp that is part thriller, part farce, and entirely, gloriously, deliriously wacky.
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Why Serge Wanted the Money
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Heist by Comedy
I am sure it is. The tongue in cheek performance made me laugh and groan.
The plot kept me falling off my seat laughing. Serge and company are successful mobsters through a comedy of errors. This was my first Dorsey, will not be my last. They remind me of the bumbling villains found in Carol Higgins Clark novels. And the very satisfying way it all comes together in the end
The way way he does the voices and the accents are funny. I also enjoy how he is very serious about these characters trials and tribulations. I was ROFLMAO
Most definitely, the twist and turns were so hilarious. A lot of the time your thinking" I know where this is going" and then "what just happened here" funny
Will definitely be reading some more Dorsey. It was not what I expected. Actually it was better than expected.