Listeners across the country have fallen in love with Laurence Shames’ rollicking national best-sellers set in South Florida. Energetic, forceful and unpredictable as a hurricane, Sunburn is filled with off-beat characters, top-notch suspense, and colorful dialogue. When aging Mafia godfather Vincente Delgatto flies to Key West to get a little sun, he decides to write his memoirs. When word of the book hits the street, everyone is in danger, even the octogenarian former enforcer Bert the Shirt and his cranky chihuahua.
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Still waiting for a laugh
No, don't think so. This was just not what I was led to believe it would be.
It is no where close to Hiassen or Dorsey's humor, or characters. The story just rambled, hard to tell who was who. Best part of whole book was when the dog pooped.
Hard to say, for free, maybe.....he just did not give the characters real voices.
The whole book? While the storyline is a good one, the writing just did not follow through.
I have very rarely given a truly bad review. So I hate to write this one. However, I must say this book was nothing close to a Hiaasen or even Dorsey. I found literally nothing humorous in the book at all. The characters all ran together, nothing stood out at all. The narrator either couldn't or choose not to use different voices for each one, so you could not tell who was who.
Do I think I would listen to another Shame's book? I really don't know. This storyline could have, should have been funny. Really. But after this listen, I think I will shy away from another one by this author.
- C. Byrd