• Torpedo Juice

  • By: Tim Dorsey
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (454 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Internationally best-selling author Tim Dorsey's irreverent and hilarious novels starring evil genius Serge A. Storms, lovable psychiatric hospital escapee, zoom along at breakneck speed, delivering laughs and shocks in droves. In Torpedo Juice Serge heads for the Florida Keys, where, curiously enough, he isn't the saltiest nut in the jar. Since it's always a good idea to fly under police radar, Serge figures the Keys are just the place to lie low. Plus, he has two missions to accomplish: re-invent himself and get married, although he hasn't picked the lucky lady yet. But what he doesn't know is that enough serial and spree killers are headed his way to have a parade of psychopaths. Are the Keys big enough for all the lunatics?
©2005 Tim Dorsey (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC.

What listeners say about Torpedo Juice

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Comedy Masterpiece

The most hilarious book I have ever read.
The comedy is silent ,it catches you by surprise
so that you have to go back to read it again.
Serge is hilarious and his sidekick.
If you don't have a sense of humor you may miss a lot.
George wilson is the very best narrator out there.
Bar None especially in torpedo Juice.
I will read this again and again which is not
my usual.

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  • fg
  • 02-26-09

What a funny book - laugh out loud hysterical

This is the first audiobook I Purchased written by Tim Dorsey. Now I am hooked!!! Since listening to Torpedo Juice I have read or listened to all Tim Dorsey's books, but being my first - this audiobook will alway before extra special to me ... SOOOO funny.

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Enjoy it

This is a chance to take a mental vacation into a world of complicated characters. I enjoyed the book.

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Great story, choppy download

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The chapter headings run into the word before them and make it feel like parts are missing, but the story is so bizarre that without the book to compare to it's impossible to tell.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I always enjoy Serge's antics. He's insane in a fun way and combines genius with murder.

What does George Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

George Wilson keeps the characters alive. He does remarkably well with such a complex narrative.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

If the chapters didn't run into one another and if I didn't have the sinking suspicion I was missing the last paragraph or so of some of the chapters, I would have no complaints.

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Walk the dog

We all have a little (or a lot) of Serge in us or at least we know someone who could trigger us up to that level. This is a very funny book - read it while walking the dog!

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Quintessential Floridiana

This book series should be mandatory listening for anyone considering relocating to Florida.
Florida isn't the shiny, happy postcard crap that gets sent to Sheboygan on a postcard. The seedy underbelly is alive and well and part of what makes this state spectacular. The author is fully aware of this and uses his experience as a Tampa journalist for inspiration. Some of the capers are far-fetched; but in Florida, they're not out of the realm of possibility.

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Not his best

Hilarious in parts, but not up to previous exploits of Serge & Coleman. Narrator is very good for the characters.

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Possibly funny but narrator is buzz kill

Just sample before you buy. This Wilson guy just sucks as a narrator. I love to laugh and I did a few times, not often. Dorsey tries a variety of shticks in a repeating pattern. Sometimes it’s clever or insightful but not comedic except [spoiler alert] around chapter 35 the guest towel bit hits home.
Some parts may be homages to contemporary or classic movies, The “Life of Brian” sideslip missed, eg. He really didn’t bother to organise or tie up loose ends. I’m gonna need some Dave Barry to replace the memory of this.

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Serge Gets Married!

Serge Storms meets his match, literally and figuratively, when he sets out to find a wife and ends up with a lot more than he bargained for. As you might imagine, if you're familiar with Serge via Tim Dorsey's extensive series about his Florida-based adventures, his marriage to his soul mate is a ton of fun.

However... there is, in this entry, too much that is not about Serge. There are fewer Serge rants and history lessons than usual. The Serge gets married story doesn't really kick in until nearly halfway through. And there is a whole side plot about a drug kingpin that is just old and tired and not relevant to Serge. Hence only three stars to Dorsey for Story. When Serge is not even close to being the most prolific killer in the story (I think there's only one murder by him), then Dorsey has strayed from his mission.

Coleman makes his return in this book, after having been killed off in an earlier entry. Some have complained that he was too easily and implausibly resurrected, but I say a) the explanation makes enough sense to suffice, and b) Dorsey's omniscient narrator does admit to being unreliable, so points for honestly at least. Most importantly, Coleman is back, and as I know from having already read some later entries, that is good.

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Fun chaos

some good rants and bad guy comeuppance. won't change your life but in keeping with the rest of the series in not taking itself too seriously.

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  • Michael Brown
  • 09-08-20

Very Funny Book

A great story full of crazy characters and read in a way that really sucks the reader in.

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  • Jumpin' Bean
  • 06-26-17

Fabulous Narration

Whilst this may not be one of the best Dorsey books George Wilson's narration makes this a great listen.
In this novel he seems to totally get into the characters and let loose. In several sections his exuberant delivery really made me grin. Listen and enjoy I say!

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  • Sparkticus
  • 08-12-15

A storming good book

Where does Torpedo Juice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Just love this series - can not get enough of Serge's madness.I have read and now picking up on Audio.
The Narrator brings life to the characters in such a brilliant way I often find myself laughing out loud and giggling insanely while listening.