Audiobook Review: The Stench of Honolulu


The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure 

Written and Narrated by Jack Handey

Ⓟ 2013 Hachette Audio

3.25 hours

“Wrong Way Slurps,” is the unreliable and unlikable narrator of this tale of a treasure hunt set in Hawaii. Hoping to sidestep The Pringle Brothers – the loan sharks  to whom he owes money and, taking advantage of a fortuitous invitation extended by his friend, Don, Wrong Way Slurps sets off on a puerilely funny adventure.

The Stench of Honolulufeatures the signature deadpan voice of Jack Handey. Arguably best known for his contributions to Saturday Night Live in the form of “Deep Thoughts,” the author/narrator sticks to what he knows: crafting series of lines to be delivered in under one minute. In this case, hundreds of these lines are stitched together loosely over the course of over three hours to create an offbeat story. 

The Stench of Honolulu is low comedy and will probably finds its best audience amongst those who delight in farce. The clip below comes from Jack Handey’s Youtube channel and is actually a sample from the book that serves fairly well as an indicator as to whether this book might be for you: 


Though The Stench of Honolulu did not appeal to my sense of humor, it was still a well executed production and, it was the only finalist in the Audies category of Humor* that was 100% created, original comic material (i.e. not a memoir or heavily autobiographical.) While author narrations are usually suspect, in this case Jack Handey was the best choice to deliver his trademark style and there is admirable consistency in his delivery.

OTHER: I dnloaded a digital copy of The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Advenure (written and narrated by Jack Handey) from I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing the product and/or mentioning any of the persons or companies that are or may be implied in this post.

* I am participating the Armchair Audies, judging the Humor category.  



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