I hope Carl Hiaasen decides to write more books like this. It was wonderful. I listened to some of his others books but was a bit put off by the violence - and the "adult" language. This his none of that - it's just a great story for any age. Give us more, Carl!
Here is the quintessential normal kid hero doing his thing in a world full of weirdos. This is a great book for kids and a pretty good book for adults. The outcome is telegraphed as soon as you know who the characters are, and what they do, but it was a fun listen. In a way, it's a kids book, but just like Harry Potter, only adults who have lost sight of what it was to be a kid will not enjoy it too.
Learned to love audiobooks when I was commuting two to three hour a day. I still love listening to a good book, even when I prefer a printed version.
While this could be enjoyed by young teens, I appreciated this book particularly as an adult. Apparently, junior high school hasn't changed, so the characters and plight of the young protagonist rang true. The plot is as quirky as I've come to expect from a Carl Hiaasen book, with all the bemused sense of absurdity that colors all his work. I listened to it in my car, and looked forward every night to getting back to the story during the next morning's drive to work(NOT a common situation!). Chad Lowe does an excellent job of reading -- speaking from the kid's point of view without condescension, particularly.
I am very disappointed in Audible (and maybe Hiassen) for not clearly labelling this a children's book. Probably great for 8 to 12 year olds but NOT for adults doing a 10 hour drive. As a kicker, my Otis did not record the final chapter. I'd like to say I don't know how it ended but I do and did for the last 4 hours I listened. Get this for a youngster but not for literate adults.
What is the point of listing the chapters in the Audible player if they are not the same as in the book.
This book was very exciting and the adventures were really good but there wasn't much description. Overall I think this book was great.