I thoroughly enjoyed Hiassen's first book, and as I began lisening to them in order, each subsequent one became less entertaning. In Hoot, it was difficult for me to wade through it. It seems as if the author has a strong political agenda, and while it was an interesting aside in earlier works, now that agenda has become a major plot point in his books.
While I agree with his environmental position, I'm too old to be preached to, and have to pay for that. It was much more effective when his positions were sublimated to the story. I'm moving on.
The arch comic genius of postmodern tropical paradise (ie south florida) is much kinder and gentler than usual - and so a bit less enjoyable. But I didn't read carefully and realize that this is Hiaasen's book for young folks - Oh?? Let your kids read it - it is fun.
I listened to this with my three kids driving from one end of California to the other. When we would stop, they wanted to keep the story going, rather than go inside and visit Grandma. I had previously listened to the story on my own, and knew that there was nothing that young people could not hear and enjoy. I also liked the voice of the narrator.
We listened to this audiobook on a road trip to Malheur to look at owls and other birds. It was a light book with a good conscience, but wasn't too believable. Look forward to the movie, though!
This was a great book to share with my nine-year-old during a family vacation. he enjoyed it so much he bought the actual book and is re-reading it for school.
It had Haaisens wit but in a child friendly format. That there was a message important to any Floridian is just a bonus.
Written for children / teens - but I could not stop listening. This book brought back emotions from my "earlier" years and made me feel good about them. You must listen and let your kids (12+) listen too.
I love Carl Hiaasen. As usual, set in Florida, with twists and turns every few minutes. The characters are both good and bad, but there's always a suprise.
I thought that it was an okay book. I thought it was to obvious on what would happen next, and not for adults. It would be a decent book for children. It never really kept my attention and i was bored through out the book. To me there were only a few good parts. So i wouldnt recomend this book to anyone over 12.