Carl Hiaasen is a brilliant, funny, author and I love his stories. James Van Der Beek leaves much to be desired as a narrator. His flat tone made an exciting book dull.
Wahoo, of course. Great kid. I wish there were more like him.
No. Not at this time.
Wait anxiously for the next Carl Hiaasen book.
There are many problems with the narration. The words in several places are changed from the text (eg: Van Der Beek refers to the Everglades as a sea, but the text says water.) Hiaasen knows the Everglades are freshwater, but apparently Van Der Beek doesn't. I found Van Der Beek's performance flat and at times difficult to follow the flow of the action. His switching in and out of the "aussie" accent for Derek Badger was annoying, especially since the text states WHERE and WHEN he dropped the accent. I give Van Der Beek a C+ on this one.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story about a father, his son and a friend from his school. The predicaments the TV 'survivalist' got into are just too funny! Great book for all ages. The lessons in morality and good common sense are perfect for Young Adult readers.
Absolutely because I enjoyed the narrator and feel like I could relate to the characters.
When Raven Stark was shooting Alice and the gun went "Click, Click, Click!". Of course Micky hadn't loaded it!
No, but we will listen to more of him in the future!
Do you have what it takes to survive in the Everglades?
No, I would not. It seems to have been written quickly to produce a new book
Added more character to the characters.
The narration was awful in the way the reader enunciated words, paragraphs, voices, the whole book. He sounded like he was reading rather than acting. Very poorly done.
Think about it before downloading another of Carl Hiaasen's books and to check on who is narrating if I do decide to buy it.
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Often a young adult story, that deals with sobering realities yet retaining the values of caring, friendship, courage spun from devotion (not mere bravado), and humor is so much more inspiring, uplifting and satisfying than adult books dealing with the same issues. "Chomp" is such a one, and was time and money well spent. The narrator could not have been more advantageous. His pace, tone and subtle humor, as if he, too, knew some of these feelings, was excellent and complemented the story perfectly.I love both mysteries and adventure stories, but need an emotionally satisfying conclusion, where the antagonists experience some mete of justice and the protagonists experience a sense of growth or enhancement from their ordeal.Here Carl Hiaasen includes issues of alcoholism and child abuse realistically without disempowering the victim and not making the abuser a frightening monster, but who is definitely going to be made responsible for his actions.The story takes place in the Florida Everglades where we meet Wahoo Cray, his dad, awildlife wrangler who loves his animals and does stunts for nature documentaries, and his mom, who is a linguist teaching businesspersons, The opening is very funny,which I won't spoil, but the enciting problem is lack of income, due to an accident Mickey, the dad, had in a wildlife encounter. Mom decides to take a job in China for 2 months; Mickey is offereda wrangling job with a famous TV survivalist which he is loathe to take, partly due to the lingering effects of the accident, and mostly because the survivalist, stage name Derek Badger, has an ego the size of a hot air balloon, loves French cheeses and eclairs, therefore lacking the physique befitting a real mountain man, and who not only is disdainful of his crew, but, completely lacking sense of direction and the least of survival skills, would get lost anywhere except his hotel.The Cray family, their appreciation,and acceptance of each other form a firm milieux for all the hilarious events which ensue. All the characters are well drawn, including the minor ones; so much so that you start thinking you'd like to go there and meet them someday! I laughed out loud several times, loved the real science and accurate nature descriptions and events (including fast moving thunder and lightning storms which stop human activity due to their intensity) and am interested in another book by the same author and narrator.
He is hilarious and his characters are unbelievable yet realistic and endearing little devils
The pure laugh out loud fun and crazy cast of characters
I thought he did a great job and would recommend him again. I was pleasantly surprised.
Just laugh and guffaw
I have read all his books, some twice. I would also recommend Tim Dorsey as another "off his rocker" Floridian, also my birth place, so crazy must be contagious...
The narration and voice changes add to the audio version. The images you can conjure up as the calamities unfold are hilarious.
The sheer absurdity of the predicaments.
The struggle with the alligator Alice.
I laughed a lot during the story. Carl Hiaasen has a very active imagination - always fun to read/listen.
This is a great story to make you forget the stresses of the world!
Right up there at the top
the poor slob thinking he was a vampire
voices, and emotion.
Yes---it was funny. Not really for kids, though.....it gets pretty violent at times!
Chomp is strictly for kids, and it's terrific for ages 10 to 13. It's got OK characters, with the two kids the strongest and it manages to bring TV to nature (of the reverse) in a way that resonates with the world kids know today.