No matter how outlandish the characters, Carl Hiaasen manages to create them in such a way that I see someone I know in every one.
My one complaint with the narrator is that he did not research the pronounciation of the location names. Islamorada is pronounce like island not izzland.
This author (and therefore the characters) knew nothing about dogs. Even though the dogs were supporting characters, there is no reason to neglect the research needed to put out a credible book.
I had a hard time developing any interest in the characters and really did not care what happened to them next.
my MP3 player is my constant companion on the road to agility trials and while doing house and yard work. If I had read it, I would not have gotten anything done because this is one of those stories that you just can't put down.
Through the generations the Sawtelle family has developed a unique bloodline of highly intelligent dogs, known simply as "Sawtelle Dogs" on their farm
in the remote Wisconsin north woods. Edgar's story is told from his viewpoint, from the viewpoint of different family members and most important, from
the viewpoint of the dog with which he was raised.
Edgar was born with perfect hearing but without the ability to speak. Edgar grows up training their dogs using sign language and "the look" which seems
close to telepathy. They do not place pups in new homes until they are 18 months old and fully trained. The book goes into depth about training
methods without once becoming dry and technical. The dog training wisdom is mixed in with the personal story of this family and the whole thing is
simply spellbinding. I was literally holding my breath while driving down the road while his beloved dog was narrating.
The reader is perfect for this story and I will NOT be deleting this from my MP3 or my computer for years to come.
As usual the reader was great, one of my favorite readers of all time, BUT these characters belong back on the bayou. I missed the atmosphere of the South that Dave Robicheaux occupies so naturally.
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