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Star Island | [Carl Hiaasen]

Star Island

Meet 22-year-old Cherry Pye (nee Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was 14 - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her undercover stunt double, Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too indisposed - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.
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Publisher's Summary

Meet 22-year-old Cherry Pye (nee Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was 14 - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.

Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her undercover stunt double, Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too indisposed - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.

Now the challenge for Cherry's handlers (backstage mother; horndog record producer; nipped, tucked, and Botoxed twin publicists; weed-whacker-wielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence a secret from Cherry's public and from Cherry herself.

The situation is more complicated than they know. Ann has had a bewitching encounter with Skink - the unhinged former governor of Florida living wild in a mangrove swamp - and now he's heading for Miami to find her....

Will Bang Abbott achieve his fantasy of a lucrative private photo session with Cherry Pye? Will Cherry sober up in time to lip-synch her way through her concert tour? Will Skink track down Ann DeLusia before Cherry's motley posse does?

All will be revealed in this hilarious spin on life in the celebrity fast lane.

©2010 Carl Hiaasen (P)2010 Random House

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    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 10-03-10
    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 10-03-10
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    "Not as good as other Hiaasen titles"

    Story line was weak and the new readers were disappointing. Character development was shallow and the Governor's new voice was a letdown. I think I am done with Hiaasen in audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephan Encino, CA, United States 10-01-10
    Stephan Encino, CA, United States 10-01-10 Member Since 2005
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    "He hasn't lost his touch"

    Typical Hiaasen. If you're a fan, you'll not be disappointed and if you're new to this author, you're in for a treat. Well read. Only bad thing is that I now have to wait for the next appearance of "the Captain".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maryalyce El Mirage, AZ, United States 10-01-10
    Maryalyce El Mirage, AZ, United States 10-01-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Every bit as good as all Hiaasen"

    I loved this as much as every other Carl Hiaasen novel I have read, but the narrator was very dry and disappointing. As always, the characters are over the top and entertaining as heck, but a good narrator could have enhanced the experience immensely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH PITTSBURGH, PA United States 08-05-10
    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH PITTSBURGH, PA United States 08-05-10 Member Since 2004
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    "YUK!"

    I will remember to look at the narrator before buying. Did not realize not George Wilson, and this guy is about as emotional as a stoic. Might be a good book, but who knows with this poor narration.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Charleston, SC, United States 08-10-10
    Ed Charleston, SC, United States 08-10-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Bring back George Wilson"

    I miss George Wilson as the reader. He takes Hiaasen's book to another level of fun. That aside, this was my least favorite of Hiaasen's book, Ive read or listened to most, and have enjoyed them all, except this one The ending is a non ending, just jumps to epilogue. Wasn't that entertaining.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sophia 08-18-14
    Sophia 08-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A wonderful book"
    Would you listen to Star Island again? Why?

    Yes, I loved this book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Annie because while she was being kid napped by Bang Abbott she wasn't afraid of him because she knew she was eventually going to get away from him and go back home.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Hoye’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Stephen Hoye's other performances but I would like to!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were some pretty funny parts in this book so I did laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend this book. I had a lot of fun reading this book. I just couldn't put it down!! It was extremely good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Wright The Berkshires, MA 05-07-14
    Victoria Wright The Berkshires, MA 05-07-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Hilarious and yet somehow a pathetic character"

    A winning combo! Between the self-obsessed minimally talented creature at the center of this romp (not to mention the hangers-on) and the unfortunate fact that there are people who actually care about twits like her (can you say Kardashian?) is a very funny story, brilliantly narrated by Stephen Hoye, who does accents and the subtleties of characters like a chameleon. I adore this guy, and I'll listen to pretty much any book he is generous enough to narrate. And that I can get a Hiaasen book with this man reading it? JKMN!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 11-27-13
    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Can't go wrong with a Hiaasen book"
    Any additional comments?

    This is another great book by one of my favorite authors! I never am disappointed with a Hiaasen book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April Oceanside, CA, United States 08-14-13
    April Oceanside, CA, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "horrid, don't waste your credits!"
    Would you try another book from Carl Hiaasen and/or Stephen Hoye?

    no


    Has Star Island turned you off from other books in this genre?

    what genre? this book has a genre? I would have rather read a smutty romance novel.


    What didn’t you like about Stephen Hoye’s performance?

    it's the book that sucks mainly, not the performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Havana, FL, USA 03-28-13
    Bill Havana, FL, USA 03-28-13
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    "Leave it on the shelf"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Much better writing on the part of Carl Hiaasen.


    What was most disappointing about Carl Hiaasen’s story?

    Very poor writing. I got the impression that the author got up one morning and decided to write a story. Since he had no real purpose in writing beyond satisfying his publisher, he just wrote and wrote bringing in earlier characters to fill the pages. At the end of the day he was able to mail the finished manuscript and have it published. If Carl Hiaasen was an unknown writer, this book would have been refused by every publisher that it was submitted to.


    What does Stephen Hoye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stephen Hoye is a very professional reader. He always brings books alive with his reading.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Publishers should not accept books from a known writer with a lower criteria than an unknown writer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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