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Star Island Audiobook
Star Island
Written by: 
Carl Hiaasen
Narrated by: 
Stephen Hoye
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Star Island Audiobook

Star Island

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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 Member Since 2014
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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 2012
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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 2006
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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
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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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    Craig Council, NC, United States 11-07-15
    Craig Council, NC, United States 11-07-15 Member Since 2009

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    "Bit over the top even for Carl Hiaasen."
    Any additional comments?

    Carl's book are never very deep but always good to relax and take your mind off every day life. I enjoyed the book but the weed wacker took this one a bit over the top. Lots of parts still made me laugh driving down the road.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benicio Birmingham 07-17-15
    Benicio Birmingham 07-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny and engaging"

    When I picked this up the ratings weren't spectacular. But as I am a big Hiaasen fan, I wanted to give it a go anyway. I was far from disappointed. In fact I rank this one right alongside Skinny Dip and Double Whammy.

    The author's trademark sardonic humor shines from the beginning to the very end, where a very funny epilogue ties everything up nicely. Skink also makes a zany appearance and that alone was worth the credit.

    As far as Stephen Hoye is concerned, he delivers a perfect performance doing justice to nuances of every single character.

    Bottom line is, get this book. You won't be disappointed and the credit will be well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Canada 02-01-15
    John Canada 02-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Well done."

    Well read, well written, although the characters remind me very much of those in Skinny Dip. Hiaasin excels at witty dialogue and irony. I enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more offerings from this author.

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    English major Laguna Beach, CA 12-26-14
    English major Laguna Beach, CA 12-26-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Vintage Hiaasen"
    Would you listen to Star Island again? Why?

    Impossible to spend a few hours with Carl Hiaasen and not walk away smiling. Great fun as always.


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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 09-18-14
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 09-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Stellar performance and read"

    Stephen Hoye is the best at Hiaasen.

    The story may not be that original. Could be another tale from TMZ of another celeb on a crash course towards a tragic demise. However, no one beat Hiaasen for adding humor, Florida craziness, and unforgettable characters. Who can resist Skink!

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