Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.
When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called "Expedition Survival!", Wahoo figures he'll have to do a bit of wrangling himself - to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show's boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger seems to actually believe his PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tuna - a girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man and needs a place to hide out.
They've only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna's dad shows up with a gun.
It's anyone's guess who will actually survive "Expedition Survival".
©2012 Carl Hiaasen (P)2012 Listening Library
“Hiaasen’s best for a young audience since Newbery Honor Hoot (2002) features a shy, deep-feeling protagonist who’s also a pragmatist and plenty of nature info and age-appropriate cultural commentary…. Humorous adventure tales just don’t get any more wacked…or fun to read than this.” (Kirkus)
The narrator was reading so quickly I couldn't understand one out of every 10 words he said. I love Carl Hiaasen but I tried to listen to this book for 1 hour, 30 min each time and had to turn it off. I am very disappointed and would never purchase another book read by this narrator.
Slow down, get rid of the monotone.
After several years of being with audible I have never been disappointed in a book. I wish I had my credit back.
One again, Carl Hiaasen puts a motley crew of characters in the middle of a Florida swamp and comes up with the best contemporary humor writing being done today. BRAVO!
I love Carl Hiaasen and wait for each book to come out. Unless I buy the book to read I might not make it through this one. Van Der Beek reads so fast I feel like I am listening 3 words behind - not a good experience.
Can't tell how it compares - haven't been able to get past the first 5 minutes.
He's reading so fast I can't keep up and the characters all sound alike - no real variation.
Not so far.
Its so bad they should re-do it with someone else.
Hiassen definitely, Van Der Beek, not so much!
The reader was not up to the the book!
Artist & Journeyman Composter
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.
I listen in the car while i drive. I have eclectic tastes in books and if it interests me I listen till its over.
I loved the relationship between Wahoo and his family. Makes the whole book seem even better.
The characters were smart funny and likable. I was in the everglades in florida when i listened to this. I even tried to figure out if there was a stuffed alligator at the air boat tour I took my children on.
He is a great reader. He does a good job of making all of the characters come to life.
I wish the author would write more about this family. Bring back Tuna.
I guess I read most of Hiaasen's works for the mayhem that ensues. This one didn't quite have all the mayhem I like. True, crazy accidents did have their usual turn to more problems or hilarity, but not as much as I am used to reading in Hiaasen's books. I didn't hate it, nor did I love it.
It's up there. I like listening to something fairly light so I can also keep my focus on the road, and this book fit the bill.
Probably Mickey was my favorite, but all the characters are so much fun.
It's not that type of book.
My husband and three boys listened to this story in one hit on a long car journey. I was amazed at how it captivated the boys and drew them away from their own electronic devices. It is a very contemporary story, very relevant, funny, informative and entertaining. We all loved the reader. Made the trip very easy
We listened to this as a family with 10 and 8 y/o kids on a road trip to florida! This was the PERFECT book to listen to on the way to florida! Hiaasen knows so much about florida's natural fauna and animals, we learned a bunch about the everglades. The kid characters are strong, but not over the top. There are some tough issues, mainly a child character being physically abused by her father, but it is handled well. Also, very good narrator! We love Hoot by Hiaasen aswell!
"Not just for kids"
I've read and listened to Carl Hiaasen books for a couple of years now, after picking up one of his books from the library and falling in love with his wit and narrative. Although rated as a children's book, adult fans of the author''s other books will feel equally at home with "Chomp". The opening line alone makes it worth a read and the rest is pure Hiaasen, extremely well performed by James Van Der Beek.
"A light-hearted treat"
Engaging, funny, warm-hearted and well read. An attractive anecdote to all the endless gruesome serial killer thrillers knocking about.
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