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Native Tongue Audiobook
Native Tongue
Written by: 
Carl Hiaasen
Narrated by: 
George Wilson
Native Tongue Audiobook

Native Tongue

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Publisher's Summary

Ex-reporter Joe Winder had been working in the public relations department of a sleazy family entertainment park, The Amazing Kingdom of Thrills, when he chanced upon a news-breaking story inspired by the disappearance of two blue-tongued voles and the bizarre death of Orky, the killer whale.

©1991 Carl Hiaasen; (P)1992 Recorded Books

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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 08-25-11
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 08-25-11 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Funny satire that forgot to be funny"

    I don't know why this ended up in my reading list - musta been on sale or something. It's not a bad story and does have some good parts, but there's a lot of "satire" in it that just missed the mark. And too much "aren't I funny" from the author. He isn't that funny. The story isn't that "biting" or insightful and there's WAY too much time spent harping on about environmental destruction... I got the point by the halfway mark.

    Trimming out a couple hours would have made it more enjoyable. We could have skipped most of the story around Joe's porn girlfriend (still don't know what the point of her was), Skink's stupid panther shenanigans (oh-kay, what was that all about?), and the steroid-head's over-the-topness (maybe this guy was supposed to be funny? it was just dumb). I don't think I'll read any more of this author's stuff though... his writing just isn't as funny as he thinks he is.

    The narration, however, was excellent.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-02-12

    My favorite authors: Tess Gerritsen, Anne Perry, Deborah Crombie, & Lisa Scottoline. Also, MC Beaton/Marion Chesney writes hilarious fluff.

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    "Decent, but not as humorous as I expected..."

    Carl Hiaasen's writing makes me think of Dave Barry, whose books I LOVE to read. This was a pretty funny book - although Barry's books are a bit funnier to me. Considering the location of the book and the location of the author, as well as the very similar writing style, I believe that Hiaasen and Barry MUST know each other, actually. Anyway - I digress - the plot was incredibly complicated, but it wasn't too hard to follow, and the multitude of characters were all well-developed. As a main character, I couldn't really decide if I liked Joe Winder or not; he was a person that I don't think I'd want to be friends with. Additionally, I can handle the crass language in this book, but would certainly prefer much cleaner dialogue. I did feel that the story dragged a little bit in places, and I HATED how Hiaasen refers to the main character as Joe Winder...every single time he says his name. As if the book was filled with 27 characters named Joe. He was the only one! I started thinking of his name as Joewinder. Overall, interesting and somewhat amusing. I may or may not read other books by this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brent L. Bolyard Arkansas 11-23-10
    Brent L. Bolyard Arkansas 11-23-10 Member Since 2013

    Concealed Weapon

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    "Just a fun story"

    Not great literature. Not terribly complicated. Interesting characters. Likable main character. Fun plot How can you not like an ornery libidinous dolphin?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Casey 04-10-16
    Casey 04-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Hiaasen Does it Again"

    Once again Hiaasen knocks it out of the park with a phenomenal tale of adventure, mystery, and nature. A must read for anyone interested in Florida ecology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Neighbor Dave 03-21-16
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    "Carl can really write a yarn, and George delivers"

    Another fine distraction by Mr. Hiaasen with a engrossing rendering by Mr. Wilson. Almost makes one want to vist Florida.

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    Wistful Angst 02-27-16 Member Since 2003

    Literature fan

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    "Blue-tongued mango voles and randy dolphins!"

    Florida is a dangerous place! With gun-packing grandmas and mafia mobsters seeking vengeance, a tourist theme park is beset with difficulties. However, I would hold back any tears. The owner is not a nice person. But not to worry, the mysterious Skink makes his second appearance in this rollicking farce. Hopefully, he can help save the few good guys who want to stop the park's owner from building another golf course.

    Great fun, if you don't mind a little graphic, if brief, violence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Plyler Washington state 06-24-15
    M. Plyler Washington state 06-24-15 Member Since 2008

    Mary Mac

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    "Wild characters & zany story"

    This book distracts the reader from life's mundane and trivial events and immerses him/her in Florida's humid, mosquito ridden delights. A better way to experience the state than visiting it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Courtenay Sublimity, OR, United States 03-05-14
    Courtenay Sublimity, OR, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A little dated, but great for Hiaasen fans."
    What did you love best about Native Tongue?

    George Wilson makes these books fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Native Tongue?

    Opera and nature get their own back in a couple of memorable moments I will let you find for yourself.


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

    Classic George Wilson.


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

    Hiaasen has fans and detractors. He always makes me laugh with the comic book evil and stupid characters who usually get what they deserve in these books unlike the sad reality of Florida and its horrible extreme over development.


    Any additional comments?

    Right wingers are gonna cry about liberal bias but really these books are about a part of the country that is loved by this writer and read with charm by George Wilson. Give them a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Devora 08-01-13
    Devora 08-01-13

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    "Hiaasen still has it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Native Tongue is a pretty good introduction to the world as Carl Hiaasen sees it. Good, but not quite so twisted as some of his other books


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    valerie 02-16-13
    valerie 02-16-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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    "ok if you like a little silly"

    It was okay, but I was kinda over it by the middle. so much of it was unrealistic, if you decide to read it yuou will probably agree. Very entertaining tongue in check detective work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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