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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.

    9 of 13 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ronnie Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-04-11
    Ronnie Cincinnati, OH, United States 03-04-11 Member Since 2013
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    "I liked it"

    It gets very funny towards the middle/end--hang in there. Not one of my favorites but good.

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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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    hobbynonni 09-25-16
    hobbynonni 09-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "fair storyline"

    hard to get enthused about this plot. good for sleeping tho. just not a "page turner"

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    M. Boehringer Fredericksburg, VA 09-22-16
    M. Boehringer Fredericksburg, VA 09-22-16 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Environmentalists rejoice!"

    The is a beautiful, cheeky tale from a writer whose passion for his home state is only surpassed by a writing style that is elegant, natural and a hell of a lot of fun to listen to.

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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.

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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

    Retired secretary

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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.

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