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Native Tongue | [Carl Hiaasen]

Native Tongue

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.
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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 2012

    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 11-23-10
    Brent 11-23-10 Member Since 2013
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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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    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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    Deborah 08-01-13
    Deborah 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 newport news, VA, United States 02-16-13
    valerie newport news, VA, United States 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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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-20-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Silly... If You Want That... This Is Your Book..."

    I'm torn, this story falls into one of two types... (1) It is was ordered up by the people who create Chelsea Grammar screenplays so that the star can sell his reputation for the most bucks quick until eventually everyone who might have attended decides, "Fool me once... shame on you.. But fool me twice and well, I feel gypped." or (2) It's one of those "Famous Writing Academy" classroom exercise where the manuscript is passed to another student after his predecessor wrote a chapter.

    Okay, in both cases, some talented people might flack out the next scene or chapter, but their reward's going to come from a teacher or producer, not from anyone who actually pays money for the thing. No wonder that the longest chapter in Native Tongue is the epilogue which has to fill more holes than come woven into a Florida window-screen. I didn't hate this thing... But the word "disappoint" sparks to mind fast as a Bic's flame.

    Once upon a time I reeeeeeely enjoyed Carl Hiaasen. I guess he got used to the income supplement from books and figures its also a way to wrap something around his nature rants. Hell, maybe the rants let him sleep at night? Certainly it can't be authorial pride anymore. Sigh... Skip this one, K?

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alison 12-05-12
    Alison 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Met expectations"
    Where does Native Tongue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Compared to other audio books this was good - not great. The pacing felt a bit slow - although the narration suited the pace of the story so I can't blame the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    It was well read, and as it progressed the story became more engaging. Towards the end I laughed out loud at a few points. Overall, I'd recommend the book and urge patience as you wait for the story to kick into gear. The narrator did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MaryEllen Chicago, IL, United States 11-19-12
    MaryEllen Chicago, IL, United States 11-19-12
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    "Amusing but not his best"
    What did you like best about Native Tongue? What did you like least?

    As usual with Carl Hiaasen, quirky characters abound. Unfortunately, this time the situations are a bit too far fetched.


    Would you recommend Native Tongue to your friends? Why or why not?

    Check out some of his other titles first.


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

    The reader does a good job voicing the wide variety of characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lancaster, PA 10-02-12
    Amazon Customer Lancaster, PA 10-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "When Once You Practice to Deceive"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! it was funny and quirky while it highlighted the overdevelopment that took place in Florida. It was a great story.. I felt as if I were watching the action close up.


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

    One of the most memorable moments took place in the whale pool. I can't say any more without ruining the story.


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    I was floored by George Wilson's ablity to protray each character so skillfully; it was as if there was an entire cast of performers. He made the story come alive with all of Hiaasen's wacky characters and hilarious action.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, If I had the time I would have loved to have listened to it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to Geroge Wilson bring the characters to life was great fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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