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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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    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?

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    Alison 12-05-12
    Alison 12-05-12 Member Since 2016
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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.

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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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    rita 09-17-12
    rita 09-17-12
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    "disappointed"
    What disappointed you about Native Tongue?

    The plot seemed fragmented as compared to past Hiaasen novels I have read


    What was most disappointing about Carl Hiaasen’s story?

    I did not finish it


    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe better voice changes as characters change could make it easier to follow


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointed in story line. as audible I found more difficult to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    I may try the paperback if I can find it CHEAP!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andie Sioux City, IA, United States 09-12-12
    Andie Sioux City, IA, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I can always count on Carl Hiassen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, 100% yes. I've listened to a majority of Carl Hiassens books and I always enjoy them, this book is no exception.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Skink. He has a part in a lot of Hiassens books. He is tough, smart, funny, and way out there.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say how much I love Carl Hiassens books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    paul fernbank, Australia 09-03-12
    paul fernbank, Australia 09-03-12
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    "Fletch"
    Would you listen to Native Tongue again? Why?

    I would not listen to Native Tongue again, it's not the sort of book that has twists and turn of a mystery novel.


    Any additional comments?

    It reminded me of the Fletch franchise of movies, except he is a disgraced reporter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BarbJ1947 Rock Hill, SC United States 09-03-12
    BarbJ1947 Rock Hill, SC United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2015

    quilter

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    "Vintage Carl Hiassen"

    Another complex plot with twists and turns, peopled by oddball characters and loaded with off-the-wall humor, all set in the ever-present effort to save the Florida everglades. Fun and funky.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Hingham, MA, United States 06-26-12
    Kevin Hingham, MA, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This author was highly recommended. Although the story is interesting, the narration really brings it down. Although the narrator isn't really reading monotone, it really comes across as monotone and dull.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, not really. It is a well developed story, but probably better read than listened to.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Wilson?

    Not sure....I have a number of favorite narrators, but drawing a blank right now on the names. Just remember Stephen Rudnicki, but have a couple others that are great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie Carter 06-07-12
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    "Never another Carl Hiaasen book for me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I cannot imagine anyone being able to get thru this book. . .most irritating. . .


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    at this point, I do not know


    What three words best describe George Wilson’s performance?

    always excellent narrater


    What character would you cut from Native Tongue?

    I couldn't find even 1 character with redeeming qualities


    Any additional comments?

    Loved all Carl Hiaasen's earlier books, so I do not understand why I was totally unable to get into this one. So disappointing...Mac

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