©1991 Carl Hiaasen; (P)1992 Recorded Books
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.
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?
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.
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.
As usual with Carl Hiaasen, quirky characters abound. Unfortunately, this time the situations are a bit too far fetched.
Check out some of his other titles first.
The reader does a good job voicing the wide variety of characters.
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.
One of the most memorable moments took place in the whale pool. I can't say any more without ruining the story.
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.
Yes, If I had the time I would have loved to have listened to it in one sitting.
Listening to Geroge Wilson bring the characters to life was great fun.
The plot seemed fragmented as compared to past Hiaasen novels I have read
I did not finish it
Maybe better voice changes as characters change could make it easier to follow
disappointed in story line. as audible I found more difficult to follow.
I may try the paperback if I can find it CHEAP!
Absolutely, 100% yes. I've listened to a majority of Carl Hiassens books and I always enjoy them, this book is no exception.
Skink. He has a part in a lot of Hiassens books. He is tough, smart, funny, and way out there.
I can't say how much I love Carl Hiassens books.
I would not listen to Native Tongue again, it's not the sort of book that has twists and turn of a mystery novel.
It reminded me of the Fletch franchise of movies, except he is a disgraced reporter.
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.
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.
No, not really. It is a well developed story, but probably better read than listened to.
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.
I cannot imagine anyone being able to get thru this book. . .most irritating. . .
at this point, I do not know
always excellent narrater
I couldn't find even 1 character with redeeming qualities
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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