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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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    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 Member Since 2014
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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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    Barbara Rock Hill, SC, United States 09-03-12
    Barbara Rock Hill, SC, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2015
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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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    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rodney TREVETT, ME, United States 10-31-11
    Rodney TREVETT, ME, United States 10-31-11
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    "Native Tongue - a Carl Hiaasen laugh riot"

    This book does not disappoint the reader in any way. Carl Hiaasen outdoes himself in prose and wit; the laughs-out-loud and shocked gasps available to the audio book reader are true treasures! The characters are well-rounded and we glimpse them as we look into the crowds around us. Falling in love with his writing is easy. Easier still is seeing how right he is about the destruction of wildlife and the environment by big money. Write on, Carl!

    0 of 0 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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kelly kalispell, mt, United States 04-03-11
    kelly kalispell, mt, United States 04-03-11
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    "narration review"

    Too long of gaps, pauses, breaks. Narrator has good acting skills for voices but leaves way to much empy air between breaks. He also has a bit of an audio intake, or his breath is very noticeable.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 08-21-10
    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 08-21-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Dreadful..."

    This book was awful. I was looking for something funny to listen to and was very disappointed. The characters, scenario, setting, all of it was just ridiculous. The amount of times I thought “well that would never happen, could never happen, not even in a different reality” were numerous. The author seems to have not worried about researching any of the topics or procedures that he described and just gone with what he thought it might be like. It felt trapped in a child's make-believe rendition of the day's events: “And then we went here and this happened, oh and then I did this, and then a giant came into the room and stepped on us all”. So much of this book is just utter rubbish that it's hard to really explain. The characters are like cartoon characters, over the top and without any depth, awful stereotypes that come across as moronic and wooden. It could be just the fact that the book was so awful, but the narrator's performance was not fantastic either. The high-pitched squeaky voice he used for so many of the male characters was irritating and distracting.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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