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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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    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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    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 11-27-13
    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "The mirror of fiction and real life"
    Would you listen to Native Tongue again? Why?

    No but I don't usually rewatch movies either ... not the rerun type but would read other stuff by this author


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Skink is a fave in many of Hiaasen's books in this book I also really liked Molly McNamara she has good intentions and lots of spunk for a blue hair.


    Any additional comments?

    I love listening to Hiaasen books and trying to find the connections to real life events and people.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Devora 08-01-13
    Devora 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


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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 2016
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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 2016

    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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