Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally...somehow. His allies may not add up to much: his sister Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter; Lice Peeking, a greedy sot with poor hygiene; Shelly, a bartender and a woman scorned; and a mysterious pirate, but Noah's got a plan to flush this crook out into the open. A plan that should sink the crooked little casino, once and for all.
©2005 Carl Hiaasen; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"...Hiaasen still succeeds at relating an entertaining story while getting across a serious message about conservation and the results of just plain greed." (Booklist)
Learned to love audiobooks when I was commuting two to three hour a day. I still love listening to a good book, even when I prefer a printed version.
Maybe it's because most of Carl Hiaasen's books conjure up such gritty, quirky characters that this book -- which would rate as a good book if it were written by someone else -- is a bit of a let-down. The plot has great potential but the characters just don't run with it. The usual irreverent humor is much subdued. Hoot, Hiaasen's first book for young people, was written in a young boy's voice and was rich with the conflicts and everyday details of early-teen life. Flush lacks these savory details. The reader of this audio version is also adequate but lacks the delicious irony which infused Chad Lowe's reading of Hoot. I feel as if the writer -- who's not capable of writing a BAD book, as far as I can tell -- just didn't have his heart in this one, and the narrator isn't inhabiting the book, just reading it aloud.
I am a huge fan of this author and have "read" all of his previous novels and loved them all. I was very excited when I saw that he wrote a new book and immediately bought it... only to be disappointed. It should have been a short story rather than a novel as there was not much plot development and the story seemed streched to make it into a novel. All in all, an ok book.
Only if you had your sense of humor surgically removed at an early age could you fail to appreciate Carl Hiaasen's Flush. It is Hiaasen at his best with a new character and a new set of problems.
For some reason, however, Hiaasen keeps bringing out of the woods some version of his scary old man character. In prior books it was the former governor turned environmental vigilante. In this case ... well.. listen to the book. If you've not read the other books, you won't be bothered by it, and if you've not read the other books, it won't strike you as odd. If you have read them, like me, you'll shrug and pass it off as a recurrent, if somewhat altered theme.
Hiaasen hates bullies, and this is one of those books where bullies get their comeuppance in the end. If you liked Tourist Season and Stormy Weather, you'll enjoy Flush. And if you have never heard these books... what are you waiting for?
No, it's not as drop dead funny as Hoot. But it is more appropriate and easier for an 11 year old to follow, enjoy, and discuss the decisions each person makes. It's fine for a fan, but even better for kids.
This was a great book to share with my nine-year-old during a family vacation.
It had Haaisens wit but in a child friendly format. That there was a message important to any Floridian is just a bonus.
I'm a big Hiassen fan, but this book seemed lacking from his other work. Maybe it was the absense of Skink :) but the characters didn't seem to gel and the story ran along without much happening. Hopefully his next book will get back on track.
Having read Double Whammy, Tourist Season and Skinny Dip, I did not think it possible that I would dislike one of this author's books enough to stop midway through.
Mainly, the narrator is terrible, gives no depth or personality to the characters, and even when the plot presents a few of the "crazy charactors' Hiaason is known for, they are read dryly.
This book is read in an almost monotone and I can't say whether the book could be good---but this version is Definitely NOT.
The characters were not believable.
I have thoroughly enjoyed every Carl Hiaasen book I have read or listened to. I just did not care for this one.
The "kids" playing the role of the primary investigators just did not make it.
I have read 4 other Hiaasen books and loved all of them. I am glad I did not pick Flush as the first or it would have been the last.
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