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Hoot Audiobook

Hoot Audiobook

Roy's family moves a lot, so he's used to the new-kid drill. Florida bullies are pretty much like bullies everywhere. But Roy finds himself oddly indebted to the hulking Dana Matherson. If Dana hadn't been sinking his thumbs into Roy's temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is the first interesting thing Roy's seen in Florida.
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Publisher's Summary

Roy Eberhardt has recently, and unhappily, arrived in Florida. "Disney World is an armpit," he states flatly, "compared to Montana."

Roy's family moves a lot, so he's used to the new-kid drill. Florida bullies are pretty much like bullies everywhere. But Roy finds himself oddly indebted to the hulking Dana Matherson. If Dana hadn't been sinking his thumbs into Roy's temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is the first interesting thing Roy's seen in Florida.

The boy was about Roy's age, but he was running away from the school bus. He had no books, no backpack, and, here's the odd part, no shoes.

Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy's trail. The chase will introduce him to some other intriguing Floridian creatures: potty-trained alligators, a beleaguered construction foreman, some burrowing owls, a fake-fart champion, a renegade eco-avenger, some slippery fish, a sinister pancake PR man, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparking tails.

Life in Florida is looking up.

Hoot is a 2003 Newbery Medal Honor Book.

©2002 Carl Hiaasen; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Honor Book, 2003
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2003

"Quite a hoot indeed." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hiaasen has crafted a delicious screwball comedy for all ages, and Chad Lowe's performance is a hoot." (AudioFile)

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    Joseph NEW ORLEAN, LA, USA 12-05-03
    Joseph NEW ORLEAN, LA, USA 12-05-03
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    "HOOT"

    I am very disappointed in Audible (and maybe Hiassen) for not clearly labelling this a children's book. Probably great for 8 to 12 year olds but NOT for adults doing a 10 hour drive. As a kicker, my Otis did not record the final chapter. I'd like to say I don't know how it ended but I do and did for the last 4 hours I listened. Get this for a youngster but not for literate adults.

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    Richard 02-01-16
    Richard 02-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Cute and funny story"

    The story touches on real life things but adds a funny spin. We really enjoyed listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-14-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Good road trip book"
    Any additional comments?

    The story appealed most to our 9 year old, but was fairly engaging for the whole family. The narration was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-05-15
    Jennifer 08-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "NOT ON TRACK"

    Every time I would come back to the book and I was on a chapter it would start some were els

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    Josh Dinar 06-13-15
    Josh Dinar 06-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Most amazing book of all time"

    This is my personal favorite book I do not even. No what to say about this book.It would take me about a million years to describe how amazing this book is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BookBloke Boston, MA USA 03-29-15
    BookBloke Boston, MA USA 03-29-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Great"

    This book was very exciting and the adventures were really good but there wasn't much description. Overall I think this book was great.

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    ANNA 01-29-15
    ANNA 01-29-15

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    "Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen"

    This is a very nice book. Chad Lowe is easy to listen to as a narrator. I enjoyed this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth 11-24-12
    Elisabeth 11-24-12
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    "Not as much a "HOOT" as Carl Hiasson's other hilar"

    I prefer George Wilson's narration. Entertaining, great moral lesson, but I did'nt enjoy it as much as most of his other books. But give a shot anyway. It's always worth it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim O'Neill San Jose, CA USA 08-13-12
    Tim O'Neill San Jose, CA USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Decent Book that Became a Movie"

    In between John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee books, I am also reading Carl Hiassen's. Seems like I'm on a Florida kick. In any case, Hiassen's books are quirky and interesting reads. Definitely worthwhile. And they elevate Florida beyond the strip mall existence that is all to evident when you visit there.

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    Angela 04-22-12
    Angela 04-22-12
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    "Not his best, but enjoyable. Very kid-friendly."

    I am a big fan of Carl Hiaasen books, particularly when delivered in audio form, but this one was just okay. I don't know if he intended the book to be kid-friendly when writing it, but the topic, writing style's complexity and humor were very 'young adult'. As he usually has a darker undertone to his humor and will write on rated R topics with humor, I was a bit surprised by how tame this one really was.

    I would recommend reading Carl Hiaasen and would recommend this as a kid-friendly audiobook for the whole family to enjoy, but would not recommend it as one of Carl's typical dark comedies.

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