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Hoot Audiobook

Hoot Audiobook

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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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    David Kirby 12-06-08
    David Kirby 12-06-08 Member Since 2010
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    "My bad"

    I have always enjoyed the author's books so, in a mad rush to select a book for an upcoming trip, I grabbed this one. I should have read the blurb. It's a kids book. Don't make the same mistake...unless you are getting this for your kids.

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    Christina Mobile, AL, USA 07-01-08
    Christina Mobile, AL, USA 07-01-08
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    ""Hoot""

    I got the book for my son. I got hooked on it myself and finish it in a couple days. It was great! It was a little old for my 5 yr old. But he did enjoy all the kid stuff addressed in the book.

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    Virginia Kansas City, MO, United States 04-18-08
    Virginia Kansas City, MO, United States 04-18-08 Member Since 2007
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    "A Hoot for HOOT!"

    Short, sweet and classic Hiaasen.

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    J. M. Batista 03-20-08 Member Since 2013

    José M. Batista

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    "For teenagers"

    Its a nice book but its target audience is the teenager population.

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    Jon Santa Fe, NM, United States 09-04-07
    Jon Santa Fe, NM, United States 09-04-07 Member Since 2017
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    "G rated Hiaasen"

    Not a typical Hiaasen, I still liked this quite a bit. The language is much tamer than usual and aimed at a younger audience.

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    Betty 08-23-07
    Betty 08-23-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Too poitical"

    I thoroughly enjoyed Hiassen's first book, and as I began lisening to them in order, each subsequent one became less entertaning. In Hoot, it was difficult for me to wade through it. It seems as if the author has a strong political agenda, and while it was an interesting aside in earlier works, now that agenda has become a major plot point in his books.

    While I agree with his environmental position, I'm too old to be preached to, and have to pay for that. It was much more effective when his positions were sublimated to the story. I'm moving on.

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    Cid LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 05-10-07
    Cid LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 05-10-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Great for young and old"

    Darling book, good for the whole family.

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    Emeritus 04-15-07
    Emeritus 04-15-07

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    "This is a kids book afterall"

    The arch comic genius of postmodern tropical paradise (ie south florida) is much kinder and gentler than usual - and so a bit less enjoyable. But I didn't read carefully and realize that this is Hiaasen's book for young folks - Oh?? Let your kids read it - it is fun.

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    juliet la mers-noble 09-08-06 Member Since 2015
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    "a great story for young people"

    I listened to this with my three kids driving from one end of California to the other. When we would stop, they wanted to keep the story going, rather than go inside and visit Grandma. I had previously listened to the story on my own, and knew that there was nothing that young people could not hear and enjoy. I also liked the voice of the narrator.

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    Jo E. Meyertons Portland, OR USA 06-01-06
    Jo E. Meyertons Portland, OR USA 06-01-06 Member Since 2005

    Creative Mind

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    "Light, enjoyable"

    We listened to this audiobook on a road trip to Malheur to look at owls and other birds. It was a light book with a good conscience, but wasn't too believable. Look forward to the movie, though!

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