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Scat Audiobook

Scat

Mrs. Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, was last seen during a field trip to Black Vine Swamp. The school's headmaster and the police seem to have accepted the sketchy, unsigned note explaining that her absence is due to a family emergency. Theres no real evidence of foul play. But still, Nick and Marta don't buy it. Something weird is definitely going on.

Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald and is the author of many best-selling titles, including Sick Puppy, Nature Girl, and The Downhill Lie.

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Mrs. Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, was last seen during a field trip to Black Vine Swamp. The school's headmaster and the police seem to have accepted the sketchy, unsigned note explaining that her absence is due to a family emergency. Theres no real evidence of foul play. But still, Nick and Marta don't buy it. Something weird is definitely going on.

Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald and is the author of many best-selling titles, including Sick Puppy, Nature Girl, and The Downhill Lie.

©2009 Carl Hiaasen; (P)2009 Listening Library

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    Terry 06-14-13
    Terry 06-14-13 Member Since 2011

    Retired autoworker, and photographer! Started to listen to audio books, when I developed cataracts, and never stopped! Love the listen!

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    "Another great story, from Carl Hiaasen!"

    We own all of Carl Hiaasen books, in print and audio! This was another very good story, but the narrator was not good! In my opinion, he did well with the oil company people and a few of adult male voices, but was terrible with the kids, and women! I nearly put the book away, and gave up! A most annoying voice, and a lot like listening to Burt Reynolds read. I may go to the library and check out a hard copy, instead of listening to this whole thing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kylie 01-16-13
    Kylie 01-16-13
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    "Disappointed with the narration!"
    What did you like best about Scat? What did you like least?

    What I liked - The story itself is interesting and has believable characters. I can picture the environment from the descriptions given.
    What I disliked - The Narrator was terrible, misreading punctuation, pausing in all the wrong places, emphasising words that shouldn't have been and rarely using vocal adaptation for different characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scat?

    Smoke's "attack" on the pencil was terrific.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See above comment.


    Do you think Scat needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I am happy to leave Scat ending as it does.


    Any additional comments?

    Thankfully the story was good enough to compensate for the terrible narrator. We had to keep enduring him because we wanted to see what happened next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 10-14-12
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Hardy Boys Meet Nancy Drew As Environment Sleuths"

    This is an sort of sweet mystery for kids between the ages of 9 and maybe 12. It lacks Hiassen's expected good humor, but it's not dark. Unfortunately Ed Asner kept intruding as, well, Ed Asner. His way familiar voice was both a distraction from time to time, and worse seemed implausible as the voice of a young girl heroine of the piece. I'm thinking that if you've got a car ride ahead with a young family, well this won't insult the adults and will keep the kids amused as they dave endangered species against the threat of mean, bad, sinister, business men (of course... who else can be cast a villains in this PC world, eh?) . Otherwise... skip it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Newton, MA USA 08-27-12
    Amazon Customer Newton, MA USA 08-27-12

    Ryan

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    "audible scat review"
    What made the experience of listening to Scat the most enjoyable?

    The plot and the story was very interesting and had unusual ideas about the environment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the unique characteristics of each characters and the title of the book, which was very interesting.


    What does Edward Asner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It was more exciting to listen to the characters talking.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    title: scat
    tag line: find out the secret of Mrs. Starch and.... scat.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maryann Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 05-10-11
    Maryann Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 05-10-11
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    "easy listening"

    love the imagination of this author. Always fun to read. Look forward to reading more

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Van Way Fairway, KS, US 12-05-10
    Charles Van Way Fairway, KS, US 12-05-10 Member Since 2002
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    "The cat is the best character"

    Yet another tale of evil developers, greedy people, pristine wilderness, Florida panthers, good kids, mostly-noble hero, and supportive babe in Carl Hiaasen's series of books in the whackos-running-around-south-Florida genre. Even for Hiassen, this one's too heavy-handed. But very funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia United States 10-11-10
    Patricia United States 10-11-10

    Cusanus

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    "Hiassen for All Ages"

    Hiassen doesn't pretend to be serious literature and should be listened to for the sheer fun of it. He creates outrageous characters; however, you may recognize glimmers of people you may have met. He also creates exaggerated situations, which unfortunately have some basis in fact. Ed Asner is the perfect reader for the mileu that Hiassen's created. This book, as many of his books, has an enviromental message, but unlike most of his other books is a great one for teens and pre-teens as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stan Banes 06-04-10
    Stan Banes 06-04-10 Listener Since 2001

    Old geek

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    "Not at his best"

    This is Carl Hiaasen as if written by a computer. All the pieces are there but the life isn't. It reads like any of his other books except that all the characters names are different. So I got no continuity with his other books, but I felt like I had read this story several times in the past.

    While not a fan of Ed Asner, I did appreciate his work on this book. Was the best part of the deal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Berwick, PA, USA 10-28-09
    Jennifer Berwick, PA, USA 10-28-09
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    "Voice not clear"

    Unfortuantely this is hard to make out some of the words, as the reader's voice is sometimes not very clear. Too bad. I really wanted this for my daughter, but it's not worth it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    08-17-10
    08-17-10 Member Since 2016
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    "not well documented"

    I wish the book were identified as a kids book. Plus Ed Asner was unbearable as a narrator. If I had bothered to read the description I would have known not to download it. I didn't make it past the second chapter.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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