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
Retired autoworker, and photographer! Started to listen to audio books, when I developed cataracts, and never stopped! Love the listen!
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!
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.
Smoke's "attack" on the pencil was terrific.
See above comment.
I am happy to leave Scat ending as it does.
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.
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.
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.
The plot and the story was very interesting and had unusual ideas about the environment.
I liked the unique characteristics of each characters and the title of the book, which was very interesting.
It was more exciting to listen to the characters talking.
tag line: find out the secret of Mrs. Starch and.... scat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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