Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.
When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called "Expedition Survival!", Wahoo figures he'll have to do a bit of wrangling himself - to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show's boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger seems to actually believe his PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo's acquired a shadow named Tuna - a girl who's sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man and needs a place to hide out.
They've only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna's dad shows up with a gun.
It's anyone's guess who will actually survive "Expedition Survival".
©2012 Carl Hiaasen (P)2012 Listening Library
“Hiaasen’s best for a young audience since Newbery Honor Hoot (2002) features a shy, deep-feeling protagonist who’s also a pragmatist and plenty of nature info and age-appropriate cultural commentary…. Humorous adventure tales just don’t get any more wacked…or fun to read than this.” (Kirkus)
The narrator was reading so quickly I couldn't understand one out of every 10 words he said. I love Carl Hiaasen but I tried to listen to this book for 1 hour, 30 min each time and had to turn it off. I am very disappointed and would never purchase another book read by this narrator.
Slow down, get rid of the monotone.
After several years of being with audible I have never been disappointed in a book. I wish I had my credit back.
One again, Carl Hiaasen puts a motley crew of characters in the middle of a Florida swamp and comes up with the best contemporary humor writing being done today. BRAVO!
I love Carl Hiaasen and wait for each book to come out. Unless I buy the book to read I might not make it through this one. Van Der Beek reads so fast I feel like I am listening 3 words behind - not a good experience.
Can't tell how it compares - haven't been able to get past the first 5 minutes.
He's reading so fast I can't keep up and the characters all sound alike - no real variation.
Not so far.
Its so bad they should re-do it with someone else.
Hiassen definitely, Van Der Beek, not so much!
The reader was not up to the the book!
I listen in the car while i drive. I have eclectic tastes in books and if it interests me I listen till its over.
I loved the relationship between Wahoo and his family. Makes the whole book seem even better.
The characters were smart funny and likable. I was in the everglades in florida when i listened to this. I even tried to figure out if there was a stuffed alligator at the air boat tour I took my children on.
He is a great reader. He does a good job of making all of the characters come to life.
I wish the author would write more about this family. Bring back Tuna.
I guess I read most of Hiaasen's works for the mayhem that ensues. This one didn't quite have all the mayhem I like. True, crazy accidents did have their usual turn to more problems or hilarity, but not as much as I am used to reading in Hiaasen's books. I didn't hate it, nor did I love it.
It's up there. I like listening to something fairly light so I can also keep my focus on the road, and this book fit the bill.
Probably Mickey was my favorite, but all the characters are so much fun.
It's not that type of book.
My husband and three boys listened to this story in one hit on a long car journey. I was amazed at how it captivated the boys and drew them away from their own electronic devices. It is a very contemporary story, very relevant, funny, informative and entertaining. We all loved the reader. Made the trip very easy
We listened to this as a family with 10 and 8 y/o kids on a road trip to florida! This was the PERFECT book to listen to on the way to florida! Hiaasen knows so much about florida's natural fauna and animals, we learned a bunch about the everglades. The kid characters are strong, but not over the top. There are some tough issues, mainly a child character being physically abused by her father, but it is handled well. Also, very good narrator! We love Hoot by Hiaasen aswell!
Carl Hiaasen is a brilliant, funny, author and I love his stories. James Van Der Beek leaves much to be desired as a narrator. His flat tone made an exciting book dull.
Wahoo, of course. Great kid. I wish there were more like him.
No. Not at this time.
Wait anxiously for the next Carl Hiaasen book.
There are many problems with the narration. The words in several places are changed from the text (eg: Van Der Beek refers to the Everglades as a sea, but the text says water.) Hiaasen knows the Everglades are freshwater, but apparently Van Der Beek doesn't. I found Van Der Beek's performance flat and at times difficult to follow the flow of the action. His switching in and out of the "aussie" accent for Derek Badger was annoying, especially since the text states WHERE and WHEN he dropped the accent. I give Van Der Beek a C+ on this one.
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