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Star Island Audiobook

Star Island

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Publisher's Summary

Meet 22-year-old Cherry Pye (nee Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was 14 - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.

Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her undercover stunt double, Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too indisposed - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.

Now the challenge for Cherry's handlers (backstage mother; horndog record producer; nipped, tucked, and Botoxed twin publicists; weed-whacker-wielding bodyguard) is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence a secret from Cherry's public and from Cherry herself.

The situation is more complicated than they know. Ann has had a bewitching encounter with Skink - the unhinged former governor of Florida living wild in a mangrove swamp - and now he's heading for Miami to find her....

Will Bang Abbott achieve his fantasy of a lucrative private photo session with Cherry Pye? Will Cherry sober up in time to lip-synch her way through her concert tour? Will Skink track down Ann DeLusia before Cherry's motley posse does?

All will be revealed in this hilarious spin on life in the celebrity fast lane.

©2010 Carl Hiaasen (P)2010 Random House

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    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 10-03-10
    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 10-03-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Not as good as other Hiaasen titles"

    Story line was weak and the new readers were disappointing. Character development was shallow and the Governor's new voice was a letdown. I think I am done with Hiaasen in audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephan Encino, CA, United States 10-01-10
    Stephan Encino, CA, United States 10-01-10 Member Since 2012
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    "He hasn't lost his touch"

    Typical Hiaasen. If you're a fan, you'll not be disappointed and if you're new to this author, you're in for a treat. Well read. Only bad thing is that I now have to wait for the next appearance of "the Captain".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maryalyce El Mirage, AZ, United States 10-01-10
    Maryalyce El Mirage, AZ, United States 10-01-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Every bit as good as all Hiaasen"

    I loved this as much as every other Carl Hiaasen novel I have read, but the narrator was very dry and disappointing. As always, the characters are over the top and entertaining as heck, but a good narrator could have enhanced the experience immensely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH PITTSBURGH, PA United States 08-05-10
    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH PITTSBURGH, PA United States 08-05-10 Member Since 2004
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    "YUK!"

    I will remember to look at the narrator before buying. Did not realize not George Wilson, and this guy is about as emotional as a stoic. Might be a good book, but who knows with this poor narration.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Charleston, SC, United States 08-10-10
    Ed Charleston, SC, United States 08-10-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Bring back George Wilson"

    I miss George Wilson as the reader. He takes Hiaasen's book to another level of fun. That aside, this was my least favorite of Hiaasen's book, Ive read or listened to most, and have enjoyed them all, except this one The ending is a non ending, just jumps to epilogue. Wasn't that entertaining.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Guss SLC, Ut United States 06-28-17
    Andrew Guss SLC, Ut United States 06-28-17
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    "Disappointing, meandering, whiny, and limp"
    What disappointed you about Star Island?

    The story lacks wit and punctuation. There is no real sense of menace, interest, or retribution. The motives of the main characters are vague, except for the most banal and transparent characters who are left to carry the whole book forward. If you listen with the eagerness to find out what happens, you will be disappointed. Nothing happens.


    What could Carl Hiaasen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Normally, Hiaasen books have a character to care about or a situation of interest to invest in. That seemed to be wholly missing in this lengthy excursion through vapidity and materialism.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'm having a hard time thinking of a favorite scene. The cattle prong speech correction scene was my favorite.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was written with typical Hiaasen snark and style, it just lacked a real story or character to care about and nothing happened to anybody anyway, so caring would have been largely irrelevant. The world of shallow, materialistic, drug numbed paparazzi and celebrities is just too shallow to be very interesting, even when portrayed in biting satire.


    Any additional comments?

    If this was the last Skink novel, then it is a poor end to a wonderful character.

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    Alicia FORT BRAGG, CA, United States 06-27-17
    Alicia FORT BRAGG, CA, United States 06-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Did I outgrow Hiaasen or is it this book?"

    I have definitely enjoyed many a Hiaasen book in my life. I haven't ever listened to one, so maybe that's the problem. But, even though I didn't really find the characters intriguing, I kept listening because I was traveling. It wasn't funny, it wasn't even very quirky. Skink venturing into the mainstream could be amusing, but here, not really. I found myself just thinking the whole thing was dumb. Maybe I am just getting old and impatient, but I cared so little about the characters that I fell asleep during the last two chapters and do not plan on going back to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelden 02-19-17
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    "worn out this franchise"

    time for another hero series, Captain did too little in this worn-out franchise. book too long.

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    Craig Council, NC, United States 11-07-15
    Craig Council, NC, United States 11-07-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Bit over the top even for Carl Hiaasen."
    Any additional comments?

    Carl's book are never very deep but always good to relax and take your mind off every day life. I enjoyed the book but the weed wacker took this one a bit over the top. Lots of parts still made me laugh driving down the road.

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    Benicio Birmingham 07-17-15
    Benicio Birmingham 07-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Funny and engaging"

    When I picked this up the ratings weren't spectacular. But as I am a big Hiaasen fan, I wanted to give it a go anyway. I was far from disappointed. In fact I rank this one right alongside Skinny Dip and Double Whammy.

    The author's trademark sardonic humor shines from the beginning to the very end, where a very funny epilogue ties everything up nicely. Skink also makes a zany appearance and that alone was worth the credit.

    As far as Stephen Hoye is concerned, he delivers a perfect performance doing justice to nuances of every single character.

    Bottom line is, get this book. You won't be disappointed and the credit will be well spent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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