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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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    Lisa Dayton, OH, United States 11-29-10
    Lisa Dayton, OH, United States 11-29-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Snarky and Fun"

    Easy listening, good narration and interesting characters. Carl Hiaasen always writes with humor and has a nack for snappy, fast paced dialoge.

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    Gordon 11-28-10
    Gordon 11-28-10 Member Since 2016
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    "But for the F-words, it would be a short story."

    Far too much profanity. I imagine there are people incapable of expressing themselves without resorting to an F-bomb in every sentence, but this is supposed to be literature, not a middle school locker room. I have purchased every Hiaasen story offerred by Audible, but I wouldn't recommend this one to anybody who is easily offended, has religious or moral values, or has more than a 300 word vocabulary. I'm sure Tom Wolfe used a few more in "I am Charlotte Simmons", but that novel was three times as long.

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    Eileen United States 11-27-10
    Eileen United States 11-27-10 Member Since 2012
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    "boring"

    Skinny Dip was such an excellent book that I thought I would download this one. I just found it boring, and not at all witty like his other books. I wouldn't suggest this book...especially not as a first read.

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    Nancy Mulberry, FL, United States 10-31-10
    Nancy Mulberry, FL, United States 10-31-10
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    "Narration leaves quite a bit to be desired"

    While Mr.Hoye does some great work in the character voices, the narration is dry, mono toned and doesn't match the wryness and dry humor one hears when reading Hiaasen's books.

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    Ed New Bern, NC, United States 10-24-10
    Ed New Bern, NC, United States 10-24-10
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    "Narrator complaints are right on!!!"

    I did not think that a Carl Hiaasen book could be ruined by poor narration. I was wrong. This guy gives NO inflection of the different characters in the book. I finished reading it a few days ago and cannot really even tell anyone what it was about. I think I will get the book at the library and read it. Please, fire this narrator and bring back George Wilson who is one of the best narrators out there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vicky Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada 10-20-10
    Vicky Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada 10-20-10 Member Since 2016

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "in your face Lindsay Lohan"

    My husband & I listened to this while on a cross Canada trip after lisening t an interview with Carl Hiaasen. Cherry was a perfect Lindsay Lohan type; great story

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    M.W. 09-29-10
    M.W. 09-29-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Hiaasen's Best"

    I REALLY enjoy Carl Hiaasen's sarcasm and wit. I've listened to most of his books and rarely get bored with them. I got bored with this one. Thank goodness Skink made an appearance, or it would have been intolerable. I just couldn't get into the main characters, and the South Beach setting got stale quickly. The plot started rattling around aimlessly, and the ending left much to be desired. I won't quit Carl, but I won't give this book a second listen...and I'm kinda glad that the first listen is finally over.

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    acturage 09-29-10
    acturage 09-29-10

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    "Worst book I have tried to listen to"

    Revolting, vulgar, trash. Not something I expected from the author. Consistent from the get go: garbage. Probably truthful about stardom and their life style, but not for the person looling for a funny and light read.

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    Riverman63 Riverside CA 09-20-10
    Riverman63 Riverside CA 09-20-10 Member Since 2008

    Drudge

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    "Great Read"

    Great laugh out loud humor. Found myself looking for an excuse to "Take a Ride" so I could listen. A Fun and easy book... Hiaasen's descriptions are genius -- and I like Hoyle's reading.

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    L. Danehy deHart 09-19-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Like I mean, so duh..."

    I love Carl Hiaasen, and this book is not my first trip to the Florida back o'beyond with him. And while I will always love the Governor, and I did enjoy the Ann character. I was seriously tired of stupid Cherry. I did have some moments of laughter, but by the end, I was seriously just hanging on.

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