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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Carl Hiaasen teamed up with journalist Bill Montalbano for this gripping thriller. Powder Burn stars Chris Meadows, a successful Miami architect who's leaving a meeting with an ex-girlfriend when he sees a car strike his ex, killing her. But the nightmare is only just beginning. As a witness to the crime, Chris knows the car's passengers - thugs linked to Miami's deadliest drug lords - are sure to come after him next. But what can he do if the police refuse to give him protection?

©1981 Carl Hiaasen / Bill Montalbano (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Samantha
  • Summerville, SC, United States
  • 09-30-13

I Love Carl Hiaasen, but man this was the hard

What disappointed you about Powder Burn?

I cant rate this book because I was to bored to get past the first 3 hours. If you love Carl Hiaasen stay away from this book. Its starts slow and I think that's the way it will continue. This book was a slow starter like the Lords of Discipline

Would you ever listen to anything by Carl Hiaasen and Bill Montalbano again?

Not both this book was too boring to complete. I have listened to all of Carl Hiassen books longer than 8 hours and I loved them all, this one was just not for me.

Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Ramirez’s performances?

I didn't finish the book so I don't feel like I should rate his performance

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Powder Burn?

I was to bored to finish the first half let alone the complete boo.

Any additional comments?

Can I have a refund?

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Darker

Would you consider the audio edition of Powder Burn to be better than the print version?

not sure, since I did not read the print version, but the audio was great

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, fast paced, no long rambling speeches

Have you listened to any of Robert Ramirez’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

good

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

tough question, not really sure

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not Much Hiassen Here

Would you try another book from Carl Hiaasen and Bill Montalbano and/or Robert Ramirez?

After reading other books by Hiaasen, I am convinced that he simply put the finishing touches and added a few funny parts to this tome after Montalbano had finished.

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

I would have had Montalbano tell Hiaasen the structure of the story, and then have Carl alone write the book in his style.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Ramirez?

The idea of having a young Latino read the book was a good one, but It seems that you need someone with a greater range of tone in his voice. It needs to be read by someone older, and with a more gruff voice.

What character would you cut from Powder Burn?

No Idea.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing...

Not up to the usual Hiaasen standards, at least for me. I’ll probably give his next book a pass.

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Shockingly awful--could not finish it

What happened to my favorite author, Carl Hiaasen? I've read virtually everything he's written and enjoyed all immensely. This story includes typically colorful protagonist but opening crime is so shocking, it's impossible to couch it with standard Hiaasen cynical wit and humor. What I read was utterly devoid of any of that trademark tongue-in-cheek style, irony, etc. Not one laugh out loud moment. And narrator is simply the worst--delivery is so fast-spoken it is difficult to understand audible book at times. Cadence is delivered at such an unrelenting machine-gun speed with a unwavering tone of angst, it made me anxious just to listen. PLEASE, Mr. Hiaasen, get back to writing on your own, or choose anyone but Mr. Montalbano! And I will be sure never to purchase an audiobook narrated by Robert Ramirez. So sad to give this book such a poor review, as Mr. Hiassen's other works have given me countless hours of enjoyment over the past two decades. I heartily recommend ALL of them EXCEPT for "Powder Burn".

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Not the end of the world, but disappointing

I wasted a credit on this book. I bought the book based on Carl Hiaasen's rep. Bad call. 5 chapters and I can't listen to anymore. The narrator sounded amatuerish. The writtinge was blah. I've listened to almost all of Hiaasen's books. I don't hear his voice in this story at all. Life is too shortbto spend time reading bad books.

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  • BDHumbert
  • Fort Pierce, FL, United States
  • 03-28-17

Good - not great

I thought this was ok but seemed to miss Haissen's normal Florida zaniness. Maybe he listened to his coauthor too much

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hard to follow

If this had been my first Carl Hiaasen book I probably would not of read another. This was hard to follow. I had to keep rewinding to figure out what was going on. I do like this author, but not this particular book.

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Disappointed

I enjoy Carl Hiaasen's writing because of the humor and interesting characters. I did not find this in Powder Burn. Not my kind of book.

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Got through it

What disappointed you about Powder Burn?

There is no funny Hiaasen wit or humor. Or very little. Maybe it was the compilation, not sure.

Has Powder Burn turned you off from other books in this genre?

It only got exciting until the last one quarter of the book. The narrators over dramatic dialog did not help

What didn’t you like about Robert Ramirez’s performance?

Why to dramatic on every sentence. Sometimes you just have to let the story flow and not emphasis everything

Any additional comments?

Robert Ramiez is probably great at reading. Just not this book. If you had told me this was Mr. Hiaasen's first novel out of college I would of said I understand. This 11 hour book took me a month to listen to.

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  • Juliet
  • 06-20-12

All potential lost to a bad reader

The plot might have held promise. Certainly with Hiaasen as one of the authors, I had hopes. But the reader ruined it. I could not get past chapter 3. Same harsh tone no matter what the scene, didn't seem to be taking in what he was reading so emphasis often misplaced. What a pity

1 of 1 people found this review helpful