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Hoot Audiobook

Hoot Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

Roy Eberhardt has recently, and unhappily, arrived in Florida. "Disney World is an armpit," he states flatly, "compared to Montana."

Roy's family moves a lot, so he's used to the new-kid drill. Florida bullies are pretty much like bullies everywhere. But Roy finds himself oddly indebted to the hulking Dana Matherson. If Dana hadn't been sinking his thumbs into Roy's temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is the first interesting thing Roy's seen in Florida.

The boy was about Roy's age, but he was running away from the school bus. He had no books, no backpack, and, here's the odd part, no shoes.

Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy's trail. The chase will introduce him to some other intriguing Floridian creatures: potty-trained alligators, a beleaguered construction foreman, some burrowing owls, a fake-fart champion, a renegade eco-avenger, some slippery fish, a sinister pancake PR man, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparking tails.

Life in Florida is looking up.

Hoot is a 2003 Newbery Medal Honor Book.

©2002 Carl Hiaasen; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Honor Book, 2003
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2003

"Quite a hoot indeed." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hiaasen has crafted a delicious screwball comedy for all ages, and Chad Lowe's performance is a hoot." (AudioFile)

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    Karyn Westport, CT, USA 10-03-06
    Karyn Westport, CT, USA 10-03-06
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    "Fun book for the whole family"

    This book is in the same genre as Louis Sachar's books - complex plots with twists and turns, and challenges that keep you rooting for the main character. It's not as imaginative as Sacher's books, unfortunately, but close enough that you won't feel too disappointed. It's got a good pace that is interesting right from the beginning and keeps up throughout the story. Definitely something that parents and kids can share on a long car trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Assonet, MA, USA 08-09-06
    Glenn Assonet, MA, USA 08-09-06
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    "Give us more!"

    I hope Carl Hiaasen decides to write more books like this. It was wonderful. I listened to some of his others books but was a bit put off by the violence - and the "adult" language. This his none of that - it's just a great story for any age. Give us more, Carl!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Waynesboro, VA, United States 03-10-05
    Edward Waynesboro, VA, United States 03-10-05 Member Since 2017
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    "Get back Harry Potter"

    Here is the quintessential normal kid hero doing his thing in a world full of weirdos. This is a great book for kids and a pretty good book for adults. The outcome is telegraphed as soon as you know who the characters are, and what they do, but it was a fun listen. In a way, it's a kids book, but just like Harry Potter, only adults who have lost sight of what it was to be a kid will not enjoy it too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Book reader Lawrence, MA 01-07-05
    Book reader Lawrence, MA 01-07-05 Member Since 2015

    Learned to love audiobooks when I was commuting two to three hour a day. I still love listening to a good book, even when I prefer a printed version.

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    "Bittersweet, funny, fast-paced"

    While this could be enjoyed by young teens, I appreciated this book particularly as an adult. Apparently, junior high school hasn't changed, so the characters and plight of the young protagonist rang true. The plot is as quirky as I've come to expect from a Carl Hiaasen book, with all the bemused sense of absurdity that colors all his work. I listened to it in my car, and looked forward every night to getting back to the story during the next morning's drive to work(NOT a common situation!). Chad Lowe does an excellent job of reading -- speaking from the kid's point of view without condescension, particularly.

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    Joseph NEW ORLEAN, LA, USA 12-05-03
    Joseph NEW ORLEAN, LA, USA 12-05-03
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    "HOOT"

    I am very disappointed in Audible (and maybe Hiassen) for not clearly labelling this a children's book. Probably great for 8 to 12 year olds but NOT for adults doing a 10 hour drive. As a kicker, my Otis did not record the final chapter. I'd like to say I don't know how it ended but I do and did for the last 4 hours I listened. Get this for a youngster but not for literate adults.

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    07-21-17
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    "A great interesting book you'll love it"

    It took a while to finish I still love the concept of this great book

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    K. Berneti Spring, TX 06-29-17
    K. Berneti Spring, TX 06-29-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Great for the whole family!"

    Our family of two adults and a 12 year old girl listened to this book while on a road trip. We loved it! It kept us all entertained! Every time we got back in the car my 12 yo would ask to turn the book back on. At one point, we had a discussion about each of our predictions on how it will end. It really got us talking.

    Chad Lowe did a great job reading the story as well. We are excited to move on to another Carl Hiassen book together!

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    Tristan Christiansen 06-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great"

    This book is like me in 3rd Grade! Wow! I am surprised for that! :D

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    Brett V Bingham 04-08-17
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    "I love this book."

    I thought this was a fantastic book, with lots of excitement and adventure. Thanks to the author.

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    Arturo Freire-Bracho 02-08-17
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    "Best Book Ever!!!"

    This book is great for 4th to 6th graders. It has so much great figurative language. This can help you if you are lacking large meaningful words. I definitely recommend this book. The fluency is incredible!!!!

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