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Hoot Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Hoot (Unabridged), by Carl Hiaasen
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.99 (36,972 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Hiaasen Narrator: Chad Lowe Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by BOOKS! | 2/13/2014

    " preety good book. I like how in each paragraph it changes to a different story but there isn't much action. (besides bullying.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Tamara | 2/12/2014

    " These owls are disgustingly cute. They really could not be any cuter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Janine | 2/5/2014

    " Some hilarious parts that made me laugh so hard I was crying, but a pretty long book to read with my students. I would recommend this for an individual reader but the length makes it difficult to stay on track with a group. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Kristine | 2/5/2014

    " This is a fun book for young people to read, and there are many good lessons to be learned from it. I like the themes of loyalty, friendship, family relationships, standing up for what you believe, and protecting the environment. The author falls short, however, of addressing some other important issues in a meaningful way. Hiassen tries to put humor in scenes of bullying and vandalism, two things that are never humorous and should not be taken lightly, especially in this day and age. That is where my disappointment in the book comes. The good still outweighs the bad, however, and I think it is a worthwhile story. "

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About the Author
Author Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen is a successful journalist and novelist. He is a writer and investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, and his work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Time, Life, Esquire, and Gourmet. His earliest novels, Powder Burn, Trap Line, and A Death In China, were co-written with fellow journalist Bill Montalbano. Since then, he has written books in a variety of genres. His novel Strip Tease was made into a movie in 1996, and his young adult novel Hoot, winner of the Newbery Honor Award, was made into a movie in May of 2006. A number of Hiassen’s works have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, including Star Island, Chomp, Sick Puppy, and Scat. In addition to being a writer, Hiassen is also a public speaker. He lives in Florida with his family.

About the Narrator

Chad Lowe is an award-winning American actor, director, producer, and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his role in the film Unfaithful. He has also had recurring roles on Pretty Little Liars, Young Justice, ER, Melrose Place, and more. He won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1989 and a Primetime Emmy Award in 1993 as well as other awards for his television acting and his film directing. He has narrated several audiobooks. For Big Mouth & Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates, his co-narration with Hilary Swank in 2003 earned him not only an AudioFile Earphones Award but also the prestigious Audie Award for Best Multi-Voiced Performance.