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Native Tongue
Native Tongue
Author: Carl Hiaasen
"Ruthlessly wicked...Wonderful...His best book yet." — ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION — When the precious clue-tongued mango voles at the Amazing Kingdom of Thrills on North Key Largo are stolen by heartless, ruthless thugs, Joe Winder wants to uncover why, and find the voles. Joe is lately a PR man for the Amazing Kingdom theme park, but now that...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780449221181
ISBN-10: 0449221180
Publication Date: 9/23/1992
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 106 ratings
Publisher: Fawcett
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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perryfran avatar reviewed Native Tongue on + 1003 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I can't get enough of Hiaasen! This was another of his hilarious satires - full of wacky characters that inhabit South Florida. I think this is about the 6th Hiaasen I have read and I would rank this with his best. (Others I have read include Tourist Season, Double Whammy, Strip Tease, Lucky You, Skin Tight). This novel is one of his most direct assaults on developers wrecking havoc on the Florida environment. The targets include the amusement parks such as Sea World and Disney but he also takes shots at phone sex operators and their clients, steroid-pumped bodybuilders, and extreme animal lovers and birdwatchers. Hiaasen again came up with some great characters including the ex-Mafia snitch who owned a Disney-like amusement park, the bodybuilder security guard who gnawed off his own foot to free himself from a car parked on it, the senior citizen lady environmentalist who doesn't hesitate to shoot whoever disagrees with her, and the ex-Florida governor who lives in the Florida wilderness and wears a dead panther's tracking collar! The book also had a few celebrity guest appearances - I laughed out loud when Willard Scott was interviewing Robbie Raccoon at the amusement park and told him he was a little overweight. Robbie responded: "Look who's talking, lardass." Overall, a very high recommendation for this one.
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Helpful Score: 2
Fast moving and funny as ever. I love it when the ex-governor enters the picture. If you have not read any of Hiaasen's books you are in for a treat.
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Helpful Score: 2
Hiaasen writes wickedly funny environmental mysteries or adventures. He uses odd characters and plots you just have to love. I especially enjoy his former-governor-turned-swamp rat who is the ultimate recycling person - he cooks and eats road kill.
runcysmom avatar reviewed Native Tongue on + 163 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Carl Hiaasen is a riot. I truly enjoy all of his books and this one was fun from beginning to end.
lillinda avatar reviewed Native Tongue on + 175 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Another funny, wacky, weird book from Hiaasen.
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FamFatale avatar reviewed Native Tongue on + 369 more book reviews
As always with Hiaasen, a rollicking ride through the swamps, amusement parks, with animal rights, phone sex, and a pistol-packing granny to sweeten the pot.
arpedgio avatar reviewed Native Tongue on + 2 more book reviews
I love Carl Hiaasen, and Native Tongue did not disappoint. This book is filled with all the usual suspects you'd expect from Hiaasen: crooked land developers, wacky environmentalists, trashy phone-sex operators, and an ex-governor turned swamp person. Native Tongue is a fun read that is sure to make you laugh out loud!
moosesue avatar reviewed Native Tongue on + 28 more book reviews
A very enjoyable read.
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Living in Florida, working at a theme park, Carl's work hits home for me. I love his humor, a little trashy in all the right places, definitely "R" rated. Great departure..
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I enjoyed this off-beat book about crooked developers, bungling crooks, and amusement parks.
righhht avatar reviewed Native Tongue on + 6 more book reviews
Could not get into this book at all. I heard some good things but made it about halfway before I realized I was wasting my time. :-(
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The usual Carl Hiaasen insanity that somehow turns out to be a serious crime novel at the same time.

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