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Scat Audiobook

Scat

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Publisher's Summary

Mrs. Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, was last seen during a field trip to Black Vine Swamp. The school's headmaster and the police seem to have accepted the sketchy, unsigned note explaining that her absence is due to a family emergency. Theres no real evidence of foul play. But still, Nick and Marta don't buy it. Something weird is definitely going on.

Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald and is the author of many best-selling titles, including Sick Puppy, Nature Girl, and The Downhill Lie.

©2009 Carl Hiaasen; (P)2009 Listening Library

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    Ms 25/08/2015
    Ms 25/08/2015
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    "Great story but don't listen while driving"
    What made the experience of listening to Scat the most enjoyable?

    Our whole family (aged from 8 to 48) enjoys Carl Haisson books, with their warm and resourceful child characters acting out funny eco-thrillers. Even though the story is well-paced and aventurous both my husband and I immediately felt sleepy whenever we started listening to this audio book- the narrator's voice is the most soporific I have ever heard- better than a fat whisky/ camomile tea/ relaxation tape at bedtime but a liability on a road trip.


    What three words best describe Edward Asner’s performance?

    Soporific, soporific, soporific


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K 13/06/2013
    K 13/06/2013

    Keen user of audiobooks

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    "Maybe not the author's greatest work"

    I'm a great fan of Carl Hiaasen, having stumbled across his books by accident in my local li library. "Scat", like "Chomp", is aimed at younger readers, but although I (an adult) really enjoyed "Chomp", this book left me slightly lukewarm. The story doesn't really have the pace of other books by the same author, and seems to lack some of the quirkiness and humour I've come to expect. Sadly, the pretty lacklustre performance by the narrator, Edward Asner, does nothing to help it along - I found that I had to rewind repeatedly because I lost interest and my mind started to wander while I was listening to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Vicky
    Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
    05/07/09
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    "not just a kids book"

    When I bought this story and then heard the "Audible Kids" intro I thought I'd really screwed up but; NO It's great! Just cut out the swearing and sex and it's just like any other Hiaasen tale; riveting, funny and satisfying with no loose ends! It was great!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hakes
    Wilkes Barre, PA, United States
    26/02/10
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    "Narrator was great!"

    I loved Ed Asner's narration; it was like listening to a beloved grandpa tell a story. The story, on the other hand was mediocre. It was well-written and somewhat engaging, but I found my mind wandering. Also, I was constantly adjusting the volume on this book (something I don't need to do on other Audible downloads). All in all, it wasn't a terrible listen, but I sure wish I'd downloaded it from the library for free instead of using a credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    21/03/09
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    "Scat could have been better"

    What would have made "Scat" better? A different narrator. Ed Asner varies from totally unintelligible to very nice. Unfortunately when he is narrating and in his own voice, he is barely understandable. Honest to God, I thought many times he was drunk, but he seemed to sober up as the book progressed. It's no "Double Whammy" but it's still worth a listen. Let's have a different narrator next time though!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Bill
    Inman, SC, United States
    06/04/09
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    "scat"

    The narration was totally unintelligible at times. There were periods when I thought I was listening to a fair book but the event was lost when the narrator (attempted) to change to a low growl type of character voice which I just could not understand. I was really disappointed with this "listen" which was written by one of my favorite authors. And where did the audible "kids" books come from??? Buy at your own risk!!! You will most likely be disappointed.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Phyllis
    Plymouth, MA, United States
    16/02/09
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    "Scat"

    This was a very predictable story. Interesting but a bit too long. What really made it very hard to finish was the terrible narration, sometimes garbled, too loud, too fast and with horrible voice changes for each character. After many attempts to finish, I did reach the end. Another narrator would have made a better book and a much easier listen.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Renee
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    02/07/09
    Overall
    "Should Have Read the Reviews first"

    I didn't realize it was a kids book - I didn't see any indication of it in the "blurb". Ed Asner was a terrible narrator.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Larry
    Crawfordville, FL, United States
    10/03/09
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    "Loved it"

    I have been a reader and fan of Carl Hiassen's books for many years and had been somewhat disappointed in his books for teens. I was reluctant to purchase this one prior to a family road trip, but am glad I did. It was by far his best book for young adults. His characters were quirky and memorable and Hiassen's prose caused both my 13 year old and 15 year old to laugh out loud (no easy feat). As lifelong residents of rural Florida, we could easily identify with his environmental message. We loved it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • susan b
    01/11/09
    Overall
    "good book, bad reader"

    The book itself is very very good. The narrator....well, that's another story. He sounds like he's just had multiple shots of novocaine (or vodka). With so many great readers around, why this one?

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Peggy
    Portland, OR, USA
    22/09/09
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    "Good story, however..."

    Unfortunately, Mr. Asner does not speak clearly enough to make this an enjoyable listening experience.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    Clifton Park, NY, USA
    12/09/13
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    "Terrible narrator"
    What disappointed you about Scat?

    Could not listen to Ed Asner 's lack luister performance


    Has Scat turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Really enjoy Carl Hiaasen


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotone, single voice for all characters, Does not make the story come alive


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

    Ed Asner


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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