Version: Unabridged
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Narrator: Chad Lowe
Genres: Classics, Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Published In: October 2004
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 29 minutes
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Unfortunately, Roy's first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, 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 intriguing: he was running away from the school bus, carried no books, and -- here's the odd part -- wore no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy's trail. The chase introduces him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparkling tails.

Roy has most definitely arrived in Carl Hiaasen's Florida.

Reviews (9)

Terrible Narrator

Written by RobinC from San Juan Capistrano, CA on April 29th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Here is the problem with this recording: the narrator. I had just listened to another Hiaasen recorded book narrated by someone else and LOVED IT! (Skinny Dip). Then I got this book and the contrast between the narrator of Skinny Dip who was a great actor with different, authentic accents, and the narrator of THIS book (a fellow who just read the book and not very expertly) was so painful that I could not listen to more than a few minutes of "Hoot." So I don't know if this was a good book or not.

A good read

Written by greg on December 10th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

What's not to like about a Carl Hiassen novel? Humorous, heartwarming and intriguing. A good read.


Written by Jim on February 4th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

If you're an adult, please save your time for something more valuable. This is a child's story, and completely unbelievable although the thought behind it is good.


Written by Anonymous from Pace, FL on April 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love the mystery of the chase. What a fun book.


Written by Mandy Paige on August 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I've heard such great things about this book, and I haven't found it has met those expectations. It is rather dry and adolescent. I also find Chad Lowe to be unusually boring.


Written by Pamela Christensen on June 12th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I love Carl Hiaasen, but this is more of a story for kids...I did enjoy it and the narration is excellent. You forget that only one person is doing all these voices! A great story to listen to with pre-teens and teenage kids in the car, like on a long road trip. It was fun, but I like the more adult Hiassen books for my boring rides to and from work!


Written by Jeff Johnson from Brownwood, TX on December 2nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I am a fan of Hiaasen but this book was not that great. Not one of his best. It was OK only.

Needs A Preteen Warning Label

Written by Anonymous on November 23rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Hiaasen's style falls flat without the biting raw satire that make his books clever and witty. The result is a message that drowns out the story and the humour.

Classic Hiaasen, with a G rating

Written by Anonymous from Berkeley, CA on October 25th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a fun listen. Carl Hiaasen picks on his usual villains- bullies and greedy developers, but this time at a kid's level, and without Hiaasen's normally colorful language. The story line is quite engaging- normally I just listen while commuting, but this one had me popping it into the cd player at home! Chad Lowe does a great job taking on all the characters.

Author Details

Author Details

Hiaasen, Carl

Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Back then, he wrote hunt-and-peck stories about neighborhood kickball and softball games. Today, Hiaasen is the author of many bestselling novels, including Basket Case and Skinny Dip. Hiaasen's novels have been published in 29 languages, which is 28 more than he can read or write!

In addition to writing novels, Hiaasen also writes a newspaper column for The Miami Herald, and he has published two collections of his columns. How does he balance writing the newspaper columns and the novels? "Easy," Hiaasen said. "You write every waking hour and have no life. Actually, the jobs complement each other. In a place as wild as South Florida, true-life events are almost too big and too weird to be dealt with appropriately in a newspaper. The journalism feeds the imagination, which feeds the fiction. As for keeping a schedule, it's pretty simple: Two days a week I write for The Miami Herald, and the rest of the time I'm working on novels or magazine articles. Or fishing."

Hoot, Hiaasen's first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. The movie version of Hoot hit U.S. theaters May 2006.