Looking back about 30 years at my home is a tale both nostalgic and prophetic. Carl Hiaasen creates characters who are both sympathetic and at times horrifying. In the words of this tale are the inexorably paths that have let to the fully developed Miami-Dade County. Hiaasen made me long again for the days of powerful newspapers and the Orange Bowl Parade. Thanks for the memories. How sweet it was!
My mistake, again, was not checking who was narrating this one. Wilson's weak sardonic style makes you believe he is reading the book for the first time. He ruined this book - can't finish it.
Never - he is a horrible narrator
I have listened to alot of Carl Hiaasen's books and enjoyed them all. I was SOOO disappointed with this one. It never 'grabbed' me -- i just trudged through it. Don't waste a credit on this one. I can recommend Hoot, Flush, Scat (all 3 for kids - but they are good for adults too), Skinny Dip, and Nature Girl.
I am a social worker, love running & an insatiable reader. Son 2nd year @Harvard. Daughter in 10th grade. A+ husband (23yrs)LIFE=BLESSED!
HYSTERICAL! Hiassen's satire is TRULY a work of art!
An author is at his/her best when they write based on their own experiences, thoughts and beliefs. Hiassen does this with a finesse only someone as talented as he is can.
Like a great chef who knows that putting the exact pinch of spice in his broth keeps customers returning, and that not getting it "just so" can make or break his business.
Hiassen seemingly tackles his craft with the same wizardry while crafting his next best seller... He masterfully expands on real life concerns/happenings and puts just the right amount of satirical twist throughput the novel ( not over or under done ) leaving (us) readers hungering for his next masterpiece. I've read (listened to) a lot of his novels and am never satiated.
Hiassen understands human nature, and this is what makes his brand of writing classical! It will be popular, and bring out numerous belly laughs for generations to come!
George Wilson brings a gifted voice and individuality to multiple characters throughout the story with undeniable talent.
Even in a two for one sale this was a clinker.
Save the credit and get something of his more up to date. Some stories just dont age well, this is one of them
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Boilerplate Carl Hiaasen review: If you've never read him before, you'll (probably) love it. If you've read him before and have not (yet) experienced diminishing returns from reading too much of him, you'll love it. But if you've already felt diminishing returns set in, Tourist Season will likely continue that trend rather than reverse it.
The familiar elements of his formula are all here: eco-warriors combating ecological disaster, bumbling criminals with crazy schemes, strong female characters, cops and reporters, comic anthropology-sociology of a variety of Florida types and tropes, a key role for an animal, the target of it all being a Florida icon -- in this case, the Orange Bowl, its parade and its queen. And there is the always excellent George Wilson, narrator of Hiaasen's first six books.
The formula is starting to feel thin to me, having only recently listened to Native Tongue. I still enjoy the craziness and zaniness. But I feel that I will soon tire of it. To avoid this, I need 1) a little time before going back to him, 2) something recent -- dating to 1985, this was Hiassen's first solo novel, after co-writing three mysteries with another author, and it is dated in key areas. And 3) Skink -- Hiaasen is better when he casts the hermit ex-governor avenger (who first appears in Hiaasen's second novel).
Funny, exciting, clever and educational. Carls writing is extraordinary. George's narration is impeccable. looking forward to listen number 9 in about 6 months.
I love Carl Hiaasen's subtle sense of humor, the intricate weavings of plot, and the absurdity. Despite all of this you really feel connected to the characters - even the bad guys.
I love the inept and yet somehow charming Cuban revolutionary.
Retired, living in Montana, enjoying the good life. Favorites: CJ Box; Carl Hiassen and historical non-fiction—Modern European History
Yes. As in all of Hiassen's work, the storytelling is superb.
Characters. Hiassen creates an entirely new set of characters for this story. You can relate to just about all of them, even the antagonists. The assault on 'conventional' Florida attitudes and residents is succinct and to the point. You never have to guess where they stand. Promotes environmental issues, like most Hiassen books.
The performance was about average.
Either "Lost in Florida" or "The Life and Times of Daniel "Viceroy" Wilson"
Couldn't stop listening. Fantastic book.