It seems that the author did not take this book seriously. Each time the plot seems to be getting strong, he threads it with what is supposed to be "humor." It is generally not funny and tends to undermind the novel. This demise is aided by a reader who's tone of voice is somewhat sardonic throughout, so that at every moment I was waiting to find out the whole book was just somebody's bad dream. What makes this so frustrating and sad is the fact that the story could have and would have been a good one if Hiaasen hadn't treated it so irreverently and if the reader had been better. It was like Hiaasen was forced to create this book for some deadline or promise and he offers it up as a childish insult to anyone who dares attempt to take it seriously. Unfortunately the lousy reader makes it hard to take, even as a tongue in cheek tease.
Randee and Dan
I didn't find myself laughing out loud at this book, like I usually do with Hiaasen. Maybe the narrator just didn't do it for me. I liked Nature Girl and Skinny Dip much better.
I am a huge fan of Hiaasen and this is the first book I have listened to. Narration is ok, There are a lot of things happening in this book and it really requires one to keep up.
If you like an odd mix of characters, Tourist Season may be for you. This is the second book I've tried by the author and both have been odd and a bit of a reach for plots. The wacko characters will hold some interest, but I think I've tried enough from the author to hold off getting any more.
A found the pretense that an eco-terrorist gang made up of such disfunctional characters could ever hold together long enough to accomplish anything quite a stretch. You definitely need to suspend disbelief here.
I also think the ending was a bit rushed and incomplete.
The narration was reasonable and I didn't have much trouble in following character dialog changes.
All in all, I found the book an ok diversion, but nothing that is going to keep me coming back for more.
If you've never tried Hiaasen before, give him a shot and decide for yourself. If you like it, you can listen to them all without too much trouble, if you don't, it's your loss. Lots of fun for those who like his style.
I love this author's books. But terrorists in Miami or any US city (no matter how hysterical their antics) aren't on my post-9/11 funny list. A fun listen, as always, and characters who are too crazy to be totally fictitious.