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Stormy Weather | [Carl Hiaasen]

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather centers on the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The devastation of the storm has attracted crowds of voyeurs and impostors to Florida. Drawn by the chance to prey on Andrew's victims, misfits like the murderous ex-con Snapper and the dangerously seductive Edie find easy targets for their insurance scams. They're not prepared, though, when they meet their opposition, led by a hoary ex-governor who smokes toads.

Both hilariously funny and deadly accurate, Carl Hiaasen's novel will take you into a Florida that is far from the frilly palms and pink flamingos of its post cards.

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Publisher's Summary

Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, has earned a reputation for perceptive, sharp-edged suspense that also cuts to the bone of environmental issues. His novels have been translated into many languages and are touted worldwide for their quirky characters and surreal adventures set in the ravaged cultural wasteland of southern Florida.

Stormy Weather centers on the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The devastation of the storm has attracted crowds of voyeurs and impostors to Florida. Drawn by the chance to prey on Andrew's victims, misfits like the murderous ex-con Snapper and the dangerously seductive Edie find easy targets for their insurance scams. They're not prepared, though, when they meet their opposition, led by a hoary ex-governor who smokes toads.

Both hilariously funny and deadly accurate, Carl Hiaasen's novel will take you into a Florida that is far from the frilly palms and pink flamingos of its post cards. Strap on your seatbelt. Stormy Weather is an unforgettable, turbulent ride.

©1995 Carl Hiaasen; (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Biting wit, wacky characters, and a profound fury." (USA Today)
"These strange characters maneuver through a broken landscape as if born to it, and the author's control of both style and narrative keeps the novel from slipping into silliness....A fiction that explores the intersection of the grotesque and the human." Library Journal)
"Combining slapstick nightmare, black comedy, and moral outrage in just the right proportions." (Booklist)

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    Jamie Lakewood, CO, United States 12-30-12
    Jamie Lakewood, CO, United States 12-30-12
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    "The Narrator is Sadly Bland & Mispronounces Words"
    Would you try another book from Carl Hiaasen and/or George Wilson?

    Stormy Weather is one of my favorite books. I was in South Florida for Hurricane Andrew, on which the book is (loosley) based.

    The Narrator makes this wonderful tale nearly un-listenable. He constantly mispronounces words and names and is more monotonous and offensively dull than any other Narrator I've encountered. Please do NOT let this man read any more Audiobooks.


    What other book might you compare Stormy Weather to and why?

    Captiva by Randy Wayne White. Big Trouble by Dave Barry. They're both set in South Florida and well-written with a hint of mystery and a ton of local flavor. Dave Barry, in particular, shares Hiaasen's cynical and hysterical view of the Local Hooligans.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He is bland and dull, and his CONSTANT mispronunciation of words and names is downright offensive.


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

    None. I would add more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie East Windsor, NJ, United States 12-09-10
    Leslie East Windsor, NJ, United States 12-09-10
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    "Too Gruesome and Sadistic"

    After listening to and really enjoying Skinny Dip, I was excited to find Stormy Weather in a recent Audible sale. Although the story itself was interesting and ironic, the sadistic nature of the actions of the characters ruined this book for me. And this was from the "good guys." What a disappointment. The unnecessary, gratuitous violent treatment of the characters and animals finally caused me to give up 9 hours into the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bronwyn VictoriaAustralia 10-29-07
    Bronwyn VictoriaAustralia 10-29-07
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    "Boring and unfunny"

    I was disappointed with this book. I was expecting a lively romp but was bored to tears.
    There were so many unpleasant characters that I normally wouldn't give 5 minutes to let alone the hours and hours spent with them in this book.
    I found it very hard to concentrate on the whole book as it was way too long.
    I kept reading thinking that it had to get better, more exciting or even funny but alas this was not to be.
    It was not to my taste at all.

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    Tim Lexington, KY, USA 03-03-07
    Tim Lexington, KY, USA 03-03-07
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    "Not his best effort"

    Normally, I find Hiaasen's books enjoyable. This book has all of the standard elements that usually make for an entertaining story, but this one just didn't click for me. The pace of the story was too slow, the characters lacked spark. There weren't any of the usual laugh-out-loud moments. Skip this one and try another Hiaasen book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa East Stroudsburg, PA, USA 08-19-05
    Lisa East Stroudsburg, PA, USA 08-19-05 Member Since 2001
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    "You cant go wrong with Stormy Weather"

    Again...another great book from a great author.....i always love the readings from George Wilson....go thru every book of Hiaasen.....all are pure entertainment!!!! Your audiobook credit wont be wasted!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-24-07
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-24-07 Member Since 2013

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    "Hiaasen Rocks!"

    I lived in Florida over 10 years and there are some aspects of Hiaasen's humor that you might not get unless you have seen some of the misuse of natual resources that are his focus. The bizzarro characters are always great comic relief for his core subject that is quite serious. He states his opinions and political beliefs in a profound and profoundly funny manner.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Harris 06-18-14
    Ron Harris 06-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst ever"
    What disappointed you about Stormy Weather?

    I have previously read the book in print, and really like Carl Hiaasen, so I was looking forward to the audiobook. The Narrator however is the worst ever; no inflection, no emotion, no performance, simply a blase reading of the material. If I hadn't have purchased this book as a sale item, I would have returned it, and I've never even considered returning a book before. Remember the name George Wilson, and avoid anything "performed" by him at all cost.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In every way possible. If you're looking for a book to sleep through, this is the one. Too bad since Hiaasen is normally very humurous. It was clear to me that Mr. Wilson had no interest in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 05-30-14
    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2014

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    Where does Stormy Weather rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put Stormy Weather - and probably pretty much anything by Hiaassen in the top 1/3 of Audiobooks - the plots and quirky characters just seem to work in this format.


    What other book might you compare Stormy Weather to and why?

    Any of the other Hiassen Florida focused books - including Strip Tease and Double Whammy when we were first introduced to Skink


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The boat "rescue" of the kidnapped hubby...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Stay Home!


    Any additional comments?

    As someone who now [again?] lives in Florida - third time is I hope the charm - the culture - or is it sub-culture that Hiaasen knows so well and describes with a sense of humor and astonishment is very real - and part of what makes Florida an odd - but romantic place to live.

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    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 11-27-13
    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "real fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! Hiaasen brings the inside of real life events to readers. Tragedy with a touch of humor and of course Hiaasen twistedness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stormy Weather?

    The crucifixion on the satelite dish


    Any additional comments?

    A great book with visits form several of your favorite Hiaasen characters and as always some interesting new ones!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa United States 07-24-13
    Teresa United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Only in Florida!"

    I can't help myself. I love the screwball characters and how poetic justice seems to prevail. Since I am a native, and I lived through Hurricane Andrew I actually found some of the sub plots completely believable. The sarcasm and unexpected dialogue is fantastic and Skink is a mesmerizing character to say the least. I am hooked! Don't let the "save the planet" theme that permeates the book deter you. Read it and laugh out loud! George Wilson is a fantastic reader and he slips effortlessly and flawlessly between characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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