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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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    Al Richmond, TX, USA 08-07-06
    Al Richmond, TX, USA 08-07-06
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    "Fun Fiction"

    Carl Hiaasen has done it over and over. A refreshingly funny look at Fishing as business. He really knows how to capture attention with the absurd. This is the kind of fun that audible was developed for.

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    BR mom 08-10-05
    BR mom 08-10-05
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    "I couldn't turn it off until I was done"

    Carl Hiaasen has quickly become one of my favorite "mystery" writers. I place it in quotes because his books are so much more. This one doesn't disappoint. Hysterical and insightful character studies without becoming charactures. Linguistically innovative. Sometimes just plain silly. But you never stop guessing what happens next and you're always surprised (if not by what, by who; if not by who, by how). A truly great read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M.W. SW USA 04-09-05
    M.W. SW USA 04-09-05 Member Since 2009
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    "Typical Hiaasen..."

    ...which is why I enjoyed it. The characters are unique, funny, and find themselves in some most unusual circumstances.
    Don't expect anything really deep...but do be prepared to laugh.
    Also, this reader is just superb!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan DALTON, GA, USA 02-15-05
    Alan DALTON, GA, USA 02-15-05
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    "Best one yet"

    I'm a big fan of this author and have heard most of his books, but this one is the funniest by far. It was nice and long and the characters all got such fitting endings. It's good to know that the evil will suffer, and I love Skink.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Modesto, CA, USA 11-09-04
    John Modesto, CA, USA 11-09-04
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    "Another entertaining story from Carl Hiaasen"

    Great for commutes when you need a few laughs, this is an entertaining story with classic Hiaasen characters. George Wilson's narration is excellent--half the fun of listening to Hiaasen is in the way Wilson makes the characters come alive.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janeite 08-28-09
    Janeite 08-28-09
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    "Stormy? More like seamy."

    I finally got tired of all the lousy people, one after another, and the rip-offs, whores, cons and murders, which had to be particularly weird and grusome, of course. I quit partway into the second half. There were only 3 likable characters among the myriad others, and 2 of them were moderately deranged. Bleeah! I can read the news and get enough of that stuff.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Mount Louisa, Australia 03-22-13
    Paul Mount Louisa, Australia 03-22-13 Member Since 2015

    Hi, I work in I.T. and am a freelance photographer. Just love this site, and always happy to discuss books, photography or just plain life. Feel free to drop me a line, I'm always looking to meet interesting people.

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    "Hits the funny bone, repeatitly!"
    Would you listen to Stormy Weather again? Why?

    Yes, complex wierd funny plot, great charicters, go skink!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    More twists and turns than a mountain highway.


    What does George Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ouch, stop it, my stomache hurts! Great narration, felt like I was there.


    If you could take any character from Stormy Weather out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Has to be Clinton Tyree aka Skink, he is impossible and querky, whats not to like!


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is Carl Hiaasen best most complex yet, well worth the listen, if only for the laughs!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Reno, NV, USA 08-29-04
    Steven Reno, NV, USA 08-29-04
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    "Absolutely Hillarious"

    A huge cast of characters all get their just desserts in great listen. I just love the vocalizations given to Hiaasin's books by George Wilson. Learned something about hurricanes, too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JoBro Fairbanks, AK, United States 03-21-12
    JoBro Fairbanks, AK, United States 03-21-12
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    "Hiassen disappoints again"
    Would you try another book from Carl Hiaasen and/or George Wilson?

    Absolutely not.I've tried a couple of Hiassen books in the past and have managed to get thruogh them, mostly because I was on a long car ride and it helped pass the time. I downloaded this one because I wanted to listen to a Florida oriented book while driving the length of Florida recently. I couldn't even listen to more than two hours and gave up and switched on local radio. The plot is plodding, but worst is the contrived characters and the incredibly tedious digressions Hiassen makes giving us


    Has Stormy Weather turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love this genre, but will not read, listen or recommend Hiassen. He's about the worst the genre has to offer.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was fine, it was not a factor in the disappointing quality of this book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    W Marina, CA, United States 07-21-04
    W Marina, CA, United States 07-21-04
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    "Not funny..."

    Having read that this was supposed to be a funny book, I admit I was disappointed. What's so funny about a bunch of strange old people stranded in florida after a storm? Some may find this quirkly and amusing, I just didn't care. I deleted it, and wished I'd spent the book credit on something else.

    3 of 18 people found this review helpful

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