Tourist season is swinging into high gear in Miami. So are the activities of a bizarre terrorist group determined to keep the hapless "snowbirds" away. Armed with bombs, weed, and jumbled credos, they move toward their grand target, the Orange Bowl Parade, with plans to bring Miami and its tourist trade to a halt.
The cast, which includes a deranged journalist, a visionary ex-jock, and a lovesick detective, is just the kind of company Carl Hiaasen's fans love to keep. Narrator George Wilson's performance lures each quirky character out into the full light of the Florida sun. With over half a million copies in print, this is one of Hiaasen's most popular works.
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"Reading a Hiaasen book is always a high-speed boat ride where laughter can turn to horror and disaster at any moment. Hearing the story aloud adds a dose of realism and sensation....Wilson's narration is perfectly timed, laid-back, and salty." (AudioFile)
I listened to two other books by this author - Stormy Weather and Skinny Dip and thought they were excellent. This one was not nearly as good. Too "preachy" and too violent for my taste. The idea of making a hero of an insane guy who kills people - gruesomely - to make a point about what tourists are doing to Florida was more than a bit over the top. I'm willing to try Carl Hiasson again but hope his next book has less preaching, less violence and more good storytelling - like the first two.
Tourist Season was so great. I have loved all of his books but this one was really really good. I could not wait to get back into the car to hear the rest of the CD. I love to laugh and this one had me laughing out loud several times. A 16 hour trip to FL. went by like a snap!
Tourist Season was a disappoinment after reading Skinny Dip, which was wonderfully funny and constantantly suspenseful. Carl Hiassen's sense of humor is terrific! George Wilson, as the narrator, was also disappointing. There are a lot of chuckles in this book, but not "laugh-out-loud" ones (as in Skinny Dip).
Carl Hiassen manages to combine pulp-detection, ecor-terrorism, and raunch into a side-splitting romp into the sordid, carpet-bagging side of the Florida most of us know only as the "Sunshine State". Delightuflly performed by the versatile George Wilson.
Listened to half of it. The meaningless and brutal killings, and the unlikely development of the story line and some of the characters, made it hard to enjoy.
The entire premise is unplausable but curiously fasinating. I attempted to listen to it several times before I was hooked. I had to get beyond the first hour and then became more curious. By the third hour I wanted to know where it was going. It had tedious moments and areas of irrelevancy but overall it was amusing and entertaining.
This book is laugh out loud funny- but not for the easily disturbed or squeamish. For everyone else this book is so bizarre and funny you have to give it a try. Also has twists in the the plot that I didn't see coming
Queen of UTEE
Carl Hiaasen just can't write a bad book...he's hilarious...his stories have just enough mystery to keep them interesting and his humor is dark and edgy. I wish he'd write more! I'd "read" them all!
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