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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

Critic Reviews

"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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ITS SKINK

Many years ago, on a road trip with my mother, she refused to atop on the Card Sound Bridge to pay homage to the former Governor. Thank you Mr. Hiaasen for inventing Skink.

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Finest Hiaasen

Read and/or listen to this one twice...Skink is the spirit of Old Florida.

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Could Not Listen To This Book-Very Crude Language

What disappointed you about Stormy Weather?

I was only able to listen to this book for about 15 minutes. The language was so crude and vulgar it made me recoil from the assault. I know Carl Hiaasen is a popular author but he is way too vulgar for me.

I confess I mistakenly left a review for this book on a Dick Francis book I haven't even listened to yet. I feel really bad about that... I'm not sure how to remove the bad review from the other book... But for me, "Stormy Weather" does deserve my bad review...

What could Carl Hiaasen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less cursing and less vulgar language would be a good start.

What didn’t you like about George Wilson’s performance?

I didn't listen to the book long enough to review the narrator.

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

I only listened to the first 15 minutes or so... but I could have lived without hearing even that much of the book. So I would ask for a complete "do over" if given the choice.

Any additional comments?

I profoundly apologize to author Dick Francis for writing this review on one of his books.

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Entertainingly amusing

What did you love best about Stormy Weather?

The characters are funny and amusing. The story is easily enjoyed and you don't have to pay close attention to it while working and you can continue to follow it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really didn't have a favorite character because the store weaves together fairly well and they are all quirky and funny.

Which character – as performed by George Wilson – was your favorite?

George Wilson did an excellent job with the performance and I will continue to follow this series. This is the first one I have listened to and I enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoy stories that are funny and full of colorful, quirky characters.

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I love the reader BUT...

...wish he would learn proper pronunciation of Florida locations (H's are silent in Bahia Honda)

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Stormy Weather

Carl Hiaasen's books are a pleasure to read. What tall tales he weaves and what wry characters he breeds. While they make me laugh, they also make me reflect on our purpose here on this giant marble. I want to do my part to preserve and save it for those who are worthy.

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Fun entertaining book

One of my favorite Haissen books. Wildly funny. All of the sub plots added up to a great ending.

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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.

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  • BDHumbert
  • Fort Pierce, FL, United States
  • 05-30-14

Vintage Hiassen

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

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!