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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Hiaasen's best-selling novels are funny and sardonic. Hilarious postcards of south Florida, they also decry the lurid commercialism that is draining and paving the tropical landscape.

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.

©1986 Carl Hiaasen (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Glenn
  • Assonet, MA, USA
  • 10-22-04

Not his best

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.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Cynthia
  • ASHBURN, VA, United States
  • 11-19-06

Great Book

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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • Irvine, CA, USA
  • 05-01-06

He has written better

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).

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Beth
  • Moraga, CA, USA
  • 04-30-06

A Raunchy Side-Splitting Romp

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Hard to swallow

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • Huntington Beach, CA, United States
  • 06-04-08

strange but interesting

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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HYSTERICAL! Hiassen's satire is TRULY a work of art!
An author is at his/her best when they write based on their own experiences, thoughts and beliefs. Hiassen does this with a finesse only someone as talented as he is can.
Like a great chef who knows that putting the exact pinch of spice in his broth keeps customers returning, and that not getting it "just so" can make or break his business.
Hiassen seemingly tackles his craft with the same wizardry while crafting his next best seller... He masterfully expands on real life concerns/happenings and puts just the right amount of satirical twist throughput the novel ( not over or under done ) leaving (us) readers hungering for his next masterpiece. I've read (listened to) a lot of his novels and am never satiated.
Hiassen understands human nature, and this is what makes his brand of writing classical! It will be popular, and bring out numerous belly laughs for generations to come!
George Wilson brings a gifted voice and individuality to multiple characters throughout the story with undeniable talent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sabrina
  • Stephentown, NY, USA
  • 03-18-08

Funny Strange Funny

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Bruce
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 03-29-05

Tourist Season

What a riot? Really zanny story and a good narrator.

Hard to fall asleep when I'm laughing.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Love This Author

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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful