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3.00027586206897 out of 53.00027586206897 out of 53.00027586206897 out of 53.00027586206897 out of 53.00027586206897 out of 5 3.00 (7,250 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Hiaasen Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 1995 ISBN: 9781440781087
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Hurricane Andrew has ripped through the sleepy towns and quiet communities of southern Florida. What's left is a madhouse, a zoo run by the animals that keep it, and there is little escape from the constant, overwhelming sense of panic. Not all is well in this usually-quiet little town. With the advent of the storm, there is mischief afoot.

One form comes in Edie, a snappy and seductive con-woman who's out to get your insurance money. Another comes in the form of Snapper, an even more dangerous ex-con on the loose from the state prison. They're wreaking havoc, and in a way no one is quite prepared for when they come.

They don't expect their opposition, though, on the other side of the battle lines: a gruff ex-governor determined to run them out of town and reclaim his seat on the throne. Who will succeed: former governor turned good guy, or con-woman and convict turned monster?

Stormy Weather audiobook is a riveting, cautionary tale about the men and women who survive, and those who look to prevent that from happening.

Carl Hiassen is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and author born in 1953 in Florida. He graduated with a bachelors from Emory University and went on to become a famous author and journalist. His books have a reputation for being shockingly witty and sharply factual, with an emphasis on the environment and the social issues that come along with it. He is famous for his witty tongue and even wittier way of spinning a novel into a cautionary tale fit for any skeptic.

Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Driven by gales of laughter and rage.”

    New York Times

  • “Raucous, scathing, but never mean-spirited, Stormy Weather goes a long way toward securing Hiaasen’s place as America’s premier satirist.”

    People

  • “Displays all of Hiaasen’s trademarks: biting wit, wacky characters, and a profound fury at the overdevelopment of his home state. Florida is his favorite backdrop and he has it down cold. Plus he’s put together an incredible mix of lowlifes, oddballs, and nutty nature’s noblemen…Like Elmore Leonard, Hiaasen really gets inside the heads of the lowest elements of society. Hiaasen can make the macabre hysterically funny.”

    USA Today

  • “Hiaasen dexterously resolves his many subplots, uniting the principals in a climactic chase across the swampland—while adding sting to his perpetual theme: the unrelenting depredation of Florida’s cultural and natural heritage.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Wilson’s unadorned, reportorial style provides a perfect ironic backdrop for Hiaasen’s socially perceptive and outrageous tale set in southern Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew…Against chaos and unpredictable twists of plot, narrator Wilson maintains a steady counterpoint, like the straight man to the stand-up comedian.”

    AudioFile

  • “A deranged yet altruistic frenzy. Combining slapstick nightmare, black comedy, and moral outrage in just the right proportions, Hiaasen’s surrealistic vision of Florida on the brink of Armageddon bears comparison to Nathanael West’s Hollywood and Malcolm Lowry’s Mexico.”

    Booklist

  • “A delightful romp that is by turns hilarious and moving.”

    Library Journal

  • “Sinfully madcap…If you’re not laughing by page six, you need a complete checkup.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 2/16/2014

    " This book was pure Carl Hiaasen perfection. It was non-stop from the beginning and as usual I can't find anything to complain about. This is one of my favorite Hiaasen novels and definitely one that I'll keep on my bookshelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 2/13/2014

    " First Hiaasen book I read - I feel in love with Skink! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Runge | 2/13/2014

    " Hiaasen is a Florida author. This is a good one with some laughs and very interesting characters. Fun for me to read because I know exactly where a lot of the places are that are in the story and it is about the effect of a hurricane on people - the good, bad and ugly. I found it quite entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicente | 2/13/2014

    " Awesome,Awesome, Awesome and great laughs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 2/10/2014

    " Another Florida writer that's fun to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 2/7/2014

    " Not sure if this is the version read by Ed Asner, but that's the one I'd recommend. Pity it's abridged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamera | 2/6/2014

    " I'd forgotten how irreverently funny this guy was. . .fun read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 1/30/2014

    " Interesting. Wierd but interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie Doss | 1/27/2014

    " Typical Hiaasen colorful characters - most of whom have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It makes you wonder if Hiaasen knows this many shady characters in real life. Not as good as Skinny Dip. I just kept reading so I could get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 1/18/2014

    " This is the first book by Carl Hiaasen that I read. It includes one of my favorite satirical characters from fiction, Skink. A former Florida Governor turned rogue survivalist, living off road kill. It's hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 1/1/2014

    " Great end!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Blacker | 12/28/2013

    " Once again, we gleefully follow the adventures of skink (the former governor), Jim Tile, and a wacky cast of characters in south Florida. Hated for it to end, and I can hardly wait until the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/16/2013

    " When a devastating hurricane hits Miami, all hell breaks loose and create the perfect environment for Hiaasen characters. Twists and turns and hilarity abound in this great story. I only have one Hiaasen that I haven't read yet... I sure hope he's busy writing more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ekigou | 12/15/2013

    " See what happens to honest politicians?? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joey | 12/10/2013

    " for easy reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail Tilton | 9/30/2013

    " Book Group Selection for Jan. 2013. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 PJ | 9/26/2013

    " I think this was the first Hiaasen book I read, and I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benita | 8/9/2013

    " Decent read. Good book to carry around to read in the hair salon and waiting rooms. You will get a chuckle and a few surprises here and there and a easy writing style by the author makes you feel like a good friend is telling you the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bay | 6/8/2013

    " The governor is one of the greatest eccentric characters ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/20/2013

    " I was intrigued by this author (first book I read by him) and ended up purchasing a bunch of his books to read. Liked this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 10/31/2012

    " crazy, convoluted, sexy, thrilling, awesome:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Frye | 2/10/2012

    " I think that of his books I've read, I liked this one the best. This isn't 4 stars in that "phenomenal book!" way, it's just funny. It made me laugh and I read it quickly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan Pierce | 1/6/2012

    " Carl Hiaasen, SHUT UP! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 9/30/2011

    " A fun read, especially if you are from FL.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Shepard | 8/25/2011

    " Often vulgar, always hilarious. Is there a better combination? Plus, this guy was (maybe he still is, dunno) a columnist for the Miami Herald. I love reading guys who were journalists before they were novelists (kinda like Hemingway). They get to the point and know how to turn a phrase. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/28/2011

    " A ridiculous and fun book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 6/29/2011

    " Hiaasen delivers, but some of his props are getting a little worn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.d. | 6/19/2011

    " a very enjoyable read. this could easily have been a quentin tarantino movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 6/15/2011

    " One of the better Hiaasen books I've read. Partly due to the fact I'm on vacation and everything this week has been better? Maybe. Enjoyed at Oak Island 2011 w/ the family. Most Hiaasen books make a great beach-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 6/14/2011

    " So far, this is a typically-funny Hiaasen book with the former mayor who has gone into the Florida Everglades and is a fierce protector of the environment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 6/1/2011

    " Thanks to a loan from a wonderful friend, I can now say I've read my first Carl Hiaasen--and I have a feeling it won't be my last. A funny, fast, entertaining read--perfect for the summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 5/9/2011

    " Perfect reading for a poolside vacation - lots of interesting characters and plot twists, very fun and entertaining. I will definitely be adding Hiaasen to my list of "go-to" authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 rebecca j | 4/30/2011

    " Sometimes I wonder how Hiaasen keeps track of all the different threads he weaves together into one fine braid! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " hurricanes bring out the worst sort of people "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissy | 3/30/2011

    " As usual, a romping good time with several quirky characters and a not so subtle message about tourists in FL, highrises taking over natural land, and litterbugs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 3/26/2011

    " Just what I needed. Light and funny. But this one had too many characters. "

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About the Author
Author Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen is a successful journalist and novelist. He is a writer and investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, and his work has appeared in Time, Life, Esquire, Playboy, Gourmet, and Sports Illustrated. His earliest novels—Powder Burn, Trap Line, and A Death In China—were cowritten with fellow journalist Bill Montalbano. Since then, he has written books in a variety of genres. His novel Strip Tease was made into a movie in 1996, and his young adult novel Hoot, a Newbery honoree, was made into a movie in May 2006. A number of Hiassen’s works have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, including Star Island, Chomp, Sick Puppy, and Scat. In addition to being a writer, Hiassen is also a public speaker. He lives in Florida with his family.

About the Narrator

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.