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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Vicente | 2/13/2014

    " Awesome,Awesome, Awesome and great laughs. "

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