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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,252 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: March 1986 ISBN: 9781436125833
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Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Carl Hiaasen’s bestselling 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "A dark, funny book full of irony and spice. I loved it!"

    Robert B. Parker, New York Times bestselling author

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 2/20/2014

    " Great characters. Bizarre story about defending south Florida from development. By defending I mean launching a plot to kill people in order to scare others into leaving. Very odd in a dark humor sort of way. Funny at times and sad. "

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

    " I am not one for mystery novels but Carl Hiaasen reels in his readers like a character in his book does a marlin. Before you know it you will be flipping the pages with an urge stronger than you would have imagined to find out who dunnit it his unusally captivating books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/10/2014

    " Hiaasen is always good for a page turner, and hardly-believable ones at that. But this one seems a bit overkill even for him. The general concept ('terrorist' cell of anti-establishment guys tries to drive tourists and recent-comers out of South Florida by killing a few tourists) is somewhat interesting, but the character development is pretty circus like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Koller Koller | 2/7/2014

    " 1986. Carl picked up the torch from John D McDonald. This one albeit 26 years old is a HOOT (also one of his.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 1/31/2014

    " This book was fine. It was kind of a "take it or leave it" book for me. What I did think was interesting was that you know toward the beginning who's responsible so the rest of the book isn't a "who dunnit" it's more "how are they going to pull off their master plan?". If you have nothing else to read and it's around, it's good, but not highly recommended or anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Marie | 1/29/2014

    " Bizarre, but entertaining, thriller. Made me laugh out loud sometimes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mkay | 1/22/2014

    " I usually love Hiaasen but this one was beyond insipid. I'll be removing Hiaasen from my future reading list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Wargo | 1/18/2014

    " Very amusing, but exposed my sons to inappropriate language - nothing they haven't heard on the school bus, but used in a much more creative way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don Glenn | 1/7/2014

    " It was alright. I'm not just not a big fan of cartoon crime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yasmine | 12/14/2013

    " it bored me to death! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edna | 9/26/2013

    " I love the way this guys writes. Reminds me of Christopher Moore. But half-way through I wanted it to be over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. D. | 9/4/2013

    " Hiaasen's mordant wit is incomparable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/6/2013

    " It was okay. The style and tone was funny and I appreciated the dark wit of Hiaasen (first read by him). Felt that the book could have wrapped up a little sooner, but overall, a good read. Not sure I'd read another similar book any time soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 6/15/2013

    " Amusing and laugh out loud funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 3/19/2013

    " Crazy, snarky, and fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 8/12/2012

    " Carl Hiaasen's first book, is good, but his later books are better. I think this book is darker than those that follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaimee | 8/22/2011

    " Easy read, very funny "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scottie | 1/10/2011

    " Perhaps my least favorite Hiaasenbook. More violence and blood than I want from this funny author who is good at making the reader laugh even while getting in varied topics of ecology, racism, sexism and politics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shirley Holm | 4/17/2010

    " Terrible book. Ridiculous plot, completely unbelievable characters, unappealing setting. Suppose to be funny, but not a bit to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 5/28/2009

    " Not sure if I liked this book or not. Parts of it are funny, if you catch it. I usually don't like the time period...1980's, but this one was dated much. I did get drawn into the story, more than I thought I would at first. Will probably try another of this author's books to see what happens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug Page | 12/23/2007

    " The only trace of the first victim was his Shriner's fez. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/16/2007

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 4 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian Fiddes | 1/16/2007

    " 8/10. I actually read this one on holiday. Very funny in places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Westbrooke | 5/6/2006

    " Guilty pleasures, but balances the heavier lit quite well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 3/9/2006

    " Jimmy Buffett wrote a song (The Ballad of Skip Wiley) based on this book. Finally found a copy. Excellent and fun. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Diane | 4/19/2005

    " I really hate foul language in books!! Don't bother....I didn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 4/4/2005

    " I read this when studying for the role of an alligator in an off Broadway production of the Lion King, adapted for a Florida audience. Wow, a big help! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trunatrschild | 10/26/2004

    " Not as funny as some of his others, I only laughed out loud about 4 times maybe 5. "

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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.