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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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  • Tracy P.
  • 08-02-17

CAUTION: BELLY ACHING LAUGHTER IMMINENT!

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.

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  • Andrea
  • 30-01-18

Carl Hiassen Stories and George Wilson go together like peas and carrots!

I love the crazy characters and stories of Carl Hiassen and this one, a much earlier work does not disappoint!

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  • m.w.wood
  • 15-06-17

Carl Hiiaason is great storyteller!

Another tale that makes you laugh at the situations.Florida woes and extraordinary charities mixed to life in a logical,but hilarious tale

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  • GMac
  • 12-08-16

Still a great book.... 8 listens later.

Funny, exciting, clever and educational. Carls writing is extraordinary. George's narration is impeccable. looking forward to listen number 9 in about 6 months.

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  • Cynthia
  • 19-11-06

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!

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  • Edmund
  • 11-08-05

You have to try it and see

If you've never tried Hiaasen before, give him a shot and decide for yourself. If you like it, you can listen to them all without too much trouble, if you don't, it's your loss. Lots of fun for those who like his style.

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  • Glenn
  • 22-10-04

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.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-07-18

hilarious characters <br />

nostalgic for one like me who was born in the 50's yyand lived through the 80's

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  • ChzSammitch
  • 07-10-15

Wacky

If you could sum up Tourist Season in three words, what would they be?

CH at his finest, narrated by George Wilson, the only one IMHO who can bring true inflection to CH's witty, dry, sarcastic text.

What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

He is the perfect narrator. I am grinning as I write this because his tone fits the author perfectly.

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  • Julie
  • 01-05-06

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).

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