nature girl is entertaining, and Honey is a great character. Overall, I didn't think this one was as good as Skinny Dip, which had me in stitches.
Maybe this book would have gone faster if I had actually been reading it, but listening to it was painful. After more than an hour, there was still no clear indication of where the story was going. The characters were unsympathetic and the story itself wasn't as funny as most of Hiassen's work.
I was very disappointed in this book. After listening to so many other great books by this author, I wondered if his publisher suggested that some extra steamy passages were needed to keep the novels selling? After several hours, I just lost interest in what seemed to be a plotless book.
Lets face it I love Carl Hiaasen and will read anything he writes. I will admit these characters weren't as much fun as skink and some of the others but still a great story
I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.
This is just another in a string of great books by Carl Hiassen. The plot is engaging. The characters are full bodied and well-developed. The action is funny, and the ending is better than expected.
I loved this book. I found myself wondering multiple times as I listened how he was going to bring it all together. His characters are so quirky, but lovable, (except Piejack). I laughed out loud often, which got me some weird looks as I was on the treadmill at the gym! Great escapist listening .
Listening to "Nature Girl" has been an excellent experience. It had been many years since I last read a Hiaasen novel, but this was a great way to get reacquainted. The plot is intriguing, with many unexpected turns, and all main characters are well described. Hiaasen goes deep into their thoughts, manners (or lack of them), views on life, and habits. The story is very humorous, but also intelligent. Hiaasen highlights "ordinary people" that reach the point of deciding to deal with annoyances, taking control of their lives instead of waiting for things to happen to them.
Narrator Lee Adams is able to give each character its own personality and "voice", which is a huge achievement given the psychological challenges that some of the characters are facing in the book. She has done a splendid job, it is a privilige to listen to her for the many enjoyable hours of this audiobook.
Having rated 5 other Hiaasen books with 5 stars, I am disappointed to give this one only 2. As I listened, I began to wonder if this was perhaps a very early book written before he learned how to create those really wonderfully outrageous characters. Had this been my first Hiaasen, I might have been more favorably impressed. But he has set a very high standard prior to this book. I suspect the lackluster narration didn't go the book any favors. I still look forward to the next book, but it better improve over Nature Girl or I will have to search for a new favorite comedic author.
I am a big fan of Hiaasen books. This was my first experience with him on audio unabridged. I found that the parts I automatically skip when reading tended to be a bit boring when forced to listen to them. The book was the kind to stick in your mind when not listening to it though, and make you anxious to get back to it.
This is my 4th Hiassen book and definitely the worst. I would not waste your time with this won. I had to force myself to listen through the end.... I should know better... this isn't like forcing yourself to exercise, in that there is always benefit... a book should always invite you back and this one didn't.