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Nature Girl | [Carl Hiaasen]

Nature Girl

Honey Santana, impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes", has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. She's taking rude, gullible Relentless, Inc., telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress, Eugenie, into the wilderness of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands for a gentle lesson in civility. What she doesn't know is that she's being followed by her Honey-obsessed former employer.
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Publisher's Summary

Honey Santana, impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes", has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. She's taking rude, gullible Relentless, Inc., telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress, Eugenie, into the wilderness of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands for a gentle lesson in civility.

What she doesn't know is that she's being followed by her Honey-obsessed former employer, Piejack. And he doesn't know he's being followed by Honey's still-smitten, former-drug-running ex-husband, Perry, and their wise-and-protective-way-beyond-his-years 12-year-old son, Fry. And when they all pull up on Dismal Key, they don't know they're intruding on Sammy Tigertail, a half white-half Seminole failed alligator wrestler, trying like hell to be a hermit despite the Florida State coed who's dying to be his hostage.

©2006 Carl Hiaasen; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Old fans and newcomers alike should delight in Hiaasen's 11th novel, another hilarious Florida romp [with an] engaging and diverse screwball cast...Hiaasen's humorous touches and his all-too-human characters carry the book to its satisfying close." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Pamela Sycamore, OH, USA 11-29-06
    Pamela Sycamore, OH, USA 11-29-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Well worth the wait!"

    I too am surprised by the negative comments. I laughed out loud as I have while listening to many of Hiaasen's previous books. The characters were creative, and the plot was typically convoluted. The voices created by the narrator were key to my enjoyment of the book. If you like Hiaasen, give this one a try, and make your own decision! I did not want to turn it off.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    AmazonShoppingQueen Chicago, IL 11-27-06
    AmazonShoppingQueen Chicago, IL 11-27-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Yes, do it"

    I'm baffled by the negative reviews. This is classic 4 to 5 stars Hiaasen read by an excellent narrator. I couldn't get off the treadmill because I didn't want to turn off my ipod. Perhaps it's not his best, but even on a bad day, Hiaasen is in his own category. I predict you'll like it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Havana, FL, USA 11-30-06
    Bill Havana, FL, USA 11-30-06
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    "Fabulous"

    I am disappointed with all of the negative reviews. This is one of his first that did not make fun of Florida Tourism. I think that Hiaasen is a fabulous writer that uses Satire to show us where we fail. This book may not have been on a par with Skinny Dip (His best book), but it was up there very close. If you have ever dealt with telephone call centers or telephone solicitors or telephone scams, this is a MUST READ.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Moire Linden, VA, United States 07-07-07
    Moire Linden, VA, United States 07-07-07 Member Since 2002

    Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.

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    "Entertaining"

    I enjoy Carl Hiassen's odd characters and the entertaining way that he alerts readers to the the abuses by money grubbers of nature, but this time, I found it all very predictable (this is my 3rd Hiassen novel). It is clever, well narrated, and gives some food for thought among the absurdity of it all. Good, but not the best.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Mertus Rumford, RI USA 12-09-06
    John Mertus Rumford, RI USA 12-09-06 Member Since 2001

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    "Throws an 11.."

    What makes Hiaasen such a wonderful writer? Absurdity, main characters that are flawed but decent, incongruous minor characters, and entertaining plots are the reason I read him. The problem is that after fifteen years of what started as new bizarre type of writing now sounds almost normal. Hiaasen’s obsession with replacing hands with other objects continues here; but alas, it is weak and never really helps the story. Hiaasen is actually too sane to portray Honey as crazy. Honey acts and reacts rationally through out the book. The plot is very weak with too many characters, none of which are very powerfully drawn.

    The book does has its good moments, the fire ants paragraph and the obsessed Lilly. Nonetheless, Hiaasen has fallen victim to his own success. Buy it, and enjoy a few hours of fun; it is well worth some smiles, but contains none of the outright belly laughs of his earlier books. Also remember that Hiaasen at 3 is better than most writers at 5.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    The Fan Los Angeles, CA USA 11-26-06
    The Fan Los Angeles, CA USA 11-26-06 Member Since 2003
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    "A Huge Disappointment"

    I'm a giant fan of Carl Hiasson, have enjoyed all his prior books, and looked forward to this one.

    I'm sad to say: This book was quite a disappointment. The humour and satire seemed forced; the characters were, in my view, boring. Seems to me like Hiasson is in a rut, and that this one was just churned out.

    I couldn't wait to finish the book and had to force myself to do so.

    I hope this is just a slight rut in Carl Hiaason's otherwise brilliant career. In all, I cannot recommend this book to anyone.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Irving, TX, USA 11-25-06
    Michael Irving, TX, USA 11-25-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Sample first!"

    I am a fan of Mr. Hiaasen and have enjoyed reading all his books. The problem here is the narrator. She has a stunningly beautiful voice, perfect diction, a slow pace, no sense of humor,and very little talent in character deliniation (Valley girls, gold-rush prospectors, and subtle cartoon voices). She sucked all the fun out of this one. Sorry I didn't buy the book.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl La Jolla, CA, USA 06-24-07
    Sheryl La Jolla, CA, USA 06-24-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Zany as usual"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book -- but I like the zany aspect of Hiassen's work! As usual, the characters are just at the limit of believable. Their actions are sometimes just past that limit, but enjoyable nonetheless. If you are looking for just plain, fun, this one fits the bill!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Syracuse, NY, USA 03-21-07
    James Syracuse, NY, USA 03-21-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Not his best"

    I have read (or listened to) all of Hiaasen's books. While I don't think it is as bad as some of the other reviewer's suggest, it is clearly one of his lesser efforts. The plot is thin and drags at times. The ending is predictable. Some of the humor is forced. Unlike some other reviewer's, I did like the narrator. I think she did the best she could with the mediocre material. I hope this is a temporary detour for Hiaasen, rather than a sign of things to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Freeman 02-01-07 Member Since 2003
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    "VERY disappointing -- don't bother"

    This is not merely below Hiaasen's usual standards, but genuinely bad. I don't understand what happened -- his other work is so consistently entertaining. Read Skinny Dip, or Skin Deep, or Stormy Weather....just not this!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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