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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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    T. Bohn 01-19-07
    T. Bohn 01-19-07
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    "An enjoyable listen!"


    I too am baffled by the extreme negative reviews. I can only assume that Carl Hiasen established such a high expectations with his previous novels that they were disappointed.

    This clearly isn't his best work but certainly not a flop. I felt it was well worth the time and use of credits.

    A Carl Hiaaen "average" is better that most writers best stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 12-11-06
    Patrick 12-11-06
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    "great expectations"

    not his best, if you're looking for another Skinny Dip, keep your clothes on

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cheryl las vegas, NV, United States 12-05-06
    cheryl las vegas, NV, United States 12-05-06 Member Since 2013
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    "fabulous as usual"

    absolutely great carl is the best at whacky, fun characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suze Jackson, NJ, United States 12-04-06
    Suze Jackson, NJ, United States 12-04-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Just OK"

    Let's face it - Carl Hiaasen is a very funny writer and a good writer as well and this book starts out both good and funny, with lots of laugh out loud quips.....and then....

    well...somewhere in the middle it loses itself and starts to drag and seems to go nowhere.
    It's not a bad book, just certainly not up there with his best- "Skinny Dip" !
    By the middle of the book I just didn't seem to care much about the characters or how they ended up...but, that being said.....I'd continue to read anything Carl Hiaasen writes because I am a big fan of his wit & writing style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 11-28-06
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 11-28-06 Member Since 2013

    marlin515

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    "Hiaasen is always a hoot"

    Not his best but not bad. Funny with the typical odd characters.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Conchman Ramrod Key, FL 01-13-08
    Conchman Ramrod Key, FL 01-13-08 Member Since 2009

    Conchman

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    "Mediocre Effort"

    I have been a fan of Hiassen since his first books, but he has lost the luster from those earlier books. The whacky characters seem forced and the book failed to hold my interest. The book isn't bad, just mediocre, which is not praise for a book you need to invest so many hours of listening.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Sherwood, Oregon, United States 05-19-15
    James Sherwood, Oregon, United States 05-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun, fun, fun"

    What can I say it was FUN!
    Good for a credit!
    No wast of time here
    I have nothing to say

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 03-19-15
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fave so far"

    I've read many of Hiaasen's works and this, so far, is my favorite. I just identified too much (scary) with Honey. I understood how close we all are to that nervous breakdown. So, if you want to listen to a tale of crazy-inspired revenge, life altering decisions, and some warm and humorous romance spend the credit on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 04-30-14
    Jan 04-30-14
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    "Another winner for Hiassen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Hiassen's off colored comedy. Smart read, compelling story, quirky characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like when the bad guys get their comeupins.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh but brings to light the long, sad death of the earth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 11-27-13
    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bring your canteen & enjoy the trip"
    What did you love best about Nature Girl?

    The antics of the main character Honey.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character Louis Piejack...he's a train wreck you don't want to look but you just can't help yourself!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book. I enjoyed the main character Honey and how she rationalized all the events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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