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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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    Davi Vernalis, CA, USA 11-27-06
    Davi Vernalis, CA, USA 11-27-06
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    "Don't do it!"

    I often read reviews that lament the poor quality of the narrator and how they "ruined" the book. Until I listened to this book I thought those people were overly picky, but now I understand. Her attempts to give the characters unique voices is pathetic, and by the middle of the book they all sound the same. The book itself is marginal at best, but add the narrator's inadequacy, and you have many wasted hours.

    As I stated, I found the book to be less than average. This is the third title I have read by this author and found it way over the top. I understand he wants to be sarcastic, and it is fiction, but unfortunately he carries it way too far. The author spends a lot of time in his books putting down tourists (even killing them), yet like most people who live in resort areas he tends to forget who pays the bills. I think the author has the same attitude towards his readers as the crusty old man at the gas station who complains about all the tourists ruining his town while he fills up their tanks.

    If you are looking for a slow moving, unbelieveable, poorly narrated book, then look no further.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    David Ann Arbor, MI, United States 02-07-13
    David Ann Arbor, MI, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Insipid, Inane, and Infantile"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Lee Adams’s performances?

    Never.


    What character would you cut from Nature Girl?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was unlistenable. Like a bad Dave Barry column being read by a novice kindergaten teacher.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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