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