Nature Girl

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Narrator: Lee Adams
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: November 2006
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

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— the fifteen-minute-famous girlfriend of a tabloid murderer— 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 (whose mismatched fingers are proof that sexual harassment in the workplace is a bad idea). 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 twelve-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 . . .
Will Honey be able to make a mensch of a " greedhead" ? Will Fry be able to protect her from Piejack— and herself? Will Sammy achieve his true Seminole self? Will Eugenie ever get to the beach? Will the Everglades survive the wild humans? All the answers are revealed in the delectably outrageous mayhem that propels this novel to its Hiaasen-of-the-highest-order climax.

Reviews (8)

Just plain fun

Written by chezann on July 29th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was fun from start to finish. It was very entertaining, causing me to laugh out loud in several places. I loved the narrator.

Nature Girl

Written by Skyler on March 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Nature Girl was my first Carl Hiaasen read, and I enjoyed it. Irreverent humor and a cast of goofy characters are what makes it fun, while the overall plot was just the vehicle (and kinda lame). If there's any lesson here, beware of what you say to telephone solicitors!

Nature Girl

Written by Anonymous on March 17th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The story was fun though it took a little bit to get into. The reader fluctuated between adequate and truly terrible. There's a teen boy who's half white half Native-American, grew up with white parent until a few years ago, but the voice the reader gives him makes him sound like Tonto. Another teen sounds just like Beavis of "Beavis and Butt-Head". I nearly turned the book off a few times because it was so poorly read! Read this one, don't listen to it.

Stick with it

Written by SLN on January 9th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I almost stopped listening to this book a couple of times but I stuck through it. It was actually pretty good in the end. Stick to it.

Nature Girl

Written by Anonymous from Pace, FL on September 10th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Delightfully, I found this Nature Girl fun and enjoyable. I could relate to most of her antics !

Nature

Written by Anonymous from Alpharetta, GA on July 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Definitely not his best. Although it is enough to keep your attention, the story falls a bit flat. Simply not as funny as his earlier novels.

Nature Girl

Written by Kathy on March 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Being a resident of Florida's west coast, I can verify that Carl Hiaasen's characters, however crazy they may seem, really do exist here. Another fun read.

NATURE GIRL

Written by Martina Wearstler on July 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

FUNNY......LOVED IT. MY HUSBAND AND I ENJOYED THIS FROM START TO FINISH.

Author Details

Author Details

Hiaasen, Carl

Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Back then, he wrote hunt-and-peck stories about neighborhood kickball and softball games. Today, Hiaasen is the author of many bestselling novels, including Basket Case and Skinny Dip. Hiaasen's novels have been published in 29 languages, which is 28 more than he can read or write!

In addition to writing novels, Hiaasen also writes a newspaper column for The Miami Herald, and he has published two collections of his columns. How does he balance writing the newspaper columns and the novels? "Easy," Hiaasen said. "You write every waking hour and have no life. Actually, the jobs complement each other. In a place as wild as South Florida, true-life events are almost too big and too weird to be dealt with appropriately in a newspaper. The journalism feeds the imagination, which feeds the fiction. As for keeping a schedule, it's pretty simple: Two days a week I write for The Miami Herald, and the rest of the time I'm working on novels or magazine articles. Or fishing."

Hoot, Hiaasen's first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. The movie version of Hoot hit U.S. theaters May 2006.