Nature Girl

Nature Girl

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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. From the Hardcover edition."
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 140 x 158 x 26mm | 181.44g
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0739358685
  • 9780739358689
  • 1,597,275

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Hiaasen [is] king of the screwball comedies . . . Nobody escapes unscathed in this web of hilarious stories that intertwine and bisect each other like a nest of vipers . . . The charismatic, animated characters deliver lines that will bring tears of laughter to even the most jaundiced readers . . . This is top-notch storytelling by a truly original comic novelist.
Clayton Moore, Rocky Mountain News
A big-hearted and deeply funny book . . . All of Carl Hiaasen s obsessions are on full-tilt boogie.
Adam Woog, Seattle Times
A whole lot Survivor, a little bit The Tempest, with a pinch of Laurel and Hardy . . . Hiaasen is always good for a number of laugh-aloud scenes and lines . . . His ear is pitch-perfect. The dialogue sings in Nature Girl.
Alan Michael Parker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Hiaasen once again makes the case that life in his backyard really is more absurd than in ours . . . Nature Girl deserves the laughs it will get, from sea to shining sea.
Jane H. Furse, New York Daily News
A breeze of a read, full of the usual Hiaasen whimsy.
Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Hiaasen s arch potboilers, pitched in the low latitudes of Florida and the lower strata of human evolution, revolve around a few solid observations about the species: in a fallen world, damaged people will sometimes do noble things; and heels will always be heels. Hiaasen s campfire voice, perpetually amused by the resourcefulness with which his characters reaffirm his opinion of human nature, provides a core of truthiness . . . [His] wasteland is as retributive as Cormac McCarthy s, but funnier . . . Honey is a classic Woman in Jep, of the sort Hollywood seems to have abandoned . . . Hiaasen s pacing is impeccable, and the scenes follow one another like Lay s potato chips . . . I purred warmly through the novels twists and further twists . . . An entertaining ride.
John Leland, New York Times Book Review
Hiaasen isn t just Florida s sharpest satirist he s one of the few funny writers left in the whole country . . . I think of him as a national treasure [and] I have yet to be disappointed. Nature Girl, Hiaasen s latest, keeps his string going in fine fashion . . . Hiaasen is not just a good comic writer. He s just a good writer.
Malcolm Jones, Newsweek
Just sit back and watch as Carl Hiaasen, with his customary flourish, spins a glittering magic wheel and comes up with another set of characters only he could create . . . The book is an island romp.
Carolyn See, Washington Post Book World
When he s in good form, Hiaasen, like Elmore Leonard, shouldn t be missed. Nature Girl is one of his better efforts . . . As usual, Hiaasen throws his colorful characters into an increasingly frenetic mix, and the fun lies in watching how, or if, they ll manage to extricate themselves. One reason Nature Girl works so well is the fact that much of the action is confined to a single island, allowing the characters to intermingle and weave in and out of view.
David Lazarus, San Francisco Chronicle
Winter reading needn t be without comic hijinks . . . Nature Girl is a hilarious romp through the Everglades led by a bipolar divorced mom named Honey Santana, who cooks up a baroque plan to get back at a rude telephone solicitor.
Jonathan Miles, Men s Journal
As depicted by the deft pen of Carl Hiaasen, ecoterrorism is not only justified, it s hilarious . . . He s at it again in his distinctive, madcap style . . . [A] breakneck narrative.
Clea Simon, Boston Globe
Hilarious . . . A lifelong resident of the Sunshine State, [Hiaasen s] novels have always addressed the state s ecological and social ills with scathing satire, ironic comeuppance and an ever-evolving sensibility . . . Everybody s airport-reading favorite flies high again.
Dan Lopez, Time Out New York
Zapped during dinner by a telemarketer peddling Florida ranchettes, Honey Santana doesn t just go postal, she devises a get-even scheme of demented brilliance . . . in the kind of Floridian follies on which Hiaasen owns the franchise . . . The writing is never less than amusing.
Pam Lambert, People
Using his trademark dry, wry humor, Hiaasen shows how bad behavior tears the fabric of society . . . Nature Girl is typical Hiaasen, with a brisk story overflowing with satire, wisecracks and the fear of what society is becoming. The cast is one of his most accessible . . The main characters are as real as your next-door neighbors with a few quirks . . . Highly entertaining.
Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Old fans and newcomers alike should delight in Hiaasen s eleventh 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 From the Hardcover edition."
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About Carl Hiaasen

CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of thirteen previous novels, including the best sellers Razor Girl, Bad Monkey, Star Island, Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and five best-selling children’s books, Hoot, Flush, Scat, Chomp, and Skink. His most recent work of nonfiction is Dance of the Reptiles, a collection of his columns from The Miami Herald.   CARL HIAASEN is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau at or visit

Jane Curtin is an actress and comedian and one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live. Her award-winning narration has been praised by AudioFile magazine for being “insightful.” She is the narrator of I’ll Drink to That and Nature Girl.
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18,532 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 17% (3,146)
4 39% (7,177)
3 35% (6,403)
2 8% (1,472)
1 2% (334)
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