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Author Orlean, Susan
Title The orchid thief [downloadable audiobook] : a true story of beauty and obsession / Susan Orlean
Publisher [United States] : HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books : Made available through hoopla, 2002
Edition Abridged
Descript 1 online resource (1 audio file (300 min.)) : digital
Performer(S) Read by Anna Fields
Summary John Laroche, an obsessed Florida plant dealer, willing to go to any lengths to steal rare and protected wild orchids and clone them and all for a tidy profit. But the morality of Laroche's actions do not drive the narrative of Orleans' strange, compelling, and hilarious book. She is much more interested in the spectacle this unusual man creates through his actions, including one of the oddest legal controversies in recent memory, which brought together environmentalists, Native American activists, and devoted orchid collectors. She follows Laroche deep into Florida's swamps, tapping into not only the psyche of the deeply opinionated Laroche but also the wider subculture of orchid collectors, including aristocrats, fanatics, and smugglers whose obsession with plants is all-consuming. Orlean portrays the weirdness of it all in wonderful detail, but, ultimately, the book is primarily about passion itself and the amazing lengths to which people will go to gratify it
Note Digital content provided by hoopla
Tech Details Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Plant collectors -- Florida -- Hollywood -- Biography
Polyradicion lindenii -- Florida -- Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve -- Anecdotes
Nursery growers -- Florida -- Hollywood -- Biography
Alt Author Fields, Anna, 1965-2006
hoopla digital
ISBN 9781615730827
Music # MWT11418321

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