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The Orchid Thief - A True Story of Beauty and Obsession

Susan Orlean

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK In Susan Orlean's mesmerizing true story of beauty and obsession is John Laroche, a renegade plant dealer and sharply handsome guy, in spite of the fact that he is missing his front teeth and has the posture of al dente spaghetti. In 1994, Laroche and three Seminole Indians were arrested with rare orchids they had stolen from a wild swamp in south Florida that is filled with some of the world's most extraordinary plants and trees. Laroche had planned to clone the orchids and then sell them for a small fortune to impassioned collectors. After he was caught in the act, Laroche set off one of the oddest legal controversies in recent memory, which brought together environmentalists, Native Amer-ican activists, and devoted orchid collectors. The result is a tale that is strange, compelling, and hilarious. New Yorker writer Susan Orlean followed Laroche through swamps and into the eccentric world of Florida's orchid collectors, a subculture of aristocrats, fanatics, and smugglers whose obsession with plants is all-consuming. Along the way, Orlean learned the history of orchid collecting, discovered an odd pattern of plant crimes in Florida, and spent time with Laroche's partners, a tribe of Seminole Indians who are still at war with the United States. There is something fascinating or funny or truly bizarre on every page of The Orchid Thief: the story of how the head of a famous Seminole chief came to be displayed in the front window of a local pharmacy; or how seven hundred iguanas were smuggled into Florida; or the case of the only known extraterrestrial plant crime. Ultimately, however, Susan Orlean's book is about passion itself, and the amazing lengths to which people will go to gratify it. That passion is captured with singular vision in The Orchid Thief, a once-in-a-lifetime story by one of our most original journalists. Praise for The Orchid Thief "Stylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed and full of empathy . . . Th

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK In Susan Orlean's mesmerizing true story of beauty and obsession is John Laroche, a renegade plant dealer and sharply handsome guy, in spite of the fact that he is missing his front teeth and has the posture of al dente spaghetti. In 1994, Laroche and three Seminole Indians were arrested with rare orchids they had stolen from a wild swamp in south Florida that is filled with some of the world's most extraordinary plants and trees. Laroche had planned to clone the orchids and then sell them for a small fortune to impassioned collectors. After he was caught in the act, Laroche set off one of the oddest legal controversies in recent memory, which brought together environmentalists, Native Amer-ican activists, and devoted orchid collectors. The result is a tale that is strange, compelling, and hilarious. New Yorker writer Susan Orlean followed Laroche through swamps and into the eccentric world of Florida's orchid collectors, a subculture of aristocrats, fanatics, and smugglers whose obsession with plants is all-consuming. Along the way, Orlean learned the history of orchid collecting, discovered an odd pattern of plant crimes in Florida, and spent time with Laroche's partners, a tribe of Seminole Indians who are still at war with the United States. There is something fascinating or funny or truly bizarre on every page of The Orchid Thief: the story of how the head of a famous Seminole chief came to be displayed in the front window of a local pharmacy; or how seven hundred iguanas were smuggled into Florida; or the case of the only known extraterrestrial plant crime. Ultimately, however, Susan Orlean's book is about passion itself, and the amazing lengths to which people will go to gratify it. That passion is captured with singular vision in The Orchid Thief, a once-in-a-lifetime story by one of our most original journalists. Praise for The Orchid Thief "Stylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed and full of empathy . . . Th
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK In Susan Orlean's mesmerizing true story of beauty and obsession is John Laroche, a renegade plant dealer and sharply handsome guy, in spite of the fact that he is missing his front teeth and has the posture of al dente spaghetti. In 1994, Laroche and three Seminole Indians were arrested with rare orchids they had stolen from a wild swamp in south Florida that is filled with some of the world's most extraordinary plants and trees. Laroche had planned to clone the orchids and then sell them for a small fortune to impassioned collectors. After he was caught in the act, Laroche set off one of the oddest legal controversies in recent memory, which brought together environmentalists, Native Amer-ican activists, and devoted orchid collectors. The result is a tale that is strange, compelling, and hilarious. New Yorker writer Susan Orlean followed Laroche through swamps and into the eccentric world of Florida's orchid collectors, a subculture of aristocrats, fanatics, and smugglers whose obsession with plants is all-consuming. Along the way, Orlean learned the history of orchid collecting, discovered an odd pattern of plant crimes in Florida, and spent time with Laroche's partners, a tribe of Seminole Indians who are still at war with the United States. There is something fascinating or funny or truly bizarre on every page of The Orchid Thief: the story of how the head of a famous Seminole chief came to be displayed in the front window of a local pharmacy; or how seven hundred iguanas were smuggled into Florida; or the case of the only known extraterrestrial plant crime. Ultimately, however, Susan Orlean's book is about passion itself, and the amazing lengths to which people will go to gratify it. That passion is captured with singular vision in The Orchid Thief, a once-in-a-lifetime story by one of our most original journalists. Praise for The Orchid Thief "Stylishly written, whimsical yet sophisticated, quirkily detailed and full of empathy . . . Th

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jennifer Jay Myers

Length:

8h 48m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:20


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:37


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:40


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:52


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:55


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:19


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:41


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:53


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:37


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:18


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:09


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:17


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:21


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:15


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:49


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:15


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:49


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:07


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:27


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:04


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:43


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:10


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:57


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:01


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:52


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:29


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:37


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:24


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:45


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:25


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:26


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:38


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:11


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:15


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:40


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:25


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:56


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:48


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:44


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:49


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:07


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:10


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:52


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:18