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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,805 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Hoffman Narrator: Kate Nelligan Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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New York Times best seller, Second Nature tells the story of a suburban woman, Robin Moore, who discovers her own free spirit through a stranger she brings home to her perfectly ordered neighborhood. As Robin impulsively draws this beautiful, uncivilized man into her world-meanwhile coping with divorce and a troubled teenage son-she begins to question her wisdom and doubt her own heart, and ultimately she changes her ideas about love and humanity. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Magical and daring...very possibly her best.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Intelligent and absorbing...a celebration of the simple, unstinting grace of human love.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Another page turner...Second Nature is first-rate storytelling.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Suspenseful...a dark, romantic meditation on what it means to be human.”

    New Yorker

  • “Hoffman’s keen appraisal of human nature and her graceful prose do much to keep this novel appealing.

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Second Nature] once again demonstrates [Hoffman’s] magic as a storyteller. In this story about relationships, loneliness, and being misunderstood, Hoffman’s simple, yet powerful, style artfully weaves together past and present, one life to another, allowing us inside the hearts and minds of her unique characters. Kate Nelligan’s moderate pace makes for clarity and fine vocal differentiation...The abridgment flows smoothly, free of sound effects and music. Like the storyteller’s intricate tale, Second Nature is best when heard.” 


  • “There’s always been a kind of primal undercurrent in Hoffman’s love stories—a pulse of feeling as mysterious and inevitable as the moon-besotted turtles who clamber out of the sea to lay their eggs once a year. In her tenth novel, a latter-day Beauty and the Beast, this pulse is as powerful as a drumbeat—it draws you in and frightens you at the same time...Once again, Hoffman stirs up the unlikely with the ordinary and seasons it, expertly, deliciously, with our darkest desires.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katrina | 2/2/2014

    " I've written so many times about Alice Hoffman, what more can I really say? She's amazing. She creates a magickal world we all want to believe in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margery | 2/2/2014

    " Oh, good summer read - a bit of fantasy - unexpected turns - will make you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Deb | 1/29/2014

    " One of my favorite Alice Hoffman books, her perfect blend of nature, mystery and characters. This one was ahead of its time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marvin | 1/20/2014

    " A very interesting novel about a man raised by wolves and a woman's encounter with him, revealing much about human nature & the nature of community. "

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