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Paul

Pottstown, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Strip Tease

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (472)

    No matter what you heard or thought about the movie version of Strip Tease, forget it. Film simply can’t catch the layers of humor, satire, and imagination that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Hiaasen creates in each of his novels.

    Edmond Clement says: "A total delightr"
    "Silly and lightweight"
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    This book probably got a worse rating from me because immediately before it I had listened to a book by Philip Roth, "American Pastoral". Since Philip Roth is one of the great American writers, a book by Carl Hiaasen seems very light weight and silly. Hiaasen depends on gimmicks, outrageous characters and outlandish plots to cover the fact that he can't write very well. Some of the writing was so hackneyed and formulaic that I felt embarrassed for Hiaasen. I could write better than him. I thought the reader was really annoying and his voicing grating. I thought "Skinny Dip" was a much better book and was really disappointed by this book. I had started another book by Hiaasen which was even worse than this one so I'm done with Hiaasen. I think he just got lucky with "Skinny Dip". I couldn't wait until "Strip Tease" was done. The fact that he had to have an epilogue to tie up all the loose ends of the story weakened the book even more. The plot was ridiculous; no Judge would ever give custody to the main character's husband since he was so thoroughly despicable in every way. The only interesting part of the book was the semi-expose' of the sugar industry and how corrupt Washington politics are.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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