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Strip Tease | [Carl Hiaasen]

Strip Tease

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 author Carl Hiaasen creates in each of his novels.

When a deranged Florida congressman falls for a gorgeous but virtuous stripper, he dedicates himself to pursuing this tasselled princess. Not only is she a real beauty, she’s a damsel in distress. The effects of his quest will ripple through the spotlights of the strip joint, the sugar cane fields of south Florida, and some powerful political careers.

Fueled by innocent lust and dizzy miscalculations, this story will keep you howling with surprise. George Wilson’s colorful narration is the perfect vehicle for Carl Hiaasen’s twisted fairy tale.

©1993 Carl Hiaasen (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Rough, raucous, and filled with lovable losers, Strip Tease is a caper novel for readers not afraid to laugh out loud.” (People)

“Reading a Hiaasen book is always a high-speed boat ride where laughter can turn to horror and disaster at any moment. Hearing the story aloud adds a dose of realism and sensation; these characters really could be driving around the streets …” (AudioFile)

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    Wendy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 09-13-14
    Wendy Virginia Beach, VA, United States 09-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "An entertaining break"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not necessarily time well spent but a listen for pure entertainment, analogous to a TV sitcom.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not sure I had a reaction. It ended as expected.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Wilson?

    No. To me, a good narrator doesn't take a way from the story; is transparent. George Wilson's style did not distract from the story.


    Do you think Strip Tease needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Sure, why not? This is not an award winning book but entertaining. The characters are fun and I would be interested to hear more from them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 09-07-14
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun Times!!!!"

    I enjoyed this one; this is my send Carl Hiaasen book and it follows his tradition of a zany cast of characters and a lot of humor. I found myself laughing quite a bit during this one, although there were a few times I had to turn the volume down when my car windows were open in order to avoid stares from passersby during the racy parts! The narration was good as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Washington, DC, United States 09-01-14
    Jeremy Washington, DC, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I had not read (or listened to) Hiaasen previously, but won't hesitate to again. Just a fresh, funny, enjoyable story, with fine, wry narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maryann Birmingham, AL, United States 07-20-14
    Maryann Birmingham, AL, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun"
    Where does Strip Tease rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the style, deep and light at same time. very entertaining. Easy easy listen


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anything with Shad


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    What goes around comes around


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dolly's Verde 07-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't finish the book...."
    Would you try another book from Carl Hiaasen and/or George Wilson?

    Carl Hiaasen ....would depend on the story line...George Wilson... YES I enjoyed his delivery.


    Would you recommend Strip Tease to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not likely...I read 76% and that was pushing it... but I don't like to give up on a book too quickly. Honestly I wish I'd stopped sooner. I didn't see the movie either, so I'd assumed the book would have been worth reading. The book is almost always better. I'm glad I didn't see the film. No offense intended to anyone. It just wasn't my "cup of tea".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


    Was Strip Tease worth the listening time?

    Not my time....many others enjoyed it though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 07-03-14
    Boyce Brentwood, TN, United States 07-03-14
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    "Typical Carl Hiaasen"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was fairly entertaining. I read the whole book, with a bit of skipping. But I liked it enough to finish it. And I have no qualms about closing a book that does not hold my interest.


    What could Carl Hiaasen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Hiaasen is Hiaasen. I read several of his books in the late 90's and got kind of tired of him. I thought the audible rendition might be better and it was...a bit. I will probably not read anymore of Hiaasen's work.


    Have you listened to any of George Wilson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George Wilson did an excellent job.


    Was Strip Tease worth the listening time?

    I would not have read it through if it were not worth the time in entertainment value.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 06-20-14
    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Time Erodes"

    I picked this one up on the 2 for 1 sale. I'd listened to this audiobook once around 12 to 15 years ago; it hasn't held up. The writing style, unique at the time; is now quite well known and copied often, including by the author who has since turned out consistently better work subsequent to this selection.
    The reader has a nice voice; both deep and melodic. Unfortunately he reads with in a gravitas monotone better suited to serious non fiction than a humorous work of fiction. Overall if you like Carl Hiaasen, or just humorous fiction you'd be better served to pick out one of his later works like Skin Tight, Skinny Dip, or Basket Case.
    Additionally this is a piece of fiction twenty one years old. It suffers from the lack of relevance of an older work without being either old enough or well written enough to be labeled a classic. 2 stars.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen MADISON, AL, United States 03-15-13
    Karen MADISON, AL, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The Good, The Bad...."
    What did you love best about Strip Tease?

    This is just a great book. Good story line, great characters, happy ending.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story keeps you going - I wanted to know what happens next!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    As for the narrator, this book really needed a woman's touch. George Wilson wasn't the right person for the job!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Unfortunately, I could not listen for long periods of time, as in many other books - the narration just kind of grates.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful story, terrific book, wrong narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis Hazlet, Saskatchewan, Canada 02-10-13
    Curtis Hazlet, Saskatchewan, Canada 02-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Once again a book that outdoes the movie"

    I watched this as a movie years ago when it came out. I have to say the book was witty and funny, far exceeding the movie. The characters are more rounded and believeable. Well done

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A.J. UNION CITY, CA, United States 10-20-12
    A.J. UNION CITY, CA, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2005

    I am an avid reader of several genres, but Mystery/Suspense is my favorite. I also churn through quite a bit of non-fiction.

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    "One of Hiaasen's Best!!!!!!!!"
    What did you love best about Strip Tease?

    I was hooked by this one within the first minute. No one sets a scene and develops characters quite the way this author does.

    While less mad-cap than many of his other books, Hiaasen's wit still shines through in this one. It is so difficult to weave a story featuring such numerous characters, but this author is up to the challenge. The way in which he ties together so many quirky, richly-layered characters is a hallmark of Hiaasen novels. His characters and the events in which they are immersed is simultaneously outlandish and utterly believable.



    What did you like best about this story?

    Erin is a sympathetic character. I find myself surprised that I can identify with a stripper.


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    Wilson's performance was enthralling. He shifts voices between characters flawlessly. This man is a genius! I could see the whole book in my head, thanks to him. Wilson knows how to develop a character just as well as Hiaasen does.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Truly this was one of those books, but sadly, I had to stop for little things--like work, and human interaction.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the movie of the same name scare you off this book. This is a masterful work of storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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