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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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    Jeremy 09-01-14
    Jeremy 09-01-14
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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 07-20-14
    Maryann 07-20-14
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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
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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 Member Since 2014
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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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    Karen 03-15-13
    Karen 03-15-13
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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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    Jeri Tucson, AZ, United States 11-18-12
    Jeri Tucson, AZ, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "OKAY"
    If you could sum up Strip Tease in three words, what would they be?

    This book was okay. Story line was predictable. Characters were okay, but many were easy to dislike.
    Parts of it were a little too graphic for my taste.


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

    don't know - first time read for Carl Hiaasen. May or may not try another book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Left out the truly graphic gruesome details.


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

    Stupid Congressman.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A.J. 10-20-12
    A.J. 10-20-12 Member Since 2009

    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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    ScratchGolfer 10-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not worth your time"
    What would have made Strip Tease better?

    Story not interesting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carl Hiaasen again?

    I thought his golf book was very good and funny but Strip Tease was neither good nor funny.


    What aspect of George Wilson’s performance would you have changed?

    It was fine given the material.


    What character would you cut from Strip Tease?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Dumb book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    52 weeks, 52 books 10-08-12
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    "Rediscovering Hiaasen"
    Any additional comments?

    I discovered Hiaason's children books first and loved their emphasis on kids solving environmental problems. I have been delighted to discover his adult books! The characters and settings are quirky but that same sense of seeking justice for all creatures flows throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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