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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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    rick 06-20-14
    rick 06-20-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible has been a lifesaver as I continue to go through the process of physical recovery.

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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 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 2012
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    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 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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    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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    Amazon Customer Hendersonville, NC, United States 09-20-12
    Amazon Customer Hendersonville, NC, United States 09-20-12 Listener Since 2008

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    "Carl Hiassen does not dissapoint"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Strip Tease to be better than the print version?

    Since I'm an audiobook addict, I can't answer this question. I almost always think the audio version is better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Strip Tease?

    When the temp office worker ate Shad's yogurt containing the huge roach.


    Which character – as performed by George Wilson – was your favorite?

    Shad was my favorite. He was always looking for a bogus lawsuit that would allow him to retire.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a long book with a good ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Krasner 03-20-12 Member Since 2005

    I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.

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    "Silly and lightweight"

    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.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 04-06-12
    Gregg Smyrna, GA, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2007

    Nearly 1200 titles.

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    "Cliché riddled pointless excursion"

    However Wilson is a fabulous reader. Engaging. Good character differentiation. Superb pacing. Had he had decent prose it would have been a perfect listen.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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