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.
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“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)
This has it all--humor, gore, great dialogue, characters, and plot.
The reader is fabulous. He is clearly an actor as well, and gets each character's individual voice spot-on.
Carl Hiaasen is one of a kind. Kept me laughing, as people were getting knocked off right and left. How is that possible? It's all in the slap stick writing that is so enjoyable. This tale starts out with a young mother forced to strip tease so she can afford a good attorney, in order to regain custody of her daughter. Her ex, is a lowly drugged out thief, who just happens to be a snitch for the local police. In pops an oversexed Congressman that gets himself in a compromising predicament at the strip club. The whole story is trying to cover up this Congressman's indiscretion, while Erin just wants to get her daughter back.
It's crazy and zany with lovable and hateable characters, that keep you in stitches throughout. Highly recommend this one.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
The vast array of characters, as interesting and they are unlikely. Some are too far over the top, like the Congressman and Darrell Grant, but most are engaging and funny. I love the way Hiaasen occasionally shifts point of view to previously unknown characters who hardly if ever reappear afterwards, in order to show what happens to one of the more central characters, like the Montana locals who discover the body of Jerry Killian -- it's a device that adds to the depth and charm of the story. I don't remember the movie (a bomb) being a comedy, but the book is majorly chuckle-worthy.
Just about any of Carl Hiaasen's other books, wall to wall with a variety of characters, with Florida itself acting as a major character, especially its local politics and Hiaasen's omnipresent environmental awareness. I'm not from Florida nor, despite numerous visits, am I a Florida-phile, but there is something about its unique landscape and people-scape that makes for good books, especially in the hands of people who know it so well, like Hiaasen (and Tim Dorsey).
George Wilson's deep, gravelly voice is perfectly suited to this material. He captures just the right touch of irony as well as enthusiasm in his reading.
Tough to choose one out of so many, but I like Shad the best, the tough guy with a heart of gold, whom Hiaasen and Wilson lift to something more than that seeming cliche. Although I've blocked the movie version out of mind (for good reason), I do recall Ving Rhames being well cast in the role of Shad, and perhaps that one positive visualization made this character come to life a little more than others (I certainly did NOT picture the novel's version of Erin as anything like Demi Moore -- perhaps more like Mary-Louise Parker).
Maybe you don't even associate this title with the movie of the same name. But if you do, it's probably a turn-off. Don't let that deter you -- the book, if you like Carl Hiaasen, is eminently worthwhile, as entertaining as all of his books.
Carl Hiaasen has a hilariously objective way of observing the absurdities that exist in my former state. He calmly and painstakingly dispels all dreamy palm tree hype of movies and commercials. Florida has a particularly seedy underbelly, and he describes in to a "t". The narrator is absolutely perfect, as usual, and the females are usually the brighter lights in the tree, even if the tree is a strip club.
I do wish, though, that an audible editing could be done for pronunciation of Florida places and things. Since this book should appeal in a special way to Floridians, the mispronunciation of one of its former biggest store chains (before it was swallowed by Macy's) should be pronounced properly--very distracting when "Burdines" (long "i") is pronounced "Burdeens". Also, although it is probably a Florida foible that the original road from Tampa to Miami, called the Tamiami Trail (US 41), it is never pronounced "Ta-miami", but "Ta-meeami". Everyone in south Florida knows that and pronounces it that way, so the narrator should as well.
A great and hilarious read!
Yes, the narration is one of the best I have heard.
The congressman because he was so outlandish and over the top.
One of the best narrations i Have heard in audible books.
I really liked the main character Erin, a woman with a purpose. This book had a lot of good characters and several of Hiaasens staple characters make appearances in this book.
George Wilson always delivers good audio
Say something about yourself!
Once again, Carl Hiaasen takes on the evils of south Florida as only he can. From the drunken Congressman who shouts, “GOD I LOVE NAKED WOMEN!” to the stripper named Ubana Sprawl (subtle, eh?) who is rumored to have once accidently suffocated a man with her pendulous breasts, all characters are what we expect from Carl’s twisted mind.
I anyone here suffers from depression, I suggest you throw away your med’s and read all of the Carl Hiaasen books. You will never be depressed again. “Strip Tease” is side-splitting humor at its best.
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Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
This is just a fun and funny romp through the darker side of Florida politics, judicial system and the always seedy world of strip clubs, If you are looking for 5 star entertainment until the next great detective series, Strip Tease is the book for you.
The main plot revolves around a white powder that is worth billions of dollars, enriches a few magnates at the expense of the underpaid migrant workers who harvest and process it, and for which powerful men will kill anyone who threatens profits. Sugar, of course.
Erin is a former FBI agent who now works at a strip club. She has a crazy meth-head ex-husband who managed to get custody of their daughter after he brought the Bible-thumping judge to her place of employment. Hizzoner declared Erin an unfit mother, and is now a regular at the club.
One night, a libidinous Congressman goes into a blackout-drunk rage onstage with Erin, nearly clubs another patron to death, and has to be dragged out by long-suffering "fixer," who then spends the rest of the book trying to cover up the Congressman's infelicities before an important vote on sugar subsidies.
The Congressman falls in love with Erin (a phenomenon she's not unused to, working at a strip club), but his exposing himself to her (literally and figuratively) puts his political career in danger, and the men who have bought and paid for him can't have that. Erin is smart enough to take care of herself, but also smart enough to realize she's in danger and just being smart and competent isn't enough against the power of Washington lobbyists who are willing to erase inconvenient little people. Fortunately, she also has her biker bouncer buddy, Chad, and a police sergeant who takes an interest in the case after his fishing vacation is spoiled by his son discovering a "floater" who happens to be one of the inconvenient little people.
Like Hiaasen's other novels, Strip Tease tucks trenchant social criticism and cynical political commentary into a colorful cast of weirdos, crazies, working class folks, conniving villains, lecherous creeps, smart chicks, decent cops, corrupt politicians, scheming ex-cons with hearts of gold, and half a dozen subplots that all somehow manage to drive the main plot forward in clever ways. There is the bouncer who is perpetually foiled in his schemes to retire on the proceedings of a lawsuit from a cockroach found in his yogurt, the strip club owner perpetually in labor disputes with his dancers, who range from empty-headed bimbos to very smart women trying to get by; there are shysters and fixers and dirty politics galore. And it's very funny. Erin herself never falls into any kind of stereotype as a stripper, and while the villains are a little bit out of Central Casting, who doesn't love a dimwitted, lecherous Congressman getting what's coming to him?
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