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
“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)
I didn't mind listening to it, but it took me a little bit to get into the story, I was happy to see the ending turn out like it did, but was not super absorbed in the story line
I have listened to other Carl Hiaasen books and really enjoyed them. I didn't even come close to finishing this book. It was all over the place and I didn't enjoy the characters. I was very disappointed to use one of my credits to get this book since I never finished it.
Purchased this book on a whim and was very pleasantly surprised. Wonderful crime thriller story with comedic touches that keep it light. The characters were wonderful and the pace was perfect. Not a book I would read over and over, but I would recommend to anyone looking for a good story.
I thought the reader did a great job, he used different voices and really made the story come alive. Too bad the story was so bad. I think what really drove me nuts was that every single character seemed like a caricature or stereotype. The stripper with a heart of gold, the tough but big-hearted detective, the evil personified ex-husband, the devious and vain fixer, the shady lawyer, and particularly the sex-crazed hypocritical politician. I suppose that could make it a satire, but it didn't make a very good story, and the story seemed to go on forever and ever.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
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.
I never saw the movie, so I had no expectations going into the book. This seemed such a stretch to me; a very '80s storyline. Super intelligent female, down on her luck, saves the town/world/whatever. Yadda yadda yawn.
47 is the real answer
The story was great. Characters were great. The humor was good. What I didn't really care for was the narrator. This could've been made much better with better editing. You could frequently hear pages turning and his mouth popping as he breathed. Aside from these things it was a worthwhile read. I am looking forward to watching the movie version of this book.
Carl Hiaasen always brings a smile to me while I listen. His quirky characters and plot lines are always fun. Strip Tease is lives up to those expectations. Will be listening to it again.
classic Carl. choosing another book with a different reader. This is my first attempt listening rather than reading this author who has been one of my faves for years.
This book is ridiculous. I'd always heard good things about it but it's beyond annoying and the character of Erin Grant is so obviously written by a man.
She's a stripper with no emotional issues or drug problem, no, she just wants her baby back. She works with a cast of zany characters and is clever (but not that clever) yet vulnerable with a child like innocence that makes every man want to come to her rescue...
I've know my fair share of " sex workers" none of them resembled Erin Grant. She is just another manic pixie dream girl, in a g-string. And don't even get me start in the politics of the book. Which seem to be voting is for suckers and politics are for psychos, which is all fine and good if you think there's an alternative. However, the author doesn't offer one. Apparently, we should all just giving a ____ and start shaking it to Van Morrison.
Seriously, a stripper who loves to dance to Van Morrison and Jackson Brown in the 90s? She couldn't be anymore a figment of an old white dude's fantasies if the setting was the inside of the author's brain. So, so, stupid.
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