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.
We've got him outnumbered; hope he can learn to like girly books.
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.
A fascinating story about lust, greed, and political power, not to mention nude dancing, all told in a delightful humorous fashion expertly by the narrator George Wilson. He kept me listening to every word and held my interest up to the end of the story. It is a humorous look at human weakness and the plight of a dancer caught up in it so she can get her daughter away from her ex husband an addict and small time thief of wheel chairs, using their daughter to pull off his thievery. The story takes you through the plight of nude dancers and corruption. Told in a light and easy tongue in cheek fashion.
What a pleasant surprise and lighthearted read!!! This was a great break away from the traditional mysteries and thrillers. A comical look at the sleaze bars, sleaze politicians, and the topless dancers who live in that world. At times you caught yourself laughing out loud and then empathy for the victims... I enjoyed this read and will find the time in the future to take another break from serious and somber world of the traditional thrillers... Recommend this book highly if you need a good summer read or a change of pace. Just don't take it too seriously. Go with it and enjoy!!!
I was listening to this in the lobby at my dr.s office and had to turn it off because I was laughing too loudly. It never ceases to amaze me how Hiaasen can make such terrible events and situations so doggone funny.
The narrator was a little slow so I was forced to listen to this at 1.25x speed. I also found some of his mispronounciations a little annoying. The bad guys name is Herb not Erb! But his charactor voices were all completely on the mark which made the story even more enjoyable. So it all balanced out.
Not necessarily time well spent but a listen for pure entertainment, analogous to a TV sitcom.
Not sure I had a reaction. It ended as expected.
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.
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.
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.
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