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)
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?
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.
Thanks and respect to the women that served and paid a high price. You are still gorgeous Shi; your scars make you even more beautiful.
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.
The humor and dead-panned narration cracked me up!
The cop that helped erin - he was just plain amusing - especially with his cigar!
dead-panned narration really added to the humor
it was awesome!
Major problem with George Wilson's narration is not his voice or cadence, it's having to listen to him swallow. Like listening to someone talk while chewing gum - very annoying. Are we hearing him taking drinks of water or is he over-salivating? After 7 hours I could not listen to any more.
I have enjoyed reading Carl Hiaasen stories before and will enjoy reading this one. Listening to this audio book was a huge mistake.
I enjoyed the narrator and the book contains very entertaining and I like how this author turns headlines into stories
The reader seemed to be sucking on a lozenge and audibly swallowing in an annoying way.
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