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)
Audible has been a lifesaver as I continue to go through the process of physical 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.
This is just a great book. Good story line, great characters, happy ending.
The story keeps you going - I wanted to know what happens next!
As for the narrator, this book really needed a woman's touch. George Wilson wasn't the right person for the job!
Unfortunately, I could not listen for long periods of time, as in many other books - the narration just kind of grates.
This is a wonderful story, terrific book, wrong narrator.
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
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.
don't know - first time read for Carl Hiaasen. May or may not try another book.
Left out the truly graphic gruesome details.
I am an avid reader of several genres, but Mystery/Suspense is my favorite. I also churn through quite a bit of non-fiction.
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.
Erin is a sympathetic character. I find myself surprised that I can identify with a stripper.
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.
Truly this was one of those books, but sadly, I had to stop for little things--like work, and human interaction.
Don't let the movie of the same name scare you off this book. This is a masterful work of storytelling.
Story not interesting.
I thought his golf book was very good and funny but Strip Tease was neither good nor funny.
It was fine given the material.
All of them.
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.
Since I'm an audiobook addict, I can't answer this question. I almost always think the audio version is better.
When the temp office worker ate Shad's yogurt containing the huge roach.
Shad was my favorite. He was always looking for a bogus lawsuit that would allow him to retire.
It's a long book with a good ending.
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
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.
Nearly 1200 titles.
However Wilson is a fabulous reader. Engaging. Good character differentiation. Superb pacing. Had he had decent prose it would have been a perfect listen.
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