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.
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The book was lighthearted and funny, despite the "serious nature of content". It was just fun, simple entertainment.
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.
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!
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
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!
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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A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
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.
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