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)
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.
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.
But it’s a Kosher frog!
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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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.
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!
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.
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