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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,900 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Barry Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781423338406
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In his career, Dave Barry has done just about everything—written bestselling nonfiction, won a Pulitzer Prize, seen his life turned into a television series. And now, at last, he has joined the long list of literary figures from Jane Austen to Tolstoy who have made the transition from humor columnist to novelist—and done it with a style and inventiveness that establishes that, yes, he is very good at that, too.

In the city of Coconut Grove, Florida, these things happen: A struggling adman named Eliot Arnold drives home from a meeting with the Client From Hell. His teenage son, Matt, fills his Squirtmaster 9000 for his turn at a high school game called Killer. Matt's intended victim, Jenny Herk, sits down in front of the TV with her mom for what she hopes will be a peaceful evening—for once. Jenny's alcoholic and secretly embezzling stepfather, Arthur, emerges from the maid's room, angry at being rebuffed—again. Henry and Leonard, two hit men from New Jersey, pull up to the Herks' house for a real game of Killer—Arthur's embezzlement apparently not having been quite so secret to his employers after all. And a homeless man named Puggy settles down for the night in a treehouse just inside the Herks' yard.

In a few minutes, a chain of events that will change the lives of each and every one of them will begin, and will leave some of them wiser, some of them deader, and some of them definitely looking for a new line of work. With a wicked wit, razor-sharp observations, rich characters, and a plot with more twists than the Inland Waterway, Dave Barry makes his debut a complete and utter triumph.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 2/17/2014

    " Ron 5 stars; Nancy 3 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/14/2014

    " Very funny! I didn't even know it was a movie until after I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juhi Roddam | 2/5/2014

    " Did not expect to find an American author echoing a Douglas Adams-esque style of writing. It was a quick, engaging read, filled with silly yet hilarious twists that keeps the reader going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 2/2/2014

    " Barry's short essays make me laugh out loud, but this book made me think Oh, that's funny. I'm not sure why Stephen King fell on the floor reading it, unless he thought Oh, that's funny really hard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel Simon | 1/29/2014

    " I never thought I would laugh out loud reading a book, and then I read this book. From one chapter to the next, I found myself re-reading parts just to make sure it said what I thought it did. I always liked Dave Barry's neewspaper column, but I didn't become a huge fan until I read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissy | 1/28/2014

    " Dave Barry writes a novel - and you'll love it - I swear I am not making this up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/25/2014

    " I recall this being pretty funny at the time. I tried rereading it though, and it ended up kind of boring once you already knew where it was going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moxiemama | 1/23/2014

    " Funny- crazy - B movie sort of story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/18/2014

    " This is probably the funniest book I have ever read. No. Seriously. This is the only book that puts Elizabeth Dole's head on a dog. The movie did not do it justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aerospace Girl | 1/1/2014

    " Hysterical. Light and Quick. Read if you need a good distracting belly-laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayna | 12/31/2013

    " Great beach read! Very funny, entertaining characters. Reminds me of Carl Hiassen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misha | 12/6/2013

    " Lol.. A lot of fun. Doesn't add too much confidence into the human race "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Unclebill | 11/25/2013

    " Fun and funny and long before they made it into a movie I said to myself and everyone I knew "They HAVE to make this into a movie!" LOL "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 10/23/2013

    " Ron 5 stars; Nancy 3 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jami | 10/13/2013

    " This book was okay. Quick read. Light. Kinda funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 5/15/2013

    " laughed thru the whole book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Huston | 1/24/2013

    " Way better than the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Clark | 1/24/2013

    " Another one of my girlfriends suggestions. It is a very funny book. I liked how it was split up into different sections based on the people involved. The end got a little confusing but the funniness of the book made up for its little flaws. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 11/4/2012

    " It's as if Dave Barry edited a Elmore Leonard book. Read this completely on a flight from Sacramento to Chicago! I could not put it down, it was hilarious. I wish Dave Barry would write more novels like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 11/2/2012

    " Funny, very funny. I love (hate) the whole crocodile thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 9/28/2012

    " Breezy, really entertaining & fun read. (Funnier than the movie too.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee Moss | 8/22/2012

    " Gotta love Dave Barry for a lighthearted romp. I didn't love it but there were some laugh out loud moments and plenty of ridiculous situations. Would definitely recommend for a plane or train trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 6/8/2012

    " a nice silly read that is not stupid, but has stupid character "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 6/7/2012

    " Hilarious! I laughed out loud several times! It is kind of a mix between a Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and a Carl Hiaasen novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 P | 4/26/2012

    " Dave Barry is much better at his humor column and does an okay job with this comical novel--more a farce. What I would call a "beach read"--doesn't require much brain function and is entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shellie | 3/17/2012

    " I didn't even finish the first chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Woodge | 1/27/2012

    " Hilarious. (And the movie was much less so, as often happens.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/18/2012

    " I read it recently, and didn't really find it laugh-out-loud funny, but liked how it all tied in together. It was a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/18/2011

    " I remember buying this at the airport in Vegas before catching a flight to Seattle. I read it in one night, laughing almost the entire time. Simply the funniest book I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Melgren | 11/11/2011

    " Hilarious! And very close to the movie, so if you're reading this after seeing the movie, you won't be disappointed. The characters are ridiculous, the plot moves quickly and the dialogue is spot on. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a quick, humorous read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruthie Jones | 10/1/2011

    " Hilarious book. Unfortunately, the movie didn't capture the hilarity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clark | 6/30/2011

    " This book will literally make you laugh out loud. Great when you need a little something lighter on a trip or whenever really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/14/2011

    " This book was entertaining. It would make a good movie because something was always going on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 6/13/2011

    " Dave Barry tries to imitate his friend and rival Carl Hiassen. While the plot is formulaic, it is saved by Barry's talent in humor writing: it is more a vehicle for his funny observations than an actual novel. As a mystery, it blows, but it had me laughing on every page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 6/11/2011

    " This book was hysterical. There were many occurrences in the book that caused me to laugh out loud multiple times; it was a bit embarrassing since I was in the middle of a six hour flight while reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 6/8/2011

    " This book is endlessly entertaining. It's hilarious and completely farcical, classic Dave Barry. I've read this so many times the book is worn, and I never got tired of rereading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 6/1/2011

    " FUNNY FUN READ ANY OF HIS BOOKS "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 5/31/2011

    " Just funny. Contains R-rated language, so avoid if that's not your thing, but this book...it's just funny. Read it! There was a movie made at some point, it was average. Read the book instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/30/2011

    " way more entertaining than I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 5/27/2011

    " This is a good pick if you're looking for a light funny read. There's not much character development, but there's plenty of fun and laughs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 5/17/2011

    " This was an entertaining, quick distraction from some really good literature. It's good for what it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 5/15/2011

    " This book is flat out funny. The movie was good but the book is great! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 5/12/2011

    " I tried to read it, I really did but I just don't think this is funny. I swear my nose was running blood as my brain turned to gel and seeped from it. I rarely ever dislike a book, but I see no point in this being a book at all! Waste of paper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beatrice | 5/5/2011

    " I dare you to read this book without laughing out loud. And I win, because you can't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/27/2011

    " The premise is absolutely ridiculous but Dave Barry works it out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 4/27/2011

    " Funny, very funny. I love (hate) the whole crocodile thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martin | 4/20/2011

    " (Blasphemy alert!) I liked the move better. "

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About the Author
Author Dave Barry

Dave Barry’s bestsellers include his Peter Pan prequels, written with Ridley Pearson; I’ll Mature When I’m Dead; and Lunatics, written with Alan Zweibel. He is also the author of the two dark comic suspense novels Big Trouble and Tricky Business. A play based on his first Peter Pan book, Peter and the Starcatchers, is currently a hit on Broadway. He lives in Coral Gables, Florida.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.