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3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5 3.80 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Barry Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen (Elf TajMuttHall) Finch | 2/15/2014

    " It was a decent book, moved along fairly well, had some good moments, but if you're looking for the famous Barry insane sense of humor, this isn't that kind of book. [Added comments a few years after reading it.] "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tuckova | 2/14/2014

    " Re-reading it for the setting. Not consistent, but when it is funny it is very funny and when it is not funny it is still fine. A little extra humor around reading about pre-9/11 airport screening, which I had forgotten was almost as absurd as it is today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theophilus (Theo) | 2/12/2014

    " Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ho,ho,ho. Roger is hilarious. Snake and Eddie are pathetically funny. Can't stand Arthur Herk. Elliott Arnold really, really messes up his son Matt's love life. Puggy and Nina deserve eternal happiness. I love Christopher Moore's offbeat humor. Barry's "Big Trouble" is right at the top of my list of books that made me chuckle and laugh out loud without any embarassment at all. Those who thought I was the weird guy in the waiting room just missed it. While they were watching daytime talk, I was having some of the best entertainment there is. The story takes place in Florida and involves New Jersey hitmen, Russian expats selling arms out of the back of their poorly-located bar, dedicated FBI anti-terrorism agents, a corrupt Miami contractor about to get his comeuppance for embezzling his corrupt bosses, the contractor's beautiful, and really strong wife and daughter, a very strong homeless man that lives in the tree in the contractor's backyard, the georgeous immigrant housekeeper, a defeated journalist and his bored son, and lastly, a starving dog and his nemesis, a greedy poisonous toad. Oops, I forgot the most inept street hoodlums ever on a quest to take down a Miami drug kingpin. Barry's story flows effortlessly from start to finish. This is a real page-turner. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/29/2014

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shellie | 1/24/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 1/19/2014

    " Second funniest I ever read. It is ridiculously outrageous and if you are from Miami, you will pee in your pants. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sue Sherman | 1/19/2014

    " I love Dave Barry, but I did not love this book. The characters were one dimensional. The story was scattered. By the end, I was just waiting for it to be over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 1/17/2014

    " Loads of fun! And a trip to remember just how much you could do in an airport pre-2001. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Sullivan | 1/16/2014

    " If you've never ventured into Dave's world, this book is an excellent introduction. Very funny, fast paced, improbable, and even a little quotable. The move, with Tim Allen, was pretty good as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 12/22/2013

    " This is a twisted, funny story that will convince you that southern Florida is a complete mess. I really enjoyed this story and find a lot of similarities with Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen's fiction. Sarcastic, witty, and laugh out loud funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Montgomery | 11/29/2013

    " Similar to Janet Evanovich, but more outrageous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 11/4/2013

    " Absolutely the funniest thing I have ever read. A laugh on every page. This is Christopher Moore meets Carl Hiassen meets funny John Grisham all in one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 10/26/2013

    " Fun. Short. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena | 8/22/2013

    " Not exactly deep reading, but chock full 'o absurdist fun "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/19/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jami | 7/12/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H3yd00 | 6/23/2013

    " Fast paced, funny, and outrageous. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 6/14/2013

    " Dave Barry describes outrageous situations in vivid detail. He continues to surprise the reader with ridiculous images that provoke sudden outbursts of laughter. This is a rollicking romp that had me gasping for breath through my laughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 4/21/2013

    " Full throttle comedy of errors. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimmie | 2/1/2013

    " read this for my American Humor class. Tons of characters who have a bizarre way of being connected. Well constructed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/18/2013

    " Great read. Fast and funny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Unclebill | 12/26/2012

    " 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Harris | 10/9/2012

    " The dog roger really stole the show on this one! Cast of crazy and normal characters all thrown together into a multitude of crazy situations. Very funny read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina | 10/2/2012

    " I didn't see the movie, which looked terrible and should not influence your decision on reading the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete | 9/19/2012

    " Having spent a lot of time in Miami, I recognize the locations and the South Florida characters as so very real. Funny, funny book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 8/14/2012

    " I love Dave Barry and this book had me laughing from start to finish. It was an easy read. Dave is a master at storytelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Velimir Randic | 7/13/2012

    " Not quite as biting and insightful as Bryson, but an enjoyable yarn with some great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 5/8/2012

    " I laughed 'til I cried! The whole thing with the frog...hilarious! Definitely an adult book - Barry even tells you in the preface that the characters used Adult Languange even though he didn't want them to :) A great laugh for those who love Dave Barry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bunnybodel | 4/3/2012

    " Hilarious and silly, I love Dave Barry's sense of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle O'connell | 2/10/2012

    " so very funny "

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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 dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.