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3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Barry Narrator: Arte Johnson Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Without bothering to get approval from the President, the State Department, or even the FTC, Dave Barry's publishers sent him to Tokyo. You'd think they would have known better. Now the word is Barry has set back our diplomatic relations with the whole Pacific Rim by a couple of decades. Japanese culture, dining, sport, and industry all come under Barry's relentless scrutiny. So if you think President Bush committed a social gaffe by losing his composure and his lunch in front of the Japanese Prime Minister, wait until you hear Barry's commentaries. And if you're planning a trip to Japan, don't leave home without Barry's pearls of wisdom about the mysterious East. This complete, unabridged recording is read by Arte Johnson. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/20/2014

    " Dave Barry revels in the humor of the absurd, and this book uses his family trip to Japan to find many opportunities to laugh at himself, American society, and human nature in general using Japanese culture as a context. The exception is the chapter giving his account of his visit to Hiroshima on the anniversary of the atomic bombing, which is poignant and somber and shows just how good a writer he really is. "

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

    " This was hilarious. I think I heard it on audio. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia Mooney | 2/9/2014

    " Though it was funny, the book took me awhile to read: There was no real point to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avis Black | 2/1/2014

    " I'm not a Dave Barry fan, but this book is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/30/2014

    " Possibly my favorite Dave Barry. No, wait.. heck, they're all my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/28/2014

    " He visited Japan for three weeks in '91 and wrote a relaxed, funny, fish-out-of-water account of the experience. Might be his best book. And the chapter on Hiroshima will make you cry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 1/14/2014

    " Moderately funny. In some parts Barry works a little harder at being funny than discussing the nuances of Japanese culture. Easy read although it tends to wander a bit throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maeve | 1/9/2014

    " It's not his best work, and a bit dated, but it's 'datedness' makes it funny in different ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 12/19/2013

    " This book is hilarious, yet it also shows that Dave Barry can write about serious things. Makes me want to go to Japan and visit the plastic food district. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 valpal | 12/11/2013

    " If you like Dave Barry's brand of humor you'll love this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 11/22/2013

    " I've never had so much fun organizing closets, until I discovered Dave Barry. His is self-deprecating, hilarious, and a great narrator of his silly writing. Definitely try his audiobooks first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 11/18/2013

    " Lots of silliness, but with some solemn reflection on the bombs the US dropped on Japan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chaunine | 11/9/2013

    " The only way I could stop myself from laughing while reading this book was the fact that I would have to stop if I wanted to read the next page. Dave's observations on the Japanese, no pubic hair allowed, porn facination is hysterical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 9/1/2013

    " Have never laughed so hard in my life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jordan | 8/25/2013

    " ...yuuki gave this to me to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yohei | 8/25/2013

    " Just hilarious. Rediscovered my country, really. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 6/13/2013

    " Meh. Some very funny parts I could identify with, but others not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 5/23/2013

    " I loved this book. I was about 12 when I read it and had been to Japan once. It helped to have a Japanese mother and therefore some personal reasons to delight in making fun of Japanese people. Anyway, very funny and silly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri-Lynn | 5/1/2013

    " Very funny take on traveling in Japan. Typical Dave Barry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 4/24/2013

    " If you clicked on this, you are the right audience for this. Dave Barry at his best, totally in over his head in a foreign land. If you are not a Dave Barry fan, this won't make you one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/9/2013

    " Surprisingly on target for a book on Japan written in the early nineties. I'd recommend it for someone traveling to Japan, wanting a quick and easy overview, an American's perspectives on the country and its customs. Mostly funny, somewhat irreverent, often insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 8/1/2012

    " Funny and also a rather good visitor's guide to Japan. I still recommend it to people who think they might want to go. Also, did I mention it's funny? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/7/2012

    " Funny! Not great writing, but very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 4/18/2012

    " Listened to audiobook read by Arte Johnson. I lauged most of the way through it, even thouugh at the same time, I was thinking, "This isn't funny." Or, "This is annoying," or "stupid." But I just kept laughing in spite of myself. Thus, 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 3/15/2012

    " Corny and stupid . . . and a whole lot of fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 2/27/2012

    " Barry at his funniest. I gave this to a few friends (who loved it), then picked it back up and read it again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 1/26/2012

    " I didn't finish this. Some people do like this but I find this type of writing constantly to be funny is somewhat tiring. It is such a strain to be constantly funny. Eventually, it just isn't funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Made DNA | 9/16/2011

    " Reality-based comedy. Dave Barry isn't a guru on Japanese culture by any stretch of the imagination, and this book is now pretty dated as it was published about ten years ago, but it was a funny read back in the day. And now that I live in Japan, I think I might give it a read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley | 5/24/2011

    " Dave Barry is so dang funny! Reece & I read this aloud together, and we often had to take breaks because both of us were laughing so hard that we couldn't speak. Lots of fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amey | 3/19/2011

    " My 2nd Dave Barry..ready for the 3rd! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/13/2011

    " Dave makes me laugh really hard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davecon | 1/13/2010

    " Dave Barry books are always good for chuckles. This was a compilation of articles he wrote several years ago for the Miami Herald which were then syndicated. There were some really funny ones in this collection! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 8/30/2009

    " Funniest commentary on the general weirdness of life ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melynna | 8/15/2009

    " I said non-fiction, but that might be a lie. Nonetheless, Justin and I liked a lot of the stuff in here. We had fun reading some of them out loud together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 6/29/2009

    " This book contains arguably my favorite Barry bit about classical music vs. the song Mammer Jammer. It used to make me laugh hysterically as a kid. A winner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 5/16/2009

    " I love all of Dave Barry's books, but steer clear of the political ones. I don't find any political stuff humorous- just boring. This book especially cracked me up! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandon | 2/20/2009

    " Good for a smirk every page or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/30/2008

    " The book is a collection of his columns, so if you are familiar with them, it may be a bit of a repeat for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mysterious | 10/6/2008

    " Always full of laughter, I really enjoy Dave Barry's brand of humor "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 8/14/2008

    " I remember a time in middle school when Dave Barry was inexplicably hilarious. I find his humor less appealing now, but expect that when I reach my 60s he'll become funny again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 6/25/2008

    " Always good for a laugh! Dave Barry is one of my favorite authors - his silly humor and sarcastic wit is entertaining and I'm always up for a quick, funny read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/23/2008

    " SPAWN RIGHT HERE, YOU MORONS!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

    Do NOT miss this book!!! "

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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

Arte Johnson is an award-winning narrator and an American comic actor who won an Emmy Award for his role in the television series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. His audiobook narations have won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he placed as a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration in 2003 and 2007.