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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (200 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick F. McManus Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9781400175413
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This is the latest hilarious collection of folksy, humorous, and wonderfully wise stories about country life from the bestselling author of The Blight Way. Patrick F. McManus has garnered legions of faithful fans with his monthly column in Outdoor Life and his many celebrated books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Grasshopper Trap and The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw. The humor and warmth of Kerplunk! put the book right up there with the very best of McManus. A rollicking blend of Dave Barry and Garrison Keillor, with a twist of Mark Twain, McManus is an American classic whose wry, curmudgeonly tales appeal to real outdoorsmen and the armchair variety alike. There are nearly 2 million copies of his books in print. The stories in Kerplunk! travel the byways and highways of the Pacific Northwest, bringing to life offbeat, down-home characters who hope their grandchildren can pick the lock on the gun safe because they've forgotten the combination, who know exactly why it costs $500 to make a fly lure that retails for $2, and who aren't afraid to confront the problems of bird dog flatulence. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “McManus narrates his woodsy stories with a laid-back style that will earn many smiles of fond recognition from anyone who’s heard a guide say, I know there used to be a trail here.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Golden Voice Dick Hill brings his signature excellence to this amusing collection of essays by Outdoor Life columnist Patrick F. McManus. AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/19/2014

    " Not my favorite McManus, but there are some gems; "Camping Out with Lewis & Clark", "'Uh-Oh!' (And Other Things Guides Shouldn't Say)", and "The Ordinary" were all laugh-out-loud funny. All stories are reprints from columns written for Outdoor Life, so if you keep up with his columns, there won't be anything new. But McManus is always good for understated humor and an easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/7/2014

    " Amazing as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 1/30/2014

    " A collection of stories from an outdoorsman humorist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marshall Pickens | 1/27/2014

    " I have to admit that these stories have grown a little stale over time and retelling. I remember him being so funny from when I read these books as a kid and now they are just a little silly. But I still love McManus for all the good memories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 1/23/2014

    " Classic McManus! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 1/15/2014

    " This was thoroughly enjoyable, very funny! The writing was great and the reader expressed it perfectly. Very good storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karolinde (Kari) | 1/14/2014

    " If you read this, and you should, make sure to read the last story. The ending is bit of a twist if you pay attention and the idea of what life could be is wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 1/5/2014

    " An entertaining book full of belly laughs. I'm now a McManus fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie Dailey | 1/1/2014

    " Funny book about one man's experiences with fishing and hunting. Surprisingly, I enjoyed this book even though I have no interest in hunting or fishing! You don't need to know anything about either to enjoy this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Harris | 1/1/2014

    " I can't honestly recommend this book, because it's a collection of nonsense and tall tales, but it's really rather funny, so if you want to read something for pure intertainment.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 12/12/2013

    " McManus is a fun author whose short stories are quick easy reads. They're good to relax with at the end of the day to just turn my mind off. I've read several of his books and enjoyed this one just as much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rcity1 | 12/5/2013

    " Loved this book. His stories are so enteraining! What a joy to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 12/3/2013

    " This is a great filler book. I've been reading it inbetween the big, long, hard-to-finish books that I'm reading right now. It's nice to take a break and read some funny Pat McManus stories. My favorite story in here is one about fly fishing. Pat is totally like my dad! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 8/5/2013

    " It was a nice non-thinking read. I liked that each chapter was its own story so I could pick it up and put it down without having missed anything, or having to remember where I left off. "

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

    " Funny! Take Patrick McManus camping with you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 3/9/2013

    " I was helpless, I'm already competely hooked on anything McManus does.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard Temple | 2/27/2013

    " Well....I didn't finish it. I started and got through a few stories. The humor wasn't necessarily bad, it just didn't speak to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Boyle | 2/16/2013

    " I am a fan of Patrick McManus and I own all of his books. Hilarious stories of outdoor life with McManus and his buddies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/28/2012

    " Definitely like the older ones better.... They Shoot Canoes, Don't They and the others. Some good chapters that still evoke the laughs, others were just ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 7/31/2012

    " A friend suggested this writer to me.I chose this collection to get an idea of his writing,he is really funny.He is also very prolific and will keep me laughing for quite a while.Thanks,Phyllis! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 5/16/2012

    " Such a sweet reminder of childhood, when, at my grandparents', we'd all round-robin the newest Patrick F. McManus:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/13/2012

    " The dog flatulence story made me cry! Overall a very funny book worth reading if you enjoy the outdoors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gobnait Ó Fhloinn | 11/24/2011

    " This book is hilarious! Often, I was laughing so loud, it was embarrassing. Reader beware, you might not want to read this book in a library, on an airplane during a redeye flight, or any other seriously quiet place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabriel Neve | 11/6/2011

    " Boring for the most part. If you like countrified drivel, pick it up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kacy | 8/29/2011

    " Pat McManus is usually really funny. I was not as impressed with this one... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Quinn | 8/13/2011

    " Certainly not the best from McManus but a decent read non-the-less. I've always loved the romance with which he captures some of the most goofy fishing stories I've ever heard but was a little underwhelmed on the humor side. Usually he's a lot funnier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 5/12/2011

    " I am not a Patrick McManus fan, but I got this book on CD to listen to in the car with Scott on our 12 hour drive to and from Utah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mechel | 5/12/2011

    " This is an easy book to pick up, read a story and be on to other things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 1/31/2011

    " At one point I might have called McManus my favorite writer. Now I remember why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 12/20/2010

    " This was thoroughly enjoyable, very funny! The writing was great and the reader expressed it perfectly. Very good storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mechel | 12/7/2010

    " This is an easy book to pick up, read a story and be on to other things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 2/17/2010

    " An entertaining book full of belly laughs. I'm now a McManus fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/1/2010

    " Definitely like the older ones better.... They Shoot Canoes, Don't They and the others. Some good chapters that still evoke the laughs, others were just ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karolinde (Kari) | 10/3/2009

    " If you read this, and you should, make sure to read the last story. The ending is bit of a twist if you pay attention and the idea of what life could be is wonderful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kacy | 3/3/2009

    " Pat McManus is usually really funny. I was not as impressed with this one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 1/27/2009

    " This is a great filler book. I've been reading it inbetween the big, long, hard-to-finish books that I'm reading right now. It's nice to take a break and read some funny Pat McManus stories. My favorite story in here is one about fly fishing. Pat is totally like my dad! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 10/25/2008

    " At one point I might have called McManus my favorite writer. Now I remember why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 10/5/2008

    " Amazing that one person could conjure up so many amusing stories about hunting, fishing, wilderness survival, and the characters along the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 8/16/2008

    " I was helpless, I'm already competely hooked on anything McManus does.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rcity1 | 5/30/2008

    " Loved this book. His stories are so enteraining! What a joy to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 5/8/2008

    " If you like outdoor humor, Patrick McManus is for you. It's been a while since he's written a book like this, but his humor is still classic. I loved the chapter on trailering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 4/17/2008

    " It was a nice non-thinking read. I liked that each chapter was its own story so I could pick it up and put it down without having missed anything, or having to remember where I left off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 3/14/2008

    " I can't honestly recommend this book, because it's a collection of nonsense and tall tales, but it's really rather funny, so if you want to read something for pure intertainment.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 2/11/2008

    " Funny book about one man's experiences with fishing and hunting. Surprisingly, I enjoyed this book even though I have no interest in hunting or fishing! You don't need to know anything about either to enjoy this book. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick F. McManus

Patrick F. McManus is a renowned outdoor writer, humorist, and longtime columnist for Outdoor Life and Field & Stream. He is the author of many books, including such runaway New York Times bestsellers as The Grasshopper Trap, The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw, and Real Ponies Don’t Go Oink! He lives in Spokane, Washington.

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.