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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,205 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel Narrator: Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel, Orlagh Cassidy, Mark Thompson, Sean Kenin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781101548639
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One of them is a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize–winning humorist. The other is a winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Together, they form the League of Comic Justice, battling evildoers in the name of … Okay, we made that line up. What they do form is a writing team of pure comic genius, and they will have you laughing like idiots.

Philip Horkman is a happy man—the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids’ soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he’s having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

Where that all takes them you can’t begin to guess, but the literary journey there is a masterpiece of inspiration and mayhem. But what else would you expect from the League of Comic Justice?

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Quotes & Awards

  • The aptly titled Lunatics delivers exactly what one would expect from two award-winning humorists: an outrageously funny, irreverent, over-the-top comic mystery. How funny is Lunatics? It’s the sort of book that inspires snorts, may make you spit out your soda and burst into hysterical laughter in public. The Miami Herald
  • A screwball comedy of errors and a rare political satire. Barry and Zweibel bring us what we need: comic relief. The Boston Globe
  • Creative, unusual and over the top. The outlandish scenarios are certainly entertaining, and as bizarre as their adventures are, there’s a strange sense of believability to the story. That helps keep the story fresh and the pages turning. Associated Press
  • A novel who those who love one-liners, outrageous characters and loopy plots. An antidote, if one is needed, to gritty urban realism. Kirkus Reviews
  • Putting Barry and Zweibel in close proximity is sort of like juggling torches while walking a wire over a vat of kerosene; sooner or later, there’s gonna be a big, big bang. A rocket-fueled romp whose pages practically turn themselves. BookPage

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will Plunkett | 2/18/2014

    " It reminded me of the novel Forrest Gump (not the movie), where he somehow ends up in the strangest places to do the strangest things, then moves on to the next oddity. If Dave Barry doesn't write a book about his observations on life or a book about Peter Pan, it apparently will be a crazy romp through some city (or cities) to avoid capture. I like the alternating points-of-view chapters, especially when Philip or Jeffrey comment on their version of the same happenings. I never LOL'd, but was amused the whole time reading. "

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

    " The book was fantastic, if a little strange, until I found out that the authors took turns writing chapters. The "extra material" at the end of the book gives insight into the process (or lack of) that the authors used to generate the material that became this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 2/3/2014

    " I came to be entertained and entertained I was while reading this book. It reminded me of a campfire story where one person starts the story and then another adds to it and so forth. The plot became more and more outrageous as the story marched toward the end. The reader has to suspend reality, sit back, and enjoy the ride that Barry and Zweibel take the reader on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 1/25/2014

    " I love Dave Barry. The book was hilarious. The plot was fast-moving and completely ludicrous. Threre was not one likable character, though. It's fine to be able to laugh at characters, but I usually want one with some redeeming characteristic that I can relate to. Admittedly, Horkman could be seen as admirable, but he's such a wuss. Peckerman was just that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 1/22/2014

    " The reading was fantastic, with Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel taking turns reading the two main character's sections. Very funny, very unlikely, but told in such as way to make the reader believe their outrageous misfortunes and adventures. A lot of rough language from Jeffrey Peckerman (one of the 2 main characters), but that was the kind of guy he was. And the wrap up at the end was hilarious. "

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

    " I have never read these authors before, but I read a review in the newspaper and decided to give it a try. So glad I did! OMG was it funny! If you need something quick and easy to read to just make you laugh and forget about real life, this is the book for you! I seen it was similiar to Janet Evanovich's Plum series. Crazy outrageous people, stupid events, but written in a way that will make you laugh out loud at some of the crazy adventures! Loved it! Will be checking out more by these authors! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob | 1/16/2014

    " The usual absurdity of a Dave Barry novel, with a bit of dirtiness mixed in. Not quite what I was expecting, but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 1/10/2014

    " Rather raunchy but parts were hilarious!! A quick read but lots of profane langauge and typical male bathroom humor (what's up with that anway?) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Eynaud | 1/9/2014

    " Hilarious. I was laughing so hard that tears streamed down my face. A fun and ridiculous read that you just gobble up but know you will regret when you finish because you will miss it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 1/2/2014

    " I enjoyed this book - it's outlandish, insane and enjoyable...although it's not for everyone. The main characters are like night and day, and their interplay is very funny. However, there is a lot of scatological humor and LOTS of swearing. Don't read this book if you have delicate sensibilities... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 12/24/2013

    " Absolute, incredible lunacy!! The peeing on Sarah Palin was enough to make me finish this crazy saga. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Garnica | 12/18/2013

    " Murphy's Law in spades! Laughed my head off! I strongly recommend the audio version. The readers are superb! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronda Shockley | 12/2/2013

    " Go in knowing it is over the top and just go with it! I loved this book! After seeing the authors on PBS and listening to the fun they had writing it, I wanted to read it! Seriously funny book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ajay | 11/25/2013

    " Insanely funny and thoroughly enjoyable if read in bite sized installments. All in one go could be a tad overwhelming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynie | 11/20/2013

    " far-fetched in places but extremely funny makes up for it - or creates it :o) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ida | 10/27/2013

    " definitely not for everyone. but if you have a sense of humor that's a little off and a great appreciation for the absurd, you will love this book. I found it to be laugh out loud, wet your pants funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Levine | 7/15/2013

    " No redeeming Qualities.Puerile sophomoric raunchy hilarious escape in foolishness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/14/2013

    " Hilarious, I officially love Dave Barry novels, just wish their were more of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 4/2/2012

    " I usually don't find the humor in humor - but this book had me rolling on the floor. Definitely worth a look at - it is something I would normally pass on but checked it out of the library and so glad I did "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice Graham | 3/17/2012

    " VERY funny! My stomach hurt from laughing so much. "

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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 Narrators

Orlagh Cassidy is an udiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.

Mark Thompson is an audiobook narrator best known for his readings of numerous books in the Star Wars franchise.