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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:
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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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  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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