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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (846 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick McManus Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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Often compared to Garrison Keillor and Mark Twain, Patrick F. McManus maintains just the right balance between baffled innocence and conspiratorial confidence. Since 1979, this humorist has been delighting readers with hilarious stories recounting his childhood in rural Idaho and relating his misadventures in the great outdoors. Whether you're a sportsman or a couch potato, he will have you laughing out loud at his escapades.

In this collection of 30 tall tales, McManus introduces you to the perils of Trailer Trials and Mean Tents. Like Hemingway, McManus hunts the big fish in Down and Way Out in Brazil. The title tale, The Grasshopper Trap, unveils an ingenious invention for catching fish bait in motion. And in Hunting Camp Etiquette, McManus becomes a rustic Miss Manners.

Narrator Norman Dietz adds additional spice to each impish line. You won't want to miss the other audio productions of McManus' works, including Never Sniff a Gift Fish and The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent Ferguson | 2/13/2014

    " This is the second book of Mr. McManus' books that I have read and I honestly cannot stop laughing, quoting from the book and stop talking about it with all of my friends. Outdoor humor can be some funny s**t. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 1/20/2014

    " Hilarious set of stories. The whole family reads excerpts of it whenever we need to relax. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joslyn | 12/30/2013

    " This book had me laughing out loud at a few points. It is a collection of short stories so I was able to read one or two at a time on my break at work. Of course, I think people wondered why I was laughing to myself, but... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Jem | 12/25/2013

    " I have read most of McManus's essays, and this book contains most of my favorites, including "The Skunk Ladder," "The Human Fuel Pump," and "The Grasshopper Trap." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat Krist | 12/16/2013

    " patrick writes another laugh out loud book. you need some laughter in your life? pick up one of his books and enjoy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa Pineda | 12/13/2013

    " My best friend in high school and I used to spend hours reading aloud to each other all the short stories and essays by outdoorsman and humorist Patrick McManus. We laughed our heads off. If you or someone you love is a camper/hiker/angler/hunter/liar you'll get a kick out of this book or any of the others by the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/7/2013

    " All of Patrick McManus books are great short stories for all ages. I read them to the girls when they were little and we would laugh so had that I could hardly read. A sports writer that has a great sense for humor! Great for all ages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 11/26/2013

    " Kon er niet inkomen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 11/22/2013

    " Hilarious! If you are ever having a bad day just whip this out and laugh your bad mood away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mechel | 10/23/2013

    " Once again, you will laugh yourself silly reading these! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Corn | 10/12/2013

    " Possibly the first I read from him as a book. This man is funny with great stories of his childhood hunting fishing and the great outdoors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 10/1/2013

    " Not as funny as the first book by Patrick McManus I read, 'They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?' but certainly well worth reading. I really enjoy how his humor and stories relate to his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zofie Vedas | 9/19/2013

    " A great book to read over and over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Landkamer | 9/5/2013

    " Bedtime stories for kids of all ages! I introduced my dad to his first Patrick McManus book while he was recovering from a hernia operation. He winced as he read and laughed. Maybe I should've waited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ki | 8/28/2013

    " Anything by McManus is funny beyond reason and highly recommened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 6/29/2013

    " i really enjoyed this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tinae Goodell | 4/7/2013

    " Probably my favorite of his. If you would like a bool that's carefree this is perfect. Very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanne | 1/10/2013

    " Some of the stories had me laughing outloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buck Taylor | 10/14/2012

    " Never have I read stories written more for me. I get the biggest kick out of Pat and his friends. I promise you won't regret reading these. And buy the box set or you will be done way too soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 7/7/2012

    " I found some of it to be funny. After a while I figured out that you had to be in the right mind set where you take everything he says to be exaggeration and obfuscation of the truth. Then it is really funny. Until then, you just kind of read it with a bit of a stoic look on your face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 6/20/2012

    " Like I've said in other reviews, it takes a lot to get me to laugh. This book did it, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley Ridley | 5/30/2012

    " It's a really funny book. He has dry humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 wally | 5/23/2012

    " five stars, you bet. funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 5/13/2012

    " Earl and my read aloud book for the last month - he really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quinn | 5/11/2012

    " Great stories about the outdoors from a fantastic story teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katina stewart | 5/10/2012

    " I'm not a short story reader...but I remember my dad would laugh and laugh when he read anything by Patrick McManus. They are quite funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karolinde (Kari) | 4/9/2012

    " I cried I laughed so hard. Sometimes, you just need to sit back and laugh at the world and all the idiots in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 3/19/2012

    " Outdoor humor, great for reading aloud, especially around a campfire. Wish we had had this when we were Girl Scouts. I laughed my head off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tannie | 12/22/2011

    " This was a FUN lighthearted read. It's just a collection of true stories from the author's life (written with a LARGE dose of literary license). They are mostly outdoor adventure stories and are hilarious. If you are looking for something easy to pass the time read this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Mjaatvedt | 10/13/2011

    " Very entertaining, short anecdotes about outdoor life. Several of these caused me to laugh out loud. This is a nice diversion from the usual murder-mysteries to which I normally gravitate, and I'm sure I'll pick up other McManus offerings along the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley | 5/1/2011

    " It's a really funny book. He has dry humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tannie | 4/13/2011

    " This was a FUN lighthearted read. It's just a collection of true stories from the author's life (written with a LARGE dose of literary license). They are mostly outdoor adventure stories and are hilarious. If you are looking for something easy to pass the time read this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 2/4/2011

    " This is the second book of Mr. McManus' books that I have read and I honestly cannot stop laughing, quoting from the book and stop talking about it with all of my friends. Outdoor humor can be some funny s**t. "

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

    " Once again, you will laugh yourself silly reading these! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quinn | 6/15/2010

    " Great stories about the outdoors from a fantastic story teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 5/13/2010

    " Not as funny as the first book by Patrick McManus I read, 'They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?' but certainly well worth reading. I really enjoy how his humor and stories relate to his life. "

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

    " I cried I laughed so hard. Sometimes, you just need to sit back and laugh at the world and all the idiots in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buck | 2/1/2009

    " Never have I read stories written more for me. I get the biggest kick out of Pat and his friends. I promise you won't regret reading these. And buy the box set or you will be done way too soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 11/18/2008

    " Like I've said in other reviews, it takes a lot to get me to laugh. This book did it, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 9/30/2008

    " Hilarious! If you are ever having a bad day just whip this out and laugh your bad mood away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joslyn | 9/21/2008

    " This book had me laughing out loud at a few points. It is a collection of short stories so I was able to read one or two at a time on my break at work. Of course, I think people wondered why I was laughing to myself, but... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katina | 7/19/2008

    " I'm not a short story reader...but I remember my dad would laugh and laugh when he read anything by Patrick McManus. They are quite funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 7/2/2008

    " I found some of it to be funny. After a while I figured out that you had to be in the right mind set where you take everything he says to be exaggeration and obfuscation of the truth. Then it is really funny. Until then, you just kind of read it with a bit of a stoic look on your face. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 6/30/2008

    " Earl and my read aloud book for the last month - he really liked it. "

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