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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,930 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Barry Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597107990
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The Extravaganza of the Seas is a five-thousand-ton cash cow, a top-heavy tub whose sole function is to carry gamblers three miles from the Florida coast, take their money, then bring them back so they can find more money. In the middle of a tropical storm one night, these characters are among the passengers it carries: Fay Benton, a single mom and cocktail waitress desperate for something to go right for once; Johnny and the Contusions, a ship's band with so little talent they are ... well, the ship's band; Arnold and Phil, two refugees from the Beaux Arts Senior Center; Lou Tarant, a wide, bald man who has killed nine people, though none recently; and an assortment of uglies whose job it is to facilitate the ship's true business, which is money laundering or drug-smuggling or...something. What happens to them all in the midst of the fiercest storm in years, the unpredictable ways in which this trip will change their lives and send them ricocheting off each other like a giant game of pinball, is the story of this astonishing, wickedly satisfying, all-too-human novel by "one of the funniest writers alive" (Carl Hiaasen). Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy Lim | 2/2/2014

    " funny! and reads like a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sierra | 1/31/2014

    " I think it was awesome. Like his others, everything escalates. And hilarity ensues. The whole book is one evening aboard the gambling cruise ship Extravaganza of the Seas. There's something else going on involving a certain organized crime association. You'll be sad even when the bad guys get theirs! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/6/2014

    " funny. i love dave barry! "

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

    " This is great to listen to on audio on a road trip. The characters were well developed, and great disclaimer at the beginning to warn readers about the language, but the bad language is of course used by bad people! One scene was so funny it made my sides hurt. I don't know the name of the person who recorded it on audio, but he did such an amazing job with the voices, creating a very distinct character. The female voices were very believable, too. Again, this was a great road trip book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 12/30/2013

    " I thought this would have been as funny as Big Trouble. It wasn't. "

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

    " I enjoyed this read. I did laugh out loud many times. I was especially fond of the old folks making a "jail break" from their nursing home to spend a night gambling on a casino boat in the middle of a hurricane. My second favorite part of this book is the news handling of the tropical storm as they send team after team to cover the first fatality of the storm only to get killed themselves. I guess if you haven't got much news to cover you might as well make your own. It was absolutely hilarious that the death toll of nine for the storm consisted entirely of crew members from News 9. Priceless. The book overall was much more violent than I had expected; but even this violence somehow manages to be funny as every single character is completely inept. And of course the hero turns out to be a mini skirt wearing coast guard agent. Did anyone else think that was hilarious? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patriot | 12/9/2013

    " It's Dave Barry; of course it was funny. I laughed out loud a couple of times. The story was really interesting and definitely held my attention, but I was a little disappointed with some of the content. Too much sex and profanity for me to want to give it any more than 3 stars. Or ever read again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Dellinger | 12/3/2013

    " Dave Barry does better as a journalist "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimarie Lamberson | 11/26/2013

    " I loved to read Dave Barry's newspaper columns when I was a kid, he is one of my favorite humorous authors. When I found out that he had written a fiction novel, Big Trouble, I read it and loved it. It was made into a movie, which is also one of my favorites. I looked him up recently to see if he had any other books and found this one. I liked this book as much as Big Trouble. It follows the same sort of pattern with the "main" character being a sort of flawed but likable guy who stumbles into other characters carrying out criminal activities, during which he meets and falls in love with a female character as everyone tries to sort out and remove themselves from various dangerous situations and inadvertently foil the criminal plot. I love these kind of movies too, where multiple story lines are introduced and one by one become entangled with each other. And since it's Dave Barry, as each interaction between story lines occurs, hilarity ensues. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mckinley | 11/9/2013

    " some funny lines but didn't like the overall story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 11/7/2013

    " Goofy, fun, light read. Love Dave Barry's wit! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 10/11/2013

    " I have never read Dave Barry before. My mom gave me this book. It was a fun, mindless, read to escape into. Check it out! I will be looking for more books by this guy. Thanks MOM!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Milford | 8/29/2013

    " I like it! Maybe because I live in FL. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori Farnworth | 8/24/2013

    " didn't finish it... way too raunchy... he wasn't kidding in his disclaimer at the beginning but I felt he took it wayyyy too far. He's a very funny writer, I'll give him that! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg | 5/29/2013

    " Not sure why I thought Dave Barry would be able to write a novel... but he can't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fedora | 4/17/2013

    " Hilarious, convoluted story involving elderly escapees from a senior living center, an undercover Coast Guard agent, a mediocre cover band, a captain trying to make a life for himself and his wife and son, and a handful of career criminals... Definitely fun and funny! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krazykowphip | 4/10/2013

    " It started out intriguing and funny, but I couldn't finish it due to the IMMENSE amounts of foul language, crass comments and raunchy scenes. I like Dave Barry, but this novel was just not worth finishing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Montgomery | 4/7/2013

    " Funny and raunchy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey | 4/3/2013

    " Eh. It was OK. The ending was rather anti-climatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neesi | 1/17/2013

    " Dave Barry is funny as always, but a better commentator on real life, than an author of fictional life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephan Davis | 12/23/2012

    " This one was funny in a similar vein of "Big Trouble", but I don't think it worked as well as that book. It's definitely still worth the read, especially if you like Dave Barry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Willingham | 9/21/2012

    " Good beach book, crime farce set on a South Florida gambling cruise boat. Don't expect an intricate plot or deep character development but Dave has a good ear for dialog and every page is funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ste2fanie | 9/15/2012

    " Such a fun read. I love Dave Barry's humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Faith | 8/12/2012

    " Reading this book felt like reading the script of a B movie (an R rated B movie, I might add). There were definitely some funny parts, reminiscent of his newspaper columns, but overall, totally not worth the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barrette Plett | 8/6/2012

    " Somewhat funny, but too crude/obscene with less redeeming levity than Big Trouble or Lunatics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 5/27/2012

    " I am listening...so far in true Dave Barry fashion it is funny! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Althea | 4/12/2012

    " Passable story with a few laughs. Got kind of tedious toward the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/15/2012

    " My father read this book, he gave it to my Mother to read before passing it on to my husband, who then gave it to me to read. We all liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva | 11/22/2011

    " weirdly funny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 9/26/2011

    " One of the funniest books I have ever read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thedesertrocks | 5/16/2011

    " Very funny. I was laughing out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 5/7/2011

    " Easy breezing beach reading, made me laugh out loud a few times...good fluff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robotmatt | 4/26/2011

    " It was a lot like Big Trouble except that it was called Tricky Business. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/6/2011

    " Dave Barry's humorous suspense tale about a diverse group who come together on a gambling cruise during a tropical storm. Wacky characters and silly plot twist make this good entertainment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patriot | 3/29/2011

    " It's Dave Barry; of course it was funny. I laughed out loud a couple of times. The story was really interesting and definitely held my attention, but I was a little disappointed with some of the content. Too much sex and profanity for me to want to give it any more than 3 stars. Or ever read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 3/24/2011

    " The first few chapters of this were hilarious. Phil and Arnie in the Beaux Arts retirement home were a hoot. Quick Read. The final chapters were not as funny as the beginning as the author struggled to complete the plotline, however were still humorous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 3/7/2011

    " It was okay- I think Carl Hiassen is fantastic with this type of theme but still an
    entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flchen1 | 3/5/2011

    " Hilarious, convoluted story involving elderly escapees from a senior living center, an undercover Coast Guard agent, a mediocre cover band, a captain trying to make a life for himself and his wife and son, and a handful of career criminals... Definitely fun and funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ | 2/12/2011

    " very entertaining and a very quick read. definitely worth reading, and though i only saw the movie big trouble was better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/21/2011

    " Well. A crime thriller that's also funny. Dave Barry managed to intrique me, gross me out and make me laugh out loud all in the same chapter. Quite an achievement. Easy escapism. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 1/11/2011

    " for someone that is supposed to be humorous, the overuse of the f bomb shows a lack of vocabulary. and it was not even funny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serena | 1/10/2011

    " This book is a great read - and reread.The characters are likeable, and Barry's writing style manages to pull together characters from all walks of life into a set of increasingly funny circumstances. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 12/22/2010

    " Dave Barry does better as a journalist "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 tbears | 12/10/2010

    " (More like 2-1/2 stars) It had some hilarious moments but most of it was a very far-fetched and downright silly. Not a bad book but not that great either. "

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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

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.