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Big Trouble Audiobook

Big Trouble

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Publisher's Summary

In his career, Dave Barry has done just about everything - written best-selling nonfiction, won a Pulitzer Prize, seen his life turned into a television series. And now, at last, he has joined the long list of literary figures, from Jane Austen to Tolstoy, who have made the transition from humor columnist to novelist - and done it with a style and inventiveness that establishes that, yes, he is very good at that, too.

In the city of Coconut Grove, Florida, these things happen: A struggling adman named Eliot Arnold drives home from a meeting with the Client From Hell. His teenage son, Matt, fills his Squirtmaster 9000 for his turn at a high school game called Killer. Matt's intended victim, Jenny Herk, sits down in front of the TV with her mom for what she hopes will be a peaceful evening - for once. Jenny's alcoholic and secretly embezzling stepfather, Arthur, emerges from the maid's room, angry at being rebuffed - again. Henry and Leonard, two hit men from New Jersey, pull up to the Herks' house for a real game of Killer - Arthur's embezzlement apparently not having been quite so secret to his employers after all. And a homeless man named Puggy settles down for the night in a treehouse just inside the Herks' yard.

In a few minutes, a chain of events that will change the lives of each and every one of them will begin, and will leave some of them wiser, some of them deader, and some of them definitely looking for a new line of work.

With a wicked wit, razor-sharp observations, rich characters, and a plot with more twists than the Inland Waterway, Dave Barry makes his debut a complete and utter triumph.

©2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2000 Dave Barry

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    Erin 27/09/2015
    Erin 27/09/2015
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    "Funny book"

    This audiobook makes me laugh out loud every time I listen to it. It's the perfect pick-me-up. Entertaining and really enjoyable.

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  • Scott
    Roseville, CA, United States
    18/09/08
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    "Classic Barry at his Best"

    The jokes are hilarious and delivered with the perfect deadpan for the sarcasm, irony, absurdity all for which Barry is so famous. There is a joke every sentence or two making this book is VERY funny. The production is excellent including: perfect narration, changes in volume like talking over a phone, and a huge cast of wackos if you aren't laughing out loud a lot.. you'll, at the very least, be grinning to yourself or smirking a lot. Beware the "too high expectations" trap. This is just a very silly book but, but like Monty Python, it is *quality silliness.* If you aren't snooty you'll love it. Note: The forward warns you this is NOT a book to buy for your kids given the..uh.. adequate quantity of cuss words.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Helen Rangel
    Edmond, OK United States
    7/12/09
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    "Big Trouble"

    Always fun to listen to; humorous yet so much of the analogies are true. Dick Hill is perfect as the narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bryant
    Winters, CA, United States
    29/12/09
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    "Very Ammusing and Well Written"

    Excellent book, very comical. It wasn't "oh my gawd my sides are splitting" funnybut it was clever, well-developed, kept my interest. Easily recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • kmcbride
    18/10/15
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    "Crazy"

    This is a true Miami nut job, whacko story. The crazy part - some of it could be true. A fantastic fun ride


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ryan
    17/11/16
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    "Meh"

    I found big trouble to be not terribly funny and only mildly interesting. It doesn't have much in the way of pros and is more about following the action which sometimes gets modeled

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  • Pamela
    14/11/16
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    "Great listen"

    Hilarious light humour, totally entertaining to listen to on long drives. Characters were funny, if not just a wee bit exaggerated which made the story even funnier. Good voice for all the characters. Highly recommended to all above the age of 16.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Larry
    DAYTON, TN, United States
    14/11/16
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    "Comes together"

    I love it when the plot and all the characters come together in the end. great bo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gerson Rosenbloom
    Bryn Mawr, PA USA
    13/11/16
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    "A new dimension for Dave Barry: Great Read!"

    I've always enjoyed Dave Barry's books, so the idea of reading a new genre was appealing. The book surpassed by most optimistic expectations. He applies his same satirical edge to a novel, and it works fabulously. There's great character development and a fun, whacky story line. The performance is also wonderfully acted. I don't do this often, but I will definitely read this book again. It's just pure fun and entertainment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marilyn Rau
    12/11/16
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    "Can't stop Laughing"

    I have been a Dave Barry fan for years, and his first book does not disappoint. Laughed out loud! Funniest book I have ever read. I was sorry when I had finished it. Where does he come up with these characters?! Dick Hill was terrific as the voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RB22
    10/11/16
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    "Funny, Slapstick"

    Truly enjoyed the humor. This would be an excellent commute book to make traffic enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Heather
    CARTERTON, United Kingdom
    27/10/12
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    "FABULOUS!"

    Great story line, great characters and very funny! Would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a book that is easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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