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Johnson

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  • Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Gerber
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Warning: This isn't the real thing...it's funnier! "Gerber's affectionate, giggle-inducing send-up is one giant step toward restoring the somewhat debased art form known as 'parody,'" says Sean Kelly, former editor of National Lampoon. If you love Harry Potter - or if you have had enough of him! - you've gotta hear this.

    Eddie Beard says: "If Zero stars were an option . . ."
    "If Zero stars were an option . . ."
    Overall

    I'd pick it for this book.

    I'm an educated, well-read 44 y/o male who enjoys a good British farce, satire, and smart wordplay. And, even though I'm a big Harry Potter fan, and also like a good satire -- no cow is too sacred to butcher.

    But please -- this is none of those things.

    It's a huge disappointment in all regards. It is neither clever nor well written, and after 15 minutes I found myself just wishing it'd just be over. I found myself trapped, though, in a situation where this was the ONLY thing that I had to listen to. Even then, it was painful.

    One of my children (age 13) happened to overhear just a few minutes when he picked up my iPod and commented, "Even with all the weird stuff you listen to, dad, that's just bizarre." Out of the mouths of babes . . . .

    From a person who is so addicted to reading that he's been known, in a pinch, to read the owner's manual to a lawn mower, a homeowner's insurance policy, and the back of a cereal box, I have to say that this is without a doubt one of the worst things I've ever run across. Don't waste your time or money on this one.

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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