Cover Photograph © The Miami Herald/Al Diaz; Copyright ©1997 by Dave Barry; Copyright (P)1997 by Dove Audio, Inc.
One of the funniest collections of his columns I've encountered. On the whole this collection is a bit more sophisticated than his usual stuff. I also was thrilled by Shadow Stevens' reading! I never thought I would enjoy hearing anybody reading Dave Barry's stuff more than I enjoy hearing Dave Barry . . . and I was totally wrong about that. Of course nothing beats having Dave speaking directly in your ear, but Stevens gives the material a wry dramatic edge that Dave can't provide. Far superior to any of his other readers. Really a great book--I'll be listening to this one over and over again. By the way I had no audio problems as the other reviewers mentioned--perhaps it has been re-mastered?
Buffalo chicken wing bones going back into the dishwasher and recycled for the next customer. Professional golfers checking the geologic and atmospheric circumstances as well as satellite photos before hitting the ball. There are probably funnier bits--I know I was laughing out loud and trying to avoid laughing as I went to sleep (actually the book kept me awake) because I would wake my husband up.
The subtle perspective of an ironic third-person narrator, which you don't get when Dave reads his own books. Other than Dave's the most intelligent reading of one of Dave's books. I am glad there is at least one other by Shadoe Stevens.
Sorry, "moving" is not a word I would use to describe any of Dave's columns or essays. If he gets close to sentiment or emotion he undercuts it brutally before the reader can buy into it. This is something you get used to and prepare for in his writing. I found it quite moving to go to a reading, meet him, and hear him tell actual stories from his life. He is very personal and personable. Really a neat guy.
Sorry that others have not responded to this book as positively as I have. Really I think it is totally terrific.
Die-Hard Cubs Fan
While the audio quality was pretty low (extremely bassy and low levels meant I had to CRANK the volume nearly to distortion), this audiobook of Barry's normally amusing articles is made doubly funny by Stevens' very wry and well performed narration!
His writing is so brilliant -- at times outright hilarious and at times so subtle it takes a few seconds to dawn on you -- and this recording is so sub-par in every way, I'm surprised he hasn't pulled it from sale. The reader is lousy, and the audio quality sounds like it was made as a bootleg in someone's basement decades ago.
Why hasn't Barry re-recorded it himself, or asked that this one be remastered? It is almost too much work to concentrate in order to hear it. A shame -- Dave Barry deserves MUCH better. And so do Audible listeners, by the way.
The audio quality was bad, it gets real quiet and then real loud.
But as always, Dave is hillarious! It is read well, the audio is the only problem.
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