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Never Sniff a Gift Fish | [Patrick McManus]

Never Sniff a Gift Fish

In the chapters of Never Sniff a Gift Fish, McManus will teach you the wisdom that is usually shared only in the close ranks of modern-day hunters and gatherers. To complete your arsenal, McManus also includes "The Hunter's Workout Guide" and a special "Family Camper's Dictionary". Exercises like the hindquarter shuffle will make you move like a hunter. And phrases like "Yip-yip-yip-Owoooooo!" will help you sound like one, too.
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Publisher's Summary

Humorist Patrick F. McManus has been called "a master at spoofing sportsmen" by Publishers Weekly. His rib-tickling books about hunting, fishing, and camping receive rave reviews from national media. The New York Times Book Review writes, "Everybody should read Patrick McManus."

In the chapters of Never Sniff a Gift Fish, McManus will teach you the wisdom that is usually shared only in the close ranks of modern-day hunters and gatherers. To complete your arsenal, McManus also includes "The Hunter's Workout Guide" and a special "Family Camper's Dictionary". Exercises like the hindquarter shuffle will make you move like a hunter. And phrases like "Yip-yip-yip-Owoooooo!" will help you sound like one, too.

Whether he's poking fun at fly fishing or taking on some other sportsman's icon, Patrick F. McManus is sure to have you laughing aloud. And Norman Dietz's wry narration is the perfect vehicle for McManus' best-selling, tongue-in-cheek works.

©1983 Patrick F. McManus; (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Hugh 08-31-12
    Hugh 08-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "McManus, a favorite author for two decades"
    Would you listen to Never Sniff a Gift Fish again? Why?

    McManus has been a favorite author of mine for over two decades, and I'm not yet 31, so I can say that his works appeal to kids, teens, and older adults. I can also attest that no one whom I know who has read his works dislikes his writing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rancid Crabtree, and for too many reasons to enumerate.


    Have you listened to any of Norman Dietz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The best professional reader I have heard for the works of Patrick F McManus is currently deceased, so I doubt he'll produce any more performances; otherwise, Norman Dietz and Dick Hall are very amazing readers for McManus's work. I won't say which of those two is the better, but the difference in their skill is so slim one might as well say they are tied.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If by "listen to all in one sitting" one means, did I want to turn it off at any point, then let me say I did not want to turn it off, then yes, I wanted to "listen to all in one sitting."


    Any additional comments?

    Start Time Title
    0:00:00 Blowing Smoke
    0:17:05 Poof—No Eyebrows!
    0:34:18 I Fish; Therefore, I Am
    0:44:18 Running on Empty
    0:56:52 The Cat and the Cat Burglar
    1:10:43 Salami on Rye and Hold the Wild Gobo
    1:24:31 Two-Man-Tent Fever
    1:37:28 Fish Poles, and Other Useful Terminology
    1:51:33 The Man Who Notices Things
    2:06:48 The Elk Trappers
    2:23:55 The Short Happy Life of Francis Cucumber
    2:35:38 The Arkansas Prank Hound
    2:46:29 Well, Excuuuuse Me!
    2:54:18 The Mountain Car
    3:12:57 The Christmas Hatchet
    3:25:40 The Night Grandma Shot Shorty
    3:34:00 The Kindest Cut of All
    3:50:19 The Bush Pilots
    4:07:21 Share and Share Alike
    4:20:19 Never Sniff a Gift Fish
    4:33:39 Backseats I Have Known
    4:46:44 Edgy Rider
    5:09:14 Strange Scenes and Eerie Events
    5:19:28 The Hunters’ Workout Guide
    5:32:28 Temporary Measures
    5:41:53 The Fibricators
    5:54:34 The Family Camper’s Dictionary
    6:06:39 The Big Match

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 07-21-11
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 07-21-11 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    The number of books this author has written and word of mouth throughout the years prompted me to give one of his titles a try- I thought I'd be entertained and amused by his down-home humor. Unfortunately I found it to be too corny and tame for my taste - I'd liken it to watching old episodes of The Golden Girls or Full House - watered down tea that I wouldn't put into my cup. Maybe I picked the wrong title - or maybe I just need to age another 20 years (which would put me in my 60's) to appreciate the talents of this prolific story teller.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy W. 11-20-14
    Timothy W. 11-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good listening for an older sportsman"
    What did you like best about Never Sniff a Gift Fish? What did you like least?

    The short stories, great for short trips


    Would you be willing to try another book from Patrick McManus? Why or why not?

    Yes, brings back memories


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not bad the way it is


    Did Never Sniff a Gift Fish inspire you to do anything?

    Have another drink and think of my fishing and hunting days


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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