"Stop that movie," Headmaster Alpo Bumblemore said, "or Hogwash is history!" After someone sells directions to the school to a sleazy Muddle tabloid, Barry Trotter, Ermine Cringer, and Lon Measly are hauled out of retirement to face their toughest challenge yet. Not only do the 22-year-olds have to elude packs of rabid fans, outwit Barry's sponging Uncle Serious, and vanquish their old foe Lord Valumart, they have to face the most powerful enemy of all: Hollywood!
This audiobook has not been authorized or endorsed by J.K. Rowling or the publishers of the Harry Potter books. Harry Potter is a registered trademark of Warner Bros.
©2001 Michael Gerber; (P)2002 New Millennium Audio, All Rights Reserved
"Funny and sharp....In its bratty way, Barry Trotter is as energetic and imaginative as the books that inspired it." (Kurt Andersen, Spy Magazine co-founder)
"Gerber's affectionate, giggle-inducing send-up is one giant step toward restoring the somewhat debased art form known as 'parody.'" (Sean Kelly, former editor, National Lampoon)
Like one "reader" (listener) before me, I kept thinking this could have been a lot better. It certainly started out quite well, but once you got to the middle it just continued along, without doing anything interesting. I was at least somewhat disappointed.
I found this to be quite humorous and really enjoyable. It is a total satire and, imho, a good one. It helps to know a bit about the major harry potter characters and some of the lingo otherwise you might not understand some of the jokes and most of the names. If you've seen the movie that should provide enough info to really enjoy this. Its worth the download.
I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter, but I don't honestly think you'd need to be one to 'get' this book. The Potter phenomenon is skewered left, right, and centre, and I laughed right out loud several times (which, since I listen to my books at the gym, is embarrassing. :)
If you are a true Harry Potter fan you would "LOVE" this book. A wonderfully woven and spun tale, which I'm sure will have the "Hackels" of J.K. Rowling up! A great BOOK, I would say read it and be prepared to LAUGH. Along the lines of George Carlon with the most irreverent humor poking great fun at the Potter franchise.
I love all the Harry Potter books. I've read and listened to each one. When I saw Michael Gerber's Parody, I just had to listen. It's goofy, and full of all sorts of play on words, but 1/2 way through I was bored by the constant "trying to be funny". It just got old. I'll sit and wait for the next Harry Trotter and leave Barry Trotter on the shelf.
I did not have high expectations for Barry Trotter, but I was still disappointed. It is not funny or clever, or even interesting. I listened for about an hour and that's all. I suggest trying a different book.
I'm not sure who this was written for, but it wasn't me. I've enjoyed the Harry Potter books and movies. I thought I would enjoy a parody. However, it is filled with puns and inside joke that only the very obsessed could enjoy. If you are younger than twelve - or if your maturity level is less than that of a twelve year old, you'll probably enjoy it. If not, even though it's cheap, resist the urge.
This book is great! It completely destroys the harry potter franchise, but does so in a completely original and hilarious way! Colourful references and (language)bring reality to the Hogwash scene. I give this book SIX stars.
I am happy I heard this book but I don't think I would say it is a classic. It was a fun listen. The voice acting was very, VERY good. So I will need to look for more books narrated by Christopher Cazenove.
Overall the story was, meh. I was not expecting much from the story so I wasn't too disappointed.
Fun listen (Due to Christopher Cazenove) but if you are looking for a riveting story, this is NOT the book.
Basically scammed into buying this as you can imagine what I meant to purchase. Really - just remove this opportunistic garbage, Audible.
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