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Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody Audiobook

Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Warning: This isn't the real thing...it's funnier!

"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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Urban Ballyhaunis, NY, USA 08-28-03
    Urban Ballyhaunis, NY, USA 08-28-03
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    "Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Moore 07-20-03
    Greg Moore 07-20-03
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    "Really Enjoyable"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Markham, ON, Canada 03-30-03
    Heather Markham, ON, Canada 03-30-03
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    "Wildly hilarious!"

    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. :)

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Thurmont, MD, United States 01-01-03
    Matthew Thurmont, MD, United States 01-01-03 Member Since 2016
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    "Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody"

    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.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 01-11-06
    Lisa 01-11-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Parody trying to be funny"

    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.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 05-03-09
    Matthew 05-03-09
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    "Major disappointment"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Baker Amsterdam, Netherlands 12-04-05
    A. Baker Amsterdam, Netherlands 12-04-05 Member Since 2008

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    "Very Nothing"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Columbus, GA, USA 12-20-03
    Ben Columbus, GA, USA 12-20-03
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    "Terrific! An absolutely magnifecent book!"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Szpicki 02-26-16 Member Since 2008
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    "It was a fun story"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Thomas Washington, DC 08-07-15
    M. Thomas Washington, DC 08-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Ugh, scammy garbage hoping people don't look to close before they buy."

    Basically scammed into buying this as you can imagine what I meant to purchase. Really - just remove this opportunistic garbage, Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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