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Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody | [Michael Gerber]

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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    M. Piper 06-05-12
    M. Piper 06-05-12 Member Since 2014

    Paper-based Adventurer

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    "Enjoyable satire"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The satirical humor was good. This wasn't laugh-out-loud hilarious. But it did a good job taking the story to the absurd to poke fun at the source material.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lon was my favorite character. The sad part is he was the funniest, but mainly because it was the closest to the original. He was supposed to be affected by a hole in the head (explained in the story) but his semi-canine mentality (again explained in the story) was actually the closest to the way the character was portrayed in the films of the original. I say films because the books add a bit and change the source character compared to the film version


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, I would not see the movie. This was an entertaining tale, but putting visuals in place of the verbal description would lose some of the fun. This works best as a novel or audiobook


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yumi Chiba-shi, Japan 01-04-12
    Yumi Chiba-shi, Japan 01-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Tota Mistake!"
    What disappointed you about Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody?

    I was careless enough not to notice this is not the real Harry Potter! How stupid I was. Great disappointment.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Gerber again?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to hear Harry Potter series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Bright 06-04-10 Listener Since 2001

    http://susiebright.com

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    "Not What I Expected, But A Great Laugh Nonetheless"

    I searched for "harry potter" on audio when it first came out, and it wasn't yet available. This parody was the only thing in the Audible catalog! I got it for my daughter, anyway, who was obsessed,and she loved it. Your precocious twelve year old will love it, too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zoe albuquerque, NM, USA 10-06-04
    Zoe albuquerque, NM, USA 10-06-04
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    "Immensely Stupid"

    and Frustrating

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Canton, IL, USA 07-02-05
    Tamara Canton, IL, USA 07-02-05
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    "This is a great book!"

    If you are a fan (or not) of Harry Potter, you will like this.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Laurel, IN, USA 08-23-06
    Janet Laurel, IN, USA 08-23-06
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    "Berry Trotter"

    This book looked very good. I started it with high hopes, but I soon frowned. It was very gross, and not funny...it has a very bad humor...I must say for you not to read it. I liked Harry Potter books, so I thought hey I will try this book. NO, it was bad. I am very sad I spent my money on this bad book that I will trash as soon as I can. I must say the Author COULD have made it great...but in the first few seconds there was a bunch of bad language. I gave this book a good star because I want it to be on the top so people can see it and think over it before they buy this audiobook...........

    8 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Melvin Ridgeland, MS, United States 08-30-08
    Melvin Ridgeland, MS, United States 08-30-08 Member Since 2007

    My name is Melvin, I grew up with NLS talking books, so naturally I just love Audible!! My favorite narrator is Grover Gardner!

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    "Parodies"

    Barry Trotter is a delightful bit of nonsense.
    The chariscters are so far out, they bring a
    laugh just thinking of this story. Parodies
    are necessary for reminding us that taking ourselves to seriously is not really a good
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    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    H. George Riverdale, NY United States 10-29-04
    H. George Riverdale, NY United States 10-29-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Utterly boring"

    Tried my best to get through the first 2 and 1/2 hours. It was torture. It was the worst audiobook I've ever chosen, completely boring and unbelievable. I couldn't wait to hear something else.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    T. Holyoak USA 11-25-03
    T. Holyoak USA 11-25-03 Member Since 2002

    atariguy

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    "Not funny at all"

    I listened to the entire thing and didn't laugh a single time. When I listened to the actual Harry Potter books, I laughed out loud numerous times. I did like the ending though - Lon becoming Headmaster of Hogwash and Barry marrying Vermin.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
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