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Big Trouble | [Dave Barry]

Big Trouble

A chain of events that will change the lives of each and every character will leave some of them wiser, some of them deader, and some of them definitely looking for a new line of work. With a wicked wit, razor-sharp observations, rich characters, and a plot with more twists than the Inland Waterway, Dave Barry makes his debut a complete and utter triumph.
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Publisher's Summary

In his career, Dave Barry has done just about everything - written best-selling nonfiction, won a Pulitzer Prize, seen his life turned into a television series. And now, at last, he has joined the long list of literary figures, from Jane Austen to Tolstoy, who have made the transition from humor columnist to novelist - and done it with a style and inventiveness that establishes that, yes, he is very good at that, too.

In the city of Coconut Grove, Florida, these things happen: A struggling adman named Eliot Arnold drives home from a meeting with the Client From Hell. His teenage son, Matt, fills his Squirtmaster 9000 for his turn at a high school game called Killer. Matt's intended victim, Jenny Herk, sits down in front of the TV with her mom for what she hopes will be a peaceful evening - for once. Jenny's alcoholic and secretly embezzling stepfather, Arthur, emerges from the maid's room, angry at being rebuffed - again. Henry and Leonard, two hit men from New Jersey, pull up to the Herks' house for a real game of Killer - Arthur's embezzlement apparently not having been quite so secret to his employers after all. And a homeless man named Puggy settles down for the night in a treehouse just inside the Herks' yard.

In a few minutes, a chain of events that will change the lives of each and every one of them will begin, and will leave some of them wiser, some of them deader, and some of them definitely looking for a new line of work.

With a wicked wit, razor-sharp observations, rich characters, and a plot with more twists than the Inland Waterway, Dave Barry makes his debut a complete and utter triumph.

©2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2000 Dave Barry

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    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 09-18-08
    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 09-18-08 Member Since 2006

    Don't you just love a great story well told?

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    "Classic Barry at his Best"

    The jokes are hilarious and delivered with the perfect deadpan for the sarcasm, irony, absurdity all for which Barry is so famous. There is a joke every sentence or two making this book is VERY funny. The production is excellent including: perfect narration, changes in volume like talking over a phone, and a huge cast of wackos if you aren't laughing out loud a lot.. you'll, at the very least, be grinning to yourself or smirking a lot. Beware the "too high expectations" trap. This is just a very silly book but, but like Monty Python, it is *quality silliness.* If you aren't snooty you'll love it. Note: The forward warns you this is NOT a book to buy for your kids given the..uh.. adequate quantity of cuss words.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 12-07-09
    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 12-07-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Big Trouble"

    Always fun to listen to; humorous yet so much of the analogies are true. Dick Hill is perfect as the narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bryant Winters, CA, United States 12-29-09
    Bryant Winters, CA, United States 12-29-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Ammusing and Well Written"

    Excellent book, very comical. It wasn't "oh my gawd my sides are splitting" funnybut it was clever, well-developed, kept my interest. Easily recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Houston, TX, United States 12-16-08
    Betty Houston, TX, United States 12-16-08 Member Since 2003
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    "very disappointing"

    Maybe the second half of this book is better -- I don't know, since I didn't get that far. I quit in the middle, around the time that the characters were getting shot, threatened with rape, kicked in the face and other places... This is from Dave Barry???? The guy who wrote all those funny columns in the newspaper?? What happened?? The half of the book I listened to was extremely violent, disturbing and not at all amusing. Too bad you gave up your day job, Dave.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kendall Waterbury, VT, United States 12-01-10
    Kendall Waterbury, VT, United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2010

    Mad for Westies

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    "A disappointment"

    I usually find Dave Berry's articles and short blurbs amusing, only occassionally reading it and not laughing. After half an hour of listening to this and not laughing once, I gave it up. Perhaps it's just not my sense of humor, but it was a disappointment.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hillevi Peterson Divide, CO 02-19-14
    Hillevi Peterson Divide, CO 02-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Teacher, Musician, and Storyteller

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    "Caution: Vulgarity Magnified"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes/No It depends upon the individual. The vulgarity definitely defines the unsavory characters, but it can be very offensive. Sexual references about underage girls is really never necessary in a book geared to adults.


    What was most disappointing about Dave Barry’s story?

    While he defines his characters with witty dialogue, He could have created equally offensive characters with a less graphic vocabulary.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Senator Studio City, CA, USA 06-16-12
    Senator Studio City, CA, USA 06-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Just a gal who loves books -- especially audiobooks!

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    "Great Book, Grating Voice Actor"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Another voice actor, one you can take listening to longer than three minutes at a time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Puggy, he's just like a little kids in a homeless man's body.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Everyone sounded like a man, even the women.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I LOVE this book, I just wouldn't recommend Dick Hill to act this one out.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend anyone who seems inclined to purchase this audiobook in e-book or hard copy. Dave Barry really is a hoot!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karl Wichita, KS, United States 02-25-12
    Karl Wichita, KS, United States 02-25-12
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    "RARE: The movie is better"
    Would you listen to Big Trouble again? Why?

    I would listen to it again because its a great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The randomness and humor.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Here in lies the problem. The movie is better than the book. THAT NEVER HAPPENS! like hardly never. Maybe the devil in a blue dress, but that's all that comes to mind. Seriously watch the movie for this it ties in 3 scenes with the fat man that kind of brings a lot of the story together in a fantastic way. Also the ending is a lot better in the movie!


    If you could rename Big Trouble, what would you call it?

    Big Trouble (no not in little china)


    Any additional comments?

    One of the few times the movie (not Big Trouble in Little China with Kurt Russel but Big Trouble with Tim Allen) is better than the book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "FABULOUS!"

    Great story line, great characters and very funny! Would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a book that is easy to listen to.

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