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
Don't you just love a great story well told?
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.
Always fun to listen to; humorous yet so much of the analogies are true. Dick Hill is perfect as the narrator.
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.
Linda in Omaha
I've always loved Dave Barry's writing, and Dick Hill is one of the best narrators around. This combination was as great as I expected. The characters are all quirky and memorable, and Mr. Hill brought each one fully to life. Buy it, and spend a few hilariously entertaining hours listening to it. It reminds me of Carl Hiaasen's stories.
Not very often that I like the movie better than the book but this book is one of the few, if not only one, that this is true, but just barely.
I loved this book but I really like the changes they made to the movie keeping the movie really close to the book.
A nice novel to read. Hard to be funny for so many pages. The narration, however, distracted rather than contributed. Mr. Hill knows his business. So I suspect his editor forced him into this over-dramatization. Too bad. Read the book instead.
Many funny parts, as you would expect with Dave Barry. The plot was fairly basic with all the characters interrelated in some way. I would have enjoyed the book more without such bad language. There were more F words in this novel than in a Bruce Willis movie. I understand he was trying to be true to what his characters would say, but it was way over the top with bad language for me. He warned us about the language in the forward to the book, but I didn't know it would be quite that bad.
First of all I absolutely love Dave Barry's humor - he's my hero - and I am sure the writing and humor in this book is as skillful and professional as ever. But for some reason when I started listening to this, I just couldn't get into it. I think much of that could be to do with the fact that Dick Hill's voice just grates on my nerves. No offense to his narrating skills, but I just find him hard to listen to. I've had the same issue with other books he's done. (yes, I should have listened to the sample.) But I hope to go back and try this one again some day and perhaps once I get grabbed by some of the characters, I'll be back with a better review. Obviously I haven't really given it a fair chance but one you put up a star you're committed and I don't like it enough to give more than three.
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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