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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

    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 2015
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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 2015
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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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    Norman Neher 03-22-15
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    "Witty but overboard with the language"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bookworm 03-07-15
    Bookworm 03-07-15
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    "Just didn't get into it. Might try again later."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Veerkamp Cool, CA USA 02-12-15
    Marie Veerkamp Cool, CA USA 02-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A fun story"
    Where does Big Trouble rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sometimes I just want a fun, mindless story and this fits the bill. It's simple, but well developed and lots of fun.


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    Gekkonidae 01-20-15
    Gekkonidae 01-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hilarious"

    This book never gets old. I have literally fallen off things laughing at Dave Barry's ridiculous and entertaining descriptions of the outrageous action he dreams up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Handygal 11-19-14
    Handygal 11-19-14 Member Since 2014

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    "I hope this becomes a movie! Woven comedy genius!"

    This book was perfectly woven into a hilarious novel. I can see it being a movie some day. Pure funny!

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    Steve Strand, South Africa 11-16-14
    Steve Strand, South Africa 11-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "So much better than the movie"

    I saw the movie years ago and when buying the book from a sale, never realised it was the same story. I'm so glad I bought it; it's hilarious. The narration is great and I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of Roger the dog's thoughts, something that never came across in the movie as far as I recall.

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    Becky Stark 10-31-14
    Becky Stark 10-31-14
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    "Completely entertaining!"
    What did you love best about Big Trouble?

    It was engrossingly entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Trouble?

    The banter between Snake and Eddie during their robbery of the Herk's house


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I knew who the characters were by his inflections and different voices. He clearly seemed to enjoy telling the story. He delivered Dave Barry's anecdotal comedy lines exquisitely.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I could definitely see this book as a film. Tag line (not my thing, but...)
    A Comedy of Errors?


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so entertaining, that I occasionally missed my exits and didn't mind the extra time traveling back to fix my driving mistakes.

    0 of 0 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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