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.
Hilarious light humour, totally entertaining to listen to on long drives. Characters were funny, if not just a wee bit exaggerated which made the story even funnier. Good voice for all the characters. Highly recommended to all above the age of 16.
I've always enjoyed Dave Barry's books, so the idea of reading a new genre was appealing. The book surpassed by most optimistic expectations. He applies his same satirical edge to a novel, and it works fabulously. There's great character development and a fun, whacky story line. The performance is also wonderfully acted. I don't do this often, but I will definitely read this book again. It's just pure fun and entertainment!
I have been a Dave Barry fan for years, and his first book does not disappoint. Laughed out loud! Funniest book I have ever read. I was sorry when I had finished it. Where does he come up with these characters?! Dick Hill was terrific as the voice.
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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