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.
This book was perfectly woven into a hilarious novel. I can see it being a movie some day. Pure funny!
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.
It was engrossingly entertaining
The banter between Snake and Eddie during their robbery of the Herk's house
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.
I could definitely see this book as a film. Tag line (not my thing, but...)
A Comedy of Errors?
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.
Dave Barry is irreverent and screamingly funny. The plot and characters, however, are over-the-top, unbelievable and ultimately just ridiculous. However, it was funny and I listened til the very end.
Of course. Just about anything he writes is funny.
Teacher, Musician, and Storyteller
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.
While he defines his characters with witty dialogue, He could have created equally offensive characters with a less graphic vocabulary.
Mad for Westies
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.
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.
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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