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Insane City | [Dave Barry]

Insane City

Seth Weinstein knew Tina was way out of his league in pretty much any way you could imagine, which is why it continued to astonish him that he was on the plane now for their destination wedding in Florida. The Groom Posse had already sprung an airport prank on him, and he'd survived it, and if that was the worst of it, everything should be okay. Smooth sailing from now on. Seth has absolutely no idea what he's about to get into.
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Publisher's Summary

A dark comic masterpiece - the first solo adult novel in more than a decade from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Dave Barry.

Seth Weinstein knew Tina was way out of his league in pretty much any way you could imagine, which is why it continued to astonish him that he was on the plane now for their destination wedding in Florida. The Groom Posse had already sprung an airport prank on him, and he'd survived it, and if that was the worst of it, everything should be okay. Smooth sailing from now on.

Seth has absolutely no idea what he's about to get into. In the next several hours, he and his friends will become embroiled with rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an 11-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom. And there're still two days to go before the wedding.

As it turns out, it's not smooth sailing, it's more like a trip on the Titanic. And the water below him is getting deeper every minute. By the end, amid gunfire, high-speed chases, and mayhem of the most unimaginable sort, violent men will fall, heroes will rise, and many lives will change.

Seth's, not least of all.

©2013 Dave Barry (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Ron Redwood City, CA, United States 04-01-13
    Ron Redwood City, CA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hysterically funny!!"
    What did you love best about Insane City?

    I love the way Dave narrates. It's always done tongue in cheek..


    Have you listened to any of Dave Barry and The Gza ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to all of Daves novels and most of his other books as well. To me, this is clearly the best.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't wait so long between books dave!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 02-21-13
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 02-21-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Sophomoric"

    If you like the Bachelor Party movies, you might like this book. The book is absolutely silly with the flat, stereotyped characters stumbling from one hackneyed situation to another. If this is the best Dave Barry can come up with after 10 years, he needs to rethink his calling.

    He should also rethink narrating his own audiobooks. His performance if somewhere between lousy and just OK.

    I was looking for light fare to transition between books, but this certainly wasn't it. It's light, but not particularly amusing.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew S. Schultz Ndola, Zambia 05-16-14
    Andrew S. Schultz Ndola, Zambia 05-16-14 Member Since 2010

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    "First disappointment with Dave Barry"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    College age kids who think getting passed-out drunk and the hijinks that follows is humorous.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Barry again?

    Definitely! Barry is a great author, I love his other works.


    What didn’t you like about Dave Barry and The Gza ’s performance?

    Too much "…she said", "…he said" Must have heard this phrase a thousand times by chapter 5 where I turned it off.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed some of Dave Barry's earlier works. This one really fell flat with me though. Perhaps the book got better after chapter five. I do not find it humorous when a person gets "passed out drunk" and then complains about the direction their circumstances take because of their own stupidity. Just not funny to me. Another review said that they could not stop laughing for the whole book. For me, after 5 chapters I had laughed just once, and it was a weak one at that. Not witty the way that Barry usually is. Be careful in purchasing this one, you might get burned like I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly J Ross 03-29-13
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    "My Goodness!"
    What would have made Insane City better?

    Way too much profanity for this ole' girl!!!!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Barry again?

    Maybe not, if all of his books are like this one.


    What aspect of Dave Barry and The Gza ’s performance would you have changed?

    Less profanity and inappropriate content. Dirty talk.


    What character would you cut from Insane City?

    The entire groom group.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read Dave Berry's work in Readers' Digest. I had no idea he wrote any other way.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Travelin Gal Las Cruces, NM United States 02-27-13
    Travelin Gal Las Cruces, NM United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Dave Barry should stick to what he does best"

    Boring, not at all Dave Barry's typical fare. He shouldn't try to write novels.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Springfield, TN, United States 04-01-13
    Corinne Springfield, TN, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Someone Else's Life is More Screwed up Than Mine"

    I won't belabor you with how my life is out of control, but I do have coping skills. One of those skills is listening to books so that I won't dwell on aspects of my life I can't change. I either select something with a deep plot and very complicated to keep me focused or something very funny. Insane City by Dave Berry is a great candidate for the latter.

    As usual, his books take a a normal situation (in this case a wedding, great fodder for character interaction) and cause the character to interact with bizarre situations or characters. First one thing happens, then another thing happens that impacts the first thing - you get the picture. Mayhem ensues, but oh, such funny mayhem. The play between the characters also make the story. Each character is someone you recognize from your own life (the normal one's at least). Many times as a reader you cheer because the normal one shed's his boring coat and reaches out to be wild and crazy. Sometimes that backfires, of course, which adds more mayhem.

    I am glad too to read Barry's book because there is not some big overall message. His friend, Carl Hiassen, also writes hilarious books but saving the owls or some such cause is always championed. This is just good old fun. Keep them coming Mr. Barry. We all need to laugh to keep from crying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Coastal New England 03-29-13
    Paula Coastal New England 03-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Hated to hear this one end..."

    If you like Dave Barry's style as a columnist or if you have read his earlier novel BIG TROUBLE then this listen should be a good fit. Dave is the narrator and reads it straight, which actually sets up the laughs wonderfully. He doesn't do different voices for the characters but I don't think that in this instance it matters. I don't do voices in my head when I read a book but I still enjoy the story. And while a polished performance by an experienced actor often enhances a listening experience, a straight read by the author usually gets the point he's trying to make, across to the listener/reader. In this case, I laughed - a lot. Dave Barry's style is similar to Carl Hiaasen; although Mr. Barry's tales are not as long or as involved. Maybe it's something in the water in Florida? Anyway, I will listen to this one again and recommend it to anyone that wants an injection of good-natured silliness that results from the all too human foibles of the less than stellar characters in the general vicinity of greater Miami.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Dean Florida 03-20-13
    M. Dean Florida 03-20-13
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    "Extra fun wedding spoof"
    Where does Insane City rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Insane City is light and whimsical audiobook. Well written.


    Any additional comments?

    The stab it takes at the wedding industry it's especially funning to those of s caught up in it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sunshine round rock, TX, United States 03-19-13
    sunshine round rock, TX, United States 03-19-13
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    "Light & silly read"

    Just the right amount of nonsense! Made me laugh quite a bit. Similar to the foolery found in the The Hangover movie. Could use a bit more story development and smoother conclusion rather than a somewhat abrupt ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karin Medina, TN, United States 03-04-13
    Karin Medina, TN, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Progressive insanity"
    Where does Insane City rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Overall, this was as entertaining as any I've listened to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I kept thinking that at any time Trevor was going to take over the steering wheel!


    What about Dave Barry and The Gza ’s performance did you like?

    Dave Barry really should restrict himself to just writing and leave the reading to someone else.


    If you could rename Insane City, what would you call it?

    Adventures in Orangoutang Sitting


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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