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
I love the way Dave narrates. It's always done tongue in cheek..
I've listened to all of Daves novels and most of his other books as well. To me, this is clearly the best.
Don't wait so long between books dave!
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.
I was surprised to learn that Dave Barry has written novels. I've enjoyed his humorous essays, and it took me a little while to wrap my head around the idea of his being a novelist. But then when my mom recommended him and called him reminiscent of early Hiaasen, I had to check it out.
The comparison is apt.
The premise of the story is bachelor party drunken shenanigans, where one thing after another goes wrong. It felt like a familiar tale, and I thought I knew where things were going. But there were plenty of fun surprises along the way.
I usually enjoy author narration in memoirs, and Dave Barry did a fine job with this reading. But I think actor narration may have enhanced the recording.
I love forward to another Dave Barry adventure.
As with any Dave Barry novel, this one kept me laughing. While there's a chance that the characters and events all come strictly from Barry's vivid imagination, sometimes I believe that South Florida really is this insane. Check out this book if you need a laugh, are planning a Florida vacation, or are getting married soon. Okay, so maybe this book will not be such a great idea if you're doing the last two, but you'll enjoy it for the first reason
I found this thoroughly enjoyable. With shades of The Hangover and Weekend at Bernies, this book is crazy yet believable. Men can get themselves into so much trouble! Highly recommend.
College age kids who think getting passed-out drunk and the hijinks that follows is humorous.
Definitely! Barry is a great author, I love his other works.
Too much "…she said", "…he said" Must have heard this phrase a thousand times by chapter 5 where I turned it off.
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.
Way too much profanity for this ole' girl!!!!
Maybe not, if all of his books are like this one.
Less profanity and inappropriate content. Dirty talk.
The entire groom group.
I have read Dave Berry's work in Readers' Digest. I had no idea he wrote any other way.
Boring, not at all Dave Barry's typical fare. He shouldn't try to write novels.
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.
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