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Insane City Audiobook

Insane City

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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
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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 2016
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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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 08-04-16
    Simone 08-04-16
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    "Fun and reminds me of SoFla so much"

    It is very funny and crazy. Just like life in South Florida
    The end drags on a bit to long

    Enjoyed the book

    Dave Barry is one of my favorite writers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sidney 05-27-16
    Sidney 05-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "impossibly insane!!"

    Loved it one of the best books ive ever heard! every minute kept me in suspense!!

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    P. Smith 01-05-16
    P. Smith 01-05-16 Member Since 2013

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    "ligthweight slapstick"
    Any additional comments?

    Dave Barry is a good, funny writer. This piece of lightweight slapstick fantasy is clearly a "sequel" to "Big Trouble" written in hopes of another movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    smallstakes 06-06-15
    smallstakes 06-06-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Familiar premise, fun surprises"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hekkubus Opelika, AL USA 04-11-15
    Hekkubus Opelika, AL USA 04-11-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Another fun romp with Dave Barry characters"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 01-29-15
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 01-29-15
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    "Hysterical!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    iceberg945 01-25-15
    iceberg945 01-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "hilarious"

    Hilarious journey to a marriage filled with entirely different characters. The connection of the people is epic and the turns that the story takes are unpredictable.

    0 of 0 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 2016

    Ascot

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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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