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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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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 02-21-13
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 02-21-13 Member Since 2017
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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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 02-18-13
    Elizabeth 02-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story"

    Dave Barry writes some great stories. They have a good pace, interesting characters and fun reads. But I have to agree with other comments that not having another narrator was a mistake. The reading was dull and monotone. A good narrator makes a good book great and I think this one could have used that push.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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    Dan Doran 10-25-16
    Dan Doran 10-25-16
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    "The funniest book I've ever listen to"

    I'm a big fan of Dave Barry. most of his stuff is really great but some of it not so great so when I saw this novel I thought ... probably not so great.

    Wow was I wrong. This thing is funny from start to finish and creative as can be. If you'd like to laugh you will love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Delaney 10-23-16
    Delaney 10-23-16

    I love a good story. I am fond of well crafted prose. If the elements are there I will read any genre at any length.

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    "Barry's stories all meet at the absurd"
    What made the experience of listening to Insane City the most enjoyable?

    This book is a hoot. Barry continues to amuse me. The characters all start out doing incredibly normal things that just don't go well. From there the characters all beginning running into bizarre circumstances and unlikely allies and enemies. Barry's characters are generally colorful and interesting with brief backdrops that define them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I believe I enjoyed the stripper the best, she may have been paid to remove her clothes for money, but that doesn't mean she isn't a real person full of compassion.


    What three words best describe Dave Barry and The Gza ’s voice?

    I don't particularly enjoy Dave Barry as the narrator, however, he does know where the jokes are and how hard to hit them.


    Any additional comments?

    A cast of unlikely characters has the adventure of a lifetime in a weekend. I dare you not to giggle a little.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Woodstock, GA, United States 10-06-16
    Kindle Customer Woodstock, GA, United States 10-06-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Hilarious!"

    I'm a big fan of Dave's, and this did not disappoint. Nutty plot, nutty characters, lots and lots of out-loud laughs.

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    Simone Panama city, Panama 08-04-16
    Simone Panama city, Panama 08-04-16 Member Since 2017
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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

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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.

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    smallstakes 06-06-15
    smallstakes 06-06-15 Member Since 2015

    Linda

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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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