One of them is a best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist. The other is a winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Together, they form the League of Comic Justice, battling evildoers in the name of... Okay, we made that line up. What they do form is a writing team of pure comic genius, and they will have you laughing like idiots.
Philip Horkman is a happy man - the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.
Where that all takes them you can't begin to guess, but the literary journey there is a masterpiece of inspiration and mayhem. But what else would you expect from the League of Comic Justice?
©2012 Dave Barry (P)2011 Penguin Audio
OH MY GOD!
Peckerman! I know this guy
Definitely the delivery! I have recommended this to several friends and told them to get the audio version! I am a voracious reader but this one MUST be heard,
and then I said....
Persons suffering from weak bladders should definitely exercise caution when listening to this audio! If you are listening while walking or riding public transportation you will definitely find people moving away from you...which may be a good thing..I'm just saying...
Yes. Tremendous fun.
There were really only 2, which is the point of the story.The interplay is very funny
He "was" the character
I usually to not seek out "comedies", but this came as a recommendation from a friend as a good break from more "serious" content. I have to say that I laughed out loud more often than not. This is not high-brow humor, but the dialogue was hysterical. A pretty short book, which serves as a nice, fun interlude
Dave Barry's Tricky Business is funny.
Lunatics,well, has a few moments.
Think of it as the worst moments of the Three Stooges, Moe constantly poking Curly and Larry in the eye. Hour after increasingly pianful hour.
It is easy to imagine how Barry & Zweibel wrote this book. Dave wrote something outrageous, Zweibel tries to top it. Each and every time the next chapter has to become ever more improbably humiliating to the characters. It isn't long until I wished the authors would do both in and move on to exploding whales.
Is it really funny that Phillip Horkman had to name his pet shop the Wine Shop because his in-laws, the Wines, funded it? How about an Islamic Terrorist dressed as Chuck E Cheese? Or a nun aboard a nudist cruise? Or the two idjits running against each other for President on the Democratic and Republic tickets?
Obviously, there's some folks who think this is funny. But if you're wanting to enjoy something that is LOL funny, go for Barry's Tricky Business, or any of Carl Hiaasen's works. In fact, begin with Hiaasen's first if you've not read it, and enjoy all 18. Weeks of great listening . . .
At times very funny. The authors seemed to try to throw every joke at the wall to see which ones stuck. The plot was so over the top ludicrous that it seemed to make me want to cringe
The story is outlandish and adeptly done with two separate narrations. Moreover, I think this is a stunt format, whereby the two authors separately wrote their parts. They also do the narration.
What's funny about this book? The story starts as a commonplace squabble between two polar opposite characters. Hilarity ensues when they unwittingly go about changing the world through no fault of their own.
Barry has written some funny novels. This is a good companion to his work.
The hilarity of the opposite personalities and the believability of the impossible scenarios they get into make this a laugh-out-loud story.
On the bridge. . . No, wait, at the dance recital. . . Or maybe the cruise ship. Too many to choose just one.
The narration by the authors really makes the book. Loved it.
The reader really made this funny. I don't know if it would haave been this funny from a book.
Too many funny parts to pick one.
None of them.
I laughed from the beginning to the end of this book.
Yes - it's funny as hell.
It made me laugh out loud.
This is Dave Barry's best in my opinion.
I laughed throughout the entire story - out loud!
Just buy it - it's hilarious.
Linda in Omaha
I've been a fan of Dave Barry for years, and he didn't let me down with this very funny book. Laughed so hard I got tears in my eyes a few times. If you're sensitive to a little profanity, you may not enjoy it so much. If you're not, you will enjoy it very much indeed. Loved the story and the performance totally.
Looking for something that works!
I would listen again because I know I failed to hear some parts due to laughing so much.
Horkman was my favorite character. I could relate to everything about him. And Peckerman was my least favorite. But without him, there could have been no story.
This is a great Dave Barry performance and Alan Zweibel is fantastic!!! They sounded like all this had actually personally happened to them!
I listened to this every chance I got till I finally finished it. It was spellbinding. Really, this book is so, so zany, which I loved, and the whole crazy storyline makes sense. It was great the way it poked well-deserved fun at many current world situations and the media's coverage of them. Some people say about a difficult situation, "I could laugh or I could cry. I chose to laugh." This is the book's take on some major problems in today's world. It will make you laugh. And if you are in a better mood, you will be better able to deal with whatever life throws at you. And that is why I like funny books, and the more funny books, the better!
Lunatics is like a very calm and subdued version of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and Narrated by Steven Crossley, but with a lot more action and cussing. If you don't mind rude language (and normally I DO mind, but in Lunatics it was okay- it was appropriate and integral to the storyline...I know, I know...but take my word for it, if you can) and if you like funny books, you will like this. Just don't play it while the children are within earshot. Other authors I have read (listened to) who write stories like this are P.G. Wodehouse, Dave Barry (of course), Janet Evanovich, M.C. Beaton, Rhys Bowen, Jerome K. Jerome, and Woody Allen. But their stories dilute out or distribute out the zaniness much more so than does Lunatics which is "chock full of nuts"!
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