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Lunatics: A Novel | [Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel]

Lunatics: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    HRM Pittsburgh, PA USA 08-13-12
    HRM Pittsburgh, PA USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Warning ! may cause uncontrollable laughter"
    If you could sum up Lunatics in three words, what would they be?

    OH MY GOD!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peckerman! I know this guy


    What does Dave Barry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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,


    If you could rename Lunatics, what would you call it?

    and then I said....


    Any additional comments?

    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...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SEAN FRANKLINVILLE, NJ, United States 05-16-12
    SEAN FRANKLINVILLE, NJ, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Guilty Pleasure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Tremendous fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were really only 2, which is the point of the story.The interplay is very funny


    What about Dave Barry’s performance did you like?

    He "was" the character


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vox Locus Tulsa, OK, United States 03-18-12
    Vox Locus Tulsa, OK, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2011

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    "This is funny -- like a train wreck"

    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 . . .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce East Brunswick, NJ, United States 03-12-12
    Bruce East Brunswick, NJ, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2004
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    What did you like best about Lunatics? What did you like least?

    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


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Barry again?

    Probably not


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erik LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 12-28-12
    Erik LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny Books Are Rare and This One Is Rare"
    What made the experience of listening to Lunatics the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Margaret M. DiBianca 11-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Too funny for words"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The hilarity of the opposite personalities and the believability of the impossible scenarios they get into make this a laugh-out-loud story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    On the bridge. . . No, wait, at the dance recital. . . Or maybe the cruise ship. Too many to choose just one.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration by the authors really makes the book. Loved it.

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    Jane Lee Gainesville, Florida United States 10-12-12
    Jane Lee Gainesville, Florida United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Light reading, will make you laugh!"
    What did you love best about Lunatics?

    The reader really made this funny. I don't know if it would haave been this funny from a book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lunatics?

    Too many funny parts to pick one.


    If you could take any character from Lunatics out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed from the beginning to the end of this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Cleveland, Ohio 03-27-12
    John Cleveland, Ohio 03-27-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "F-ing Hilarious"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it's funny as hell.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me laugh out loud.


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

    This is Dave Barry's best in my opinion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I laughed throughout the entire story - out loud!


    Any additional comments?

    Just buy it - it's hilarious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda United States 03-15-12
    Linda United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2011

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    "LOL Funny"

    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.

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    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 02-02-14
    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2010

    Looking for something that works!

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    "Zaniest book I have ever encountered!!!!"
    Would you listen to Lunatics again? Why?

    I would listen again because I know I failed to hear some parts due to laughing so much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    This is a great Dave Barry performance and Alan Zweibel is fantastic!!! They sounded like all this had actually personally happened to them!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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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