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
I loved the beginning of this book. Heck, even the middle. I am adept at suspending belief and just going with a plot for the fun of it. But somewhere around the last third of this book, it got too over the top for me and ended up just plain silly. I did love the two narrators. That was fun. And I'll always be a Dave Barry fan no matter what.
If you want to try a Dave Barry novel, I'd recommend Insane City instead.
'Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins.'
Definately! Another fun book from Dave Barry, and also Alan Zweibel. I don't think it's as good as some of his other novels, like "Big Trouble" but still good. And silly. And wacky. The story is completely unbelievable and yet weirdly possible, and full of the expected Dave Barry-ness-ish whimsy. I especially loved the low flow toilet rant. The narrators/authors clearly had a great time reading the book and I laughed my way all across the world with the characters as they got in deeper and deeper trouble, all because of a child's soccer game, a lemur, and a man dressed like Chuck E. Cheese.
best...dave and alan's performances...particularly alan's...very funny! least..well...... kind of unbelievable more so than insane city..don't you think?
alan..he kept trying to do the right thing in adversity! and kept on..and kept on!
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
It has been quite awhile since I have laughed like this. This book reminds me of Firesign Theatre only alittle diferent in a very good way. Pick it up, you will not be disappointed
just when the story started to get a little far fetched for me, I would catch myself laughing out loud. Great dynamic.
This book was such a wonderful surprise. Much better than Big Trouble! Never a dull moment, beyond clever, but still a comic romp through today's headlines and habits. I know Hiiason is Barry's friend but he really smushed him in the comic romp where one event happens, then comedy takes over and characters enter the lives of two bozos who are much like your next door neighbors. I listened to it twice as I painted a room - and was sorry when I finished painting.
The language in this book is terrible. Sometimes langue sets the tone - in this case made the book awful. I still have a hard time believing this is a Dave Barry book, but that was his voice so I guess its his book. I have read a lot of his works going back many years and loved reading his column but hated this book. I have always loved the way he could do subtle adult humor, but there was nothing subtle here, I did not finish this book and deleted in from my player. Would give the book zero stars if possible.
I love Dave Barry's work, but from now I will be much more careful before buying one of his books.
Normally I love Dave Barry narrating his books. Just not use to the language.
Big time disappointment. Was looking for a fun, subtle Dave Barry humor book.
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