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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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    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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    LoriBee Northern California 01-31-14
    LoriBee Northern California 01-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Starts out great then sinks"

    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.

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    Jett Borkowski 08-22-13

    'Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins.'

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    "Zany."
    Would you listen to Lunatics again? Why?

    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.


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    Bonnie Columbia, SC, United States 03-25-13
    Bonnie Columbia, SC, United States 03-25-13
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    "crazy! crazy! crazy!"
    What did you like best about Lunatics? What did you like least?

    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?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    alan..he kept trying to do the right thing in adversity! and kept on..and kept on!


    Did Lunatics inspire you to do anything?

    stay sane!


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    Bruce Sabin 03-12-12
    Bruce Sabin 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


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    Christopher Brown everett, wa usa 03-03-12
    Christopher Brown everett, wa usa 03-03-12 Listener Since 2003

    res00mwd

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    "What a great listen"

    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

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    claire charlestown, MA, United States 02-24-12
    claire charlestown, MA, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    just when the story started to get a little far fetched for me, I would catch myself laughing out loud. Great dynamic.

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    Corinne Springfield, TN, United States 02-20-12
    Corinne Springfield, TN, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Take That Carl Hiiason!"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Greenville, SC 04-16-13
    Amazon Customer Greenville, SC 04-16-13 Member Since 2005

    Greenville

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    "Love Dave Barry - Hated this book"
    What disappointed you about Lunatics?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel again?

    I love Dave Barry's work, but from now I will be much more careful before buying one of his books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Normally I love Dave Barry narrating his books. Just not use to the language.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Big time disappointment. Was looking for a fun, subtle Dave Barry humor book.


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    Martin C Shaw 02-20-12
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    "Good story, didn't like the language"
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    This could have been a good humorous story, but

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