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
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 . . .
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.
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
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.
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
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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