The beloved humorist and bestselling author returns with his most riotous collection of essays to date.
Starting with his trademark outdoorsman's wit, Patrick F. McManus's newest collection ponders the strange allure of the RV, the existential implications of being lost, the baffling tendency of animals to outsmart those who wish to hunt them, and the singular pleasure of doubling the size of every fish one doesn't actually catch.
Combining the curmudgeonly voice of Dave Barry and the innocent tone of Garrison Keillor, McManus brilliantly captures the everyday absurdities that comprise our existence. Alongside his humor, McManus's inimitable vision consistently evokes a childlike wonder at the natural world. Even if we are running low on food, the compass is broken, and we are fairly certain we have just spotted a family of Sasquatches frolicking in the treetops, The Bear in the Attic makes the outdoors seem wildly irresistible.
©2002 Patrick F. McManus; (P)2002 Macmillan Audio
The first chapter is broken on this one. Great book, but this is a broken copy and completely ruins the punchline of the first story. I unfortunately own both, so I'm putting this here so you (and I) know the glitched one from the good one.
Fourty years ago I read his early books to my kids, in this book, he mixes in his personal life with his zany friends. I would recommend this book to those that want to learn about his early life and how to tell storys.
the writing makes me believe that I'm listening to little kids discuss things. then you are drawn in and can not believe what mistake they are going to make.
all are fun stories, great entertainment.
Live on purpose...
This book is funny and great entertainment! It is for all ages, we love Pat McManus and his vision of his world!
Wonderful set of tall tales.
Right accent, tone and timing.
Very troublesome reaction. While walking and listening I would burst out in guffaws..earning strange stares from those nearby.
I will for sure listen to this book again. The stories are fun and very funny for the most part.
One of the Rancid Crabtree stories was so funny, we almost had to stop the car because we were laughing so hard.
Patrick McManus manages to write about life in a way that can be serious but always finds the humorous side.
My family and I listened to this book on a roadtrip to california(from southern Utah) it was an 8 hour drive and this book made it so much fun, our favorite story was "the bear in the attic" there were some parts we laughed so hard it was almost dangerous to be driving, the narrater was great at making the fun characters in these stories come to life.
This is a great listen for the whole family, my boys were 13 and 10 at the time we listened to it and were thourally entertained. We also love to relisten to this book.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
In this collection of tales, the one of the adopted bear is really good, and I like the way Patrick McManus threads together various small tales with the story of the bear.
As I try other 'comedy' writers, I am always amazed at Patrick McManus' ability to tell such good stories without ever resorting to crudeness, foul language, or blatant sex talk. So, I come back and buy another of his books to 'unplug' for a while from stress.
While these stories are interesting for adults, there is no reason to worry about children overhearing them . . . these are cleaner than what passes for mainstream television these days. These are stories that could be played for the family on a long drive.
The narrator, Norman Dietz, is perfect for these tales!
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