Sean Pratt’s lively delivery of Patrick F. McManus’ humorous collection The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories creates a strong rapport with the listener. His pleasant voice is well suited to the funny material. McManus’s stories cover his personal history (including his friendships with Rancid Crabtree and Retch Sweeney), as well as his obsessions, most recently with hoarders. He tells of the problems of keeping a horse in the garage, and confesses to an instance where he traipsed around naked outdoors while he had guests.
The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories is a hilarious addition to Patrick F. McManus’s existing work in humor. The author weighs in on his childhood, everyday life, and outdoor tales with his typical exaggerated commentary that will elicit a belly laugh from all types of listeners.
Read about the antics of Patrick’s friends Rancid Crabtree and Retch Sweeney in such stories as “Shaping Up for the Hunt” and “Bear Hunters”. McManus plays off the recent obsession with hoarders in his surprising story “The Lady Who Kept Things”. In the titular story, meet Patrick’s horse, Huckleberry, and enjoy the experience of all the problems that come along with owning your own horse - or keeping him in the garage.
Other great stories include “Catch-And-Eaters”, about the importance of a forked stick when fishing; “$7000 TV Historical Extravaganza”, a look at one director’s loose interpretation of historical accuracy and political correctness; “A Lake Too Far”, concerning the woes of Patrick and his wife, Bun, on a fateful birding trip in Australia; and “Chicken Chronicles”, which involves Patrick’s memory of wandering around naked in the chicken yard when guests came to call.
So pull up a chair, sit back, and enjoy laughing to the hilarious adventures of Patrick F. McManus in The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories.
©2012 Patrick F. McManus (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This audio book by Patrick McManus generated the most laughs throughout than any of the other books of his that I've listened to.
However, even though the Introduction explained that this compilation came from a stack of unpublished stories, and that some of the stories would be similar to previously published stories, there was still what appeared to be a serious flaw in editing or proofreading. Yes, some stories were recognizable, although told differently - showing how an writer can use different takes on the same concept. However, I was baffled to hear what seemed to be the same story twice in this audio book.
After listening to a number of Patrick McManus' books narrated by Norman Dietz, in the voice of an older man, slightly gravelly, it was a bit disconcerting to hear these stories, some of which seem to be told in the format of a man recalling his youth, told in the voice of a younger man. While Sean Pratt did an admirable job, with good timing to get the laughs, his voice has such clarity and lacks age, so it was sometimes a strange fit.
I really enjoyed the fire watcher article and the story about making a history film documentary on a low budget. Of course, the rest of the characters were just as enjoyable as ever.
Lots of laughs were evenly scattered throughout, and much appreciated too.
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