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Big Trouble

Narrated by: Dick Hill
Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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In his career, Dave Barry has done just about everything - written best-selling nonfiction, won a Pulitzer Prize, seen his life turned into a television series. And now, at last, he has joined the long list of literary figures, from Jane Austen to Tolstoy, who have made the transition from humor columnist to novelist - and done it with a style and inventiveness that establishes that, yes, he is very good at that, too.

In the city of Coconut Grove, Florida, these things happen: A struggling adman named Eliot Arnold drives home from a meeting with the Client From Hell. His teenage son, Matt, fills his Squirtmaster 9000 for his turn at a high school game called Killer. Matt's intended victim, Jenny Herk, sits down in front of the TV with her mom for what she hopes will be a peaceful evening - for once. Jenny's alcoholic and secretly embezzling stepfather, Arthur, emerges from the maid's room, angry at being rebuffed - again. Henry and Leonard, two hit men from New Jersey, pull up to the Herks' house for a real game of Killer - Arthur's embezzlement apparently not having been quite so secret to his employers after all. And a homeless man named Puggy settles down for the night in a treehouse just inside the Herks' yard.

In a few minutes, a chain of events that will change the lives of each and every one of them will begin, and will leave some of them wiser, some of them deader, and some of them definitely looking for a new line of work.

With a wicked wit, razor-sharp observations, rich characters, and a plot with more twists than the Inland Waterway, Dave Barry makes his debut a complete and utter triumph.

©2000 Dave Barry; 2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Scott
  • Roseville, CA, United States
  • 09-18-08

Classic Barry at his Best

The jokes are hilarious and delivered with the perfect deadpan for the sarcasm, irony, absurdity all for which Barry is so famous. There is a joke every sentence or two making this book is VERY funny. The production is excellent including: perfect narration, changes in volume like talking over a phone, and a huge cast of wackos if you aren't laughing out loud a lot.. you'll, at the very least, be grinning to yourself or smirking a lot. Beware the "too high expectations" trap. This is just a very silly book but, but like Monty Python, it is *quality silliness.* If you aren't snooty you'll love it. Note: The forward warns you this is NOT a book to buy for your kids given the..uh.. adequate quantity of cuss words.

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Big Trouble

Always fun to listen to; humorous yet so much of the analogies are true. Dick Hill is perfect as the narrator.

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  • Bryant
  • Winters, CA, United States
  • 12-29-09

Very Ammusing and Well Written

Excellent book, very comical. It wasn't "oh my gawd my sides are splitting" funnybut it was clever, well-developed, kept my interest. Easily recommended.

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Comic thriller

The movie made from Big Trouble is on my "don't tell anyone" list of personal favorite movies. After it aired locally on late night TV, I found the book on Audible. I loved listening to it, it ran true to my movie memory. It is a lot Carl Hiaassen. I hope you enjoy it even if you haven't seen the movie made from it.

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Crazy

This is a true Miami nut job, whacko story. The crazy part - some of it could be true. A fantastic fun ride


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Just not my cup of tea.

Too irritating, too much like a sitcom without a laugh track. Too much yelling. Story- Meh. And I used to love Dave Barry.

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Dave Barry is the Best

There is no one quite like Dave Barry. What else can I say? Hilarious, Entertaining, fun, exciting. That is Dave Barry! And you are in Big Trouble if you miss reading this book.
Your life will end less satisfied! 😢

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very fun and clever plot

Dave Barry is a great author. this is a funny story with a plot of a lot of different characters that end mixing together in a crazy story. if you're looking for a humourous great story, this is it. The narrator does a really good job bringing all the characters to life.

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Very entertaining!

Funny, crazy, definitely entertaining!! The author describes scenes in a way that you feel like you’re watching a movie, giving life to even the animal characters. Two thumbs up!!

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Awesome Book

This is a non-stop mad cap snapshot of South Florida and the weirdness that surrounds our glorious state. The main characters are a slow witted homeless man, a pair of hit men from New Jersey, Roger the dog, Elliott the Ad Man, his teenage son, a couple of Miami cops, Snake & Eddie, Arthur the mob man, Anna the love interest, and a pair of Russians arms dealers.

Plot: This intertwines the lives of several greatly different people who's paths cross as they each seek either a livelihood, a romance, to shoot a pretty girl with a water gun, to eat dog food, sell Hammerhead Beer, rob tourists, or in the case of two of my favorite NJ wise guys to fulfill a murder contract.

This is one of my favorite of all time books. I've read it many times and re-listened to it on Audible this week. The funniest line I have ever read or heard is in the book. One of the thwarted hit men swatted a mosquito and said "If I don't kill someone soon, I'm gonna forget how". This was also a really good movie starring Tim Allen with a lot of characters who eventually became big stars including Sophia Vergera, Jason Lee, Johnny Knoxville, Renee Russo, and Omar Epps.

The author writes a perfect novel and his other novels are just as good or even better. Our whole family agrees on Dave Barry fiction on long car trips and he awakens the joy of reading in young readers. The intro from the author reminds the reader that the book is not for children because his characters curse. He doesn't want them to, they just don't say gosh, hold still while I kill you, but there are no graphic sex scenes. He wrote 3 more adult fiction novels so far, and I dearly wish he would hurry up and write more. The man is mega God gifted when it comes to writing the perfect Florida story. He's more family friendly and frankly funnier than Carl Hiassen or Leonard Elmore combined.

This audible book is a treasure to be enjoyed many times over, then go get the movie and love it too.

Oh - and (after you listen you'll get this) I'm a gator fan (actual grad too).

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  • Heather
  • 10-27-12

FABULOUS!

Great story line, great characters and very funny! Would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a book that is easy to listen to.

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  • Erin
  • 09-27-15

Funny book

This audiobook makes me laugh out loud every time I listen to it. It's the perfect pick-me-up. Entertaining and really enjoyable.