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Publisher's Summary

Often compared to Garrison Keillor and Mark Twain, Patrick F. McManus maintains just the right balance between baffled innocence and conspiratorial confidence. Since 1979, this humorist has been delighting readers with hilarious stories recounting his childhood in rural Idaho and relating his misadventures in the great outdoors. Whether you're a sportsman or a couch potato, he will have you laughing out loud at his escapades.

In this collection of 30 tall tales, McManus introduces you to the perils of Trailer Trials and Mean Tents. Like Hemingway, McManus hunts the big fish in "Down and Way Out in Brazil". The title tale, "The Grasshopper Trap", unveils an ingenious invention for catching fish bait in motion. And in "Hunting Camp Etiquette", McManus becomes a rustic Miss Manners.

Narrator Norman Dietz adds additional spice to each impish line. You won't want to miss the other audio productions of McManus' works, including Never Sniff a Gift Fish and The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw.

©1989 Patrick F. McManus; (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"McManus captures the innocence most of us lose when we become grown up, and reading him you can't help recalling similar times and events in yor own life." (Booklist)

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  • Buena Vista, CO, United States
  • 12-14-11

Good enough to listen to over and over

Would you listen to The Grasshopper Trap again? Why?

I listen to it ALL the time

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grasshopper Trap?

The title story. Pat McManus is a superb humor writer and Norman Dietz does a fabulous job with the voicing and the narration.

Have you listened to any of Norman Dietz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have chosen books BECAUSE he is the narrator. I think he's one of the best.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have listened to it more than 100 times (no exaggeration) and I still laugh.

Any additional comments?

I realize not everyone

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Classic Pat McManus

The combination of Pat McManus's storytelling and Norman Dietz's masterful narration makes this an enduring work of humor. I have listened to this book at least once a week for 10 years and still laugh at the antics. For me, this book never grows old.

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laughter

Actually burst into laughter., several times while listening to the antidotes of these characters.

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just OK

I have been happy reading his stories in the past, but this seemed to drag on with some predictable story lines.

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More McManus

What did you love best about The Grasshopper Trap?

Laughing...a whole bunch!

What other book might you compare The Grasshopper Trap to and why?

Any of McManus' other humor books...same premise on all of them. All very funny.

What about Norman Dietz’s performance did you like?

OK...Some of the voice characterizations were a bit over the top

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved with laughter a lot.

Any additional comments?

If you are at all outdoorsy, you will have fun listening to these stories.

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Great Humor

Would you consider the audio edition of The Grasshopper Trap to be better than the print version?

An audiobook by Patrick McManus always makes the commute to and from work an enjoyable experience. Time flys and I don't even mind being stuck in traffic. You do have to be careful listening while driving, because some of the stories are so funny you could lose control of the car. I really enjoy his style of writing and his humor.