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Publisher's Summary

Without bothering to get approval from the President, the State Department, or even the FTC, Dave Barry's publishers sent him to Tokyo. You'd think they would have known better. Now the word is Barry has set back our diplomatic relations with the whole Pacific Rim by a couple of decades. Japanese culture, dining, sport, and industry all come under Barry's relentless scrutiny. So if you think President Bush committed a social gaffe by losing his composure and his lunch in front of the Japanese Prime Minister, wait until you hear Barry's commentaries. And if you're planning a trip to Japan, don't leave home without Barry's pearls of wisdom about the mysterious East. This complete, unabridged recording is read by Arte Johnson.

©1992 by Dave Barry (P)1992 Dove Audio, Inc.

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Uplifting and fun

I challenge anyone to read this book without smiling and, at times, laughing out loud. I absolutely enjoyed this book.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Don't run heavy machinery or drive

I was listening to this recording while performing a rather delicate experiment on insect larvae. While holding a beetle in forceps, I heard a particularly funny statement, and squashed the object of my research in my laughter. Very dangerously funny!

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Dave Barry does Japan

Dave's take on Japan, the Japanese, the food, flying, feeling tall,
and much more. His memories of the 50's Sci-Fi and WWII movies alone
are worth the price of admission.

This is one of Dave's funniest.



7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!

I rarely write reviews, but I have to recommend this one. Contrary to a prior reviewer, I really liked Arte Johnson's narration. Yes, his Japanese accent may be construed to be offensive, but just relax. It's funny. Not everything has to be PC. I started the book thinking Dave Barry's humor was somewhat corny - and maybe 10% is - but mostly I find myself laughing out loud. Get this book and enjohy it. No, it's not a travel narrative, but it is a good introduction to culturally understand the Japanese.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Best Barry, Best Arte

This is Dave Barry at his best. It can be retired as an audio book: No one will every read it better than Arte Johnson.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Laugh out loud writing, so so narration

This is one of my all time favorite Dave Barry books. I laughed my way through it in print some years ago, but I found the narration of the audio book somewhat distracting. When you end up thinking more about the voice than the story being told, that's not good. And I'm surprised to have to say it - this is NOT a travel book! I can't imagine picking up a book by Dave Barry looking for vacation advice. If that's what you want, there is a world of travel guides waiting for you out there. For a really good laugh, check out "...Does Japan" in paperback.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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If you like Dave Barry..

If you like Dave Barry, then this is the book for you. If however you were expecting to learn anything about Japan, give it a miss. The first 45 minutes are Dave Barry getting to the airport. The first 30 minutes of that is a discussion of the US auto industry.

I am struggling to finish this book in the hope that Dave makes it to Japan.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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A childhood memory...

I found this book in the Salvation Army bargain bin when I was a youngster. Having it in audio form is wonderful. My only complaint is the narrator seems to lack the subtle nuance of Barry's writing, and takes a very old-school approach to joke delivery. Still very good, and will make you laugh quite heartily.

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A bit dated but still very entertaining.

Since this book was written in 1992 it is quite a bit dated on its facts and figures. However the author does manage to capture the very essence of the Japanese people accurately in most cases. I sometimes erupted in belly laughs over his humorous descriptions of their quirky customs . Overall entertaining.

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Kept me entertained

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, especially if you've never been to Japan and want to get a perspective of what life and culture there is like. At least from the perspective of an American.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dave Barry Does Japan?

The examples he used to compare and contrast American culture with Japanese culture.

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

No.

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

I laughed throughout the book especially the beginning.

Any additional comments?

Great book and great narrating.