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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2000 Dave Barry

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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.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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Funny light hearted book

This was a funny light hearted book which is exactly what I was looking for. If sweating bothers you, just know there's some. My husband and I were traveling and wanted to listen to something funny as we drove - check! The reader did a very good job.

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The movie was better

The screenplay got it right. These characters just didn't work well in the story. Watch the movie.

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Disappointing

What disappointed you about Big Trouble?

Sophomoric base wit, dull plot, violent one-dimensional characters, apparently women are all docile and ditzy.

What could Dave Barry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It's great to see how a writer can grow. I LOVED "Insane City" that's why I immediately went to another of his books that received good marks.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

He tried hard. If it was a single take reading I'd say "bravo" but though he established the various accents in the beginning, later, New Jersey messed into southern, Russian into Latino and apparently women all sound like Clairise the Reindeer, Rudolph's docile little girlfriend.

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Dave Barry is a great writer, now and that is all that matters, but "Big Trouble" fell flat for me in wit, relationships, plot and lack of good feeling after reading. Read "Insane City" for a fun , inspiring and good slice of life lived in Florida.

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The word funny does not do this book justice .

This book should be made into a movie and not change a thing. Hollywood could not make this story any better. Great read.

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Old Favorite Masterfully Done!

Always loved this book! Dick Hill does an outstanding job narrating it! Thanks to all!

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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.