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Big Trouble Audiobook

Big Trouble

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

    Don't you just love a great story well told?

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    "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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    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 12-07-09
    Helen Rangel Edmond, OK United States 12-07-09
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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
    Bryant Winters, CA, United States 12-29-09 Member Since 2017
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    "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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    Donna 11-01-16
    Donna 11-01-16
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kmcbride 10-18-15
    kmcbride 10-18-15 Member Since 2017
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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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    Wayne Orr 04-22-17
    Wayne Orr 04-22-17 Member Since 2014

    Retired homicide investigator from Escambia County Fl.. Pensacola. I like Robert B Parker, Harlan Coben, James Lee Burke, John Sandford.

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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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    Kitonya 03-22-17
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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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    Mirna Woodburn, OR, United States 01-23-17
    Mirna Woodburn, OR, United States 01-23-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't finish"

    Started good and got stupid. The TV, radio and name of the airline was unnecessary. I guess supposed to be funny but turn out to be annoying. Sorry :(

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    Wendy Scharich 01-13-17
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    "Goofy plot. Many laughs! Great Dave Barry."

    This book was very funny and provided me with entertainment while I was working on a big clean up job. Thanks, Dave!

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    Need help Phila. 01-02-17
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    If you like Dave Berry's columns and nonfiction, you'll enjoy this convoluted plot with creative characters and plenty of Miami references.

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    "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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