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Patrick McManus, author of How I Got This Way and one of America's favorite humorists, is an impish commentator on the obvious and not so obvious absurdities of modern life. His national best seller, The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw, is a collection of hilarious short pieces about fishing, its exotic equipment, and activities like "gunkholing."

You will learn, for example, that the best way to learn to fish is to build an addition to your house first. It should be big enough to hold all the nifty fishing equipment you will cart home from sporting goods stores and garage sales. McManus cheerfully guides you through the finer points of becoming a skilled garage-sale shopper, too.

Be prepared to enter a quixotic universe that works according to the laws of "synch" and marvelously loopy chains of cause and effect. The title selection takes place on an ill-fated camping trip; other selections include "Kid Brothers and Their Practical Application", and "As the Worm Squirms".

©1989 Patrick F. McManus; (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC

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Hilarious family fun!

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

My whole family are die hard McManus fans and listen to his stories over and over. You don't have to have ever caught a fish or gone camping to find these stories funny. They are very appropriate for children as they have no swearing or sexual references. Recommended listening for the whole family!

What did you like best about this story?

We love Mr. McManus's Crazy Eddie stories best!

Which character – as performed by Norman Dietz – was your favorite?

Crazy Eddie Muldoon is our favorite character.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A dangerously funny book18 jersey funny book

Do not listen to this book as you drive you will laugh so hard you might not be able to see where you're going through the tears.

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  • Brandi
  • Morgan City, LA, United States
  • 11-14-17

Completely Hilarious!

My father was the one who first recommended Pat McManus to me. I wasn’t sure that I would like his work considering my father and I often like very different kinds of stories. I was very pleasantly supprised. I often listen to books I’m the morning on my way to work. I listened to this book every morning on the commute. I laughed so hard I often cried. People driving next to me probably thought I was crazy. I didn’t want to stop listening when I arrived at work, but I was comforted by the fact that there was more on the way home to listen to. I will be checking out his other books. For a light-hearted good laugh, check out this book!
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Wonderfully funny

McManus' wit combined with Dietz's masterful narration is a true listening delight. I have listened to this book over and over and still laugh. The stories are timeless.

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slow, monotone country reader

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The reader is boring at best. This book could be funny, actually hilarious, if delivered in the comedic style in which it was written.

How could the performance have been better?

Lose the 1955 Disney announcer sound and replace it with a style that brings the adventures to life and I'd probably laugh until I cried...

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The stories are entertaining IF you can get past the reading.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful