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I'll Mature When I'm Dead

Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of Adulthood
Narrated by: Dave Barry
Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Comedy, Memoirs
4 out of 5 stars (273 ratings)

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I'll Mature When I'm Dead is the New York Times best-seller from "the funniest man in America" (New York Times). Let Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and nationally unrecognized voice of maturity Dave Barry make the journey to adulthood a little easier - and a lot funnier. 

Not everyone has to be dragged kicking and screaming through adulthood. Dave Barry will help through this process - with his hilarious takes on parenting, changing self-image, the battle of the sexes, technology, health care, celebrityhood, and even vampires! 

©2010 Dave Barry (P)2010 Penguin

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Hilarious

If you enjoy reading Dave Barry, you will absolutely love listening to him read you his work. Even those who are not typically Barry fans will find things to laugh about in this book. I have played several of the essays for others I knew would enjoy them. The Twilight spoof had me actually in tears I was laughing so hard. Even when Barry takes on a serious topic like his brother's cancer, you will still find yourself laughing, entertained and nodding in agreement.

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Not all greatest hits, but so many gems

I think I said it all with the subject line. Not all of these essays are hilarious but more than enough will have you laughing out loud. Dave Barry is always worth the credit.

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4 ½ stars. Fun. This guy is really good.

I laughed a lot. Humorous essays on a variety of topics. Most of them were funny. But a few less so. The weakest ones for me were the one about writing a screenplay and Dave’s retelling of “Twilight” the famous teenage vampire story. It was funny at first, but he could have stopped after the first third or so. It became repetitive.

The author did a great job of narrating the audiobook. Good timing with pauses. I didn’t have to keep stopping the tape the way I did with Woody Allen.

Genre: humorous essays

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Hysterical and thoroughly entertaining.

Dave Barry is a genius. Listening to this on public transportation is risky. People will stare as you become hysterical and giggly. It's a great testament that I was willing to endure the looks of distain as I rode to and from work. It's that good.

Enough said.

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It will brighten your day

A collection of various observances on every day life that will make you smile. It is light, funny, and a great listen when you need something to brighten your day. I would listen for awhile, then put it away for awhile, then listen again, it was great. Dave talks about the every-day things that we don't really think about in a new light.

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If Dave Barry makes you laugh

Typical Dave Barry humor, and I'm with Dave on this one, I don't care how old you are farts are funny. Just enjoy and laugh!

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Everything was great except the Twilight spoof

Near perfect book, as usual, minus the 3 chapters dedicated to a Twilight spoof. Skip chapters 18-20.

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A good listen, could be slightly improved.

Made fun of classic middle class conditioning concerning manhood and dadhood. I enjoyed listening, especially about his colonoscopy! I can't help but think I would have laughed more out loud had I been reading it to myself in its original format. Audibly, it would have been much funnier if delivered out loud by a professional comidian who has more dynamic inflection to bring out the more humerous points.

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fun!

I used to love reading the collections of Dave Barry's columns, and I loved listening to him narrate this collection of essays.

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Somehow, loses something in translation to a book

Would you try another book from Dave Barry and/or Dave Barry?

I might get another book. His columns seem to be better. Also, he might have benefitted from somone else reading the book.

Would you recommend I'll Mature When I'm Dead to your friends? Why or why not?

No

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Yes

Do you think I'll Mature When I'm Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No