Real Ponies Don't Go Oink!

Narrated by: Norman Dietz
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (175 ratings)

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You don't have to be a hunter or camper to enjoy this collection of hilarious stories by a writer who is often compared to Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor. In fact, the charm of Patrick F. McManus' work is that it provides plenty of reasons for staying indoors, surrounded by friendly appliances.

You'll laugh aloud as McManus and his friends, including Rancid and Crazy Eddie, venture into the great outdoors to face formidable foes like truck campers, tackle boxes, and boat engines. Digging into his vast knapsack of anecdotes, McManus offers them as guides for the bumpier trails of life.

Although his stories are wacky, McManus never resorts to profanity or crudity, even when he is considering Teenagers from Hell or Strange Meets Matilda Jean. Narrator Norman Dietz perfectly captures the baffled lunacy that characterizes these reminiscences and quests for the sportsman's perfect moment.

©1991 Patrick F. McManus (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Readers of McManus's humor column in Outdoor Life will enjoy his observations on the joys of pig-back riding, workshop puttering, and Sasquatch ducking. So will those who, like McManus's wife, Bun, appreciate nature most from the window of a seven-story luxury hotel." ( Library Journal)
"McManus watchers will want to know that the old rara avis is back in full plumage and chirping away, regular as the seasons." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Real Honest Humor

Patrick McManus is just a great witer. I have read his feature at the end of Outdoor Life for years and have never been dissapointed, if anything he has always wen't way beond and set my expectaions in the first plase.

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Great Fun and Wonderful Narrator

Being from the McManus neck of the woods (Spokane, WA.) this was so much fun to listen to. The narrator was wonderful with all the voices and personalities. Only tiny flaw was he didn't pronounce "kokanee' corectly - but I sure wouldn't worry about that! Thanks! Pat McManus will be missed.

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Hilarious!

One of the funniest comedians I've heard! Great stories of a childhood in a different era! I want to send a copy to my dad! We listened to this on a family road trip and couldn't wait to get back in the car. Highly recommend!

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Classic Pat McManus

This book never gets old. Norman Dietz is fabulous narrator, combined with Pat McManus great humor, we still laugh, and that's after more than 10 years of owning this audiobook and listening to it more than a hundred times.

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Wonderfully funny book

This is a wonderfully funny book; I didn't want it to end.

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Manly Man book

You know how there are girlie movies? Well this is a manly man book. I, a female, thought it was amusing, but not the hilarity that the reviews on this book indicated. Strangely a month after listening to it, that is the impression that still lingers. I can't remember the specifics of the story, but I remember I was waiting to laugh.