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Publisher's Summary

Often compared to Garrison Keillor and Mark Twain, Patrick F. McManus maintains just the right balance between baffled innocence and conspiratorial confidence. Since 1979, this humorist has been delighting readers with hilarious stories recounting his childhood in rural Idaho and relating his misadventures in the great outdoors. Whether you're a sportsman or a couch potato, he will have you laughing out loud at his escapades.

In this collection of 30 tall tales, McManus introduces you to the perils of Trailer Trials and Mean Tents. Like Hemingway, McManus hunts the big fish in "Down and Way Out in Brazil". The title tale, "The Grasshopper Trap", unveils an ingenious invention for catching fish bait in motion. And in "Hunting Camp Etiquette", McManus becomes a rustic Miss Manners.

Narrator Norman Dietz adds additional spice to each impish line. You won't want to miss the other audio productions of McManus' works, including Never Sniff a Gift Fish and The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw.

©1989 Patrick F. McManus (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"McManus captures the innocence most of us lose when we become grown up, and reading him you can't help recalling similar times and events in yor own life." ( Booklist)

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Classic Pat McManus

The combination of Pat McManus's storytelling and Norman Dietz's masterful narration makes this an enduring work of humor. I have listened to this book at least once a week for 10 years and still laugh at the antics. For me, this book never grows old.

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Good enough to listen to over and over

Would you listen to The Grasshopper Trap again? Why?

I listen to it ALL the time

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Grasshopper Trap?

The title story. Pat McManus is a superb humor writer and Norman Dietz does a fabulous job with the voicing and the narration.

Have you listened to any of Norman Dietz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have chosen books BECAUSE he is the narrator. I think he's one of the best.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have listened to it more than 100 times (no exaggeration) and I still laugh.

Any additional comments?

I realize not everyone

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I LOVE these books!

I have read/listened to EVERY one of Patrick F. Mcmanus' books several times! The stories never get old. It is good, clean humor that my sons and I have enjoyed together for years! if you like fishing, hunting, camping, basically any outdoor stuff, you will love these too. I wish he was still around to give us more...The world lost a truly funny man and national treasure when he passed. The Narrator Norman Dietz, IS the voice of Patrick McManus and all his hapless characters, especially Rancid Crabtree, my favorite! No one else should even try! Absolutely recommend every book!

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Wonderful Read

Just now found this author and he’s hilarious. So many things I have done that he talks about. What a crazy life.

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laughter

Actually burst into laughter., several times while listening to the antidotes of these characters.

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I have been happy reading his stories in the past, but this seemed to drag on with some predictable story lines.

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Exceptional Listen

Narrator is perfect for the story's. I can listen to this and all of Pat McManus's books with Norman Dietz narrating over and over, picking up new things almost every time. Hilarious, family-oriented and light hearted, this book is sure to bring joy to the listener.

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Old-time Humor At Its Best

If you are feeling nostalgic for some silly, old-time country humor, look no further. This book has funny anecdotes, tales, adventures to lift your mood and maybe make you long for the good old days. Once you finish this book, mosey on over to the screen and watch some fishing bloopers by that guy, I can't remember his name, and wallow in the comfort of nostalgia on a leisurely Saturday afternoon!

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hilarious

my grandson thought it was funny I had tears from hysterical laughter. trailer lights is my hubby's favorite