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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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laughter

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

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just OK

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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hilarious

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

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Fond memories

I used to read these stories to my kids. It was a fun discovery finding them again.

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Funny

Way too funny! Loved this book! If you want to enjoy a funny book this would be it. Love all his books.

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Wonderful performance!

The narrator was amazing with character voices. These are some of the funniest of Patrick McManus' stories. I laughed so hard my stomach hurt a few times!

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McManus Genius

I LOVE all of Patrick McManus' books. He is so skilled at his self deprecating humor. He paints vivid pictures of growing up in rural Idaho and experiencing all life had to offer in those times. Great fun and lots of laughs!!!

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Nostalgic.

I grew up reading Pat McManus. Excellent reading of one of my favorite authors. Thanks Audible.