• The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw

  • By: Patrick McManus
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (314 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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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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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.

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Another volume of winners from a legend

Patrick McManus is, simply put, a treasure and a legend.
His stories are tall tales of growing up in the Rockies and being...ummm. "creative" in his retelling of that reality. Nothing objectionable regarding language or topics. Buy this book and then buy another for someone you know that needs a good laugh. Highly recommended.

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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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Love it.

Love the subtle and over humour. I'd like to listen to all his books and share them

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Great book

Its an awesome book to listen to i love pat’s books if you like laughing your heart out this is the book for you

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Great book!

This is a great book to listen to with family and friends. So funny. Great humor.

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interesting and captivating esp for boys and girls

but we all enjoyed it even my girls...take the time to listen to this story

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A McManus Classic

Another Great listen from Idaho's finest Outdoor Comedy Writer. Fun for the whole family.
If you enjoy the outdoors, I cannot reccomend McManus enough.

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