• You Can Date Boys When You're Forty

  • Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About
  • By: Dave Barry
  • Narrated by: Dave Barry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A brilliantly funny exploration of the twin mysteries of parenthood and families from the Pulitzer Prize winner and The New York Times best-selling author of Insane City.

In uproarious, brand-new pieces, Barry tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he’s serious about that title: “When my daughter can legally commence dating - February 24, 2040 - I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (“I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (“It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers.")

Let’s face it: families not only enrich our lives every day, they drive us completely around the bend. Thank goodness we have Dave Barry as our guide!

©2014 Penguin Audio (P)2014 Anne Bishop

Critic Reviews

"[W]ith Barry as the narrator of his own work, the essays take on the quality of a stand-up comedy monologue with impeccable comedic pauses." ( AudioFile)

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It's been a long time Dave

It's been a long time since Dave Barry made me laugh out loud. He will always get a good smile from me, but at several points in this collection of essays I had to press pause just to laugh. Note, if you're into being PC and can't grasp hyperboles, move on.

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Several good chuckles, fair pacing.

Performed by the author, but may have been better suited with a pro voice actor.

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Overall Funny, Some Laugh Out Loud, Some to Skip

Overall I enjoyed this more than I thought. He doesn’t take much of a factual take on anything , but generally has relevant and sometimes laugh out loud perceptions. A had to skip a few essays that were really bad. But overall really enjoyed it.

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Not the Same

Dave is not the same. I also don't care for the fact that he left his beloved wife and married someone much younger. He was much funnier before his lifestyle change. Bottom line: he is not funny anymore.