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In his career, Dave Barry has done just about everything - written best-selling nonfiction, won a Pulitzer Prize, seen his life turned into a television series. And now, at last, he has joined the long list of literary figures, from Jane Austen to Tolstoy, who have made the transition from humor columnist to novelist - and done it with a style and inventiveness that establishes that, yes, he is very good at that, too.

In the city of Coconut Grove, Florida, these things happen: A struggling adman named Eliot Arnold drives home from a meeting with the Client From Hell. His teenage son, Matt, fills his Squirtmaster 9000 for his turn at a high school game called Killer. Matt's intended victim, Jenny Herk, sits down in front of the TV with her mom for what she hopes will be a peaceful evening - for once. Jenny's alcoholic and secretly embezzling stepfather, Arthur, emerges from the maid's room, angry at being rebuffed - again. Henry and Leonard, two hit men from New Jersey, pull up to the Herks' house for a real game of Killer - Arthur's embezzlement apparently not having been quite so secret to his employers after all. And a homeless man named Puggy settles down for the night in a treehouse just inside the Herks' yard.

In a few minutes, a chain of events that will change the lives of each and every one of them will begin, and will leave some of them wiser, some of them deader, and some of them definitely looking for a new line of work.

With a wicked wit, razor-sharp observations, rich characters, and a plot with more twists than the Inland Waterway, Dave Barry makes his debut a complete and utter triumph.

©2000 Dave Barry; 2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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FABULOUS!

Great story line, great characters and very funny! Would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a book that is easy to listen to.

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  • Scott
  • 18-09-08

Classic Barry at his Best

The jokes are hilarious and delivered with the perfect deadpan for the sarcasm, irony, absurdity all for which Barry is so famous. There is a joke every sentence or two making this book is VERY funny. The production is excellent including: perfect narration, changes in volume like talking over a phone, and a huge cast of wackos if you aren't laughing out loud a lot.. you'll, at the very least, be grinning to yourself or smirking a lot. Beware the "too high expectations" trap. This is just a very silly book but, but like Monty Python, it is *quality silliness.* If you aren't snooty you'll love it. Note: The forward warns you this is NOT a book to buy for your kids given the..uh.. adequate quantity of cuss words.

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  • Helen Rangel
  • 07-12-09

Big Trouble

Always fun to listen to; humorous yet so much of the analogies are true. Dick Hill is perfect as the narrator.

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  • Bryant
  • 29-12-09

Very Ammusing and Well Written

Excellent book, very comical. It wasn't "oh my gawd my sides are splitting" funnybut it was clever, well-developed, kept my interest. Easily recommended.

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  • M. Kanner
  • 17-06-19

Just not my cup of tea.

Too irritating, too much like a sitcom without a laugh track. Too much yelling. Story- Meh. And I used to love Dave Barry.

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  • Donna
  • 01-11-16

Comic thriller

The movie made from Big Trouble is on my "don't tell anyone" list of personal favorite movies. After it aired locally on late night TV, I found the book on Audible. I loved listening to it, it ran true to my movie memory. It is a lot Carl Hiaassen. I hope you enjoy it even if you haven't seen the movie made from it.

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  • kmcbride
  • 18-10-15

Crazy

This is a true Miami nut job, whacko story. The crazy part - some of it could be true. A fantastic fun ride


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  • Silver Girl
  • 14-04-21

A Terrific Listen

I am a big Dave Barry fan, and have seen the movie several times - it’s one of our favorites. The audio presentation is very true to the book, as is the movie, which is extremely well cast. The female voices were not as convincing as the male character voices (especially Anna), but the narrator‘a accents were fun and helped differentiate the parts. I thought the performance was very good.

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  • Ted
  • 14-04-21

LMAO

Dave,
this was a great story! Narrarator was great also. I want more like it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-03-21

Hope you never run into these people.

What make this book so funny is that I have known people like the ones in the book. These are not the brightest people in the world. Most don’t live to an old age because they don’t know that it is not wise to play in the traffic.

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  • Julie A. Reiskin
  • 01-01-21

couldn't stop laughing

as usual super funny storylines and characters with a suspenseful plot. loved Roger the dog