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Dave Barry Talks Back [Paperback]

Dave Barry
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May 12 1992
Yet another collection of Barry wit and wisdom by the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and the author of Dave Barry Turns 40. Reprint. NYT. 100,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo.

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Dave Barry has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. His columns
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "funniest man in America" claim is true!! Sept. 4 2000
I could not stop laughing through this whole book. Nearly every single sentence made me burst into tears laughing out loud. Just don't read it in public, otherwise everybody will overhear your incessant chuckling and think you're a complete psycho. The way Dave describes everything is so ludicrous and cynical that it all rings true - the deficit, buying a car, even exploding animals - all will make you laugh so hard you'll tend to miss out on a lot of the jokes. I'm sure I didn't catch them all. There's quite a few of those parts where you have to stop reading just to catch some oxygen. Even then it probably won't work because you'll be thinking of another insanely funny piece of commentary from the page before. I read his Travel Guide a long time ago and remembered it being funny, but not this funny. Maybe I like him more than a few others will because he reminds me exactly like my English teacher, but I find it hard to believe anybody reading through this who won't laugh at least 10 times. If you don't, then you're obviously, as Dave puts it, "humour impaired". The most consistently funny piece of art, book or otherwise, that I've ever enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As my introduction to the author, it is the best! Jan. 24 2002
My cousin bought me the audio version of this 7 years ago. I wasn't sure why, but I had heard that Dave Barry was funny. I listened to it on the way back to Sonoma County from San Diego. It was a fantastic 3 hours that took me from Mojave to just north of Fresno.
Mr. Barry has an unusual sense of humor, mixing a sarcastic wit with observation and whacky schemes to get rich and/or better the world. He takes us on a voyage from the usefulness of the word "weasel" to Disneyworld, to buying a boat, to the Nintendo world, and later topping it off with his own airline with Sean Penn as the official spokesperson.
I have to say this, though, I have had others listen to this masterpiece, and while a few liked it as well, others didn't get it and therefore did not like it. You either like Dave Barry or you hate him. As for me, I went about buying many other audiobooks of Dave Barry, as well as actual books. No 4- or 3-star review would pull that much money from me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Funnier May 16 2002
Dave Barry really fulfills the position of funniest man in America with this book; he makes every line something to laugh about. When I read this book I had to keep myself from laughing out loud, and scaring those. The book gets funnier and funnier as it goes along, but its not all just booger jokes, its a lot of jokes that make you think and have a meaning behind them. Don't get me wrong there still are plenty of booger jokes that everyone has come to know and love from Mr. Barry. The book covers many interesting topics like; Exploding animals and other assorted things, dogs, and buying cars. I gave Dave 5 stars for his epic novel Dave Barry Talks back, so go buy, rent it, what ever you have to do to get it, just do it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny weasel book May 13 2004
By Maq
"Weasel is a funny word. You can improve the humor value of almost any situation by injecting a weasel into it."
This book by Dave Weasel... er... Barry is an extremely funny read. It's a collection of his newspaper columns that will have you laughing over and over again, and annoying your family members with your constant quotations.
He covers almost every topic here, from exploding animals to traffic cops to reader suggestions to doctors to drug dealers to television. It's all here.
This may not be his best book, but it's really funny and a must-have for any Dave Barry weasel. Er... fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny Feb. 13 2001
By Ms Diva
I almost gave this book five stars. It was laugh out loud funny -- I first read it about 15 (?) years ago it in the car with my parents and they kept asking my what I was laughing about. I've since read it again, and it is just as hilarious. That's my true litmus test for a humor book. My only complaint was there were too many exploding animals for me. Those jokes got old very quickly. The rest of the book was hilarious and insightful. The neat thing about Dave Barry is that he makes me laugh, but he also always has something to say, so I find myself thinking as well.
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