Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Bear in the Attic Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged

4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Audio Cassette, Audiobook, Unabridged
CDN$ 182.24 CDN$ 82.50

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
click to open popover

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (June 3 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559277416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559277419
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,860,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

rolific humorist Patrick McManus (The Deer on a Bicycle) offers another winsome collection of anecdotes and essays on fishing, camping, hunting and other outdoor activities and catastrophes. Childhood hijinks loom especially large in The Bear in the Attic: McManus recalls youthful culinary misadventures that culminated in a rock-hard loaf of bread useful only as a football; faking a cold so that he could finish an overdue book report only to take a disastrous impromptu fishing trip with the eccentric neighborhood woodsman; and other mischief-making. McManus also intersperses more recent tales of the sporting life as well as family life in his native North Idaho.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

More outdoors humor from McManus.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

See all Product Description

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Prepare for the kind of laugh that starts deep in your belly and lingers on the lips, distilling into residual chuckles that punctuate the silence of your armchair. Patrick McManus' new collection of essays, The Bear in the Attic, is that kind of book. McManus' humor is inspired by the forests and streams of his native Idaho, a world in which hunting and fishing are the sports of gods, and one doesn't look for finer entertainment anywhere else. Much of the author's wit derives from his mythic lack of success at these recreations. He bags so few deer that his hunting friends are convinced his presence on a hunt is bad luck.
McManus also updates old hunting and fishing jokes - lying about the size of your fish; the ways in which the old, sage hunter gets the neophyte to do all the work under the guise of "teaching" him; and the neophyte's hunt for the mythical sasquatch. But the old pro is at his best when he is spinning long, elaborate yarns with sophisticated twists that require the reader to follow carefully and put two and two together to get five or six.
His title story, "The Bear in the Attic," starts out with the apparent kidnapping of a young girl. Turns out the kidnapper is her grandfather (the author, of course). To entertain her, granddad promises to tell her about a bear in an attic. He begins with the story of how McManus' cowardly cousin goes AWOL from the U.S. Army by hiding in his parents' attic. He does so in collusion with his mother, though his father never knows a thing until the FBI raids the place and takes the young man off to lockup.
But what does all this have to do with a bear? McManus' granddaughter asks. The storyteller then spins off into the sequel in which his uncle brings home a bear cub.
Read more ›
One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
The Bear in the Attic is a humorous compilation of thirty-six short stories published in hardcover in 2002. One of my favorite stories was "Culinary Magic" about camp cooking - hilarious and identifiable for all camp cooks!

I felt at home while reading it - like I was with Pat every step of the way, it felt as if we had the same childhood experiences - hunting, fishing, camping, and growing up in the wilderness and small communities of the Pacific Northwest Inland Empire.
One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
We've read with pleasure Patrick McManus' stories for more than twenty years and this may be his best collection, yet.
The story that supplies the book's title ranges through a veritable history of a small Idaho town affected by World War II before any of its content relates remotely to a bear or an attic. Some feel annoyance at such digressions; my view is that I choose to spend a bit of time in this story teller's company because he does not hurry, does not abridge any telling detail or elide a nanosecond's chuckle.
What is especially satisfying about this collection is its scope: a long, almost Homerian tale to begin the game; recollections of a youth well spent in snow caves and shooting; modern -- which is to say recent -- anecdotes involving recreational vehicles and psycho-palaver. Pat McManus, if he were a tenor, would have the range to sing all the voices of the Mikado, himself.
Many humorous essays do not invite the reader's return; a punchline lets the air out of the literary balloon. But I find myself picking up this book repeatedly because the writing makes me laugh. Each journey through an essay shines new light on an element of humor, of piquancy I had missed before. With Mr McManus, the joy really is in the journey, not in the destination (or punch line).
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Happily, eleven is the number of additional collections of stories, four the number of books, and two the number of plays, that await readers after this first experience with, "A Bear In The Attic". The author of this particular collection of tales, yarns, myths, legends, boyhood shenanigans, and just simply outrageously funny prose, is Patrick F. McManus, and he has happily been at this for some time. Over 2 million of his books are in print, and unlike those frustrating moments when you discover a great new author only to realize you have just read the first and only work, here you have just begun. I am always a bit surprised to find an author this well known and well respected that I have managed to miss. In a way I am happy that I have, a whole new group of books is now waiting to be read.
Mr. McManus hails from an area decorated in what he describes as, "Idaho Gothic". Happily there are writers like he who can be found in a wide variety of locales. These people see what many of us view, but what they record, or understand, has much more detail, greater depth, and they then use their well honed gifts to share their observations with us.
Andy Rooney has been sharing his insights on 60 Minutes for many years, Garrison Keller will also come to mind, and Christopher Buckley would probably be the youngster in this crew. And then there are the legends, Mark Twain, Art Buchwald, pick your favorite satirist or storyteller, if you don't yet know this man you will readily add him to your list.
An outing with his granddaughter is either to the pool hall or the library depending on the point of view of the speaker, same goes for the head librarian who makes great Shirley Temples.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Most recent customer reviews