- MP3 CD
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD; Unabridged edition (Jan. 1 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455844136
- ISBN-13: 978-1455844135
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 45.4 g
- Average Customer Review: 212 customer reviews
Big Trouble MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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About the Author
Dave Barry has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. His columns for the Miami Herald were syndicated worldwide, and he is the author of a number of bestselling books, including the recently published Peter and the Starcatchers with Ridley Pearson. He lives in Miami, where he drives very nervously.
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Barry tells the tale of several people from so many different walks of life that get thrown together in a madcap adventure only imaginable by Dave Barry. The characters are realistic, charming, and funny. They reflect typical American stereotypes without bashing the people that relate to them. The setting is Miami, Florida. I've never been to Miami, but I hear it's nice. Dave does a very good job of including the setting in his adventure.
The events that happin in this crazy tale are unforgettable. A goat, a dog, a mismatched pair of police officers, a homeless man, a deadbeat father, his starcrossed teenage daughter with her boyfriend, and his alienated wife, their latin maid, a grizzly biker, a worn out advertising man, two clumsy common crooks and a plethora of corporate snakes, mob thugs and government agents participate in the funniest story I have ever read.
This book is definitely a keeper. I love Dave Barry and his satirical comment on society and it's bungling participants. Read the book even if you've already seen the movie. It's well worth the chuckles. Besides, laughing out loud is healthy.
While there are some amusing pieces in here, they are scattered like oases in the vast desert. It is incredibly lame, predictable, and dull. The characters would have to expand to be one-dimensional, and there are too many of them to even make much of an impression. It begins to feel like the Keystone Kops after a while, one zany, wild and spectacularly unamusing event after another. Improbable coincidences and silly plot twists heap up like ants on a grasshopper carcass.
Thankfully the book is very brief. Though there are over 300 pages, those pages look like many twenty-page college term papers, with wide margins, broad line-spacing, and large type.
I have been reading Dave Barry since he began writing back in Pittsburgh. I've read millions of his columns. The man is funny. But a funny man does not necessarily equal a funny novel. This is not funny. Not well-plotted. Not suspenseful. Not clever. Not witty. Not sparkling. Not interesting. Not amusing. Not fun. Not surprising. Not well-written. Not worth the money.
I've been reading Barry for over ten years now, and his typical sarcasm and wit shines through every page of this one. Sometimes it gets a bit over-the-top....in other words, there are times when just a few sentences (commenting on some idiosyncratic or esoteric facet of life) would have sufficed...yet Barry, in his usual news article form, goes on and on and on. Those who know Barry know what I'm talking about. It's those sentences in which he uses about 25 commas, 10 colons, 8 semi-colons, 6 hyphens, 5 "...." (look who's talking...), and 30 parentheticals.
That's a bit much and it, at times, makes for long-windedness that ventures far beyond the story-line and amounts to a more of a Andy Rooney-esque commentary ("did'ya ever notice how...").
But, that critique aside, and aside from the (now)quintessentially Hiaasen type yarn, this is vintage Barry. It is funny, intriguing, and really makes you hate to put the book down. I found that I read it in two sittings.
All in all, very enjoyable. The characters are absolutely hilarious, and, as in Hiaasen's work, leave you dying to know how they get what's coming to them.
Also, for more in this vein, check out the later-works of Hiaasen mentioned above. In addition, for another Florida-mystery-spoof-type road that is a little less travelled, look into the works of Tim Dorsey. His "Florida Road Kill" and "Hammerhead Ranch Motel" are pretty dam* good....even by the godfather's (Hiaasen's) standards.
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