Monday, April 23, 2012

Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel (Audiobook Review)

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by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel
narrated by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel

Copyright: 2012 Penguin Audio
Duration: 7 hours, 3 minutes unabridged
Genres: general fiction, humor
Filed in: Audiobook Reviews
Review copy provided by Penguin Audio

PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: One of them is a best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist. The other is a winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Together, they form the League of Comic Justice, battling evildoers in the name of... Okay, we made that line up. What they do form is a writing team of pure comic genius, and they will have you laughing like idiots.

Philip Horkman is a happy man - the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

Where that all takes them you can't begin to guess, but the literary journey there is a masterpiece of inspiration and mayhem. But what else would you expect from the League of Comic Justice?

©2012 Dave Barry (P)2011 Penguin Audio

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Well I have to be honest with you, I didn’t get very far into this audiobook. About 15 minutes in I decided the harsh language was more than I cared to listen to and I went on to another book.

Before abandoning this one, here’s what I got of the story: There are two men who seem to be polar opposites. One is a small business owner, loves his family, referees middle grade soccer games on the weekend. The other is hot-headed and foul-mouthed, watches NASCAR races for the crashes, and isn’t a very nice guy.

The two meet at a soccer game where the good man is refereeing and the bad man’s daughter is playing. Good guy called a foul on bad guy’s daughter on a free shot and their team ended up losing. Later on, bad guy just happens to come into good guy’s pet store (the store is oddly named “The Wine Shop”) and the real fireworks begin.

Aside from the harsh language, Lunatics is cleverly written with plenty of sarcasm, wit, and good old tongue-in-cheek humor. Like that pet store called “The Wine Shop” for instance. There was a funny story behind that. I assume this book to be a parody of the way so-called adults act sometimes and probably would be an interesting and funny read if you don’t mind the language. I think what bothered me the most is that Dave Barry also writes books for children and teens and I would hate for one of them to pick this one up by mistake.

Lunatics is narrated by the authors, Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel. I didn’t listen long enough to give a real opinion of their narrative talent, but what I did hear sounded okay, especially for authors who don’t typically make good narrators.

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Special thanks to Penguin Audio for this review copy. Audiobook review by Steven Brandt. This audiobook review is based on the unabridged audiobook. Come back soon for more audiobook reviews from Audiobook-Heaven.

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