• Best. State. Ever.

  • A Florida Man Defends His Homeland
  • By: Dave Barry
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-06-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (117 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Dave Barry.
We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, "What the hell is wrong with Florida?" Somehow, the state's acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid, and as a loyal Floridian, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the 2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why.
Join him as he celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that's at the top, from the Sunshine State's earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness and gunfire ("Our motto: 'Come back! We weren't firing at you!'") that it is today. It's the most hilarious book yet from "the funniest damn writer in the whole country" (Carl Hiaasen, and he should know). By the end, you'll have to admit that whatever else you might think about Florida - you can never say it's boring.
©2016 Dave Barry (P)2016 Recorded Books
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2 out of 5 stars
By Triple A on 06-21-17

Most. Annoying. Narration. Ever.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think the book WOULD be for me, but I could get through only about an hour because the narrator was so awful. Was he not screened at all???

If you’ve listened to books by Dave Barry before, how does this one compare?

Worst narration ever.

What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

Dick Hill sounds like he narrates bad commercials for a living. He narrated as if he's trying to be the story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Best. State. Ever.?

I would cut all Dick Hill's narration and start over.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed Dave Barry narrating his own books, but I don't think his narration is essential for my enjoyment. Dick Hill, in my opinion, is flat-out awful as a narrator. There really wasn't anyone else??

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4 out of 5 stars
By Leslie Watts on 11-03-16

A timely book about a Swing State - Election 2000?

What made the experience of listening to Best. State. Ever. the most enjoyable?

I loved how he started off, "What makes people think, ' What's up with Florida?' I think it all started with the Election of 2000. All the other states seemed to know who they'd voted for. But Florida,....." ,..ever since then other states love to publish strange news stories about us." But I love my state."

What other book might you compare Best. State. Ever. to and why?

I laugh at all of Dave Barry's books.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I would have preferred if Dave Barry had read his own book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I visited Florida in the 90's /rented a car to explore, like Barry suggested.. Parts were very nostalgic. (The Keys are beautiful - like the Caribbean, Hemmingway's house with moss-covered trees like the Deep South, etc.)

Any additional comments?

I started to fall asleep last night listening to the "Lock and Load" machine gun firing range, for the public. I couldn't believe they'd let my friend's 11 year old try one when they visited there. So I want to listen more to see if it's true.

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