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What did you love best about Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus?
One of the funniest collections of his columns I've encountered. On the whole this collection is a bit more sophisticated than his usual stuff. I also was thrilled by Shadow Stevens' reading! I never thought I would enjoy hearing anybody reading Dave Barry's stuff more than I enjoy hearing Dave Barry . . . and I was totally wrong about that. Of course nothing beats having Dave speaking directly in your ear, but Stevens gives the material a wry dramatic edge that Dave can't provide. Far superior to any of his other readers. Really a great book--I'll be listening to this one over and over again. By the way I had no audio problems as the other reviewers mentioned--perhaps it has been re-mastered?
What was one of the most memorable moments of Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus?
Buffalo chicken wing bones going back into the dishwasher and recycled for the next customer. Professional golfers checking the geologic and atmospheric circumstances as well as satellite photos before hitting the ball. There are probably funnier bits--I know I was laughing out loud and trying to avoid laughing as I went to sleep (actually the book kept me awake) because I would wake my husband up.
What does Shadoe Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The subtle perspective of an ironic third-person narrator, which you don't get when Dave reads his own books. Other than Dave's the most intelligent reading of one of Dave's books. I am glad there is at least one other by Shadoe Stevens.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Sorry, "moving" is not a word I would use to describe any of Dave's columns or essays. If he gets close to sentiment or emotion he undercuts it brutally before the reader can buy into it. This is something you get used to and prepare for in his writing. I found it quite moving to go to a reading, meet him, and hear him tell actual stories from his life. He is very personal and personable. Really a neat guy.
Any additional comments?
Sorry that others have not responded to this book as positively as I have. Really I think it is totally terrific.
While the audio quality was pretty low (extremely bassy and low levels meant I had to CRANK the volume nearly to distortion), this audiobook of Barry's normally amusing articles is made doubly funny by Stevens' very wry and well performed narration!