Have you ever read a typically hilarious Dave Barry column, but forgotten to clip it? Or maybe you didn't buy the newspaper one day, and worried that you missed his funniest essay of all time. With all the pressures of daily life, not to mention the need to recycle newspapers, it's hard to keep track of every one of Dave's columns. Thankfully, some clever marketers have come up with a foolproof solution: Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus, a hysterical compilation of his best pieces. Hear all about Dave's unfortunate Wheel of Fortune appearance, his "non-lunch" with Hillary Rodham Clinton, and much more from a guy who knows where he's coming from.More
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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?
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.
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.
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.
Sorry that others have not responded to this book as positively as I have. Really I think it is totally terrific.
- brain cloud "brain cloud"
What show did these other folks hear?
- Thomas Cook "Die-Hard Cubs Fan"