Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody

  • by Michael Gerber
  • Narrated by Christopher Cazenove
  • 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Warning: This isn't the real's funnier!"Stop that movie," Headmaster Alpo Bumblemore said, "or Hogwash is history!" After someone sells directions to the school to a sleazy Muddle tabloid, Barry Trotter, Ermine Cringer, and Lon Measly are hauled out of retirement to face their toughest challenge yet. Not only do the 22-year-olds have to elude packs of rabid fans, outwit Barry's sponging Uncle Serious, and vanquish their old foe Lord Valumart, they have to face the most powerful enemy of all: Hollywood!
This audiobook has not been authorized or endorsed by J.K. Rowling or the publishers of the Harry Potter books. Harry Potter is a registered trademark of Warner Bros.


What the Critics Say

"Funny and sharp....In its bratty way, Barry Trotter is as energetic and imaginative as the books that inspired it." (Kurt Andersen, Spy Magazine co-founder)
"Gerber's affectionate, giggle-inducing send-up is one giant step toward restoring the somewhat debased art form known as 'parody.'" (Sean Kelly, former editor, National Lampoon)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

If Zero stars were an option . . .

I'd pick it for this book.

I'm an educated, well-read 44 y/o male who enjoys a good British farce, satire, and smart wordplay. And, even though I'm a big Harry Potter fan, and also like a good satire -- no cow is too sacred to butcher.

But please -- this is none of those things.

It's a huge disappointment in all regards. It is neither clever nor well written, and after 15 minutes I found myself just wishing it'd just be over. I found myself trapped, though, in a situation where this was the ONLY thing that I had to listen to. Even then, it was painful.

One of my children (age 13) happened to overhear just a few minutes when he picked up my iPod and commented, "Even with all the weird stuff you listen to, dad, that's just bizarre." Out of the mouths of babes . . . .

From a person who is so addicted to reading that he's been known, in a pinch, to read the owner's manual to a lawn mower, a homeowner's insurance policy, and the back of a cereal box, I have to say that this is without a doubt one of the worst things I've ever run across. Don't waste your time or money on this one.
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- Larry Johnson

PARENTS be aware this is NOT a book for children!!

I enjoy a good parody, but this isn't one. I have to say I was surprized and cringed at the repeated instances and lower-than-low level of vulgarity in this "humorous" parody. I kept hoping the author would take into account that the base demographic reader of the original work were children, but there appeared to be no level to which he would not sink. I realize that to some of extent this "humor" is part and parcel of a parody and to each his own, I just wish parents (whose children want every "Harry Potter" item out there) were given some kind of forewarning before their kids purchase it thinking they are part of the target audience only to be fouly disappointed.

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- AnneMarie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-06-2002
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books