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Starting with his trademark outdoorsman's wit, Patrick F. McManus's newest collection ponders the strange allure of the RV, the existential implications of being lost, the baffling tendency of animals to outsmart those who wish to hunt them, and the singular pleasure of doubling the size of every fish one doesn't actually catch.
Combining the curmudgeonly voice of Dave Barry and the innocent tone of Garrison Keillor, McManus brilliantly captures the everyday absurdities that comprise our existence. Alongside his humor, McManus's inimitable vision consistently evokes a childlike wonder at the natural world. Even if we are running low on food, the compass is broken, and we are fairly certain we have just spotted a family of Sasquatches frolicking in the treetops, The Bear in the Attic makes the outdoors seem wildly irresistible.
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By Michael D. Hansen on 12-09-15
Buy the other one
The first chapter is broken on this one. Great book, but this is a broken copy and completely ruins the punchline of the first story. I unfortunately own both, so I'm putting this here so you (and I) know the glitched one from the good one.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By S. Furniss on 04-13-18
Dietz does it best
What about Norman Dietz’s performance did you like?
Norman Dietz does really well with giving each character their own voice, even though Pat is the most common one. There are times where the character of Pat rolls into these exasperated monologues, the end results showing his oblivious nature as the punchline, and Mr. Dietz's narration of these moments makes him sound a little like Deforest Kelley in his Doctor McCoy character.
Dietz also does quite well with the character of Rancid Crabtree, whose dialect and accent is spelled out int the printed book in a manner that makes him somewhat difficult to read, perfectly clear while still maintaining the nature of the character.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?