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Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  1,146 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
A brilliantly funny exploration of the tumultuous recent past from the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist.

Audio CD, Abridged, 1 page
Published September 17th 2007 by Penguin Audio (first published September 1st 2007)
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Chrisiant
Jan 24, 2008 Chrisiant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: braincandy, humor
I think Dave Barry retired at the right time. I grew up loving his humor, but it's become more and more formulaic as time goes on, and there's only so many times that the letters in someone's name rearranged, or a goofy suggested band name, or even, dare I say it, a fart joke, can be funny. This book is mostly a compilation of his "Year in Review" columns, with a bit of other humorous quick recap thrown in for good measure. It seemed tired to me, and not all that funny, and that's saying a lot f ...more
Joe
Sep 23, 2013 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first chapter of Dave Barry's millennium in review is a hilariously condensed history of the previous millennium (1000-1999 A.D.) The ensuing chapters, regarding the media, politics and pop-culture of first eight years of our current millennium are considerably less inspired. Turns out there's more material in one thousand years than in eight.

But while the prolific jokester struggles to find comedic ground not already well-worn by Leno, Letterman, Stewart, etc, his wit makes this stroll thro
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Sarah
Jan 17, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, history, own-it
Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far) is one of the author's more tedious works. The format of the book itself gives it a repetitive nature, but the author's style of writing also leads to repetition. While some repetition can not be avoided, I was hoping for a more original and inspired work. If you have never read one of Dave Barry's works, I do not suggest you start with this one. Read some of Barry's older books such as, Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down. All-in-all this b ...more
Laura
Apr 23, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, college, re-read
He signed this for me when I went with some friends to see him at a bookstore in DC. The inscription reads, "For Laura, a goddess."
Jimyanni
May 06, 2010 Jimyanni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Some of Dave Barry's books are screamingly, laugh-out-loud funny. Others are just silly and juvenile. Even the silly and juvenile ones are amusing and enjoyable reads, but they aren't nearly as good as, say, "Dave Barry Is NOt Making This Up", Dave Barry Turns 40", and "Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need". This is one of the lesser Dave Barry books; it's still amusing, in a juvenile and just plain silly way, but it's far from his best. In it, he gives a spoof, "Harvard Lampoon" styl ...more
Charlotte
A typical quick and funny Dave Barry book--these are good for those occasions when you just don't feel like using your brain as you read. This book was a collection of the seven "Year in Review" columns he has written since the turn of the millennium along with some other fluff to get it close to 200 pages. I smiled/chuckled a few times, but I just don't find him as funny as I used to. There's something a little unseemly (or creepy?) about a 60 (!) year old man making booger and bathroom jokes ( ...more
Kristal Cooper
Jan 22, 2013 Kristal Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dave Barry's half serious, half silly take on history which consists of his year-end wrap-ups from 2000 to 2006 and a brief rundown of everything before that. (IE: "In Texas, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and Roy Rogers die defending the Alamo, which is a place that rents horses.") Dave's stuff may be seriously lightweight compared to most of today's comics, but he's always good for a giggle!
Heather
Mar 17, 2009 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, history
I thought this was a good one to read at work in the middle of the night, something I didn't have to think hard about. But it was too mindless even for that and I couldn't bring myself to waste my time to finish it.
Kelly
I've always liked Dave Barry (of his work, I've read one other book, scattered columns, and really liked his TV show), and I really, really enjoyed reading this. Both the history of the previous millennium and the newer stuff from the beginning of the 21st (2000-2006) are hilarious. The turn of the millennium was around the time I started seriously following the news (I had just turned 13), and I was surprised by how quickly most of the stories came back—but of course not at all surprised that B ...more
Gerald Kinro
Jul 05, 2017 Gerald Kinro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor-satire
Very funny as I expected. He does it without being overly acerbic. Barry writes what I call an alternate history by using perceived idiosyncrasies of major world figures and institutions to create a fun book. It ends in 2006. Just think what he would do with eight years of Obama and now Trump.

David Mackey
I tend to like Dave Barry's stuff, but I just couldn't make it through this one. Stopped on pg. 128.
Randall J.
Mar 11, 2017 Randall J. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A terrible book in every respect. A collection of "jokes" that were likely stale at the time and haven't aged well at all. I'm generally a fan of Barry's, but this book is pure excrement.
Bev
I picked up Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far) at the local Friends of the Library Bookstore in a moment of nostalgia. I remember looking forward to his year-end wrap-up column in the Sunday paper each year. His take on the year that was always had me laughing out loud. So how was it all tidily compacted into a book? So-so.

There were still moments of laugh-out-loud humor. I particularly enjoyed his take on history pre-2000. As the Goodreads synopsis says: "Crusaders! Vikings! Peter
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Luke
Sep 25, 2008 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally! Finished! This was a really funny book! Dave Barry is an excellent author, and knows exactly how to make you laugh. Here are a few of my fav quotes:

In a major upset at the Academy Awards, the Oscars for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Actress, AND Best Supporting Actor and Actress all go to Tiger Woods.

In sports, Vijay Singh wins the Masters golf tournament and is awarded the coveted green jacket, which is quickly snatched away by angry Buick executives and giv
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dejah_thoris
Mar 11, 2014 dejah_thoris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ok, every year or so I try to give another Dave Barry book a shot because I know many Baby Boomers who love him. Lord knows why but they do. This one is a compilation of all his year-end review columns except for 2001, which he skipped due to 9/11. (I have to agree with him on that choice. There's no way he could've cracked jokes for every event and then suddenly get serious when he hit September.) Granted, topical humor rarely ages well but Dave's inane running gags were lame even when his cont ...more
Aunt
Aug 29, 2009 Aunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have the weakest weak spot for Dave Barry. This book is light, fast reading that made me laugh. A lot. I gave it four stars not because it is a classic enduring work of literature but because I read it on the plane yesterday as we tried to detour around thunderstorms in Dallas and it almost made me forget the extreme turbulence. That's a bonus! Dave Barry has a lot of fun with almost everyone who had any national presence from 2000 - 2007, including George Bush, Anna Nicole Smith, Paris Hilton ...more
Bradley Ferguson
I love comedy writers like Jim Gaffigan, Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker series), and Stephen Colbert but I honestly feel that Dave Barry trumps them all. I am not sure why I hadn't heard about him earlier. I plan on reading every book/columns/essay that he has written since no one gets me to laugh out loud like he does.

This book was just a collection of some of his year-in-review columns (which I love) so not all of it was new to me. It was definitely a funny book but no where close to "I'll Mature
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Lori
Dec 04, 2008 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok so I cheated and didn't actually read this. I picked up the audiobook to play in my car to help me through the nightmarish Thanksgiving traffic. It was a great backdrop to the wintry mix conditions and brake-happy individuals I was traveling (or rather crawling) with down 95. I found myself laughing out loud at all Barry's observations and liberties he took in commenting on political scandals, the less-than-professional news media and the traditions of this country, like Black Friday. And of ...more
Kiersten
I love Dave Barry. His "Millennium in Review" (which is included in this book) that he wrote in 2000 is one of my favorite pieces of writing of all time. When it first came out in the newspaper, I went to the library and printed it off of the internet for like 50 cents a page (and it's really long) and I still have it. I pull it out every now and then when I need a good laugh, and it hasn't failed me yet. That being said, none of his other years have quite lived up to that piece, although they a ...more
Tom M
Oct 11, 2011 Tom M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big Dave Barry fan. This book falls into the chronological historical satire category of Barry, similar in format to DB Turns 50, but with humorously incorrect historical information.

With that said, I've read so much Barry that his humour is becoming formulaic for me. This was no exception, but in this format, it's almost a joke overload and begins to feel forced as you reach the end of the book. As user Christiant wrote, "It seemed tired to me, and not all that funny, and that's saying a
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Renee
Jan 17, 2010 Renee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not one of his best. HUGE coincidence in it, though: there is a book i read A LONG TIME AGO about a boy who got stuck in the wilderness and cut off his own arm to save his life. ever since i joined goodgreads, about a whole year ago, i have several times wished that i could remember the name of that book so that i could add it to my "read" list. i mean it was a very interesting book that obviously made an impression on me. let me repeat for emphasis -- i have been wanting FOR A YEAR (on and off) ...more
Ed
Oct 30, 2008 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone needing a laugh
I am a big fan of Dave Barry's column but sometimes his books can be too much of a good thing. Maybe I should read one chapter a day or something like that.

In this case, I finished the whole 205 page book in about 4 hours or less. I certainly chuckled every few seconds or so as I really do find his exaggerated statements quite humorous.

He covers the second millenium in one chapter and then the years 2000 - 2006 in a chapter each though 2001 is basically skipped.

if you've never read any Dave Ba
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Rob
Nov 07, 2009 Rob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Since High School I have been told time and time again how outrageously funny Dave Berry's writing is and that I should check him out. But for some reason I was just never that interested in picking up a book of his and giving him much of a chance. I think it's safe to say now that I wasn't missing out on all that much.
Sure there were moments where I'd chuckle under my breath, but those were amazingly few and far between. Maybe my expectations were too high or maybe his humor just doesn't conne
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Amy
Oct 01, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know a ton of people love Dave Barry and always read his columns, but I never really got sucked into them. I thought I'd try out the audio version of this book and, while I did find it humorous, I wasn't laughing out loud constantly or anything.

To be completely honest, there may be some truth in the fact that I don't know enough about world history or contemporary politics to get all of his jokes. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't completely in the dark, but with the way he mixes fact with fiction
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Angela
Dec 05, 2008 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're already a fan of Dave Barry, this book is a welcome respite from the Barry-less times we now live in. (Why did you retire, Dave, why?) It's not what I would give to first-time Barry readers. The majority of the book is made of collected year-in-reviews, and while reading them may bring back a pleasant moment or two of "oh yeah, I forgot about THAT," this current-events based humor just doesn't age so well. The introductory, whirlwind chapters of earlier history just don't pack the comi ...more
Taegan
Sep 23, 2008 Taegan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So...I've taken a little bit to read this one. If you have never read Dave Barry...he's hilarious & random. He does (or at least used to) do a column in maybe Parade magazine or some Newspaper insert like that. I picked this book up at the airport because I needed something super light & fluffy. Its not the best plane ride pick though...I laugh out loud too often.

This book though...I think because its more political than most of his stuff...its not as good. But still entertaining. Just
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Tom
Oct 12, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Dave Barry Humor, "and I am not making this up...", Bode Miller, Fiesta Bowl officials, people of Palm Beach County Florida. It's all in there.

I remember Dave Barry being really funny as a kid and I loved to read his column on Sunday mornings. This book is just a compilation of all his year-end reviews for the past 7 years. While it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be it didn't disappoint at all. If you want a good laugh and you enjoy the humor then this book is worth the read. If
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Stacey
Jun 16, 2009 Stacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading a lot of Dave Barry in a row is a lot like pulling the curtain on the Wizard of Oz. You start to figure out his formula, and it's gradually less impressive. I started to feel like I could predict the next joke. It is sort of a fun "year in review" format of 2000-2006, and for my friends who teach high school comp, you could probably get some great satire examples out of this. On second thought, that would require that high school kids watch the news in the first place in order to find it ...more
Jonathan
Jun 08, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dave Barry is a very funny man and his insights into the ironies, idiosyncrasies, failings, and contradictions of our public figures is on par with John Stewart. Dave Barry's quick wit takes us through the first years of the 21st century exploring the Bush presidency and the recent wars in the Middle East with an acerbic (and often deliberately outlandish) analysis of the situation with random tangents to keep you on your toes. An intellectual roller coaster comedy ride
J. D.
Apr 03, 2008 J. D. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with Chrisiant; Dave Barry's humor hss become rather formulaic. So what! It's more amusing than all the political speeches which were NEVER more than formulaic. I find off-the-wall silliness preferable to the drivel our leaders constantly spew. So, if you still find Dave Barry's nonsense refreshing, read this. It's much more interesting than parsing a Cheney lie, and it never pretends to be the truth.
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Dave Barry is a humor columnist. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened.
Dave has also written a total of 30 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information. Two of his books were used as
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