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Big Trouble

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  11,705 Ratings  ·  652 Reviews
In his career, Dave Barry has done just about everything - written bestselling nonfiction, won a Pulitzer Prize, seen his life turned into a television series. And now, at last, he has joined the long list of literary figures from Jane Austen to Tolstoy who have made the transition from humor columnist to novelist - and done it with a style and inventiveness that establish ...more
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Published August 28th 2001 by Brilliance Audio (first published September 13th 1999)
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Lois Bujold
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like contemporary(ish)comedy-drama
Recommended to Lois by: random review

Dave Barry channels Carl Hiassen. Assorted lunatic south Florida types (well, and a couple of dudes from New Jersey) chasing each other around, albeit in a reasonably logically connected way, as their assorted plots and goals cross paths, clash, and burn. It was, indeed, laugh-out-loud funny in parts.

Continuing the compare-and-contrast, Barry is not so dark and edgy as Hiassen, nor are his characterizations, though consistent, at all deep; there's barely time for interiority as the characters of
Nov 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody who doesn't mind a bit of swearing and likes a good laugh
Shelves: books-i-own
This is one of my two favorite books. It was HILLARIOUS! I really can't say what my favorite part is. It could be either time when Matt attempts to shoot Jenny with a water gun. Or maybe it's the incident with Arthur Herk and the toad who has hallucinigenic poisin. Or perhaps the traffic jam caused by goats. Anyways, this book puts the characters in the most ridiculus situations, and it turns out funny. This book has made me laugh like no other book I have read. I most definitly would reccomend ...more
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with a higher tolerance for zany non-sequitor humor than I have
Shelves: humor
There's a certain kind of rococo, hyperactive plotting that you tend to see from authors who aren't used to writing stories with a great deal of plot -- they understand that "plot" tends to denote Characters Doing Things, so everyone is constantly Doing Things, or on their way to go Do Things, or arguing about how they have to Do Things and how This Other Thing They Are Doing is interfering with this goal. The plot pushes the characters briskly from one Terribly Exciting Situation to another, an ...more
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
When I first saw this book, I thought what you're all thinking - Dave Barry wrote a book? A real book? This cannot be!

And yet it can. And it is. And it's awesome.

One of the major themes in Barry's newspaper column is that South Florida is insane. Things happen in Florida that could never happen anywhere else. Hell, has a special tag for stories from Florida, such as:

"Congresswoman accuses filmmaker of taking her support of Castro assassination out of context. "
"Man hires taxi to drive h
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the hilarious story of a group of South Florida "wierdos," who are (most of them accidentally) embroiled in a rather life-threatening escapade. The writing reminds me a little of Buffy, and the book actually references Buffy a couple of times. I was literally laughing out loud on several occasions. I know there's a movie made from this book, but it probably isn't as funny because the funniest thing about this is the descriptions of the background and the characters' internal motivations. ...more
I found the book mildly amusing, which was disappointing because usually I think Dave Barry is laugh-out-loud funny. I feel misled by the Stephen King blurb on the cover, which said that he fell out of his chair laughing while reading this book. I spent my journey through the book wondering what in the world he thought was that funny. I still haven't figured it out.
Aug 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
eighteen majillion stars. this man knows how to tell a story. negative. make that several dozen stories all tied together and NOT annoyingly cliche like "crash" or "babel", but actually hysterical, in the kind of way that makes you want to laugh and be afraid for humanity at the same time.

it's actually a thriller (no kidding.) and i promise, you won't be able to put it down.
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, fiction, owned
An entertaining caper with some laugh-out-loud moments. Likely to appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey.
Steven Kent
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reading
So it's October, 2002, and I have just touched down in Moscow on a business trip. In the morning, I will be touring the city with Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris; but guess what, I have the worst case of jet lag I have ever had.

Let me set the scene. Moscow was in a state of turmoil at the time, and crime was rampant. There were stories about gangs kidnapping American businessmen. I was not technically a businessman, but I was American and there was no way skittish Mr. Kent was going for a
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My God, this book was awesome. I read it while in Hawaii doing some consulting for a few months. I am a lifelong (I'm talking age 9, give or take) fan of Dave's, but had never heard of this book before I saw it in a used bookstore in Honolulu.

Obviously, since his usual metier is newspaper humor columns, I wondered how this would work out. In fact, the result was the best possible leverage of his general sense of humor into a hilarious send-up of a suspense novel. I don't read a ton of Grisham or
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the least funny collection of words I've ever read from Dave Barry. Instead of his usual hilariously takes on real-world foibles, Barry gives us a novel re-pleat with wacky characters and unlikely situations. Strangely enough, this novel has a stronger heart than funny bone, as I came to care for the collection of befuddled single parents, lovelorn cops and not too-cool teens as they try to prevent idiots from nuking Miami.

Alas, the silly situations lack much of Barry's trademark wit, as
Mar 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Şimdi bu "okuduğum en kötü kitaplar" listesinde, en azından benim. Çünkü arka kapağa bakarsak gülmekten yerlere yuvarlananlar mevcut, okuyan hemen herkesin yorumu bu. Tüm günü dışarıda/otobüste geçireceğimi düşünerek eğlenmek, hafif bir okuma yapmak düşüncesiyle yanıma aldığım bu kitap resmen kabusum oldu. İzlediğiniz komedi filmlerindeki tüm klişelerin bir araya getirilmişi diye düşünün, bunu AHS gibi süper bir yoldan değil, yine klişe ve ucuz bir yoldan yaptığını. Anlatırken bile midem bulanıy ...more
Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe that I have not reviewed this book yet. This was one of the funniest books I have ever read. This is another book that I picked up at an airport before a flight, and I think I almost finished it while flying cross country. I do know for sure that when I was disembarkeing (still reading as I was walking off the plane) some guy tapped me on the shoulder and asked what I had been reading. Turns out that he had been sitting behind me, and he said that I had been laughing out loud for ...more
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dave Barry wrote this book nearly 20 years ago. I finally got around to reading it. Why did i wait so long?

The characters, the humor and the plot all stand the test of time.

And Barry's novel is as funny as his columns. A slapstick mix of wierdos, outcasts, incompetents and troublemakers populate an offbeat Florida that could only exist in Barry's mind (well, maybe Hiassen...). Who else comes up with bandits trying to do an armed robbery wearing shoplifted black nylon masks that they can't see th
Oct 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, crime in Florida. Noted humorist Dave Barry takes a swing, and the result is not as smart as Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiassen, not as discomforting as Charles Willeford, nowhere near as thoughtful as John D. MacDonald, and not as totally freaking off-the-wall as Tim Dorsey. But it's a fun read nonetheless, and recommended as a poolside book with an umbrella drink in hand. I'll definitely look for the follow-up, TRICKY BUSINESS.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this..
I liked all the characters, their flaws, their mistakes, their good points (there were a few).. I liked the whole load of trouble they managed to get themselves into..
I liked it all...
but then I was bound to, I am a fan of Carl Hiaasen .. and I felt this was like reading a simpler version of one of his books..
I guess this will come from both being set in the same sort of place, with the same characters to draw on for stories.......
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I might need a new genre: silly thrillers. If the author had been anyone but Dave Barry (i.e., not as funny), I might have been rolling my eyes. I might not even have given it a chance at all. But this was a fun romp, a quick read, and just what I needed to take my mind off my rapidly disappearing summer break.
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books-read
What can I say that hasn't already been said about Dave Barry? Probably nothing. But this book made me laugh, stay up half the night, and thoroughly enjoy it. I've read lots of other articles by Mr Barry, but never before fiction. I absolutely loved this one.
Josh White
Interesting read. Light and breezy, occasionally caused me to stop reading and laugh to myself. Feels like the book version of a forgettable action/crime/comedy movie from the mid nineties. That's actually a compliment.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In the intro to this book, Barry has this warning: "this is not a book for youngsters". He should have added "nor for anyone with more brain cells than a dog or celery" (which according to Barry is equivalent). This has got to be the most idiotic book I have ever read. So
What does that make me?
Jul 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not exactly deep reading, but chock full 'o absurdist fun
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wild and crazy...always makes me laugh!
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How funny was this book? By the time I was finished I had a stomach ache from all the laughing.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent novel of humor and bad guys. Its easy to see why this became a movie. Barry is an excellent novelist when he wants to be. 9 of 10 stars
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eugenia O'Neal
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was laugh-out-loud funny! I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Mark Palmer
Oct 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I usually like Dave Barry's humor, and I like zany stories. But this first "novel" I found to be a mess to get through, and I really didn't enjoy it.
I can see why Dave Barry would want to write a novel. He'd been doing his newspaper column shtick for decades. These columns were occasionally collected into books which sold pretty well, at least back in the 1980s and 1990s. He also wrote some humor books focused in particular topics, but always in the same voice. For my money, these books were often pretty funny, but it's hard to deny that they are very much the same. Lots of wacky, out of the blue sort of humor. A very gentle gross out humor, ...more
Thomas Jackson Jr
Big Trouble = Big Laughs

Big Trouble by Dave Barry is one of those books where you actually have no idea where it is going. Dave Barry has written a smart funny book that is basically about being in the right place at the right time...or is it the wrong place at the wrong time ? Whatever it is that is for you to decide.

This book has everything in it. Laughs, mystery, action, dumb crooks, Gator fans and Elizabeth Dole !  This book was turned into a movie back in the early 2000's with Tim Allen a
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sometimes you just want a fun read, and you can do a lot worse than Dave Barry. His year-end summary of world events, which is published each year on January 1 by the Washington Post, is a highlight of the season for me. His heightened sense of the ridiculous, often centered on occurrences in Florida, is hard to resist.

In this read, a laugh out loud moment come when a low-life wife beater, in a a hallucinogenic daze caused by a secretion from a venomous toad, mistakes said toad for a vengeful a
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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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This translates roughly to: "How the hell did these people win the Cold War?”
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