Boogers Are My Beat: More Lies, But Some Actual Journalism!

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dave Barry
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Comedy, Essays & Memoirs
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: September 2003
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

The New York Times calls him "the funniest man in America," and his legions of fans agree, laughing and snorting as they put his books on bestseller lists nationwide.

In Boogers Are My Beat, Dave gives us the real scoop on:

• The scientific search for the world's funniest joke (you can bet it includes the word "weasel")
• RV camping in the Wal-Mart parking lot
• Outwitting "smart" kitchen appliances and service contracts
• Elections in Florida ("You can't spell Florida without 'duh'")
• The Olympics, where people from all over the world come together to accuse each other of cheating
• The truth about the Dakotas, the Lone Ranger, and feng shui
• The choice between death and taxes
And much, much more—including some truths about journalism and serious thoughts about 9/11.

Dave Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1988, and his columns are syndicated in more than 500 newspapers. His most recent books, Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down and the novels Big Trouble and Tricky Business, were national bestsellers. He lives in Miami, Floriduh.

Reviews (9)

Not author narrated?

Written by Erin from Waxahachie, TX on September 24th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I liked it a lot. My husband loves Dave Barry and wanted me to give him a shot. I didn't realize Dave wasn't narrating, and was very impressed that all the nuances were there, easy to understand. The narrator really made the stories and sarcasm come through crystal clear, in my opinion. I laughed quite a bit.

I was expecting more

Written by Brian from South Lyon, MI on May 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

It could have been better. Maybe it was the article format. His books are better. The narrator drove me nuts. Finished 3 of the 5 cds

Love Dave Barry

Written by DelphiDiva on February 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I loved this cd and found myself laughing all the way to work.

Not my favorite Barry

Written by Shane Nixon on May 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I think what this book showed me that while I LOVE Dave Barry in short doses, like newspaper articles, to much of him, like a book, isn't funny. The narrator was good, which kept me from giving it a one.

Boogers are My Beat

Written by Susan Kitchen from Washington, DC on November 14th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I realized that I am much funnier inside my head when reading Dave Barry, than Dave Barry is when reading Dave Barry. I think my delivery is better. I didn't even finish the first hour.

Boogers Are My Beat: More Lies, but Some Actual Journalism from Dave Barry

Written by JohnnyY2k on March 4th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

It pains me to say this, but Barry misses on cylinders in this effort. The narration was terrible, the content not as funny as previous works, and the flow is plodding. If this is your first Dave Barry book, please do not give up! "Dave Barry turns 40" and "The Only Travel Guide You Will Ever Need" are better examples what the author can do. Only 5 johnnies here. 2 for technical, 2 for content, and 1 audience.

Boogers is right.

Written by Ricardo Fagundes on October 31st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Boggers is right. I could not even get through disk 1. I just did not find that type of humor in such a consolidated form to be entertaining at all.

terrible narration

Written by Cathryn Cary from Pullman, WA on September 29th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I like Dave Barry, and I enjoyed the actual book itself. But the narrator is AWFUL. He way over-exaggerates every punch line. I couldn't listen to more than half of it. This guy was just ridiculous. Dave Barry is funny all by himself, you don't even need the narrator to be a comedy performer who uses wacky voices and crazy inflections. What this book needs is someone who understands that. I will never listen to another book again with this terrible narrator.

bad timing

Written by Anonymous on September 28th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

While I like all of the Dave Barry books and find them quiet funny. To much is lost in the naration, the timing is too slow. When you read stories the parts that aren't as good or funny can go really quick and the rest can be digested at your own pace. But when they are read aloud the affect is lost. Not even remotly funny or intertaning. I found it winny and unplessent and borring

Author Details

Author Details

Barry, Dave

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 the basis for the CBS TV sitcom "Dave's World," in which Harry Anderson played a much taller version of Dave.

Dave plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom. They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud. Dave has also made many TV appearances, including one on the David Letterman show where he proved that it is possible to set fire to a pair of men's underpants with a Barbie doll.

In his spare time, Dave is a candidate for president of the United States. If elected, his highest priority will be to seek the death penalty for whoever is responsible for making Americans install low-flow toilets.

Dave lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife, Michelle, a sportswriter. He has a son, Rob, and a daughter, Sophie, neither of whom thinks he's funny.