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Publisher's Summary

The beloved humorist and bestselling author returns with his most riotous collection of essays to date.

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.

©2002 Patrick F. McManus (P)2002 Macmillan Audio

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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.

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My First McManus Book

I’ve heard all about these books from my sportsmen relatives and friends. Finally ended listing to it and I can see why they kept recommending it. Very funny and a quick one too.

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read pages out of order

book is really funny. good reading. only complaint is that the pages are read out of order at the end of bear in the attic (in chapter 1)

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excellent book

I think I have found a new favorite author. found this book in my grandfather's house after he passed away. I borrowed the hard copy & decided to listen to it. I'm glad I did. These stories remind me of things my grandfather would talk about. I love it.

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Classic McManus

The only difference between this and most of his early work is that he adds a few longer, more intricate stories, which is a nice change.

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fun short stories

long-time fan of Mc McManus; this doesn't disappoint. easy listening, great for the car. something I can listen to with the kids on the go.

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Excellent Book and Narration!

I’ve always enjoyed Patrick McManus articles and books. This was excellent as well. And the Narrator must have sat and listened to what I can imagine Mr. McManus would sound like if he were to read his stories himself. I can’t wait to buy another!

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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?

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A great story teller - will leave you laughing

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Fourty years ago I read his early books to my kids, in this book, he mixes in his personal life with his zany friends. I would recommend this book to those that want to learn about his early life and how to tell storys.

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another dangerously funny story

the writing makes me believe that I'm listening to little kids discuss things. then you are drawn in and can not believe what mistake they are going to make.

all are fun stories, great entertainment.