Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Dave Barry

Narrated By: Dick Hill

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: September 2004

Duration: 4 hours 49 minutes

Summary:

Understanding the urgent need for a deeply thoughtful, balanced book to explain our national political process, Dave Barry has not even come close. Though he himself has covered many campaigns, run for president several times, and run for cover at the rainy inauguration of George W. Bush (the man will spare nothing for his art), Barry has instead outdone himself. Below the Beltway includes Barry's stirring account of how the United States was born, including his version of a properly written Declaration (When in the course of human events it behooves us, the people, not to ask "What can our country do for us, anyway?" but rather whether we have anything to fear except fear itself) and a revised Constitution (Section II: The House of Representatives shall be composed of people who own at least two dark suits and have not been indicted recently). Dave also cracks the income-tax code and explains the growth(s) of government, congressional hearing difficulties, and the persistent rumors of the influence of capital in the Capitol. Among other civic contributions, his tour of Washington D.C. should end school class trips forever.

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  • Scott T

    I couldn't even finsih the second disc. I've enjoyed other Barry books, but this one was just terrible. To say it' s not his best work is a gross understatement.

  • Todd

    As a big fan of Dave Barry, this book left me unimpressed. There were definitely some funny moments but no where near as many laugh out loud moments as I've grown to expect from his work. The book never really draws you in or keeps you interested and I found my mind wandering and having to concentrate to pay attention to the subject matter.

  • Raven Okeefe

    remember this name: Dick Hill. as much as i LOVE Dave Barry's deranged, goofy writing, i just flat couldn't listen to all of this book, because the narrator, Dick Hill, is jus atrocious! he reads like a high school sophomore doing his first attempt at "interpretive elocution." it's as though he feels you might not get it, so he has to give you constant verbal elbow-jabs to the ribs when a funny line is upon you (which is constantly): GET IT????? GET IT????? at first it was just annoying, but after awhile it drove me nuts. i sent the CDs back and found the book in a used book store. and it IS up to Dave's usual demented standard, by the way. if you enjoy his writing, read this one, DON'T listen to it!!!

  • Anonymous

    Now I know which author inserted the great humor in Peter and the Star Catchers - I think I will become a Dave Barry fan. Same Genre as Jon Stewart but much more enjoyable presentation

  • Anonymous

    Very juvenile. . .

  • Anonymous

    Dave always makes me laugh. This one has A LOT of truth in it; some of the elements made me mad at America, but overall, he's the greatest. You will have a hard time NOT laughing it up!!

  • Anonymous

    This was a selection I made for my husband and me; but actually my 12 year old enjoyed it as much as we did. It is laugh out loud funny!

  • Mitch Goodrich

    Dave Barry's column is great, but book-length may be too much. There were several laugh-out-loud moments, but in general the humor started to seem strained early on. That might be partially because the narrator seemed to be trying REALLY HARD to convey the humor. One especially bright spot on the final disc, though: his parady of the 2000 election coverage had me laughing so hard I nearly drove off the road.