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Kerplunk!: Stories Hardcover – November 6, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (November 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743280490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743280495
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This gently humorous essay collection by Outdoor Life columnist McManus (The Bear in the Attic) explores hunting and fishing in the Pacific Northwest. As he wryly explains in The Kind of Guy I Am, McManus's literary persona is an aw-shucks middle-aged married guy with four daughters who dreams of his flies, reels, waders and snowshoes while on vacation with his wife in Venice. Hoping to someday be like Rancid Crabtree, an old man who lives in a slab shack against the mountain and does nothing all day but hunt and fish (The Ideal Life), McManus and his buddy Fenton Quagmire jettison the high-tech camping gear and attempt to rough it Thoreau-style (Back to Basics), with predictably hilarious results. Other tales involve learning how to be patient while fishing (A Dimple in Time) and enlightening one's fishing partners on how the moon determines the tides (Where's Mr. Sun?). McManus narrates his woodsy stories with a laid-back style that will earn many smiles of fond recognition from anyone who's heard a guide say, I know there used to be a trail here. (Nov.)
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From Booklist

This collection of 17 essays (previously appearing in Outdoor Life) spotlights the popular humorist’s impish wit and sharply drawn characters, including his offbeat, rich friend, Fenton Quagmire. McManus covers rural life—haircuts, trailer hitches, dogs, and so on—with his usual wordplay and gentle fun making. Hill sounds as if he is a big fan of the writer, infusing the pieces with energy and humor. His backcountry performance, a subtle combination of accents and verbal mannerisms, is spot-on. He makes it seem as if he is having a relaxed, friendly conversation with us—a perfect match to McManus’ prose. --David Pitt --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Patrick F. McManus is a renowned outdoor writer, humorist, and longtime columnist for Outdoor Life and Field & Stream. His most recent books are the Sheriff Bo Tully mysteries Avalanche and The Blight Way. He is the author of many other books, including such runaway New York Times bestsellers as The Grasshopper Trap, The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw, and Real Ponies Don't Go Oink! He lives in Spokane, Washington.

Customer Reviews

Patrick F. McManus is hand down my favorite Author.
Scot Cusic
Can't stop reading his books when I start reading them, laughing the entire way through them.
D. Connally
Typical of McManus, this book is full of charming and funny stories.
Caroline

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Opinionated on January 5, 2008
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About three essays in I started laughing uncontrollably. "What?" my husband said. Gasping, tears running down my face, I attempted to say, "No, really, it's not THAT funny..." Yet somehow, no other writer makes me laugh quite so hard.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barb on January 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Well, I think we might have all the Pat McManus books now. I bought them for my dad, an avid outdoorsman, but I found him reading the stories aloud to my 8 yr. old son who also loves them. They have provided us with hours of family fun and opportunities to say things like " I think I'll go for a ride on my '2 Wheeled ATV'"
Worth every penny and delivery was fast - even at Christmas time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christine Broderick on February 10, 2008
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Laughed the whole time. Loved the book. He says it was great. Buy it if you like the outdoors and the mishaps that can happen.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Myrna Austin on January 20, 2008
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I have a complaint with Mr. McManus's books. I have one of every one he has written and after reading each of them only a hundred times or so they are coming apart. I use them as a tranquilizer to go to sleep with and sometimes go to sleep while reading one of them and drop it on the floor but it is a very short drop and one would think the books should hold up to this. He has a way of making you forget the everyday troubles of the world. He has a different insight into the life of people with a life and I try to capture some of that in my books, SO YOU GOT TO GET RIGHT BACK ON ???? and SO WHAT WAS I THINKING???? And in my up comeing book, SO I FLEW WITH THE WIND???? Mr. McManus is a real treasure and I hope someday he finally can catch a fish and shoot a trophey if it is only a world record jack rabbit. May God be Kind to him.
John H. Austin Jr.
45683 Highway 101
Sixes, Oregon 97476
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Archer on May 19, 2010
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Pat mcmanus is one of the funnist authors out there. This was not his best book, but still well worth the read. The best story was the fart story. Sorry it is so juvenile, but still had me almost rolling on the floor. Keep up the great work pat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Colley on March 4, 2009
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I ordered several of the Patrick F. McManus books for my oldest son and he thinks they are great. If you are looking for pure clean fun look no further!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stella on May 7, 2008
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This is the first audio book I have gotten from this author. I made a deal with my self to listen to audio books only while driving. I started laughing so hard I had to pull the car over so I wouldn't wreck the car. It should come with a warning DANGER LAUGHING AND DRIVING COULD WRECK THE CAR.
surprisingly, My husband listened to this one and liked it. Kerplunk may of been my first book but it won't be my last. I'll just have to learn how to drive and laugh out loud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big58cal on August 14, 2010
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I've read all of Pat McManus' books and really enjoy them, with the exception of this one. The stories themselves are classic McManus and are great. Dick Hill reading them however could use improvement. Mr. Hill has a "country" accent, which is needed for these stories, however throughout the stories, you could tell that Mr. Hill was "reading" the work, instead of "telling a story" as is the standard with other audio books.
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