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Lunatics - Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel Philip Horkman and Jeffrey Peckerman never imagined the wild ride their lives would become after a girls’ soccer game on fateful Sunday. As opposite as two people could be, they are forced together into the most bizarre situations, having to rely on the other in order to survive. The resulting story, Lunatics, is as entertaining as it is improbable. Better yet, it is made even more entertaining because of its improbability.As the authors, Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel work well together. Each brings his own unique brand of humor to the story, creating two very distinct characters that feed off of their differences. The story is told from the two differing perspectives, creating distinct separations in tone and mood. The differences in storytelling, and perspectives, make Lunatics an absolute delight as the reader gets the pleasure of discerning the truth behind the two narratives while enjoying the banter between them. As narrators, Dave Berry and Alan Zweibel are absolute perfect. Each embodies his character with the ideal amount of sarcasm or earnestness, crassness or patience, as required. Because they best know the comedic moments, the audio performance is even more hilarious than just reading the book. Truly, the sound effects – the mimicking of Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, and various reporters around the globe as well as the various sound effects made by Peckerman – can only be appreciated on audio and do nothing but enhance the overall experience. Lunatics lives up to the hype by being one of the funniest and goofiest novels in a long time. Peckerman and Horkman are a modern-day Odd Couple with a great repartee that boosts the wickedly funny narrative. Due to the coarse language and some graphic frat-humor scenes, it may not be for everyone; those who are not bothered by that however will find themselves hard-pressed to not laugh out loud multiple times either while reading or listening to it. Lunatics is a great way to wind down in the evenings or get away from the stress and idiocy of a typical work day.Acknowledgements: Thank you to Penguin Audio for my review copy!