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Publisher's Summary

Humorist Patrick F. McManus has been called "a master at spoofing sportsmen" by Publishers Weekly. His rib-tickling books about hunting, fishing, and camping receive rave reviews from national media. The New York Times Book Review writes, "Everybody should read Patrick McManus."

In the chapters of Never Sniff a Gift Fish, McManus will teach you the wisdom that is usually shared only in the close ranks of modern-day hunters and gatherers. To complete your arsenal, McManus also includes "The Hunter's Workout Guide" and a special "Family Camper's Dictionary". Exercises like the hindquarter shuffle will make you move like a hunter. And phrases like "Yip-yip-yip-Owoooooo!" will help you sound like one, too.

Whether he's poking fun at fly fishing or taking on some other sportsman's icon, Patrick F. McManus is sure to have you laughing aloud. And Norman Dietz's wry narration is the perfect vehicle for McManus' best-selling, tongue-in-cheek works.

©1983 Patrick F. McManus (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • DJT
  • 2021-02-10

If you liked a Christmas story you’ll love McManus

I love the characters from his childhood.
He captures the workings of a young boys point of view perfectly.
If you like the movie Christmas Story with Ralph’s quest for a Red Rider BB gun, you’ll like McManus.

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  • Ged
  • 2012-08-31

McManus, a favorite author for two decades

Would you listen to Never Sniff a Gift Fish again? Why?

McManus has been a favorite author of mine for over two decades, and I'm not yet 31, so I can say that his works appeal to kids, teens, and older adults. I can also attest that no one whom I know who has read his works dislikes his writing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rancid Crabtree, and for too many reasons to enumerate.

Have you listened to any of Norman Dietz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The best professional reader I have heard for the works of Patrick F McManus is currently deceased, so I doubt he'll produce any more performances; otherwise, Norman Dietz and Dick Hall are very amazing readers for McManus's work. I won't say which of those two is the better, but the difference in their skill is so slim one might as well say they are tied.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If by "listen to all in one sitting" one means, did I want to turn it off at any point, then let me say I did not want to turn it off, then yes, I wanted to "listen to all in one sitting."

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Start Time Title
0:00:00 Blowing Smoke
0:17:05 Poof—No Eyebrows!
0:34:18 I Fish; Therefore, I Am
0:44:18 Running on Empty
0:56:52 The Cat and the Cat Burglar
1:10:43 Salami on Rye and Hold the Wild Gobo
1:24:31 Two-Man-Tent Fever
1:37:28 Fish Poles, and Other Useful Terminology
1:51:33 The Man Who Notices Things
2:06:48 The Elk Trappers
2:23:55 The Short Happy Life of Francis Cucumber
2:35:38 The Arkansas Prank Hound
2:46:29 Well, Excuuuuse Me!
2:54:18 The Mountain Car
3:12:57 The Christmas Hatchet
3:25:40 The Night Grandma Shot Shorty
3:34:00 The Kindest Cut of All
3:50:19 The Bush Pilots
4:07:21 Share and Share Alike
4:20:19 Never Sniff a Gift Fish
4:33:39 Backseats I Have Known
4:46:44 Edgy Rider
5:09:14 Strange Scenes and Eerie Events
5:19:28 The Hunters’ Workout Guide
5:32:28 Temporary Measures
5:41:53 The Fibricators
5:54:34 The Family Camper’s Dictionary
6:06:39 The Big Match

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-06-04

Always good for a laugh.

This is humor at its best. Sit down for a good dose whenever you need a pick-me-up.

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  • Ingrid DeTinne
  • 2018-01-27

I laugh so hard, it hurts!

McManus delivers a hilarious perspective of growing up and adult experiences mostly centered around outdoor life: hunting, fishing and the mischievous friends who are right there with him. The narrative is the closest thing to McManus himself. A must-have for the outdoorsman with a sense of humor.

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  • Patrick Wilson
  • 2017-04-29

Patrick McManus is pure brilliance!

I have always loved McManus' stories (since I was a child). The characters are somehow believable...

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  • Richard S. Swol
  • 2017-03-03

Never Sniff A Gift Fish - but do buy this book

Where does Never Sniff a Gift Fish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

a solid 7 to 7.5 out of 10

Who was your favorite character and why?

Crazy Eddie Muldoon - if he's oin the story, it's going to get crazy.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

some characters were read as if having a speech impediment...Reading the book, I don't get that impression and I don't think it added value to the performance. It may have detracted from it in fact.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I moved a lot throughout the book...laughing.

Any additional comments?

This is a compilation of Patrick McManus' short humor articles from over the years. If you ever spent time with a fisherman, hunter, or woodsman, you WILL laugh.

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  • Doug
  • 2015-11-25

classic McManus

I grew up reading these books and loved them. audio version is just as good.

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  • BearheartRaven
  • 2015-04-27

Great fun.

Any sportsman who spent time in the outdoors has experienced occasions where it's best to find a way to laugh at the strange things that happen. McManus reminds us of all of those in eloquent comical prose.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-02-09

Great experience

Reading these books as a kid, the narrator gave new life to these stories. I would recommend these to anyone who has spend any time in the outdoors

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  • Master and Commander
  • 2015-01-04

Hilarious!

Master of the "tongue in cheek". You don't have to be an outdoorsman to love it--just human. Get it.

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  • Timothy W.
  • 2014-11-20

Good listening for an older sportsman

What did you like best about Never Sniff a Gift Fish? What did you like least?

The short stories, great for short trips

Would you be willing to try another book from Patrick McManus? Why or why not?

Yes, brings back memories

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Not bad the way it is

Did Never Sniff a Gift Fish inspire you to do anything?

Have another drink and think of my fishing and hunting days