This book was one of the funniest I've come across in a while. I listen to books while I work out and got lots of weird looks with this one, because I couldn't help but laugh out loud.
The main character is fantastically hapless, his daughter really sounds like a five-year-old kid, and the bad guys were wonderfully human.
The narrator was great, and probably one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much. His tone and inflection were spot-on for these characters.
This book was a big surprise for me, the story is fantastic and the performance is top notch. Fisher Stevens does an amazing job bringing every character to life and delivering the dry humor in a way that makes it crack me up.
I have always loved stories about Death, Terry Pratchett’s Mort and Neil Gaiman’s various incarnations of Death are some favorites. And now Christopher Moore has added the Death Merchants Minty Fresh and Charlie Asher to my list.
WARNING: This book contains a fair amount of foul language, but I did not find it offensive or distracting. There is a scene in the book where Charlie’s daughter, maybe 3 or 4 years old, overhears something maybe she shouldn’t have and end up running around and saying in a sing-song voice, "not in the butt, not in the butt." That made me laugh out loud and makes me smile ever time I think about it. But if you are easily offended by foul language, the seven dirty words really offends you, you should find something else to read.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Twisted, Laugh out loud funny, interesting, story.
Not really my genre but I love Christopher Moore
He just writes in a way that achieves a full story. No lulls.
He was great and has good timing, but if swearing bothers you this book may not be for you.
Did I say Christopher Moore was great? He does dark comedy so well. This is a great book with of course a somewhat twisted story but somewhat believable. Great characters that were oh so relatable. I had just read a long book that was somewhat tedious and this was a wonderful laugh out loud relief, escape. My favorite Christopher Moore book is still The Stupidest Angel. It is a year after year Christmas read. Sooo nuts and funny. Only for those that have a sence of humer.
From the way she acts when I take them off, I've a feeling my baby girl thinks I have headphones graphed to my skull.
Don't listen to this on an ipod in public because people are going to think you're a nut. They do that when you bust out laughing seemingly for no reason every couple of minutes. A little dignity please! (I wouldn't drink any milk either)
I like action, gore, zombies, and non-fiction.
...but I listened to it all the way through, which is something. The characters were interesting and the story was clever. The author has a unique voice to be sure. I'd say that he's worth listening to/reading at least once. For me, though, once was enough.
Huge fan of numerous genre's. Love the paranormal, doomsday / end of the world and post-apocalyptic is my favorite. Also love thrillers, comedy and just about anything...
I had unfortunately never heard of Christopher Moore, and that was my only regret. This book was easily one of the funniest, most well paced and amazing books I have read...er...listened to, in years. Moore has an amazing talent for subtle, well paced and dark humor that forced me on more than one occasion to have to pull to the side of the freeway, wiping tears of uncontrollable laughter from my eyes. What the people who saw me must have thought, I don't know, but who cares!
The narrator was amazing, and obviously his talented voice and comedic timing played a lot in this story, but only because it was so well written. I was disappointed to find out the he (Fisher Stevens) did not narrate more of his books, but I am a sold fan of his now, too.
I don't laugh easily, and not too quickly entertained, certainly not enough to write a review about a book here. But this book was amazing. It had only one downfall. The one thing that angered me and made me regret listening to this story was the simple fact that it came to an end. This could have been a thousand pages or a thousand hours long and I would have loved it every bit of the way. I will listen to this again and again, and will go out and buy the actual book and hope I one day get to meet the author and get his autograph, and thank him for writing such a wonderful story.
His characters were so rich; I wanted to be Charlie Asher myself. I wanted to be his friend, and live in his world. I want there to be a sequel, I want to see the movie, I want more of Moore!!!
If you are even remotely on the fence about this; rest assured that someone who laughs rarely fell in love with this book instantaneously, and promise you that you will not be disappointed.
I am downloading LAMB now, same author and narrator. I am incredibly non-religious, but any author this good, with a talented voice such as Fisher Stevens behind it, I am gladly willing for the first time to go blindly into this novel as well.
This is my first Christopher Moore book. Funny, Funny book. I don't think it would quite as funny as if I read it. Fisher Stevens does a great job. I am going for more.
I was looking for something light and entertaining, and this fit the bill perfectly. The story is different, and the author writes with a great tone. Some scenes are simply laugh out loud funny. Highly recommend this.
A fun and funny book about death. Moore is a fine storyteller, and delivers numerous delectable one-liners and humorously absurd situations. I'm sure someone, somewhere has called him a "poor man's Tom Robbins." If not, I will. As a book of pure entertainment, I don't know that it causes me see the world from a different (and more skewed) perspective, as Robbins novels often do; but perhaps the comparison is unfair, like criticizing George Lucas for not being Stanley Kubrick. Yet, the Robbins influence on Moore's style seems quite apparent, and the comparison seems unavoidable. Overall, well worth reading, especially as a break from heavier, headier stuff.