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.
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.
Liked the book, don't take it seriously - there is no great meaning of life here but parts made me laugh out loud during my commute.
The book is totally NOT mainstream. It is unique and original. It has a bit of a frat boy surfer dude mentality. It is hysterical, laugh out loud funny. The concept of the book is utterly unique. The characters are all loveable in a zany kind of way, even the bad guys. The whiny timid geek who is the protagonist, his outspoken lesbian sister, the Asian neighbor who views pretty much anything that moves as a potential stew, the homeless nutty as a fruitcake Emperor and his valiant "men"; the demons in the sewer who act kind of like a dark female version of the three stooges, not to forget Minty Fresh, the reluctant advisor and snappy dresser. Every character is a bit more fun than the last. Everyone is a bit dysfunctional, but loveable none the less and they come together brilliantly.
The story moves along at a very good clip and never gets boring. Picture the movie "Mama's boy" meets "lost boys" I have gone out and bought every Christopher Moore book I can find. It's a totally wild and unbelievable story. Everything comes together; there are no loose ends even though it's totally off the wall. It is immensely entertaining. Christopher Moore is an amazing story teller.
There is a bit of cursing here and there but nothing too explicit. I'd rate the book PG.
It is hard to rate this book because some of the dialogue was laugh out loud funny, and the characters (the human ones) were very endering, but the story went from interesting concept to beyond stupid with ravens that live in the sewer. It is my first Christopher Moore book, so I am going to give him another try because I did enjoy the witty dialouge.