I couldn't stop listening. The reader was great too. The story was interesting and I couldn't wait to listen to it each morning on my way to work. It's funny, dark and witty. I'm going to check out all his other stuff.
A clever and entertaining story about a "death merchant" and his unusual daugther. Although the literary style, and the narrator's style of reading, make the characters seem cartoonish and immature, the story slowly grabbed my interest. Although I can't say that I did too much "laugh out loud" chuckling - there were quite a few times i had a quiet laugh as I enjoyed Moore's unusual story. By the time it got to the end though the story was quite absurd and had lost much of its earlier quirky charm and appeal. Nevertheless, I recommed the book as a fun, but not too serious, read (or listen as the case may be).
Never thought of the 'beta male' mentality before and I certainly hope I never hear the term again (believe me, the story does it to 'death')! The story was frequently amusing and overall enjoyable, if you don't mind hearing the F word every other sentence. No surprises with the ending, just left me wishing I'd used my 12 hours in better pursuits.
Semi retired CPA, Sarah's mom, corgi mom, avid traveler, political junkie, somewhere north of ATL
Charming, quirky, wonderful audio book....I highly recommend this.
Christopher Moore might be my new favorite author. His skewed sense of humor had my wife and I in stitches for the entire length of the audiobook. If you laugh at things others cringe or gasp at, this book will be one of your faves. Highly recommended by a highly disturbed couple.
Funny, fresh and well written, this was a nice find after so many disappointments lately. Best audio since Vonnegut and Confederacy of Dunces.
Recovering engineer turned entrepreneur, at least until acquired last year. Interested in...well...almost everything except romance novels.
The book got off to a slow start, chronicling the life of its beta-male protagonist (the term used in the book), but after the first hour or so, I had a tough time turning it off.
Some of the concepts were quite good, and original to my ears, dealing with the concept of the soul as well as the body as it relates to Death (and his/her minions).
The wrap-up was a bit obvious, but still fun.
Obsessed Book Fan
What a fun romp! Innovative story, where enlightment isn't always fun, but can be very funny. Loved the characters, and Fisher Stevens as narrator can't be beat. Didn't really like ending of book, but somehow it worked with story. If you are looking for unconventional story, that will make you laugh, this is a great pick.
This book made me laugh so many times... the witticisms and deadpan observations and experiences of the main character are made that much better by the cast of voices the narrator is able to conjure to surround him. It is incredibly touching, at times, but the comic relief is always just around the corner. Finally, the plot itself is imaginative enough that you never know what's going to come next... truly in the vein of Douglas Adams, but taking place right here on earth, and with some more heart, to boot. A great listen!