This was my first Christopher Moore book from Audible, and I've really enjoyed it. I've heard it is not his best work, but it definitely convinced me to listen to more books from him.
I think that you will either love or hate this book. It is not for everybody. The language can be offensive, but honestly it goes so well with the characters, that you barely notice it. Besides, it is never vulgar. The story is unconventional, but that is also why it is so charming. You will appreciate the book if you have a good sense of humour and tend not to take everything so literally.
I also think that the book is far from being stupid. You will learn about the Morrigan, which stem from the Irish mythology and the challenges of the beta-male (who by definition is not as successful as the alpha male)
Last, but not least, the narration on this story is terrific. Fisher Stevens does a wonderful job and really gives life to the characters. I am actually not sure I would have enjoyed the book so much if I had read it.
Just buy it!
I like this book, I thought it was really funny and witty. Even though there is some harsh language I think that only adds to the humor of the book and I was not at all offended like some other listeners. It is a good entertaining book to listen to, it won't change your life but it was funny.
I must say this has been one of my favorite books of all time. Fisher Stephens couldn't have done a better job for this book, nor could Christopher Moore write a funnier book about death. I must say this is a must on my list of books on tape I would suggest to people. Suspense, Comedy, Drama what else could you ask for? I wish Christopher Moore would write another book similar to this or even s sequel to it!
Not sure where all of these 1 star reviews are coming from, I guess everyone's a critic in the end.
This was my first Audible download, and an excellent choice. About halfway through I wondered why I had never heard of it. About 3/4 through I kept imagining it as a movie.. done by Tim Burton. It then played in my head as such. The main characters are well developed, and the action was spaced well between amusing exchanges. I really enjoyed the comic relief and the characters own disbelief at the implausible situations. Some of which rivaled the scariest horror stories. If a comedy -drama is a dramedy.. is this book then a horrordy.. or comodor? thrillady? That was my perception.. comedy-horror.
I have since listened to 6 or 7 other audio books..from sci-fi, to murder mystery, and this book still stands out as very original and well done and highly enjoyable. For reference, The Help was one of the most recent audio listens, (which I also HIGHLY recommend), the characters tugged at my heart and soul. In comparison A Dirty Job was just as well written and just as worth a read or listen.
regarding other reviewers trouble with the language, I found the dialog believable and written as some people actually speak. I wonder if those reviewers refrain from movies with coarse language. I cannot recall any action or suspense films without it. I would bet money they don't watch any HBO shows either. Both Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire are full of foul language uttered by excellent characters in excellent shows. The plot and character interactions are what count the most to me.
so, if you are a non-discriminatory reader and enjoy most genres, then this is must read and very original and enjoyable. If you only read kiddie lit and Christian Fiction, then this may be way too ADULT for your tastes and should avoid.
When you have characters with names like "Minty Fresh" you can't go wrong! Fisher Stevens is amazing!!
My friend recommended this book to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is original and unique and a lot of fun. It kept me interested and made me laugh many, many times. I am looking for more Christopher Moore books as I am told his others are just as wonderful.
I read the book before I bought the audio, and I couldn't put it down, the story was so compelling the characters so relatable and the humor so quirky that I knew before I'd finished that Mr. Moore was my new favorite author. And when i bought the audio I was not disappointed the narrator did an amazing job. A MUST BUY
My buddy recommended this and it was terrific. The novel itself was great, but I don't know how I'll listen to any other Moore novels that aren't read by Stevens - he did a terrific job!