This is not great literature, but the writing is wry and the narrator terrific. If you are looking for something fun, not too heavy (what could be heavy about Death) and just a great listen, I highly recommend this book.
I love Christopher Moore, his sense of humor is dark and deranged... perfect. I knew I would enjoy a look at Death through the eyes of this very funny author. I wasn't disappointed. As to the narrator, I loved him! Lilly and Ray sort of sound the same, but that would be my only complaint. The others are so good that I had to check to see if there were other actors in the narration, there's not.
Death is a scary business, a "Dirty Job" and somehow Christopher Moore always manages to assure his reader of the afterlife in the most unsettling way. Strangely, this book has some serious subject matter and walks through the very darkest times in a persons life and does it all from this pov: no matter what, it'll be alright. We may not look the way we want, our "happily ever after" may not be the way we thought it would be, but eternity allows for many eventualities.
Enjoy the story, and the looks you'll get from people as you laugh out loud for no apparent reason.. just hold up your ipod in answer.
I read through the reviews of this book and was surprised by the number of people who liked Fisher Stevens' narration--for me, it was the worst narration I've ever heard. He pauses at the end of every line of the book, whether there is a natural break there or not (kind of like listening to a 6th grader read aloud). He has two voices--his own (which is not unpleasing) and a kind of California surfer-dude inflection that he applies on and off, indiscrimately, to various characters.
Further, HarperAudio all but ruined this with the addition of canned--and really bad--musical overtures at random times throughout the program.
For the content, I would give four stars. It's nicely diverting and at times funny. The program itself, rated separately, would only get one star from me.
I have never read(or listened to) anything by Christopher Moore before so I don't even know why I picked this one but I'm glad I did. This book is funny with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. I would consider this a good summer book, when you don't want to commit to anything too heavy or long. The narrator is phenominal with his different accents and voices to portray the many characters. You get to the point where you can tell who is talking without him saying. Want a light and funny program to lay back and take in a lazy day? This is a great choice!
I finished listening to this in 4 days. Fisher Stevens is hands down, the BEST narrator I've heard. I was never confused as to who the characters were and they had a lot of life to them. The story will have you in stitches but it has a satisfying arc that carries over till the great ending. Buy this audiobook.
I loved the book.... ok, the ending is a tiny weak but I got what I was looking for in a big way and would, and have recommended this book to anyone who enjoys strange characters and lots of laughs.
Good book, good story, but I could tell the author got to the "oh boy, I'd better figure out a way to end this book," and did it in a way that, to me, was unsatisfactory and anticlimactic. But it was quite funny.
I once read a one star review of Moore's "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal" because the reader thought it was going to be a wonderful children's story. I can only think that the one star reviews of this book are from either devil worshipers who expect a serious end-of-the-world story or people who have never read Moore. This is a great mix of absurdity, dark humor, and poignancy. Fisher Steven's read of this book has made it one of the best Audible books I've bought; the voice characterizations are perfect.
This book sounded like one of those trashy tomes I try to avoid, but because it was set in SF I gave it go. Good move on my part. Got a lot of laughs. "The Asian Powers" are kind of stereotypes, but then if you've lived here, you know them. The reader does some very good voices, and the whole package is so entertaining that the bizarre premise isn't really an issue