I read many of the reviews people had written on this book before I downloaded it. Maybe there is something wrong with me, because I could not even finish this insultingly sophomoric story. Many reviewers mentioned the language, that didn't bother me, the lack of anything truly funny was the problem and the way the author has to beat you over the head with what he thinks is hilarious. I am sorry that I had to give it 1 star, it should be a minus 5. Normally I would enjoy quirky humor, but this is drivel. Save your credit.
I had to stop listening after about an hour. Fisher Stevens is an actor, not a narrator, which means that he doesn't have a cast of voices to call upon and he hesitates at the end of lines. Perhaps if he slowed down a bit, he would be able to read continuously rather than pausing in the middle of sentences at inappropriate points.
Each of his voices sounded exactly the same, from a teenage girl, lesbian sister, protagonist, etc. The only person that sounded different was a black man.
And finally, the manner with which he narrated the book sounded as though he was reading it for the first time and many of his inflections were totally off the mark. It was very similar to listening to a 12 year old reading out loud.
I may pick up the book at a bookstore but this was a horrible recording!
I like Doctor Who.
I was in the mood for something funny, so I did a search for Fiction / Humor and this one was at the top of the page. I was excited about it because I thought it would fill the "Dead Like Me"-shaped hole in my heart. Unfortunately, what I got was a huge list of one-note characters and ton of sophomoric humor. Literally every character in this book is a stereotype. The Russian neighbor says everything is "like bear." The Chinese neighbor speaks only in the present tense and eagerly eats the protagonist's dead pets. The lesbian sister steals the protagonist's tailored suits. The ex-cop employee is a meathead. The list goes on and on.
Fisher Stevens does a decent job with the material. I couldn't help but think of him in his role in Short Circuit where he played a man from India (Stevens himself is white), but that's probably an unfair comparison. He's not responsible for the content of this book. However, his cadence was a bit off for an audiobook and he ended up sounding like Marc Summers narrating "Unwrapped." I can handle that for a one-hour documentary on how certain foods are made, but not for an audiobook.
I listened to most of the book hoping that the plot would pay off. Souls are defined a bit differently in this story. In this book, people do not have souls, only personalities. However, souls look for vessels to inhabit and move from body to body. I was really curious to see how this would play out and hoped the book would discuss what this meant as far as people, as individuals, are concerned. However, after the part where the protagonist is humped by two four hundred-pound hellhounds that live in his apartment (because that's funny, I guess?), I no longer cared. This book is going back.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
OK - I only have 2 thumbs but if I did have an extra one I would certainly give this book all 3 of them. I adore Christopher Moore's writing style - clever, snarky, satirical, a bit vulgar, whimsical - just perfectly gruesomely delicious! If you've read any of his other books you'll probably recognize some of the characters and places - but the adventures are new and the twists are sure to delight even the most cynical among us. I read this one about a year before I listened to it - and I'm sure I'll be coming back for another run-through in the future. Really Good!!
The story line was OK, but the narrartor left a lot to be desired. I felt like the author had no idea what to do with the characters or story at the end of the book. Pretty lame ending. Kill everybody off poof, story over.
I typically do not like "fantasy" type books, but the writing and development of the characters in this book is a joy. Beyond that, Fisher Steven's narration of this book is quite frankly the best I have ever heard. He puts a different voice to each character and does a remarkable job.
I purchased this book because I am looking for new authors to enjoy. Enjoy I did. I wasn't really reading what this book was about, and of course, got a suprise with the content! just goes to show, you can once in a while pick a book blindly and love it. Very funny, content was handled well, not scary but facinating. Mr. Moore will sell another book to me. Recommend for the light side of scary! funny funny funny
Christopher Moore's wicked and twisted sense of humor is right up my alley. I have only read two other books by him (before this one) but now, I'm going to have to get them all!
I'm not sure why this book is so popular with audible listeners. I found it weird and not well written.