Laugh out loud funny, witty, and entertaining. The narration is excellent! Looking forward to A Dirty Job Part II!
I liked this. I even purchased an mp3 player and put this on it for my daughter for her birthday and she is enjoying it. We both agree the reader is perfect for the reading. We love it.
I love books (history and fantasy especially), animals, guns, motorcycles, walking in the rain (okay, just kidding about that one)... someone who strives to be a life-long learner.
After unsuccessfully trying to read a different book by Christopher Moore, I thought I would not try any others; that is until I read the abstract for this one. The premise for the book seemed so odd that I was intrigued and had to try. I am so glad I did.
The book made me laugh out loud (a lot) and after my son read it, several phrases from the book made their way into our daily vocabulary (Kitty!) The story was weird, wacky, funny and absolutely unpredictable and both of us were truly sorry when it was done. This is a book that I think I enjoyed having read to me more than I would have enjoyed reading it - a tribute to the reader indeed. Fun, fun, fun.
This book is very funny. It is not for serious people who like dry humor. It is politically incorrect and offensive... like so many great comedic books and films. I will listen to it many times, I am sure.
The narrator actor for this book, Fischer Stevens does a perfectly competent job, but he does very little to give each character their own distinct accent and personality. By contrast, Susan Bennett, the narrator for Christopher Moore's vampire triology Bloodsucking Fiends//You Suck/Bite me is quite simply the best voice actor I've ever heard. Even better than Jim Dale.
So what's the problem? The problem is that many of the same characters that Susan Bennett voiced to perfection show up in this story as well. I was worried when two characters that Bennett voiced especially well, the Emperor and Inspector Riviera turned up in this book and seemed like cardboard cut outs. But when Abby Normal also entered the picture, I had to stop listening. Bennett's voicing of Abby Normal is the most hilarious and pitch-perfect voice acting you will ever hear. It's more important for me to have Abby Normal, as Bennett voiced her, be preserved unspoiled in my memory than to hear the rest of this book.
If you have not yet heard Susan Bennett voice these characters, then you'll probably be happy with Steven's voicing. And you may get a kick out of hearing how Bennett does it if you move on the vampire trilogy.
If we are lucky, maybe HarperCollins will pay to have Bennett re-narrate these books now that they have seen her work on the vampire triology (recorded later). I'd gladly buy this title a second time to hear her narration.
Muisc is Life
This book is very amusing. We listened to this on our 14 hour drive to Chicago and it kept our attention. Fisher Stevens narrates this book so well, you'd think he was the actual characters. I have already listened to this title twice now. Well worth the money spent.
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One of the funniest books I have listened to. I don't even know what made me download this book but I'm glad I did. This should be made into a movie
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.