I Love Christopher Moore and I'm trying to catch up on a few of his books that I missed. So far I haven't been disappointed. But when I started listening to this book I thought, "You've got to be kidding me!" The narrator made me feel like I was about to fall asleep. Not the best thing to do while you're driving to and from work. He made this funny book so very dull. But then, either he got a memo telling him to liven it up, or he felt the momentum of the story. About half way through he started to sound awake, if not lively. On top of that, Mr. Moore threw a little curve ball. I was sitting there wondering, "What's the point already?" when I heard the word meme. I know what you're thinking. Those stupid cartoon faces all over the internet. That what I thought too until a few months ago when I heard a story about Meme-ology on NPR. Fascinating stuff. I would encourage everyone to go look it up. Anyway, for me it turned a dull book into a great book with just one word. The ending is pretty amazing too. But I'll stop here before I give anything away. If you love CM then you should stick with this book through the dull bits. If this is your first CM book, maybe skip it for now and listen to Fool or Sacre Bleu first.
The Narrator! I'm sure Bill Irwin would do a good job with something that was much more serious, but please....Christopher Moore books are meant to make you laugh out loud and I didn't do that once. His voice is somber and atonal and even when he was delivering lines that should have cracked me up, they fell flat.
I love whales, so anything to do with them interests me. And of course Kona...I love that Christopher Moore's characters show up from book to book. It links all of them together.
Either Oliver Wyman or Fisher Stevens would have done a much better job of this story.
Absolutely! I think any of Christopher Moores books would make a great movie.
My daughter read this book and loved it, so I was looking forward to listening to it so much. I'm sorry to say I was very disappointed.
During the very first chapter of the book, maybe even the 1st paragraph, the narrater flubs up a line and it grated on me for at least 15 chapters after that. I found a hard copy of the book just to see if maybe Christoper Moore was being genius and I was too dense to figure it out and he really meant to write it the way Fisher Stevens narrated it. Nope! It was a mess up. Once I got past that it was a great book! Defeinitely not my favorite narrating, but worth the listen just the same. By the end of the book I totally forgot I about the 1st chapter screw up. :-) I will pay attention to avoid this narrater in the future though. Sorry guy!
I bought this book because I thoroughly enjoyed "Fool" by this same author, but the horrible, awful, emotionless reading by Bill Irwin killed it for me. Parts that should have been funny could not even warrant a chuckle because of the disservice Irwin does to this book. I will never buy anything he reads again. I will give Moore's work a second chance, never Irwin. It's a let down for the author and especially the listeners.
Yeah, as stated by others, the narrator is really bad; by far the worst I've heard reading one of Moore's books. The voices are decent, but this guy seems the easily confused type. Still, it's not fatal, and the text makes up for the narration. A worthy listen!
I really enjoyed other books by the same author, but I just couldn't get over the horrible narration of this one. The narrator seemed bored by the whole book and always spoke in monotone, except when he's completely mangling hawaiian words. The story itself is just ok.
I have to agree with the previous review, the narration is awful. This book deserves and upbeat, sharp fast narration, not this slow dull rendition. I've several times thought the narrator did not read the book first as many lines have rather stilted or awkward delivery.
I wouldn't say this is one of Moore's best books. It didn't grab my funny bone and leave me smiling in the same way that "Dirty Job" or "Lamb" did.
Christopher Moore is really good at creating interesting, memorable characters. I wish he'd put his usual amount of effort into that aspect for this book.
Kona, the fake Hawaiian/Jamaican Surfer Dude is up to standards for sure. But most of the rest of the characters have nary an interesting personality quirk between them.
The "Old Broad" is also an interesting character, but she's hardly even in the story. A few other ancillary characters show some promise as well. But as far as the main characters go, they're not much to speak of.
The general ideas expressed in the book are amusing. For example, the notion that all Killer Whales are named Kevin, and biological technology that involves a lot of sphincter usage.
In general, though, I felt that this book just didn't live up to Christopher Moore's other works. It just didn't have the same humour and soul that I've enjoyed from his other books.
But the plot was interesting enough, as were the ideas and settings. So I can't say that I regret buying this book.
The narrator did a passable job. He's okay at voices and his rhythm is good. He'd be better if he could narrate in less of a monotone.
I understand there's a version of this story narrated by Fisher Stevens. I really like some of Stevens' voices - but his rhythm is terrible, and he often assigns the exact same voice to different characters making it hard to differentiate between them when they're having a conversation.
I personally appreciated having a different narrator for this book. I'll admit though, it's hard to find the perfect narrator. It's a very difficult skill.
All in all, I'd recommend buying this book. Even though I'm more lukewarm about it than Moore's other books, I still believe that it's a worthwhile read.
Bill Irwin is getting a lot of flak - totally undeserved, I feel - for his performance. He's a soft spoken narrator, it's true, but I really enjoyed it, and thought he did a great job. I've worked my way through almost all of Christopher Moore's books on audio, and this is easily one of my favorites. Moore takes absurd plots and takes such a real approach to them, and creates characters that are so believable that it makes everything seem totally plausible. And of course, funny.
What starts out rather seriously, whale researchers in Hawaii, quickly becomes an amazing tale that really keeps you wondering what the heck is going on! I loved the characters, the reading style, the story line and the crazy ideas. When it was all over, I kind of think to myself, hmmm, what about those whales, maybe there is more to them than we know. The whaley boys are hilarious, the ship is imaginable and there's even a love story or two.
What a wonderful, fun, goofy book!
Christopher Moore is the best!!