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.
As in he should be caught around the neck by a loop in a harpoon's rope and then be dragged into the cold oblivion of the sea.
This would really be, I think, fair and just considering how badly he damaged Moore's work. The reading is monotone, unenthusiastic and impenetrable.
By impenetrable I mean trying to listen to so-called narrator Bill Irwin is akin to trying to chew your way through the Great Wall of China. Painful, pointless and by the time you have barely started all you have to show for your effort is a mouthful of broken bloody teeth.
In case I have not been clear so far, the narrator utterly ruins this audio book.
Fellow listeners I have tried no fewer than 6 times to complete this book. I did myself this harm because all of Moore's other works were fantastically enjoyable listens.
To this point in time I am still unable to make it very far.
Such a shame....
Audible if you release another audio edition of this with a different narrator I'll buy it again.
Moore fans and those just passing by should stay well away from this and pick another Moore story. The rest are all quite enjoyable and have narrations which can be enjoyed by people other than the deaf.
Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.
I don't give out 5 stars very often. I loved this book. I had no idea what was going to happen, and still miss some of the characters. Can we make a little cartoon whale with big eyes and an animated TV show to go with it? That way none of Jah's people gonna want ta eat up our humpies.
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.
The story itself was fantastic (Christopher Moore is a comedic genius and this is one of my favourite of his novels) but my enjoyment of the audiobook was marred by the awful narration.
The narrator pronounced all of his "w" words with an "h" on the front, which drove me slowly insane. It's a book about WHALES...which he pronounced as "Hwhales". Every. Single. Time.
I really enjoyed the storyline as I do for every Christopher Moore book but I felt like the narrator detracted from the book. It was read in a very somber and almost melodramatic tone which really took the humor out of the book. There were parts that I felt should have been laugh out loud funny but were read so monotone that you couldn't appreciate it. I have really loved all of the other narrators for the other books because they really bring the characters to life so I had high expectations. However, don't judge the book by that because as usual, Christopher Moore does not disappoint with a fantastically hilarious, well devolved, and unique story.
I read this book and loved it. Listening to the audio version was even better. Having sound affects and characters voices.added so much moore.
I highly reccomend. it.
I love the quirky comedy of Christopher Moore. This story is off the wall and written well with very likable characters. I read a lot of murder mystery so I like the 'break' of Christopher Moore. You'll enjoy this one!