I picked this book because of how much I loved Lamb. This book was an easy listen; it was funny, sometimes a little creepy, sometimes a little dark, but mostly funny. I love the narration; it was truly spectacular.
I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
I liked this book. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could. I've liked other Christopher Moore better (Lamb, Fool, Dirty Job). But I definitely liked it. It was very much a Chrisopher Moore take on vampires: sarcastic, unexpected at times, interesting characters, understated humor. What kept it from being a 4 star book for me is that I didn't have the urge to run out and get the second book in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but just wasn't invested.
I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and my favorite books are realistic, but stretch the truth and the laws of physics.
This is a story that includes a large comedic cast of characters and is set in San Francisco. The tone Moore used throughout has lots of witty, quirky realism to it, but in a non self conscious way that just plucks right along through coming of age, embarrassing erections, new love, stonerism, a little gore, and the real-life technicalities of vampirism, in a city full of homeless people, gay fortune tellers, trend obsessed youths, and upper crust yuppies.
I would describe it not only as adventurous and magical, but also a little dark, a little tense, and really fun and funny as hell. The series (3 books) does not wear its self out for the sake of endless sequels. All three books are necessary parts of the same story, which pans out over the interrelated lives of a group of people who do not have any contrived motivations, or wasted lines or narratives. It's a good time.
If you listen to this book and don't love it for some reason, try "Fool: a novel" by Christopher Moore. I think that's got to be his best!
This is a narrator who knocks it out of the park. She gave all of the characters a righteous approximation of their rightful voices, she never missed a beat of satire, she let the funny parts stay funny and the serious parts stay meaningful, all the while maintaining the nonchalant rhythm that Christopher Moore brings to his work.
Many people seem to like a lot of brooding depth with their vampire tales, and though this story does have just a touch of that, it is a funny book which NEVER takes its self too seriously. Enjoy!
- To the potential readers
Here's what you will find in the book. You're familiar with the stories of the young kids who move to The City and take all kinds of weirdness for granted, because they're here to use the crucible of The City to realize greatness that lurks within themselves? This is kind of like that, but takes a decidedly weird, but truly funny spin.
Tommy is a recent Midwest arrival to San Francisco, earning his rent stocking shelves (and bowling with frozen turkeys) at Safeway with the rest of "The Animals," while figuring out how to begin the next Great American Novel. Jody is a pretty redhead who thinks he's cute in a nerdy sweet-but-clueless way. Tommy is rendered powerless by her, not because of her vampire powers, but because she's the prettiest woman who's ever payed any attention to his geeky self. They fall in love, fend off vampires, avoid clever cops, and proceed from one bizarre adventure to the next.
Moore populates his San Francisco with characters every bit as interesting as I found when I move there - angst-ridden Gothster Abby Normal, street-wise Inspector Rivera who dressed in the type of designer suits only worn himself and pimps, a *huge* cat named Chet, and the homeless gentleman known as "The Emperor" and his dogs Bummer and Lazarus (based upon Emperor Norton, a much-beloved turn of the century San Franciscan). The book is a rich, rollicking, weird, ride that inspires laughs every page or two. It also contains Easter eggs where characters from other, equally funny, equally good, Moore books show up in this one.
I've spent plenty of time in Pratchett's Discworld, and I've happily Hitchiked Adams' Galaxy. If you're looking for books a creative story with regular comedic twists, inhabited by colorful, interesting, characters, give this one a try. Then finish out the trilogy with "You Suck," and "Bite Me." Need more Moore? Move on to "A Dirty Job" for his take on Death, or "Fool" for his take on Shakespeare's "King Lear" done as a British comedy. My point is, there's Moore comedy in Heaven and Earth, Horatio... ;-)
- To the designer of the audio book cover
Perhaps you were an intern who hadn't actually read the book. Possibly you're a spurned former lover trying to sabotage Moore's career. Perhaps you were on serious drugs at the time, or off your equally serious psychotropic meds. Whatever the case may be, the cover for this audio book does no favors at all to the author or the readers. This is first, a comedy, and second, a sweet adventure/love story. Yes, the heroine is a reluctant vamp, but when one sees who she selects the few times she kills, one can't help but fall in love with her. Read the book. You'll see.
I adore Christopher Moore. His humor cracks me up. I mean, who else can get away with a Penthouse Letters intro in a chapter and keep it believable? This is the first book in what is - as of last week - a trilogy. I read the second one first and then came back to this one when I realized it existed.
Moore's interpretation of the spiritual realm on Earth and afterlife constantly amaze me. He takes mythical and religious concepts and infuses them with humor and emotion. That's a pretty amazing feat. Tommy's and Jody's journey through a fledgling relationship as each deals with the other's insecurities lends an air of credibility to what would sometimes seem like incredulous events.
Susan Bennett does a terrific job with the narration, and each character is easily discernable. I wish she did more books!
This Vampire story is hilarious and reminds me a little of Neil Gaiman simply because the author is so "out of the box". Very enjoyable and quite different. Susan Bennett should get an award for her narration, truly. Her narration and slight sarcasm as well as her inflexions and voice for each character is amazing. I am looking forward to downloading the next installment.
I would highly recommend this audiobook. Let me add, it's quite entertaining. If you like fun vampire stories with interesting characters and an amazing narrator who understands what she is reading, check this one out.
Absolute recommendation! The characters are funny,endearing,crazy, and believable. The city of San Francisco is a character in the book itself and is a perfect backdrop for this great quirky and unusual vampire love story. The narrator Susan Bennett is one of the best I have ever listened to! She makes every single character come to life. You can see the city and the characters because of her narration!
Christopher Moore has created such a great cast of well developed and loveable characters, it is hard to pick just one character as my favorite. I choose Jody because she has to go through the most physical and emotion changes. That's all I will say.
I have listen to Susan Bennett's recordings for Christopher Moore before I read Bloodsucking Fiends. This one is just as good as those were! Those performances are what made me read this one.
The Animals seem like they would be a crazy bunch of guys to just sit and watch and laugh at!
Read the next two books in the series!!! They get even better with the addition of Abby Normal and a few more new characters to the series.
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
This book is well-written and hilariously, laugh-out-loud funny. A well-honed attitude of snark and subtle satire prevail throughout this story. At the same time it is oddly poignant, thought-provoking and touching in it's own wacky way. Contains: a love story involving two of the characters that is unexpectedly genuine and sweet, even if it is oh-so-slightly dark and disfunctional. Caution: crazy, vivid characters may jump (off the page) or out of the earbuds at you. The narration is excellent: A real performance and distinction between the characters without being over the top. Enjoy!
Say something about yourself!
Yes!!!!! Great story with some comedy!
The Emperor and his "MEN" Because to cares for his men. I don't want to give to much away.
Susan Bennet brought this character to life.
All around good story with some twists and turns. Had some laughs as well. I will be downloading the second book!!!!