You just have to let yourself go with this, the humor is there, and Moore plays on as many clenches and word plays where I found I did laugh out loud in parts. Moore is not for everyone. I have read "Lamb" as well and loved it.
I read the book several years ago and thought it was hilarious. I enjoyed the audiobook, but for some reason did not seem to find it as funny. Maybe it was the performance, but I think a lot of the jokes fell flat and then I missed them bc I had no hard copy. I am going to still listen to the whole series and more by Moore!
This is book that pokes fun at the vampire genre with ready wit and humor. I'm not sure who came up with the cover, but they just don't match. If you are looking for a tongue in cheek vampire book this is for you.
Having never read the print version, I can't make a fair comparison. However, Susan Bennett's interpretation of the authors words adds to, rather than distracting/detracting from them. (As you all know, the narrator makes or breaks an audio edition. Bronson Pinchot is the King, but Susan Bennett definitely qualifies as a Crown Princess. She has the kind of voice that makes you think she's a genuine, fun person and you can't help thinking you'd like to meet her. Not in a creepy, stalker sort of way, but in a friendly neighborly sort of way.)
Really, it's a toss up between Jody and C. Thomas Flood, but I probably come down on the side of Tommy. Yes, his vulnerability, innocence and pure likeability are factors in his favor, but what really did it was his impassioned, internal plea for sex with Jody. I laughed so hard I almost had to pull the car over before I got a ticket. ("Sorry officer, I was laughing at Tommy's internal dialogue as he begged his vampire girlfriend for sex." I don't think it would help my case.)
I have not. However, after listening to Bronson Pinchot narrate the Hard Magic series, I sought out his other work, and ended up finding some very good books. I'll do the same with Susan Bennett.
Okay, this is a fairly lame question. However, I can't help taking a shot at it. "What's a little bloodsucking between friends?"
If you're looking for an excellent listen, a good story with likeable characters, outstanding dry humor, read by an fantastic narrator, this is the book for you. Really. No kidding.
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 like realistic books that stretch the truth and the laws of physics...and also emotionally resonant narration that doesn't suck.
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.