This is a great story. Too funny! I know people though I am crazy for laughing out loud. The narrator does an excellent job, she is as engaging as the story!
I found the novel to be both very silly, and very fun. The reader makes the book worthwhile, transforming the San Francisco Goth teen vernacular, which I feared would be grating and annoying, into a cadence that had me giggling at points. Read as an easy summer beach novel, I found it completely satisfying.
Moore is a great (and clever) writer, but it is the narration of Susan Bennett that makes this book truly awesome. It is laugh-out-loud funny.
WARNING: Listening to this book on your ipod at the gym, and laughing out loud, tends to freak out people around you.
Like okay, okay, so I'm like Mistress Of the Night Abby finally got to me and she's like doing the booty dance and I go okay okay I really got used to you and this third book was pretty awesome and I'm like cool dude listen to it.
I liked the book but it was a bit over the top on the vocal choice for the character Abby Normal. It was not so bad for the second book, You Suck, because she was not the primary character but Bite Me is written from her perspective for about 80% of the book. That being said, it did have a good story line and I would recommend it for those who like the writing styles of Christopher Moore.
I am a huge fan of Christopher Moore. Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck are two of my favorites. This is not as good as either of the first two books in the story line. If I weren't already attached to the emperor and his man, the animals, Jodi and Tommy and Abby, their minion, I wouldn't have enjoyed it, but since I feel like they are buddies who I haven't seen in a while I wanted to hear the next chapter in their lives. If you are already a fan, buy the audiobook and don't expect too much. Its interesting enough and we already know Moore tends to be a little off the wall, and his characters have irritating silly Cali accents. If you didn't love the first two books, dont bother with this one.
I love Abby Normal! Susan Bennett does a perfect goth girl voice. I read in a previous review that the writer is starting to speak like Abby Normal and I am too.
I laughed out loud at some points. Mr. Moore you rock. Laters
I have listened to some of Christopher Moore's other works and loved them. This one? Not so much. My primary complaint is with the main character's redundancy. She has a few "catch phrases" that she uses over and over. And perhaps it's just me, but I find a few of the voices selected for the main characters annoying and borderline whiny. I was disappointed, but perhaps it's only because I am such a Moore fan - I just expected more depth and a less frustrating "heroine." Many of the other characters are interesting, but bouncing around between them leaves you with the sense that the only character you spent any time with is less than satisfying.
Review: I listened to this book on audiobook and laughed out loud (or LOL as Abby would put it) so many times that I think my co-workers thought I lost my mind. The story itself is really well paced, has the right amount of sardonic humor, and the characters are very true to themselves. It is a love story at heart but there is so much going on that you sometimes forget that. I know that a book about vampires and evil vampire cat's named Chet does not seem like it would be a good read but trust me when I say you won't be disappointed. My only problem, and this just might be with the audio version, is the number of different main POV's. It was a little hard to follow at times but it was easy to catch up. I loved the ending, I thought it was perfect for this book.
WARNING: If you have a problem with foul language or acronym language (LOL, OMFG, OMG, etc) this is not the book for you :)
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
Christopher Moore is wicked funny and the narrator amazing! Good for adults not easily offended by language and sexual situations who sometimes like to talk like naughty high-school students. Enjoy.