I've enjoyed all of Christopher Moore's work and I can't imagine anyone but Susan Bennett narating this story. This is a great follow-up to the 2 previous books.
Ok. Disclaimer. I am a fan of Christopher Moore. If you like funny, fast-paced, extremely well written foolishness, Moore is your man. If you are looking for the "great American novel", move on. Also, if you are near the same age of Abbey Normal, and are at all sensitive about being accurately portrayed as that annoying, this book will drive you crazy. If you want a good, silly time, get it.
That said, "Bite Me" finishes off the trilogy (or does it?) started with "Bloodsucking Fiends" and "You Suck" The first book was Jody's tale, the second, Tommy's, and now Abbey comes in front and center. The first chapter is a recap of the first two books, so if you know them, you can move ahead a little. But not too far, the story get's a little complex very quickly. With Abbey as the narrator, it feels a little disjointed at first, but there is a rhythm and once you get into it, everything starts falling into place.
There are a lot of comments about the narration - I am happy that all three books are narrated by Bennett. It gives a nice continuity to the set. As always, I feel Bennett does a great job. Abbey is accused of being "too perky", so Bennet's choice of rapid fire, breathless reading is excellent. But, as with every book here, listen to the sample. In my humble opinion, Bennet and Moore are a great team.
The only problem? I want more Moore!
Nevertheless, at a discounted rate, I thought Susan Bennet's narration was spot on. Her "okay, so" rendered is "QueSO" is brilliant. My only hope it that Moore will add more real substance, and less "recap" to his next installment of this 1984/Dracula/Sandburg (it was not Ferlinghetti who wrote about the fog) dystopian San Francisco world. Not for the faint of heart, given that each of Abby's utterances somehow must include something profane. Funny, but profane.
I'm only half way through this but I love it. The narration is just brilliant. The narrator really brings Abby Normal to life. This is the best audio book I've purchased so far.
Kudos to Susan Bennett.
This is a great audiobook! The narrator does a great job will all the different character voices. Abby is one of the best characters I have come across. This is my first Moore book, so I learned I started this series in the wrong order. It goes Blood Sucking Fiends, You Suck and finally Bite Me. I will be listening to the rest after this!
Im stubborn and don't always listen, but read me a good book and my attention is all yours!! Thanks Audible.
Positive point: I must say this book had some colorful, creative, and funny use of words and descriptions.
Negative point: I could not get into this story line at all. The plot was very basic and too (for a lack of a better word) silly.
Avid audiobook addict!
I found the narrator extremely entertaining and thoroughly enjoyed the clever dialogue in this book. I can see how others might find her annoying though.
Christopher Moore is by far my favorite author and I have enjoyed every one of his books. In the case of "Bite Me", I find myself stuck by a narrator that thinks she is on the Broadway stage. Narration is a specialized type of performance, whose main purpose should be to convey the author's words clearly, so the reader understands what is going on. The narrator should never sacrifice clarity for acting. Ms. Bennett gets so wrapped up in acting the role of Abby that I have to copnstantly rewind to try to understand what she is saying. She assumes that Abby speaks very fast and so does she. She may be right, but it requires a great deal of concentration to keep up with her. If she underplayed the character a little bit, it could be better. At this point, this may be the first Christopher Moore book I won't be able to finish. My solution is to obtain the written version.
Painful, very painful listen. The narrator read the book in the style written but 8 hours of this is too much for my ears. I could not listen past the second chapter.
The story is funny but not a good listen.