Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I am generally done with the whole vampire thing - I had a serious Anne Rice obsession about 20 years ago and haven't been that impressed with the updated genre. I will gladly set my cynicism aside for Christopher Moore though - he can do little wrong in my eyes and I am totally biased when it comes to reviewing his work. This book is so silly and smart at the same time it entertains the entire way through. Susan Bennett does an amazing job at bringing all of the oddball characters to life - it took some getting used to because there are more male characters than females but she more than handled the challenge. Come prepared for some campy fun and B-movie sci-fi action - and whatever you do,don't let anyone shave your huge cat.
This has to be the funniest thing I have ever heard! First, the content is hilarious & I found myself laughing out loud at the most inopportune moments (walking down the isle at the local grocery store, laughing hysterically- alone- does tend to attract some strange looks...) But, the narration is what makes this downright crazy and unforgettable!! I am way too old to be talking like Abby, but am finding myself using key phrases of hers, much to the dismay of my teenager lol. This has to be the best $12 I've ever spent on entertainment! I can't wait to pick up more Christopher Moore titles & pray I can get another Abby Normal fix!!
Christopher Moore's story is hysterically funny and entertaining from beginning to end. Susan Bennett is a fantastic narrator. The combination is an amazing audio book. I can only hope there are more stories to come featuring these characters. Three simply aren't enough!
Bite Me, by Christopher Moore
'Kay, so. (which is how Abby Normal, teenage minion and aspiring Mistress of the Greater Bay Area Night, begins nearly every entry in her journal). The book is second or third in a series of San Fran vampire novels Moore is continuing, and features said vampires, beleaguered city cops, the night re-stocking crew of the Marina Safeway grocery store, the Emperor of San Francisco (a batty but dignified homeless man known to everyone in the city) and his two dogs, plus Abby and her boyfriend Steven "Fu Dog" Wong, an Asian tech geek working on his Master's Degree in Biotech at Berkeley while devising vampire-killing devices in his spare time. New in this entry to the series: killer vampire kitties weighing 65 pounds.
This is a hilarious entry in the series, mostly because Moore is at his strongest as a writer, and funniest, when he writes in first person. The writing is really uneven, because he keeps switching from first-person Abby (whose diary entries are so damned authentic in their silly, fashion-obsessed, OMG, WTF, teenage girl voice that I wonder where this 45ish male author picked UP this stuff), to third person when the scenes switch away from Abby to action involving other characters in other parts of the city.
Still, I've enjoyed the hell out of it, and am ROTFLMAO, as Abby would say.
Susan Bennett (the narrator) is a joy to listen to, my only complaint is, the book and reading we SO enjoyable, I finished it in two sittings. I love how Moore brings in characters from other books, you never know who you're going to see again!
I love Christopher Moore's books."Lamb" is one of my all time favorites.This book is just as enjoyable.At first the "valley girl" narration put me off,but once the storytelling got going it was great fun.Highly recommended.
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Christopher Moore is a superb story teller with a wickedly good humor and Susan Bennett rocks the stripy socks off this book. This is audiobook perfection.
The whole SF Vamp trilogy is fantastic, but Abby Normal is a cherry on top of this delectable tale.
I really enjoyed the unusual storyline of this book. But Abby Normal makes the book! I absolutely loved her! I laughed through the whole thing and started looking at the first 2 books in this series. Only one of them seem to have Abby in them, but I plan to buy both anyway.
I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
Easily the best Moore romp yet. Wonderful writing, fresh laugh out loud situation. But what really makes the book is Susan Bennett's gifted narration. Probably the best ever...in both this book and "You Suck."
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
Christopher Moore continues to entertain with his misfit and offbeat vampire series. This installment is largely told from a teenage emo's point of view. I have no idea how he is able to channel a teenage, female emo so well, but thank goodness he can, because it is hilarious listening/reading.