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John Kay

Bob Kay

North Carolina | Member Since 2004

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  • Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (285)

    Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals - until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite Me.

    colleen says: "Best way to ruin a good book."
    "I liked it a lot"
    Overall

    When I first got this book I was very much disappointed that it wasn't Fisher Stevens reading it. I thought the guy reading it was very dry and boring, but the more I listened, the more I liked it. I have now listened to it at least 3 times. I have friends from Maui and have visited a couple times. I believe he captures the way most Hawaiians speak. His tone is very laid back and mellow.
    I think the book as a whole lacks a lot of the neurotic characters that Moore usually puts in his books. I read an interview with Moore about this book, and he basically said that after finishing Lamb he had to do a smaller less involved book to keep his publishers off of his back about delivery schedules. So you can understand why their aren't quite so many crazy characters in it.
    That being said, this book is fun and cute. The characters are likable and always developing. Once you have finished this book you will have a better understanding of why women are the dominant species on the planet.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2851)
    Performance
    (1408)
    Story
    (1413)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "Simply Hillarious"
    Overall

    I gave this 5 stars because I could not give it 6. Fisher Stevens is one of my favorite narrators now and when you listen to the job he did with "A Dirty Job" you will know that he is made for Christopher Moore's writing. I can't wait for audible to get more of Moore's stuff.

    I have tried to get some of my more Christian friends to listen this story and several have stopped half way through. They think it is funny, but have a hard time reconciling the story with their beliefs. If you are very uptight about religion, this might not be the book for you, but if you can keep an open mind, then you will ultimately find this book very fulfilling. No one that I know that has finished this book has been disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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