A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.
©1995 Christopher Moore; (P)2008 Recorded Books
This is my first Christopher Moore audiobook although I've read Lamb and Stupidest Angel. Susan's Bennett's narration makes a C. Moore book all the more enjoyable. I had just finished listening to Twilight, recommended by my "adult" daughter, and though it a complete waste of time for any adult. Blood Sucking Fiends, while not high brow literature, was a much better use of my credits! Go ahead, just get it! Then move right on to "You Suck".
"Being normal isn't necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Practical Magic
I chose this recording for a car trip, after reading the book myself previously, in order to introduce my husband to what I consider the very best of Christopher Moore. He has never favored audiobooks or modern fiction, but I really anticipated this being a guaranteed hit. It had all the right elements. It should have worked. It would have worked. Except for the narrator. After hours spent with both of us grimly trying to trudge through the story, my husband commented that, "She makes all the men (who are the majority of the characters) sound like drag queens!" Now, I love a good drag queen as much as the next person, but since the story revolves around a heterosexual relationship, it shatters the credibility completely. It also turns the main character into an upper class airhead, who would be perfect in a cozy, but is definitely not the "hard luck, I've-been-around-the-block" character the author intended for this story. This recording was so bad, it actually motivated me to cancel my membership. Audible coaxed me into staying three more months, but if I run into another such experience my relationship with Audible is definitely over. Now I'm stuck with having the first book in the series on audio, with zero chance of adding the other books, since we didn't even make it through the first one.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Charming Vampire Comedy.
Jodie, an average San Francisco woman, gets turned into a vampire. She meets Tommy, a geek writer wannabe from Indiana, and they fall in love. At the same time, they are trying to locate the ancient vampire who turned Jodie and who is committing a series of murders that he seems to be laying upon the unlikely young lovers. It's humorous, it's charming, and it's about vampires.
I don't like vampires. I just never saw the point of it. Especially the seemingly neverending fixation with them in popular culture. I always associated vampire myths with antisemitism, knowing that the hysteria of the 19th century coincided exactly with the rise of antisemitism and echoed the worst anitsemitic belief, the blood libel. Any lingering doubts I may have had were quelled thirty years ago when I saw the original Nosferatu, made in 1922 in Germany. And still the parade of vampire fiction continues unabated.
Nevertheless, among the ceaseless flow, I took to True Blood, the TV show. I am a huge fan of Alan Ball and I liked the metaphor of vampires as gay culture in the context of its time. Similarly, I knew I would eventually have to read the vampire series written by one of my favorite authors, Chris Moore, although I left it for last after plowing through the rest of this back catalog. When Bloodsucking Fiends, the first in the series, showed up as an Audible Daily Deal, I knew the time had come to take the plunge.
And I liked it, despite it being about vampires, and for the same reason I like the TV version of the books it can be most compared to, the Sookie Stackhouse series that forms the basis for True Blood (even though Fiends predates Sookie by a number of years). Moore doesn't broach the gay metaphor, but he too places his vampires in contemporary society, in San Francisco, stays true to the reality of his setting despite the presence of supernatural beings (as he always does), and presents us with a book of charm and wit, tangentially tackling modern issues, like euthanasia. And he leaves out the gore, diverting from the True Blood comparison.
I have not listened to Susan Bennett before, but I guess I will again, since she narrates Moore's other two vampire books, Bite Me and You Suck (she also has narrated Charlaine Harris's most recent book that includes a vampire, though not in the Sookie series). Bennett does a good job, especially with the two main characters, Jodie and Tommy.
This was my first time ever listening or reading this book.
The Emperor is my favorite. His lines are kind of limited in comparison but the book would not be the same without him. He adds more character to the book.
She was much better than some of the other narrators that I have come accross. You could tell the characters apart so she was far from monotone which can really ruin a book.
No and not in a bad way. The pace of the book is moderate and allows you to read that way. You are able to take breaks in the story. Even though the book has suspense there is some comedy relief that allows you to pace yourself.
This book was nothing like what I expected. I'm thinking it would be a "normal" vampire love story when I started...NOT!!! I actually started the audiobook over because my mindset going in was wrong. This is a witty, different kind of vampire book...and I like it. I am now a fan of the author and the series and will continue to read/listen.
"Bloodsucking Fiends" epitomizes Christopher Moore's quirky humor; and Susan Bennett narrates it perfectly. Maybe Moore has an inordinate sex-obsession (even for a man!); but, in his case, it's O.K. After all, Moore writes hysterical silliness, and what could be sillier than sex? "Bloodsucking Fiends" is the first in his San Francisco vampire series, setting the standard for all vampire humor. Yes, vampires are all the rage these days, allowing Moore to poke merciless fun at them. All of his books have some supernatural element; so vampires just had to enter his oeuvre sooner or later. Here, we meet Jody -- insecure, hapless San Francisco office worker -- just before she (involuntarily) gets converted into a vampire. We also meet several other delightful characters: Tommy Flood, Jody's love interest and minion; the Emperor of San Francisco and his loyal "men," Bummer (a Boston terrier) and Lazarus (a golden retriever); and "the animals," who (allegedly) "work" the Safeway nightshift. Poor Jody has to learn how to be a vampire on-the-fly; and she discovers that she likes it, despite its limitations. (I just hate being dead all day, don't you?) The narrator, Susan Bennett, does a superb job. At first it disappointed me that Oliver Wyman -- who had narrated Moore's previous audiobooks -- was not narrating "Bloodsucking Fiends;" but soon I was enjoying Bennett's acting every bit as much as I love ALL of Oliver Wyman's performances. She has that versatility thing going for her, like a young Barbara Rosenblat. I have only one objection to this audiobook -- which might not bother other listeners as much as it bothers me -- but I REALLY hate it when Audible makes the bookmarks too far apart. Please, Audible: make the bookmarks no longer than five minutes apart! Otherwise, I recommend "Bloodsucking Fiends" to all silliophiles.
I love to listen to audiobooks. It is great when the narrators get into the story and really bring the characters to life.
This story made me laugh out loud! I loved this story! If you are looking for a change of pace and a light read, you must get this! The Narrator is Wonderful as well!
Author, rabid Audible listener.
Poor Jody has a lousy life, a horrible boyfriend and a mother that you wish was killed by a vampire.
The story takes place on the streets of San Francisco and mostly in the SOMA (South of Market) area. Having spent plenty of nights in this area, I would say vampires would likely not be noticed and would probably be welcomed by the neighbors.
Jody is converted to a vampire but she has no idea how or why. Most of the actual plot surrounds a serial killer and vampires but the main character is really Tommy, the out-of-town guy who moves to SF to live a new life. Jody befriends Tommy as she needs someone to help her with duties she cannot attend to in the light of day.
This is a comedy so Tommy and his band of friends make up the real fun parts of the book.
As with most Christopher Moore books, there is not much of a lesson here but the story, characters and comic timing are perfect. Well worth the listen.
This enjoyable story defies easy characterization. Basically, it's about a 26 year old woman who gets turned into a vampire in modern day San Francisco. She befriends a young, naive aspiring writer from Indiana, in that she needs a friend who can do chores during the day (something that a vampire cannot do). This story has romance, lots of humor, blood, and a string of murders and a murderous vampire. It's an unusual coming-of-age / find yourself story. It succeeds on the humor scale the most. I rarely read or hear novels like this, but found myself enjoying this story. It meanders a bit for most of the novel, but the details were fun enough to engage me. It builds to an exciting climax and a good ending. I was torn between giving this 3 or 4 stars. I bumped up my 3.5 to 4 based on originality. It was original to me anyway.
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!
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