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.
Trouble is, Nate's beginning to wonder if he hasn't spent just a little too much time in the sun. 'Cause no one else on his team saw a thing - not his longtime partner, Clay Demodocus; not their saucy young research assistant; not even the spliff-puffing white-boy Rastaman Kona (aka Preston Applebaum). But later, when a roll of film returns from the lab missing the crucial tail shot - and his research facility is trashed - Nate realizes something very fishy indeed is going on.
By turns witty, irreverent, fascinating, puzzling, and surprising, Fluke is Christopher Moore at his outrageous best.
©2003 Christopher Moore; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
"This amusing pastiche cobbles together elements from all the classic sea yarns: from Jonah and the Whale to Moby Dick to 20,000 Leagues under the Sea." (Booklist)
During the very first chapter of the book, maybe even the 1st paragraph, the narrater flubs up a line and it grated on me for at least 15 chapters after that. I found a hard copy of the book just to see if maybe Christoper Moore was being genius and I was too dense to figure it out and he really meant to write it the way Fisher Stevens narrated it. Nope! It was a mess up. Once I got past that it was a great book! Defeinitely not my favorite narrating, but worth the listen just the same. By the end of the book I totally forgot I about the 1st chapter screw up. :-) I will pay attention to avoid this narrater in the future though. Sorry guy!
I bought this book because I thoroughly enjoyed "Fool" by this same author, but the horrible, awful, emotionless reading by Bill Irwin killed it for me. Parts that should have been funny could not even warrant a chuckle because of the disservice Irwin does to this book. I will never buy anything he reads again. I will give Moore's work a second chance, never Irwin. It's a let down for the author and especially the listeners.
Yeah, as stated by others, the narrator is really bad; by far the worst I've heard reading one of Moore's books. The voices are decent, but this guy seems the easily confused type. Still, it's not fatal, and the text makes up for the narration. A worthy listen!
Christopher Moore's wit is unparalleled, well maybe, but the early Fluke does not disapoint. I laughed outloud at the audio format as much as at the printed version, it is substantially well performed. If you were disappointed by You Suck, maybe you don't get it. Fluke is, like Lamb, a Moore humor pinnacle.
I really enjoyed other books by the same author, but I just couldn't get over the horrible narration of this one. The narrator seemed bored by the whole book and always spoke in monotone, except when he's completely mangling hawaiian words. The story itself is just ok.
After enjoying his humor in another book, I was excited to try this one. As a person who has assisted with whale research years ago, I thought this would be fun, but never expected the level of expertise the author brought to the book for the layman! Never so much to turn off non-science types, but just enough to make the story realistic (well, as far as it could be) and to top it off, chapters are separated by actual humpback sounds! The story moved quickly, his humor was quirky as ever, and it was a fun listen. Make sure to listen to the authors notes at the end where he separates his fiction from the facts woven in, and adds in how the reader can help whales, without being labeled a "tree hugger".
the story would have been funnier if the narrator would have put any emotion into the story telling.
Bill Irwin is getting a lot of flak - totally undeserved, I feel - for his performance. He's a soft spoken narrator, it's true, but I really enjoyed it, and thought he did a great job. I've worked my way through almost all of Christopher Moore's books on audio, and this is easily one of my favorites. Moore takes absurd plots and takes such a real approach to them, and creates characters that are so believable that it makes everything seem totally plausible. And of course, funny.
I Love Christopher Moore and I'm trying to catch up on a few of his books that I missed. So far I haven't been disappointed. But when I started listening to this book I thought, "You've got to be kidding me!" The narrator made me feel like I was about to fall asleep. Not the best thing to do while you're driving to and from work. He made this funny book so very dull. But then, either he got a memo telling him to liven it up, or he felt the momentum of the story. About half way through he started to sound awake, if not lively. On top of that, Mr. Moore threw a little curve ball. I was sitting there wondering, "What's the point already?" when I heard the word meme. I know what you're thinking. Those stupid cartoon faces all over the internet. That what I thought too until a few months ago when I heard a story about Meme-ology on NPR. Fascinating stuff. I would encourage everyone to go look it up. Anyway, for me it turned a dull book into a great book with just one word. The ending is pretty amazing too. But I'll stop here before I give anything away. If you love CM then you should stick with this book through the dull bits. If this is your first CM book, maybe skip it for now and listen to Fool or Sacre Bleu first.
Bill Irwin is a very funny guy, but not a good choice as a reader. I gave up on this book after about two hours.
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