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)
I have to agree with the previous review, the narration is awful. This book deserves and upbeat, sharp fast narration, not this slow dull rendition. I've several times thought the narrator did not read the book first as many lines have rather stilted or awkward delivery.
As in he should be caught around the neck by a loop in a harpoon's rope and then be dragged into the cold oblivion of the sea.
This would really be, I think, fair and just considering how badly he damaged Moore's work. The reading is monotone, unenthusiastic and impenetrable.
By impenetrable I mean trying to listen to so-called narrator Bill Irwin is akin to trying to chew your way through the Great Wall of China. Painful, pointless and by the time you have barely started all you have to show for your effort is a mouthful of broken bloody teeth.
In case I have not been clear so far, the narrator utterly ruins this audio book.
Fellow listeners I have tried no fewer than 6 times to complete this book. I did myself this harm because all of Moore's other works were fantastically enjoyable listens.
To this point in time I am still unable to make it very far.
Such a shame....
Audible if you release another audio edition of this with a different narrator I'll buy it again.
Moore fans and those just passing by should stay well away from this and pick another Moore story. The rest are all quite enjoyable and have narrations which can be enjoyed by people other than the deaf.
Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.
I don't give out 5 stars very often. I loved this book. I had no idea what was going to happen, and still miss some of the characters. Can we make a little cartoon whale with big eyes and an animated TV show to go with it? That way none of Jah's people gonna want ta eat up our humpies.
I wouldn't say this is one of Moore's best books. It didn't grab my funny bone and leave me smiling in the same way that "Dirty Job" or "Lamb" did.
Christopher Moore is really good at creating interesting, memorable characters. I wish he'd put his usual amount of effort into that aspect for this book.
Kona, the fake Hawaiian/Jamaican Surfer Dude is up to standards for sure. But most of the rest of the characters have nary an interesting personality quirk between them.
The "Old Broad" is also an interesting character, but she's hardly even in the story. A few other ancillary characters show some promise as well. But as far as the main characters go, they're not much to speak of.
The general ideas expressed in the book are amusing. For example, the notion that all Killer Whales are named Kevin, and biological technology that involves a lot of sphincter usage.
In general, though, I felt that this book just didn't live up to Christopher Moore's other works. It just didn't have the same humour and soul that I've enjoyed from his other books.
But the plot was interesting enough, as were the ideas and settings. So I can't say that I regret buying this book.
The narrator did a passable job. He's okay at voices and his rhythm is good. He'd be better if he could narrate in less of a monotone.
I understand there's a version of this story narrated by Fisher Stevens. I really like some of Stevens' voices - but his rhythm is terrible, and he often assigns the exact same voice to different characters making it hard to differentiate between them when they're having a conversation.
I personally appreciated having a different narrator for this book. I'll admit though, it's hard to find the perfect narrator. It's a very difficult skill.
All in all, I'd recommend buying this book. Even though I'm more lukewarm about it than Moore's other books, I still believe that it's a worthwhile read.
I read this book and loved it. Listening to the audio version was even better. Having sound affects and characters voices.added so much moore.
I highly reccomend. it.
I love the quirky comedy of Christopher Moore. This story is off the wall and written well with very likable characters. I read a lot of murder mystery so I like the 'break' of Christopher Moore. You'll enjoy this one!
What starts out rather seriously, whale researchers in Hawaii, quickly becomes an amazing tale that really keeps you wondering what the heck is going on! I loved the characters, the reading style, the story line and the crazy ideas. When it was all over, I kind of think to myself, hmmm, what about those whales, maybe there is more to them than we know. The whaley boys are hilarious, the ship is imaginable and there's even a love story or two.
What a wonderful, fun, goofy book!
Christopher Moore is the best!!
Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.
This is one of Christopher Moore's best books (as far as plot goes - similar to Dirty Job). There are plenty of twists and turns. It really kept me guessing! The characters are awesome, as always. Kona's pigeon speak is hilarious! I do agree that Bill Irwin was a little monotone in the beginning, but it gets better as the story progresses.
This might help your experience:
1. Do not listen to this right after listening to chronicles of Abby Normal. Susan Bennett did such a wonderful job and she is a tough act to follow.
2. Try listening to a non-fiction book with a lot of facts first. Then this might suck you in right from the beginning.
In preparation for tackling Moby Dick, I though this would be a nice whale tale. It was. The plot twists and turns. Christopher Moore's stories are alway interesting and funny.
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