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Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings | [Christopher Moore]

Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

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.
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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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Heidi Washington, DC, United States 07-19-10
    Heidi Washington, DC, United States 07-19-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Jacques Cousteau meets Aldous Huxley"

    I love Christopher Moore. He writes about vampires, demons, goblins and other overdone fantasy characters, but he makes them so utterly normal and goofy that they are entertaining. If you're looking for some gothic romances, look elsewhere. His human characters are also flawed, silly, exasperating, and funny. In this book he goes into our collective treatment of the ocean and its creatures. Not preachy, but there's a little more of a big message than in Moore's other books, which is the only reason why I didn't give it five stars. It's definitely worth a credit.

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    Jason Sarasota, FL, USA 05-31-10
    Jason Sarasota, FL, USA 05-31-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Narrator should suffer Ahab's fate"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 04-30-09
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 04-30-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Gave up"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Marshall, VA, USA 04-13-09
    Catherine Marshall, VA, USA 04-13-09
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    "What a ride!"

    Usually not a fantasy buff, a friend recommended the book after noticing I was a Pacific Whale Foundation member (save the whale bumper sticker). What fun! Interesting and timely characters. Hawaiian and Carribean accents from the narrator made the story come alive. Although not believable, it was good fodder for a daydream!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne M. McGowan Fredericksburg, VA 03-12-09
    Joanne M. McGowan Fredericksburg, VA 03-12-09 Member Since 2011
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    "So so funny"

    First, can I just say that I LOVE Christopher Moore's books?! He has an amazing voice and Bill Irwin (the narrator) captured his cocky, casual charm perfectly! I would have given this a 5, but parts of the book were just a little too... uh... out there for me.

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    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 01-11-09
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 01-11-09 Member Since 2007
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    "5 Stars just because"

    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.

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    Corey 12-12-10
    Corey 12-12-10 Member Since 2003

    rage against the machine

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    "Only if"

    This would have been a good novel if it were not trasded by the Tree hugging end.

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    Martin ventura, CA, USA 06-16-10
    Martin ventura, CA, USA 06-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Christopher Moore's best"

    I have listened to almost all of Moore's books and this one is so far at the top. There seems to be a lot of bitching about the reader in other reviews, and although he does have a sort of captain Kirk style of speech, his performance is great. Subtle and very funny.

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    Shelly Mulliken, MI, United States 05-31-10
    Shelly Mulliken, MI, United States 05-31-10 Member Since 2008
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    "worth listening to"

    I enjoyed the story.

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    Kelli Meridian, ID, United States 03-24-10
    Kelli Meridian, ID, United States 03-24-10
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    "An all time favorite!"

    This was one of the most creative and funny books I've ever read. I did read it, then bought the audio, and have listened a couple of times now enjoying it just as much. The narrator did a great job with the characters (Kona slides in and out of a faux surfer/Hawaiian/Jamaican accent as the author intended). The plot is inventive with good character development and settings that I, personally, would love to see in a movie. Beware of reading it in public - you will laugh out loud, people may stare. Some suggest Moore's humor is crude, but this one is generally milder. My advice is to read/listen to the intro to Fool and "take heed"...if you think you might be tempted to turn your nose up at such vulgar tripe, run away, don't look back, and don't complain later. Otherwise, enjoy, Moore is in a class of his own.

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