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Fluke Audiobook

Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 01-30-13
    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2015

    Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.

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    "Snowy biscuit, whaley boys, and goo... Oh my!"

    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.

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    Elein Oakland, CA, United States 12-24-12
    Elein Oakland, CA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Love Christopher Moore"

    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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    Brian Portland, OR, United States 09-05-12
    Brian Portland, OR, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Subtle but very pleasent story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book and anything by Christopher Moore. It's well worth your time and credit.


    What other book might you compare Fluke to and why?

    With obvious similarities in plot, tone and humor it reminds me of "Sweet Thursday" by John Steinbeck. A book I would highly recommend and among my personal favorites.


    What about Bill Irwin’s performance did you like?

    Bill Irwin narrates with an odd meter and quiet intonation that makes for convincing characters and a raised emphasis of the story.


    If you could rename Fluke, what would you call it?

    Moby Dick II. . . no! wait! that's a silly question.


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    Damien Hoffman-Olcott cortland, NY, US 06-23-12
    Damien Hoffman-Olcott cortland, NY, US 06-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "love the direction it took"
    If you could sum up Fluke in three words, what would they be?

    Hopeful. Excited. Prayful


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gooville and everything related


    What about Bill Irwin’s performance did you like?

    Mostly good, kept the characters seperate and distinct. Was an annoyingly sharp sssss sound with certain words while listening to headphones


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutley


    Any additional comments?

    Thought it sounded like a boring theme but thought hey, Christopher Moore's never let me down and low and behold it was a great great story.

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    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12
    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Where does he get his ideas?"
    Would you listen to Fluke again? Why?

    Yes, it's engaging and hilarious


    What did you like best about this story?

    The comedy surprises


    What about Bill Irwin’s performance did you like?

    Very well read and performed


    If you could rename Fluke, what would you call it?

    There's a whale in my martini


    Any additional comments?

    Christopher Moore surprises at every turn!

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    Richard Jacksonville, FL, United States 01-23-12
    Richard Jacksonville, FL, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Moore Doesn't Disappoint"

    As a steadfast Christopher Moore fan, I had been running out of material to read that appealed to me. Fool, Lamb, the Vampire episodes, all were outstanding; a story about a whale researcher? Really? But I was "between" other stuff, so I gave it a shot. What a hoot it is! Well written, parts that are laugh-out-loud funny, and much dry wit regarding the human (and cetacean) condition. A very pleasant surprise. I loved it, and if you like Moore, you will too.

    (Loved the Kona character--Yah man, as Ja say, whales be our brudders, ya know. Great stuff.)

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    matthew Pickerington, OH, United States 08-15-11
    matthew Pickerington, OH, United States 08-15-11
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    "Mediocre Book with an Uninspired Reader."

    The novel was nothing to re-read. Without having read the print novel, it was clever, to a certain point educational and infrequently humorous, but just not something i believe i would have been unable to put down. Far (Far away) from Moore's best works. However, like certain authors and movies, Moore's worst is better than many author's best. So all that being said, Fluke isn't Dirty Job or Lamb, but it's a solid 3 stars.



    The narrator was uninspired. I didn't have trouble following him, and to his credit he did the accents well enough, but it sounded more like a textbook narration as opposed to a work of entertaining fiction. He sounded as though he were multi-tasking while narrating the book--you know, he's on level 7 of Super Mario Brothers, while narrating Chapter 14 of Fluke. 2 Star narration.

    That's just my opinion.

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    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 04-21-11
    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 04-21-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Be prepared to think out of the box!"

    Not sure what drew me to this book.......but I listened to every word once it got started. It is a bit of a stretch to the brain..........but oh my the reader is amazing. He is what makes this book.

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    Shereika louisville, KY, United States 12-30-10
    Shereika louisville, KY, United States 12-30-10
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    "Snooze!"

    I couldn't get past the first three minutes! Don't waste your money on this one. Try a Dirty job or You suck! those are pretty funny and an easy read.

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    Matthew Sevierville, TN, United States 09-15-10
    Matthew Sevierville, TN, United States 09-15-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Very good, after a while"

    I really liked this book. It starts out really slow, and doesn't really start getting good till about a quarter to a third of the way through. Its worth it though.

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