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Fluke Audiobook

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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    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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    anmlfan 03-12-09
    anmlfan 03-12-09
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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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    Jim Boron, CA, United States 02-08-15
    Jim Boron, CA, United States 02-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The narrator is just fine, Quit your whining"
    If you could sum up Fluke in three words, what would they be?

    Pleasantly entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always like Hawaii


    What does Bill Irwin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Bill did just fine, the book after all is about science.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


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    Borgnimbblefoot 12-12-10

    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
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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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    Tracy Kennebunk, ME, USA 02-16-10
    Tracy Kennebunk, ME, USA 02-16-10
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    "Great!"

    I have read 4 of Moore's books, and have enjoyed them all. This was the first one that I have listened to, and it was even better than reading them.

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    Laurie G. Merkel 09-16-09

    Lorna's Books

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    "Laughed outloud."

    It has been a very long time since a book made me laugh outloud. This one accomplished that and more. Great humor.

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    Paula Beck Chester, MA 07-28-09
    Paula Beck Chester, MA 07-28-09 Member Since 2015

    baybay2

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    "Fun"

    I was looking to laugh out loud. I loved "Fool" so I got this one. I was surprised that it wasn't a laugh a minute like Fool. Still, it held my interest and I enjoyed it!

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