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The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove | [Christopher Moore]

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally - well, to be accurate, artificially - business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks.
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Publisher's Summary

The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally - well, to be accurate, artificially - business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks.

Suddenly, morose Pine Cove turns libidinous and is hit by a mysterious crime wave, and a beleaguered constable has to fight off his own gonzo appetites to find out what's wrong and what, if anything, to do about it.

©1999 Christopher Moore; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Moore is Daniel Pinkwater for grownups, but a lot funnier; and his irreverent antics reveal a buoyant wit and surreal authority even while rendering the emotional range, sex life, and murderous tendencies of a sea monster." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Madeleine Canada 01-25-15
    Madeleine Canada 01-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "OMG, just loved it!"

    I just love the characters of Pine Cove. The story line is hilarious and the characters just wonderful. I've fallen in love with the place and am thinking of moving there. Oliver Wyman is possibly my favorite narrator so far (and I've listened to quite a number of audible books). He is able to completely take on the character and gender of the residents of Pine Cove, so much so that he is like a complete cast of actors. He was even able to do a convincing upper class British accent with credibility - and that's coming from a me, a Brit!

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    Misty Knight 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nonsensical and pointless"

    I disliked so many things about this book, I don't know where to begin. The author's sense of humor is just so off for one. It reminds me of a 10 year old boy making fart jokes. It was like he was trying too hard to be funny. I don't know what was worse, listening to the stupid humor or listening to the narrator speaking for the only black character in what sounds like he came from Mississippi in the 1800s. I can only imagine this is what Moore thinks black people sound like, along with referring to ourselves as "colored folk." I couldn't wait to be done with book and move on to something actually enjoyable.

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    A. Moose Bristol, VA USA 12-20-14
    A. Moose Bristol, VA USA 12-20-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Quirky, endearing, and addictive"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. Honestly I think this question is not necessary.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove?

    So many that it's hard to pick just one. But I loved the scenes where the sea beast, Steve, disguised himself as a mobile home and began "disposing of" town folk who annoyed him.


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    bonnie 01-08-14
    bonnie 01-08-14

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    "Delightful listen"

    The lighthearted manner with which this was written and delivered made it a thoroughly enjoyable "read." I was especially impressed with the reader's voices and inflections and just wish someone had told him how to pronounce California names (Junipero with an "H" instead of a "J" for example). But he was so good in his delivery that I easily forgive him this omission in research. I wonder if you have to be from California to really appreciate the zaniness of the characters who are very much everyday folk out here!

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    Matt Busse 06-04-13
    Matt Busse 06-04-13
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    "Thoroughly entertaining"

    If you're a fan of Christopher Moore, you'll enjoy this audio book. This book follows his pattern of an intriguing, amusing plot and quirky characters, seasoned generously with sarcasm and humor. The performance by the narrator really brought the characters to life.

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    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12
    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Read it!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove the most enjoyable?

    The crazy funny storyline


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lust lizard, he's just cool


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

    The inflections and the perfectly timed humor


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole thing


    Any additional comments?

    Read Moore!

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    Olive 05-10-12
    Olive 05-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "First time with Moore"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Twice??? I recommended this to my friends just so I could have someone to giggle with.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the variety of unique characters in combination with an odd plot..


    Which character ??? as performed by Oliver Wyman ??? was your favorite?

    Molly just listen..


    Any additional comments?

    My first time with moore and I want mass.. This book was hilarious filled with weirdo???s and sillies.. I thought it was odd at first and then I dove into it.. After I finished finals I listened to it again.. Try it.. Its great!!!

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    Evova 05-08-12
    Evova 05-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic Christopher Moore"
    What did you love best about The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove?

    Congratulations if you have not yet discovered Christopher Moore - you have hours of fun ahead. This is a story that has everything you need - blues, a sword wielding amazonian, ancient monsters and a pot smoking police man.


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    Meredith 05-05-12
    Meredith 05-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Quirky humor"

    Christopher Moore has a different view of the world, I love his humor and his books never fail to make me laugh out loud, this one was no exception. My favorite conts to be "Dirty Job", but I highly recommend this one also.

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    Jeffrey 12-19-11
    Jeffrey 12-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A real laugh for a unreal story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove the most enjoyable?

    Its good to have the chance to hear a good tail about an impossible situation were each new chapter brings a more insane person or monster out to enjoy.


    What other book might you compare The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove to and why?

    The creature from the black lagoon meets timothy leary.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    the fact that he seemed to enjoy reading the fanciful tail as much as I enjoyed hearing it.


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

    That it was! I had to find out just how one puts the impossible into the probable that would end up being just the enjoyable with no truth of facts needed.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a good fun listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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