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
"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)
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!
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.
I haven't read the print version. Honestly I think this question is not necessary.
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.
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!
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.
The crazy funny storyline
The lust lizard, he's just cool
The inflections and the perfectly timed humor
The whole thing
Twice??? I recommended this to my friends just so I could have someone to giggle with.
I enjoyed the variety of unique characters in combination with an odd plot..
Molly just listen..
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
The creature from the black lagoon meets timothy leary.
the fact that he seemed to enjoy reading the fanciful tail as much as I enjoyed hearing it.
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.
Just a good fun listen!
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