But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he's not on his deathbed. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the 7-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.
But hold on! There's an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It's none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel's not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say "Kris Kringle" he's botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.
Only Christopher Moore, the man who brought you the outrageous lost gospel Lamb and the hysterical fish tale Fluke, could have devised a new holiday classic that tugs at the heartstrings and serves up a healthy slice of fruitcake to boot.
©2004 Christopher Moore; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishes, Inc.
"This little slice of perverse Christmas cheer is enough to make even the most cynical Scrooge guffaw." (Publishers Weekly)
Expected a pretty entertaining listen - not a sneezing-snorting giggling laugh out loud experience. I had a cold while listening to this, so let me tell you that the sneezing was especially painful. I don't really know what to say about the flow, the narration and the characters - they just seemed so natural, not forced. I hope that audible gets more of his books. I have read some of the author's other books (Bloodsucking Fiends, Fluke) and each has been completely different. Can't wait until they are in an audio version!
I do have to agree with the reviewer who wondered how long it took for the listener who decided it was a great road trip story for the kids to realize that a mistake had been made. Definately an adult tale. Not necessarily due to the language or sexual references (heard any rap lately??) but because the context needs to be understood to be appreciated ie barbarian warrior princesses, barking bats, and - most importantly - relationships.
This book is the first audible book that I stopped listening to. I don't know if it was the non-impressive reading, or the lack of concise plot that drove me to pull the CD out of my car and toss it in the back. Now possibly just after half way into the book some original comedic literature starts, I just can't tell because I did not make it that far. The "Funny" elements are worse than the shabby and un-interesting characters. The only character that has any substance is guy who end's up getting killed not to far into the book, and I assume is resurrected by this "Angel" that randomly shows up. The tragedy in this book which I assume is what's supposed to make it so funny was very predictable and dull. What a waste, there are many more books on Audible that are a much better listen than this.
I couldn't believe I wasted my time listening to the whole thing. There wasn't a single redeeming thing about it. I guess I just kept hoping it would get better. It was enough to make me avoid any more books by this author.
One of the funniest I have heard for a long time. I couldn't wait to get back to listening each time I had to stop. I'd love to have more Moore to choose from, please.
I bought this with some reservation, but am 100% satisfied with the purchase. This book is hilarious! This title is on par with the movie "The Christmas Story" where the kid keeps getting told he will shoot his eye out with the Red Rider BB gun. The author spins a yarn for adults filled with all the pitfalls of life and the holidays.
What a holiday nightmare. The "blurb" did not do justice to the outrageous characters nor does it reflect the horrors and violence in this story.I kept listening in hopes of it making sense but hated it right to the end. I have never been so sorry I purchased a book
Definately not for the family. Sexually graphic. Lots of profanity. Not really the Christmas book I was looking for.
This book is bad. I have thoroughly enjoyed almost all of C Moore's books. The story was so-so, but what really killed it was the reader. Avoid anything read by Tony Roberts.
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