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)
This is my first read by this author, but I was totally hooked after the first chapter. Christopher Moore is an insane and very funny guy and I'll be looking for more of his work. This story dragged in a couple of places, but overall, it was quite entertaining. There were lots of crazy characters and descriptions like I've never heard before. What an imagination! This is not a kids story and there is liberal profanity and some adult scenes. I loved it!
Here is another Vampire satire whose reason for existence the the chance to use clever contemporary dialog and say "f***" as many times as possible. Christopher Moore is an expert at creating truly crazy characters that are just plausible enough to keep you interested. He does that in this book, and if you like that a lot then you might like this book.
I like the characters, but the plot is not plausible and the ending is flat (he wrote himself into a corner and couldn't get out).
Dirty Job is very similar but the plot is intriguing even if wildly fantastic. Choose to get that one first and if you don't think it is terrific, then don't waste your credits on this one.
Not good. I'm a Christopher Moore fan, but this one does not represent his comedic talent well. Skip it. Plus, the reader has a very old school style that makes an already flat story worse, especially when compared to some of the other terrific performers of this other books.
The prose is some of Christopher Moore's funniest, but the narrator has little success with different character voices. He's not monotone or anything, but there's just no real variation from the narration, or between characters.
Zombies, Santa, the Holidays, and a sunglass wearing, talking fruitbat, what else could one want in a holiday tale.
If you like Christopher Moore you'll like or love but in the least appreciate it.
If you have never read a Christopher Moore book before start with something MOORE amusing such as Fluke or Biff.
A juvenile, insipid story about brain-eating zombies and a pot-smoking cop. I have down-loaded other books from Audible (using he star rating to help make a decision), and this was the worst book by far. I do not recommend.
I enjoyed this book a great deal. It was full of unique charters in the style of Carl Hiaasen. If I didn't know better I would have thought this was a Christmas book by Hiaasen. I will probably listen to this again and highly recommend this to everyone who is looking for a fun enjoyable book.
Oh my god! This is laugh-out-loud hilarious. One of the funniest audiobooks I've heard, even better than The Daily Show's America book. This is an Adult-Oriented story aimed at people with sarcastic sense of humors. I haven't laughed this much since I heard Christopher Buckley's 'Thank you for smoking'. I found the story easy to follow and the characters just like regular people, flawed but mostly good-intentioned (except the evil developer, of course). Tony Roberts did a great job with the voices and his sense of timing was perfect. You can't help but laugh. Unless I guess, you are an evil developer, too.
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