Teri and Phil had never needed their own personal god. But when Phil is passed up for a promotion - again - it's time to take matters into their own hands. And look online.
Choosing a god isn't as simple as you would think. There are too many choices; and they often have very hefty prices for their eternal devotion: blood, money, sacrifices, and vows of chastity. But then they find Luka, raccoon god of prosperity. All he wants is a small cut of their good fortune. Oh - and to crash on their couch for a few days.
Divine Misfortune is a story of gods and mortals - in worship, in love, and at parties.
©2010 A. Lee Martinez (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Wonderful... from start to finish." (sfsignal.com)
This is a hilarious, funny, touching, and all-around wonderful story. I laughed out loud and got angry and sad and happy and all-in-all was completely enthralled. What a great audiobook!
Funny- quick "read" mindless fun and funny story
The gods "not party" party
A twist of godliness
Just silly fun
Seems simple enough. Pick a god from an online list, pay tribute, reap the benefits of your god. Whether you need more money or greener grass, there is a god for you. Easy-peasy.
Not so fast. While most humans have baggage, we don't usually think about gods with baggage. Some of them have lots of it and when humans get into the mix, chaos and smiting can ensue. Lives can be lost and empires fall while the gods hash out their own petty differences among themselves. Unfortunately, gods are not required to disclose their baggage to their followers and ignorance is definitely NOT bliss!
This lighthearted little story contains many, many laugh out loud moments. (Beware of drinking coffee during your commute lest hilarity erupt in the story causing you to spatter your windshield in a fit of irrepressible laughter.) This is not high literature and will not reveal the mysteries of the cosmos, but it may help explain some of "those days". You know, the ones where everything just seems to go wrong for no apparent reason...the gods just might be quarreling again.
Fred Berman's performance is excellent and adds much to the telling of this tale. He is a great voice actor and seems that he and this story are very compatible. I wonder, is there a god for voice actors? Mr. Berman must be on the good side of that god ;-)
Secular humanist. Atheist. Dog lover (having had as many as four dogs in my pack). Skeptic.
I haven't had this much fun listening to fiction in a long time. As other reviewers have noted this will be most appealing to atheists and theists who are willing to entertain the idea that their religion may not be the only "truth". What I didn't see mentioned by others is the superb narration. Not only does each character have a distinct voice in many cases it's hard to imagine the character speaking any other way. I found this especially true for the main god, Lucky, as well most of the other characters (although this didn't extend to the main mortal protagonists Terry and Phil).
I liked the mix of modern earth life and the casual acceptance of gods and their favor in everyday modern earth life. I disliked that there was no serious discussion of an afterlife in all of that.
I haven't but I might look them up in the future.
I thought Fred did a good job of narrating. Didn't make any mistakes that I heard and he did manage to make the characters mostly distinct from each other.
I laughed my @ss off. This was great. Led me to buy three other A. Lee Martinez books, but this remains my favorite so far.
I love A. Lee Martinez, but I usually read his books. This is the second one I've listened too and the story and narration was very good. Funny as usual.
All the character voices. Excellent job of accents and personalities!
yes, because it's funny and the reader does an excellent job
none, I have never read a parnormal comedy before and that's what this is
Fred Berman is a master narrator, in my opionion. I choose this title because he was narrating. enough said.
yes, and I did just that wanted more and purchased more of Matinez Books.
Once again, I find Martinez has written an original story. They aren't great stories, but they are very good stories and I feel comfortable hearing more.
I chose Divine Misfortune because I wanted something bizarre that would make me laugh. I got what I was looking for.
Teri and Phil decide to give in to social trend and get themselves a god, because it seemed it was the only way to get anywhere in the world. Everywhere around them, people were using gods to prevent accidents , get promotions, ect.
Naturally, they think a god of luck will be a good choice.
But Luca's help comes with all kinds of unanticipated costs, and they continuously get more bizarre.
Divine Misfortune is great for a lighthearted, quick and irreverant read.
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