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Gil's All Fright Diner | [A. Lee Martinez]

Gil's All Fright Diner

Duke and Earl are just passing through Rockwood county in their pick-up truck when they stop at the Diner for a quick bite to eat. They aren't planning to stick around-until Loretta, the eatery's owner, offers them $100 to take care of her zombie problem. Given that Duke is a werewolf and Earl's a vampire, this looks right up their alley.But the shambling dead are just the tip of a particularly spiky iceberg.
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Gil's All Night Diner, where zombie attacks are a regular occurrence and you never know what might be lurking in the freezer....

Duke and Earl are just passing through Rockwood county in their pick-up truck when they stop at the Diner for a quick bite to eat. They aren't planning to stick around-until Loretta, the eatery's owner, offers them $100 to take care of her zombie problem. Given that Duke is a werewolf and Earl's a vampire, this looks right up their alley. But the shambling dead are just the tip of a particularly spiky iceberg.

Seems someone's out to drive Loretta from the Diner, and more than willing to raise a little Hell on Earth if that's what it takes. Before Duke and Earl get to the bottom of the Diner's troubles, they'll run into such otherworldly complications as undead cattle, an amorous ghost, a jailbait sorceress, and the terrifying occult power of pig-latin. And maybe - just maybe - the End of the World, too.

Gory, sexy, and flat-out hilarious, Gil's All Fright Diner will tickle your funnybone - before ripping it out of its socket!

©2009 A. Lee Martinez (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Fans of Douglas Adams and Joe R. Lansdale...will happily sink their teeth into this combo platter of raunchy laughs and ectoplasmic ecstasy." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Torsten Will 12-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good Characters, fine Story"
    Would you listen to Gil's All Fright Diner again? Why?

    The characters are nicely drawn -- most are, at least. I would have fun getting to know them better.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The main adversary is a bit mono-dimensional. She could be improved. There are a few hyper-bombasic things in it that could be dialed down.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

    Duke. He es a a bit "the Dude" :-)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The voice performance is really great. It makes me laugh, yes.


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    Amazon Customer Cocoa, FL 06-25-13
    Amazon Customer Cocoa, FL 06-25-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Did it again."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gil's All Fright Diner to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print edition but t he audio edition was pretty fantastic!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Duke. The Werewolf. He just was. Noble, fierce, passive, powerful, discerning, smart and yet just a country bumpkin (if I can use that word).


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Just finished Divine Misfortune! Fred is one of the greatest!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Just "Duke and Earl."


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of cursing, but I do understand the nature of the setting of the novel. I wanted to listen to this with my children but too much cursing.

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    joshua cypress, TX, United States 02-20-13
    joshua cypress, TX, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun fun fun"
    What did you love best about Gil's All Fright Diner?

    red neck monsters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gil's All Fright Diner?

    I love the zombie cows


    What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

    good voice characterizations


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    we got zombie cows


    Any additional comments?

    we need more A. Lee Martinez on audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer benson, AZ, United States 12-19-12
    Amazon Customer benson, AZ, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012

    Aging hippie

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    "The best in comic horror. Period."

    This is the standard that all audiobooks should aspire to. Clever story telling and a great performance. The most enjoyable audiobook I have ever heard. Period.

    If you are familiar with A. Lee Martinez then you know that I can not do justice to the story by recapping it. Suffice to say it is one of the author's best books.

    If you are not familiar with the author but know you enjoy horror with an irreverent twist, and total off-the-wall bizarreness, then listen to the clip, and then buy the book.

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    Lueder Los Alamos, NM, United States 07-01-12
    Lueder Los Alamos, NM, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun Romp"

    Definitely a different type of story. It's not gut bustingly funny by any means but it is a fun read. You end up with a Vampire, a Ghost, and a Werewolf. Sounds like Being Human but it's more Hitchhiker's Guide to the Paranormal.

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    Michele 05-11-12
    Michele 05-11-12
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    "Great Characters"
    Would you listen to Gil's All Fright Diner again? Why?

    Not for a while, I am a one listen girl


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gil's All Fright Diner?

    Zombie Cows, great idea


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I thought the narrator was really good


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

    No, there were a couple of uncomfortable bits but thats just because I dont like to think about other peoples intimate struggles.


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    Amazon Customer Moneta, VA USA 04-17-12
    Amazon Customer Moneta, VA USA 04-17-12 Member Since 2000
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    "Zombie Cows :)"

    This is a fun listen with great characters.Its the kind of book you can listen too when you just want to be entertained and have a laugh. Quirky but really fun.

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    SproutedBrain Centennial, CO, United States 06-03-11
    SproutedBrain Centennial, CO, United States 06-03-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Entertaining, Amusing More than Funny"

    I was really hoping to find another laugh aloud funny author, and had high hopes for Lee Martinez. This book was certainly entertaining, and the narrator did a fine job drawing out the humor, but I smiled more than laughed. The main characters are well depicted and engaging, and their nonchalance in the face of the bizarre was fun. But I found the asides and incidental comments more enjoyable than the plot itself, which felt a little predictable. I'd listen to another of his books after this, but with slightly lower expectations.

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    Casey Sharpe Los Angeles, California 01-28-10
    Casey Sharpe Los Angeles, California 01-28-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book, but..."

    The narrator's voice is a little bit grating. When he's doing dialogue it's fine, but the actually narrator ends up being rather obnoxious. I managed to listen to the whole thing though, and the story/writing is solid.

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    Robert Surrey, BC, Canada 07-04-12
    Robert Surrey, BC, Canada 07-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "As forgetable as a truck stop meal"

    I have no idea who the audience of the book is for. It is not a horror novel as it lacks the frights and suspense. It is not a comic novel as I never laughed once while listening (but the writer did attempt to be funny). It is also not really a fun or light hearted romp; but rather something that had to be endured.

    The characters were a parade of stereotypes or personality types. The writter turns Dracula and a werewolf into rednecks but does nothing really interesting with them. The plot involves some sort of curse but I could not get invested enough in the characters to really care about what happend to them.

    As a whole a real dull; uninspired piece or writting. Although it is not AWFUL I would definitely not reccomend it.

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