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Publisher's Summary

Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals - until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite Me.

Trouble is, Nate's beginning to wonder if he hasn't spent just a little too much time in the sun. 'Cause no one else on his team saw a thing - not his longtime partner, Clay Demodocus; not their saucy young research assistant; not even the spliff-puffing white-boy Rastaman Kona (aka Preston Applebaum). But later, when a roll of film returns from the lab missing the crucial tail shot - and his research facility is trashed - Nate realizes something very fishy indeed is going on.

By turns witty, irreverent, fascinating, puzzling, and surprising, Fluke is Christopher Moore at his outrageous best.

©2003 Christopher Moore; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"This amusing pastiche cobbles together elements from all the classic sea yarns: from Jonah and the Whale to Moby Dick to 20,000 Leagues under the Sea." (Booklist)

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Reader hid the joke with his deadpan delivery

I loved the book. The reader isn't as "fun" as the prior readers. He would knock a spy novel out of the park.

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Great Christopher Moore read

I love his style. This book was funny and easy to listen to, definitely recommend it

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  • Pegasus
  • New River, Fairlawn VA
  • 08-02-15

Christopher Moore

I read this book and loved it. Listening to the audio version was even better. Having sound affects and characters voices.added so much moore.
I highly reccomend. it.

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Love Christopher Moore

I love the quirky comedy of Christopher Moore. This story is off the wall and written well with very likable characters. I read a lot of murder mystery so I like the 'break' of Christopher Moore. You'll enjoy this one!

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A fluking good read!

What starts out rather seriously, whale researchers in Hawaii, quickly becomes an amazing tale that really keeps you wondering what the heck is going on! I loved the characters, the reading style, the story line and the crazy ideas. When it was all over, I kind of think to myself, hmmm, what about those whales, maybe there is more to them than we know. The whaley boys are hilarious, the ship is imaginable and there's even a love story or two.
What a wonderful, fun, goofy book!
Christopher Moore is the best!!

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  • Joanna
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 01-30-13

Snowy biscuit, whaley boys, and goo... Oh my!

This is one of Christopher Moore's best books (as far as plot goes - similar to Dirty Job). There are plenty of twists and turns. It really kept me guessing! The characters are awesome, as always. Kona's pigeon speak is hilarious! I do agree that Bill Irwin was a little monotone in the beginning, but it gets better as the story progresses.

This might help your experience:
1. Do not listen to this right after listening to chronicles of Abby Normal. Susan Bennett did such a wonderful job and she is a tough act to follow.
2. Try listening to a non-fiction book with a lot of facts first. Then this might suck you in right from the beginning.

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  • Elein
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • 12-24-12

Love Christopher Moore

In preparation for tackling Moby Dick, I though this would be a nice whale tale. It was. The plot twists and turns. Christopher Moore's stories are alway interesting and funny.

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  • Brian
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 09-05-12

Subtle but very pleasent story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book and anything by Christopher Moore. It's well worth your time and credit.

What other book might you compare Fluke to and why?

With obvious similarities in plot, tone and humor it reminds me of "Sweet Thursday" by John Steinbeck. A book I would highly recommend and among my personal favorites.

What about Bill Irwin’s performance did you like?

Bill Irwin narrates with an odd meter and quiet intonation that makes for convincing characters and a raised emphasis of the story.

If you could rename Fluke, what would you call it?

Moby Dick II. . . no! wait! that's a silly question.

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love the direction it took

If you could sum up Fluke in three words, what would they be?

Hopeful. Excited. Prayful

What did you like best about this story?

Gooville and everything related

What about Bill Irwin’s performance did you like?

Mostly good, kept the characters seperate and distinct. Was an annoyingly sharp sssss sound with certain words while listening to headphones<br/><br/>

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutley

Any additional comments?

Thought it sounded like a boring theme but thought hey, Christopher Moore's never let me down and low and behold it was a great great story.

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Where does he get his ideas?

Would you listen to Fluke again? Why?

Yes, it's engaging and hilarious

What did you like best about this story?

The comedy surprises

What about Bill Irwin’s performance did you like?

Very well read and performed

If you could rename Fluke, what would you call it?

There's a whale in my martini

Any additional comments?

Christopher Moore surprises at every turn!