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Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

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.

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"This little slice of perverse Christmas cheer is enough to make even the most cynical Scrooge guffaw." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • colleen
  • ANCHORAGE, AK, United States
  • 03-29-12

Another Pine Cove winner

This book is not about Christmas or God so if that's what you want don't click the "add to cart" button. This book is about a nerd in a cool guys body, an evil developer, a sexy divorcee, a really stupid arch angle and a fruit bat. Throw in a little murder, a pinch of zombies and the holiday season and you get vintage Christopher Moore. What's not to like?

37 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Read the title before buying

I know it might seem silly to even mention this, but if you purchase a book with "A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror" as part of the title (especially when all descriptions and reviews reinforce the adult nature of the content) and you expect it to be a story for the entire family, you have nobody to blame but yourself when it contains content you might find inappropriate for your kids and easily offended adults.

This was an excellent audiobook. The reading was animated and enjoyable. The content was entertaining and fun. Yes, it's written by an adult for adults. If that's what you're looking for, you'll find plenty to love with this offering.

61 of 64 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica
  • Round Mountain, NV, USA
  • 11-02-04

Not your usual holiday tale

If you like the warmth of the holiday season, the smells, the deep sense of contentment, the feeling of peace on earth and goodwill toward men, a heartwarming serious read, then listen to another book. You'll find none of those things here. No miracles, no baby jesus, no sacrificing martyrs.

What you will find is "off the wall" comedy, characters that are so quirky they are hysterical, a tale that seems written straight from the hip. A psychotic former movie star who hears voices, a sex-crazed man with a pet fruit bat, a cop who grows and smokes marijuana, a wrinkled up old bartender that wants to sleep with everyone, a 7 year old who speaks only in terms usually used to descibe wine, an inept angel - where does this writer come up with this stuff? There's sex, profanity and murder here. And those are the dull parts.

I love all things holiday oriented and probably wouldn't have picked this title if it weren't for the holiday theme. I usually don't read or listen to books of this type. This story has taken me by surprise. I have even laughed out loud. I'd never heard of this author and Audible only seems to have this one title written by him. I did find plenty of his other material on book sites.

This work is National Lampoons Christmas, a corny Columbo movie, Scary Movie and Night of the Living Dead all rolled in to one.

Don't listen to this one around the kids and if you listen on the PC at work, definately get headphones. People will think you're cracked if they hear only bits and pieces of this.

Hilarious at times, imaginative always. Four stars because it was funny and I liked it; not five because it isn't a piece of world class literature.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Pine Cove rises again.

This is the third novel Moore has written about Pine Cove, the previous being Practical Demonkeeping and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. While Moore is an absolute master of off-kilter humor, his novels sometimes lack simple humanity. You just don't care about the characters; sort of a mild case of Douglas Adams disease. In the Pine Cove novels Moore has developed a cast of off-beat characters that you truly care about, while telling their story with his charcteristic humor.

Angel and the other Pine Cove novels don't have the sharp edge of Dirty Job, but they are somehow more enjoyable. I will reread this before I reread Dirty Job. Maybe its just a nicer place to be.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I Liked It!

The Stupidest Angel was really funny and as a horror movie fan I was pleasantly surprised by the plot twist. The voice work on the recording was well done and added to the humor. This was my first Christopher Moore novel and after listening I'm sure that I will pick up other recordings of his work.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • bergenfield, NJ, USA
  • 11-24-04


I loved this book. It was so funny that I laughed out loud. Great Characters. Definitiely a wonderful listen

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Wende
  • Orlando, FL, USA
  • 11-08-07

Quite funny...little twisted

This was the first title I've listened to/read by this author and I found it quite enjoyable. It is darkly funny and not for the squemish. I can't look at my Ikea catalog with out laughing now.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Hilarious Adult Christmas Story

This is definately a story for adults, and is one of the funniest books I have listened to yet. I could picture each character and the fixes they found themselves in. The narrator was well chosen and added alot to the enjoyment of this book. I hope Audible is able to publish more of Christopher Moore's works, I would love to hear them.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Johnna
  • Elmwood Park, IL, USA
  • 12-09-08

Pretty good - great Christmas read

Not as good as A Dirty Job, but way better than Lamb. This book is funny and out there, but puts you in the holiday spirit.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Alison
  • Lakewood, CO, USA
  • 11-21-04

At Last

You'll love this Christmas concotion and never know what is around the next corner with the doper sherif, Zina type heroin and goof-up avenger angel (to mention just a few) to make the perfect Christmas tale overlaying sharp intellectual social comentary.

If you have not found the wonder of Christopher Moore yet you are in for a treat and might just wet your pants laughing through this (or any of his) books. Quirky, weird, twisted, hillarious. I hope more of his past works will soon come to audible. I will listen to them over and over (Lamb was one of the best yet). Thanks Christopher we all need to laugh this much every day!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful