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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

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

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Fun and clever Christmas story

Great fun. I enjoyed it enough that I immediately listened to it again. This will be an annual part of my holiday season.

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throw your sensitivities out the window

throw your sensitivities out the window and enjoy a good laugh and if you're the type of individual who is easily offended don't even bother

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Great Christmas Story

I love this book. It's become a yearly tradition for me. Every December, a week or two before Christmas, I listen to it. Mr. Moore is one of the best at spinning a tale such as this.

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Entertaining!

How has this not been turned into a movie? We listened on a road trip to the parents, and it helped make the drive from GA to PA shorter. Very relatable quirky characters with the right amount of funny and touch of horror. It was worth this month's credit!

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  • Mary
  • Inver Grove Heights, MN, United States
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love it!

a heartwarming tale of Christmas terror. what more could you ask for in a holiday book. incredible, writing and a perfect narrator.

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A rather amusing take on Christmas miracles

with charming characters and a hilarious situations, Christopher Moore has given us a fun and interesting adventure. Highly recommended for those who want a laugh.

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You really have to like Moore

I enjoy listening/reading Moore but this is the stupidest book. I get it and it is funny but if you are not a Moore fan then you will have a tough time with it.

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Good story. Poor narration.

I've enjoyed all of the author's previous books. The story is a good one; and, I enjoyed hearing about some old friends and their antics. This narrator had an extremely limited repertoire of voices for the volume of characters present though. So, partway into the book, everyone starts to sound alike. This is the third book in a series and thanks to the skill of the previous narrator, our favorite characters already have distinct voices. It's a shame they went with a different narrator this far into the series.

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different narrator

didn't enjoy having a different narrator. but still a great listen. I love the dry humor and decent realism in the stories. keeps me entertained.

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Terribly funny

What did you love best about The Stupidest Angel?

How Christopher Moore is able to take an idea and be so creative with it. Its a terrible concept to take a holiday tale and turn it into a terror, but ultimately its simply terribly funny.

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