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Razzmatazz

By: Christopher Moore
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
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New York Times Bestseller

“Smart and funny and all sorts of raunchy in the best way.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Repeat New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore returns to the mean streets of San Francisco in this outrageous follow-up to his madcap novel Noir.

San Francisco, 1947. Bartender Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin and the rest of the Cookie’s Coffee Irregulars—a ragtag bunch of working mugs last seen in Noir—are on the hustle: they’re trying to open a driving school; shanghai an abusive Swedish stevedore; get Mable, the local madam, and her girls to a Christmas party at the State Hospital without alerting the overzealous head of the S.F.P.D. vice squad; all while Sammy’s girlfriend, Stilton (a.k.a. the Cheese), and her “Wendy the Welder” gal pals are using their wartime shipbuilding skills on a secret project that might be attracting the attention of some government Men in Black. And, oh yeah, someone is murdering the city’s drag kings and club owner Jimmy Vasco is sure she’s next on the list and wants Sammy to find the killer.

Meanwhile, Eddie “Moo Shoes” Shu has been summoned by his Uncle Ho to help save his opium den from Squid Kid Tang, a vicious gangster who is determined to retrieve a priceless relic: an ancient statue of the powerful Rain Dragon that Ho stole from one of the fighting tongs forty years earlier. And if Eddie blows it, he just might call down the wrath of that powerful magical creature on all of Fog City.

Strap yourselves in for a bit of the old razzmatazz, ladies and gentlemen. It’s Christopher Moore time.

©2022 Christopher Moore (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Noir Has Never Been So Funny

I consider myself something of a noir connoisseur and after nearly 20 years of indulging my habit I thought I’d seen, heard, and read it all. I own a signed first edition from James Ellroy and I’ve been following the exploits of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and Mike Hammer since I was 12 (probably why I’m single). A weird flex, I know, but I say these things not to brag but merely to establish my noir bonafides. So please, trust me when I say: noir has NEVER been this much fun.
From the characters, to the setting, to the narrator, Razzmatazz delivers a pitch perfect noir pastiche that’s as compelling as it is hilarious. The writing crackles with wit, humor, and just the right amount of edge. It genuinely reads like James Ellroy wrote a Venture Brothers episode or James Gunn re-wrote “The Maltese Falcon”. And while most of the credit for Razzmatazz’s brilliance should go to Christopher Moore, the performance of Johnny Heller also deserves praise. He delivers both the humor and the hard-boiled staccato soul of the material perfectly and adds so much personality to an already vibrant story. Whether you like to laugh, like to noir, or both, you’ll definitely find something to enjoy in Christopher Moore’s Razzmatazz.

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Always Excellent

There isn't a bad Christopher Moore book to be had. This was my first audiobook of one of his titles though and A++++ to the narrator for an amazing and spirited read. I loved it and he managed to voice so many characters without lapsing into any trope accents and it was so enjoyable to listen and hear the story brought to life.

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Worth every penny, it just what I needed, more damn good Christopher Moore. Its the tits!

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one of my favorites

I love Christopher Moore. Only a couple books have been less than hoped for. My favs has been the You Suck series and Stupidest Angel. Razzmatazz and Noir have leaped to the top. It helps that I love old Cagney and Bogart gangster movies but is not necessarily needed. I laughed out loud many times while listening in mar car. I hope Sammy, the Cheese and the rest of these characters come again. A great fun listen. The reader was exceptional.

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Laughed Learned Lunched

Mr Moore once again has thoroughly entertained me from the first to last page. I laugh so hard.

I love the historical detail included here.

The whole thing is perfectly delivered by Johnny Heller. Amazing performance!

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Johnny Heller is the best narrator on audible

I really liked moore’s first book in this series “Noir: a novel” and loved heller’s performance in narration. He has just the right tenor and diversity in tone to create different characters that all sound like Humphrey bogart doing impressions which really added to the noir sound that the narration demanded. The same is true here. In Razzmatazz, Heller does a lovely job bringing the characters back to life, making them funny, while also making the drama still…well… dramatic

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Jack Burton would be right at home

Do you like SamuelLJackson’s F bomb casual dialogue? Did you have fun with Jack Burton’s big lunk machismo in Big Trouble in Little China? Do you like a Blues Brothers approach to police and capers?

If you answered yes to all of the above, then this book is for you. This is a book that starts off with a trigger warning and a Ch1 titled “Mother Superior’s Big Black Dong.” The only thing more common than the race and religion comedy is the sex comedy; sex jokes, puns, and euphemisms fly fast and furious. The mystery is just a Macguffin for the Blazzing Saddles machine gun comedy. It’s juvenile and wrong and witty and painfully on-the-nose with its merciless skewering of any demographic you can think of.
I had a blast listening, even if some of the hits were below the belt.

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Moore does it again

Another quick adventure of the same style you’ve come to expect from Christopher Moore. The performance was exceptional, I continued to hear the characters voices for a few days after finishing up. Good stuff

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Don’t miss out on this story

What a fabulous follow up story to Noir! Best book of the year. Johnny Heller takes it over the top with his narration too. Christopher Moore does not disappoint.

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I felt like I was there!

Hilarious story read by a truly amazing narrator. I could use more 1940's San Francisco please!

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