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Practical Demonkeeping Audiobook

Practical Demonkeeping

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Travis and Catch come to the small town of Pine Cove, California, and that's when the trouble begins. You'd probably say Travis is a nice, good-looking kid, except he isn't really a kid at all, but a man who hasn't aged a day since World War I. Catch is the reason Travis hasn't aged a day; he's a demon, bound to Travis, and an albatross around his neck. Catch might not be so bad if it weren't for his habit of eating people, but in some relationships there are certain flaws one just can't be expected to overlook. And so Travis comes to Pine Cove in the hopes of finding the answer that will let him free himself of this curse and send Catch back to where he can't eat his friends and neighbors.

Moore describes Practical Demonkeeping as a "whimsical horror novel", but perhaps "demonic ensemble comedy" is more apropos. "Ensemble" is the important part of that description, for it's really the interactions between the characters that makes this story sing. The characters range from Gian Hen Gian, King of the Djinn, to the waitress Jenny whose only extraordinary talent is having the exceptional bad luck to get involved in this mess in the first place, to H.P., a man who might just be a little too obsessed with Lovecraft. The plot itself is nothing revolutionary, but how it unfolds is enjoyable from start to finish, and the listener will likely be surprised and amused along the way as it is unveiled what parts each of the ensemble cast play.

Oliver Wyman's general narrative voice has a youthful quality to it, with a wry, but good-natured tone which fits despite the sometimes dark turns the story takes (unavoidable when you have a primary character who tends to eat people). He provides each character with his or her own distinct voice, going above and beyond the call of duty with the guttural and abrasive — but somehow endearing! — growl of Catch.

Without the embellishment of an actor's reading, Moore's writing is quite fun and funny on the page, but as with many humorous works, the right narrator can take lively prose and make it even livelier — and this is one of those performances that truly elevates the text to a different level. Wyman, a veteran cartoon voiceover actor before turning his talents to audiobook narration, ably employs the skills of the former to strengthen and diversify the skills of the latter. Wyman's style isn't ideal for everything — reading a serious nonfiction book wouldn't be his forte — but for a book like this, which is practically a cartoon in prose form already, it's hard to imagine a better match. —John Joseph Adams

Publisher's Summary

In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is 100-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets.

Behind the fake Tudor façade of Pine Cove, California, Catch sees a four-star buffet. Travis, on the other hand, thinks he sees a way of ridding himself of his toothy traveling companion. The winos, neo-pagans, and deadbeat Lotharios of Pine Cove, meanwhile, have other ideas. And none of them is quite prepared when all hell breaks loose.

©1992 Christopher Moore; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Helen 02-19-16
    Helen 02-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    Christopher Moore has done it again.. Very funny book. I enjoyed every minute of it

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    Shawn Chesney 02-18-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't expect regular CM humor"

    This is not a particularly funny book. It's a little humorous but it's more of a bleak adventure with some irreverence. It's a good story, but might be a disappointment if your expecting the usual CM goofiness.

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    Aubrey Ostmark 02-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book"

    Great story with a good ending. Christopher Moore is my favorite author. His books make me laugh and I leave feeling happy but there is enough action that I stay interested.

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    Edward Higgins Southern California 02-03-16
    Edward Higgins Southern California 02-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "great for passing time."

    I enjoy the story, but it is a sharp when speaking of God. otherwise, it was great. time we'll spent.

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    Brian Hitchcock SACRAMENTO, ca 08-21-15
    Brian Hitchcock SACRAMENTO, ca 08-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "could not press pause"

    This was one of the best fiction reads I have ever listened to. MUST LISTEN!!!!

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    jessica mathis Atlanta, GA, United States 07-22-15
    jessica mathis Atlanta, GA, United States 07-22-15 Member Since 2017
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    "I was expecting more"

    Unfortunately this book that not impress me like a dirty job did, it was actually the reason why purchased this but I feel as though I wasted my time.

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    M. Kulkarni-fish Los Angeles, CA 06-30-15
    M. Kulkarni-fish Los Angeles, CA 06-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Always funny."

    Always funny. Love leaving reality for awhile with Moore's stories. The miles just roll by.

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    Ronald J. 04-20-15
    Ronald J. 04-20-15
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    "The story has aged well"

    I did not realize this was written in the early 90's. It read very well.

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    Bethanie Jensen Atlanta, GA 04-09-15
    Bethanie Jensen Atlanta, GA 04-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Like candy for your ears."
    What other book might you compare Practical Demonkeeping to and why?

    A lot f Christopher Moore's books are comparable to this one. It's not as smart and engaging as "Lamb" but it is a fun, easy listen.


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

    I liked Wyman's performance. He did a great job with the voices for the characters and giving them each a unique sound.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a nice tidy story with some surprises.

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    Cynthia L. Harris 04-06-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Okay, I guess"

    It's the type of story with a REALLY complicated plot and some well drawn characters. But, somehow, I just don't really care about them, and toward the end I was only listening to find out how they got out of the mess,not because I cared that they did. I was a little disappointed- it had all the potential for a really GREAT party, and I left early because no one seemed that interesting.

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