• von Christopher Moore
  • Sprecher: Bill Irwin
  • 9 Std. 46 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


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.



"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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Interesting, well, funny or weird?

I didn't know what I would get into when I started. Expecting something funny or weird, from all what I've read so far by Moore. Yet, the book starts pretty 'normal' in the beginning, with Moore's typical humour, not knowing at all where this would lead to, almost a bit boring. But then it gets somewhere totally different. What a fantasy this man has. The second half of the book totally got me. Great listening!
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Unexpected Developments straight ahead...

In the first part of the book, I thought:
"If it's going to go on like that for the rest of the book, it's not going to be that entertaining."

I've gotten a scientific story book about dolphins when I was a teenager once and it wasn't really catching my attention much so far.

But this story came with giant positive surprise...which the first part of the book only gives a small glimpse at subtly, but as it "flows" on, it builds the foundation of the really awesome (scientific) fiction story, that follows in its wake.

I highly recommend it - together with saving whales by watching them instead of eating them and listening to their sounds during the reading breaks of the book...it's really something.
And I was positively "wow-ed", surprised and inspired to giggles and laughter at quite a few parts.
Not as breath-takingly as with the author's book "The Lamb", but in a more gentle and still subtly smart way.

I especially like the educational parts in the fiction, which is also pointed out again in a comment at the end of the book.

All in all: fascinating.
And: patience comes with rewards in this book since the slow and seemingly (and only that!) long-winded start paints the surface of the context and its characters calmly, but with slight hints on what's to come. But I never expected this kind of story to unfold as it did in the following parts.
So, I love stories, that aren't predictable like this one...and still plausible fiction, mixed with enough scientific facts, that makes it even more exciting - as entertainment combined with learning is still the best way to learn, i.m.h.o.

Others might differ, but my imagination was loving this journey a lot and I thank the author for his story and the reader to present it the way he did. I might probably be more excited reading it, but the calm attitude fits the characters and also changes in the later parts enough to feel the excitement there.

The story would probably make an interesting movie, too. I'd watch it. 😉
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- Enyo

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 15.02.2008
  • Verlag: HarperAudio