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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 46 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: February 15, 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00149YF2K
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Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The odd characters include marine biologist Nathan Quinn, a lifelong researcher of the humpback whale and their song; Clay Demodocus, his associate; beautiful research assistant Amy Earhart; and Rastaman, Kona, a white boy from New Jersey. The settings, which are varied, include Maui, a giant whale ship and "Gootown." The odd happenings are too numerous to mention. There's some discussion of a whale calling a benefactor by telephone asking for a hot pastrami and Swiss on rye. There's an escape from an amorous Samoan. There's a situation involving a super-race of piscatorial mutants. And there's that one whale that had written on its tail "BITE ME."
Of course, the book is not too thick with such heavy topics as the meaning of life and love. There is, however, some discussion about Canadian hockey violence. Moore won't give you long theories about the nature of man or the political implications of the Middle East. He will, however, give us some interesting cetacean sex, which is always titillating. It's a breeze to read. The reader will sit in a hammock, a drink by their side (with an umbrella in it), and happily read along chuckling mightily (hopefully not spilling said umbrella-laden drink).
The one thing that Moore does well (on top of his writing antics) is the research he puts into his books. He knows about whales and cares about them (so much so, in fact, that at the end of the book he highlights ways in which the reader can help out with and address conservation issues). Just as in LAMB, where he studied mightily about the world in Jesus's time, Moore finds many interesting nuggets about whales, the ocean, and the like.
If you want Norman Mailer or Leon Uris, you've come to the wrong place. But if you're in the mood for a quick laugh (along the lines of Tom Robbins, Dave Barry and their ilk) and a fun book to read on a sunny weekend, FLUKE is the way to go. Both the book and Moore are funny --- and there's no fluke about that.
--- Reviewed by Jonathan Shipley
Moore's still growing on me, mainly because of the comparison I make in my mind. He is, I think, the closet heir to the Vonnegut we have, though distilled in a column of Tom Robbins. The works I have read of him are often uneven, but the more I read, the more I feel the unevenness is a transition from awesome to waiting-for-awesome. I'm somewhat jaded in the realm of fiction, but this guy is the real deal. He has the smarts and the range and the humor and the humanism that make the comparisons unfair because he has a unique and useful style that defy any genre constraints.
But its not perfect. The characters, as here the protagonist Nate Quinn, are sometimes flat. The settings and the action, as here the whale song researchers in Hawaii, are often absurd. But, like the best of them, they create a synthesis that is more than the sum of their parts and should at the same time inspire and intimidate any aspiring writer. I can't say too much about what happens, but I shouldn't. You'll want to find out for yourself.