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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,303 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Moore Narrator: Bill Irwin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780060818432
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Marine biologist Nate Quinn is in love with the majestic ocean-dwelling behemoths who have been singing their haunting song for twenty million years. But why do the humpback whales sing? That's the question that has Nate and his crew filming, charting, and recording every whale that crosses their path. Until one day when a whale lifts its tail to display a message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite Me....

No one has ever seen such a thing; not Nate's longtime partner, not world-renowned photographer Clay Demodocus, not their saucy young research assistant, Amy, not even spliff-puffing white-boy Rastaman, Kona. And when the film returns from the lab missing the crucial tail shot--and their research facility is trashed--Nate realizes that something very fishy is going on.

It only gets weirder when a call comes in from Nate's big-bucks benefactor, saying that a whale has phoned her, asking for a hot pastrami and Swiss on rye. Suddenly the answer to the question that has driven Nate throughout his adult life is within reach. And it's not what anyone would think.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers new to the work of Christopher Moore will want to know…where has this guy been hiding? (Answer: In plain sight, since he has a devoted cult following.)…He writes laid-back fables straight out of Margaritaville, on the cusp of humor and science fiction.”

    New York Times

  • “Moore’s career has plainly been one of scaling new peaks; with  [Fluke] he might just have outdone himself…If the ghost of Jules Verne had conspired with Rudy Rucker and Tom Robbins to produce a novel, Fluke might very well make them hang their heads in defeat…This novel is all ambergris, no blubber.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “You’re not likely to stumble across another book like [Fluke]…and it contains more than its fair share of goofy fun…definitely the perfect book for a day at the beach.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Moore is endlessly inventive…This cetacean picaresque is no fluke—it is a sure winner.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MarcyPB | 2/4/2014

    " Not as fantastic as LAMB, which I thought was brilliant, but a very fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diedra | 2/2/2014

    " His books are bizarre at times but I do enjoy them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KATE! | 2/1/2014

    " so funny... and once you've read we'll have to talk about whales and their equipment. This was enlightening. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 1/22/2014

    " I wouldn't call this a funny book so much as a book with funny parts. I'm not very impressed with my first Christoper Moore book, but from what I heard as I was reading, it's a lot deeper than his other books, and probably not the best book of his to begin with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sierra | 1/22/2014

    " Funny, but a predictable ending. Still, I love his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coki | 1/21/2014

    " Even more (Moore?!) bizarre than usual but funny and sweet. Totes reminds me of my whale lovin' Hawaii livin' bitch Nicole! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barrie | 1/19/2014

    " This book was weird at the beginning, and slow, but once it got going I actually really enjoyed it. To top it off my father and his friends (who recommended it to me) were right, it is funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Thayer | 1/17/2014

    " Hilarious and thought-provoking. What if?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megans | 1/9/2014

    " I liked it. Kind of. I don't normally read books of this genre, so the end was a bit hard to get in to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Serene | 12/30/2013

    " Amusing, but not very tightly written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luaba | 12/29/2013

    " Disturb that's the way to describe Christopher Moore. Thank God for that! Another enjoyable tour de force. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Martin | 12/20/2013

    " I love this writer--everything is tongue in cheek, but well thought out, rational and motivated. A really fun book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Thompson | 12/13/2013

    " Nook book on sale for $1.99!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Slowdancer29a | 12/4/2013

    " It's Christopher Moore, what else needs to be said! Outside of his "Stupidest Angel" this is his best book. Where other books will cause you to chuckle this will have you laughing out loud and some of the visuals are beyond funny. May he keep on writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Bender | 8/19/2013

    " Yet another ingenious book from one of the century's funniest and most irreverent authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 5/8/2013

    " I think Christopher Moore is the next generation of Tom Robbins. I predict he'll mature nicely. Over the top on creativity and nicely spun yatns. Silly fantasy. Perfect for a vacation read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Cuchetto | 10/22/2012

    " This book made me want to play with the goo. Moore is whacky and intelligent. Best of all, he is weird and funny. I listened to it. I recommend it. I would listen again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Sedelmaier | 7/24/2012

    " Loved it. It takes some turns for the really strange about halfway through, but this was to be expected. Really enjoyable end-of-summer read - a last hurrah before returning to stuffy academic reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arianna | 7/6/2012

    " This was my least favorite Christopher Moore. I found it boring. It was about whales, sort of, or more like aliens. But there were parts that were really funny, true to Mr. Moore "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Retta | 3/17/2012

    " I laughed so hard I cried, but Moore is an amazingly good writer "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessi | 2/11/2012

    " Funny. And extremely creative. But not as good as "Lamb" which is quite possibly the funniest book EVER in the HISTORY OF THE WORLD! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neelsen Cyrus | 7/1/2011

    " what kevin smith is to comedy in movies, christopher moore is to books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 6/30/2011

    " Christopher Moore is such a delightful writer. In "Fluke" he blends wit, style, science, and fiction together seamlessly. You begin to question whether some aspects of the book are indeed true to life under the sea. This writer never fails to put a smile on my face. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 6/28/2011

    " A little too "out there". Even by Christopher Moore standards. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindie | 6/25/2011

    " An interesting point of view. The story is quirky, yet fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 6/21/2011

    " This was fun, but maybe went way over the top even as C. Moore books go. Good for whale lovers everywhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/18/2011

    " I liked the story. It went in a way I totally didn't expect. I didn't find it as engrossing as other Christopher Moore books though and would remind myself to pick it up. It wasn't one that'll be especially memorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Retta | 6/18/2011

    " I laughed so hard I cried, but Moore is an amazingly good writer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/18/2011

    " After you read this, can you please call or email me so we can talk about the "whaley boys". Please send me a picture of your interperetation?

    This is another CM winner. It takes place in the ocean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 6/15/2011

    " Part crude. All genius. This book was lent to me by a dear friend and it was spot on. A marrying of realism, science, and quality fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 6/9/2011

    " Very entertaining! Pokes fun at scientists from page 1, which is always a plus. Great characters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 6/7/2011

    " Quirky and fun to read. A great antidote to the serious stuff I had been reading. It was a bit confusing at times though, but overall, I enjoyed it because the characters were passionate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rainey | 6/2/2011

    " While still lovely and comical, it did not quite live up to the expectations created my his works I've previously read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 5/25/2011

    " This was definitely my second favorite Christopher Moore, only surpassed by Lamb. The book stars out slow but becomes goofy and hilarious after the first third. He creates the quirkiest worlds that you really can picture. I laughed out loud at least once a chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harmony | 5/13/2011

    " Mindless fun. I good in-between book. Perhaps for the beach? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/12/2011

    " "Shoes off in the whale. And don't try and make a break for the anus."

    So much funny! "

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