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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,475 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Moore Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9780061902680
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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 one-hundred-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.

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  • Practical Demonkeeping is joyously absurd, managing as it does to build a story of real warmth around a flesh-eating demon… Oliver Wyman handles the numerous characters with ease and considerable talent for mimicry as the Californian misfits are joined by an Arabian djinn, the fruity English-accented HP, and, of course, the demon himself, voiced with larynx-lacerating menace and mischief.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 sarah | 2/15/2014

    " I liked the premise of this book, but then the whole thing was just awful and gross and ehrg. I finished it, but that was mostly because I didnt have internet for a week and was cooped up in a little beach house with nothing to do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred Gemeinhardt | 1/26/2014

    " Great fun! What an imagination Moore has! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 1/21/2014

    " This was a fun read, easy quick and fairly good story. It's my first Christopher Moore book, but since all my friends like his books I figured I'd give it a shot. It was good enough that I will work on reading his other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/11/2014

    " typical moore, enticing, funny, spiritual and eccentric "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/1/2014

    " Strange enough book alright, not exactly laugh out loud, more of a good few sniggers. I did enjoy it though, something different from the usual stuff I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 12/29/2013

    " this man delights me so very, very much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 12/20/2013

    " Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore (1992) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robb | 11/22/2013

    " I believe that this is his first, and definitely one of his best if for no other reason than that the visuals come at you so unexpectedly. I would recommend this or Bloodsucking Fiends as your first Moore experience... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 10/11/2013

    " Christopher Moore...always a good time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 10/8/2013

    " Moore's first book. It's just a warm-up for what is to come as he continues writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 9/6/2013

    " Moore's first book, I think. A breezy, occasionally humorous read. Not where I would start if you haven't read any Moore. Better to start with A Dirty Job, a superior work in every way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 7/28/2013

    " I read this "series" out of order but still loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 7/4/2013

    " This was better than some of his others that I've read recently, although stil not close to my favorite, "A Dirty Job." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 5/6/2013

    " Original and funny. Lots of fun; I will be reading more of Mr. Moore...for sure :o). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esessler | 12/3/2012

    " Entertaining and a quick read. A standard Christopher Moore book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michãel | 10/22/2012

    " definitely not as good as Fool but enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn Good | 7/20/2012

    " I can't say it was bad, because it's Chris Moore and he was still funny, but this was not my favorite by far. It's a different humor than later books, and I can tell its his early work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alaina Patterson | 7/14/2012

    " For the full review -- including some lovely, f-word-laden digressions -- follow the link to That's What She Read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/17/2012

    " Love Christopher Moore and this didn't disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 11/22/2011

    " Christopher Moore is a treasure. He and Carl Hiaasen are of the same ilk. I liked 'Practical Demonkeeping', but it does not come close to 'Lamb.' I'd recommend both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 9/30/2011

    " An early Moore book--Still demented and funny, but not my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JW | 8/28/2011

    " It's like a super twisted Elmore Leonard book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 6/19/2011

    " Weird and uncomfortable in many a spot. Curiosity lead me to finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 6/12/2011

    " Or, How I Began My (Fictional) Love Affair with Christopher Moore and his demented world.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 6/11/2011

    " It was a fun little read. My only problem was that I didn't really like any of the characters. Does that mean I hated the book? Or did the author achieve what they wanted to? The focal point was a devious demon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 6/10/2011

    " I finally got around to Moore's first book -- A great introduction to Pine Cove (a reoccurring setting in Moore's books) and some great characters we see again in his books. Definitely got me itching to read his other works I haven't read yet. "

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

    " *Spoiler Alert*

    So far? It's definitely typical Christopher Moore humor. His characters are well thought out, down to the guy being munched on at the end of the first chapter. I've barely cracked open the book so a full review will be in order as soon as I'm done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 6/1/2011

    " Not my fab Christopher Moore book, but it was still fairly entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasi | 5/31/2011

    " His writing style and way with words and amusing visuals is incredible! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 5/21/2011

    " This is his debut novel and you can see many of his themes first explored. I enjoyed it like I have most of his novels. Great vacation read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nojh | 5/5/2011

    " I liked it but it did not carry me like Blood Sucking Fiends: A Love Story, the first Christopher Moore book I read. It was hard at times keeping all the threads of the story straight but the absurd character humor was still present and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 5/2/2011

    " Christopher Moore is such a fun writer. His characters are quirky, flawed and hilarious and relatable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 5/2/2011

    " I only want to say Christopher Moore, I love you!

    How can you not love a book or it's author when all you do is smile throughout the entire thing? "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore boasts a large résumé of work as a satirical fiction author. Known for his colorful characters and imaginative storylines, he has gained a cult following for his books, many of which have become New York Times bestsellers. He splits his time between California and Hawaii. 

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.