• by Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by Bill Irwin
  • 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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Best way to ruin a good book.

Okay, I want to make it clear that this book is one of Moore’s best. I LOVED IT. However, and it’s a big however, I didn’t love the narrator. OMG! (As Abby Normal would say). Bill Irwin (Please forgive me Bill) is as dry and unexciting as, well, the most dry and unexciting thing you can think of.
Irwin just kills this book. I thought I saw Fisher Stevens attached to this audio book on Amazon. What happened? My advice is to get this book on disc at Amazon with Fisher Stevens. What a shame.
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- colleen "My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos."

What's wrong with Bill Irwin?

I loved "Fluke" when I read it and bought the audio version, looking forward to hearing Bill Irwin read, knowing his work well. It is the single worst reading I've ever heard -- the reader regularly pauses in the middle of a thought as if he got to the middle of the line on the page or is struggling to read the bad print on the page. Either that or the engineering was screwy. Irwin sounds like he didn't read the book first and is reluctantly doing the recording to pay back a debt to an audiobook producer friend. I've listened to 40 minutes and can't stand to listen to any more. Buy the book and read it the "old fashioned" way.
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- Amy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-15-2008
  • Publisher: HarperAudio