Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Christopher Moore

Narrated By: Bill Irwin

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: June 2003

Duration: 9 hours 49 minutes


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.


  • ferdinand ordonez

    i love the deadpan narration...and i am a better writer than Chris

  • srcardella

    Sure, it's a sci-fi type book. It had a good story line and fun characters. I loved the whaley-boys and their mystery. When it all came together at the end, it all made sense; sort of. Not common sense; just sense! For me, it was a fun listen.

  • Andy

    I really like Christopher Moore, and this book is no exception. I can't say enough, though, about Bill Irwin's narration. His dramatic style made the sarcasm that much funnier, not to mention the fantastic job he does giving a distinct voice to the characters. Loved it.

  • Anonymous

    The book itself is captivating, however the narrator is driving me crazy! He's not the typical animated Chrisopher Moore narrator, so it was hard for me to get into the book.

  • Anonymous

    Classic Christohper Moore. If you like his stuff you'll love this! Good times.

  • MissJenna

    Moore is excellent at sardonic tone and sarcastic wit. I listened to "Fluke" after I had been delighted to delirium on "Fool," and "You Suck: A Love Story." After such characters as Pocket Fucksockings and Abby Normal - the characters in "Fluke," I can't recall their names, were boring. Moore is a genius...this wasn't his best.

  • Laurajean

    If you're a fan of Douglas Adams, you'll enjoy this book. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Christopher Moore. This book did not disappoint. Loved the whaley boys!

  • Barbara L

    Another excellent book by Christopher Moore. I was a bit concerned because the narrator was not Fisher Stevens, but Bill Irwin the deadpan reading of the thoroughly bizarre occurances in this book made the absurd even more hilarious. Great Fun!

  • Bob Stewart

    If you've ever read and liked a Christopher Moore book, you'll love this one. It gets off to an unusually slow start for one of his books and looks like it's going to get preachy, but takes off on another one of Moore's fantastical journeys. Moore isn't for everyone, I suppose, but if you like Douglas Adams or Kurt Vonnegut you'll likely love this.


    This book seemed a lot better on paperback. There is something about the character development that lacks on this audio abridged version. I was really disappointed; this was one of my favorite paperbacks.

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by Christopher Moore

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