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Friday, March 25, 2011

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Island of the Sequined Love Nun

TITLE: Island of the Sequined Love Nun
AUTHOR: Christopher Moore
NARRATOR: Oliver Wyman
PUBLISHER: Blackstone Audio
FORMAT: Unabridged OverDrive WMA Audiobook (11 hours, 41 minutes)
GENRE: Dark Humor
ISBN: 978-1433293238


Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise—a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation. But when he demolishes his boss's pink plane during a drunken airborne liaison, Tuck must run for his life from Mary Jean's goons. Now there's only one employment opportunity left for him: piloting shady secret missions for an unscrupulous medical missionary and a sexy blond high priestess on the remotest of Micronesian hells. Here is a brazen, ingenious, irreverent, and wickedly funny novel from a modern master of the outrageous.


Christopher Moore books are not for everyone. He has been described as, “A very sick man, in the very best sense of the word.” His books are an escape for me, and I desperately needed one after reading A Child Called "It". He is zany, his humour is dark, and his books are totally off-beat.

My massage therapist recommended Moore to me because his books are easy to read, don’t take a lot of brain power to follow, and leave you entertained.

I have read four of his other novels (Fluke, A Dirty Job, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, and Practical Demonkeeping), and this one was my least favourite.

This book is about a pilot, Tucker Chase, who winds up in a lot of trouble after crashing while engaged in a drunken tryst. He winds up taking an extremely lucrative job offer to fly medical supplies for a missionary on a remote island.

It was an enjoyable book, but not Moore’s best work.

If you are interested in reading one of Moore’s books, I recommend starting with A Dirty Job about a guy whose job it is to gather up souls before the Forces of Darkness get to them.

Oliver Wyman is the perfect narrator for Moore's novels. He is thoroughly enjoyable to listen to!

3 stars!

This book qualifies as:
#21 for my 2011 100+ Reading Challenge
#13 for my 2011 Audio Book Challenge
#13 for my 2011 "Whisper Stories in My Ear" Challenge
#8 for my What an Animal Reading Challenge IV 
#2 for my What's in a Name 4 Challenge


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  2. I agree with your review - this was not one of my favorites either, altho I am sad to say that, because I loved the premise, as well as the promise of the various characters. I mean, who else but Moore would even think to put cannibals, talking vermin, and a veritable door-to-door makeup sales mafia into one book?! :) You didn't mention reading one of my other favorites - Lamb (the story of Jesus' childhood best friend, Biff), which should not be missed... Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Top 100 list, and for mentioning your reviews - great stuff, can't wait to read more!

  3. Thanks for stopping by, Jill Elizabeth! No, I have not yet read Lamb but it is on my TBR list! I'll be sure to let you know when I do!


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