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Practical Demonkeeping

Written by: Christopher Moore
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
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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 100-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.

©1992 Christopher Moore (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Jay
  • 2018-09-26

Just brilliant

I love the way Christopher Moore uses language. His witty, dry and fluid use of words conjure such perfectly absurd images and with Oliver's ability to bring each character to life, this like all his books is a feast for the ears and imagination!

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  • Tom
  • 2023-04-19

Fun and rich

I enjoyed this and listened to it all the way through, which is saying something as I struggle with many titles. lots of fun, only four stars on the story because while I enjoyed it it did not get my full enthusiasm

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great book and reader !!

I love the book Christopher Moore is one of my favorites authors!! and I love the way Oliver Wyman reads the books I have a few done by him !

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Practical Demonkeeping is a must read for any fan of Christopher Moore fan, mythology enthusiast or anyone wanting a good read. A great blend of twisted humor, great storytelling and memorable characters.

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  • colleen
  • 2011-08-24

I named my cat after the demon Catch

Origional and AWESOME! I've like all CM's books and this one is worth your time.

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  • Martin
  • 2010-02-01

Gets better as it goes ......

I had previously listened to Fool which I thought was both an excellent story and very well narrated. I was a bit reluctant to try this one as I feared a let down. Initially I was a little underwhelmed, having listened to a few chapters. as it took a while for the characters and the humour to develop. I persevered and it hooked me in the end. I think this may be his first book(?) and there is a feel he is developing his craft and finding his voice and pacing. The narrator was good - the voice of the demon caused me to jump a few times (probably not a good thing when you are driving). The book title (and art) should be enough to let you know what style of story it is - if you like Gaiman or Pratchett, this might be for you.

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  • Aaron Smyth
  • 2010-04-03

HIS BEST BOOK!

This was a great book...Christopher Moore is proof that their is still witty and irreligious writing this side of the Atlantic (being the American side, in my case) that is also fun and madcap. He's almost as funny as Douglas Adams, but thankfully much more serious than Terry Pratchett (and does shy away from sex like Terry does so often), Catch is so EVIL yet hilarious...a much better book than his most famous "Lamb"(only famous for its Life of Brian approach), and the narration by Wyman is EXCELLENT (better than Fisher Stevens!) BUY THIS BOOK!

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  • taylor
  • 2017-11-19

A seriously original story

This is my first experience with Christopher Moore and I'm hooked on his writing. This was a hilarious story full of good with and great attention to detail! The performance for this audio book is hands down the best I've come across after a little over a year of using audible. I can't recommend this book enough! Now it's time for me to listen to the second book in this wonderful series.

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  • BazaarPatron
  • 2013-05-21

Impractical Storytelling

Wow did this suck. The disjointed plot's major conflict couldn't get me to invest and the characters were boring...which would have been fine if the book lived up to the humor promised in other reviews.

That's not to say I'm not a fan of this brand of humor. Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Robert Aspin, Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut, and their ilk were mother's milk to me growing up. You can tell this book aspires to it, but didn't quite reach it.

I will say this, even those other authors I cited turned in some lame work, and while I think this is one of Chris Moore's strikeouts, I've also read two of his home runs. I highly recommend those two other books: 'A Dirty Job' and 'Fluke'.

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  • Ashanti
  • 2009-10-23

A credit well spent

Christopher Moore doesn't disappoint. This book is as entertaining, quirky, and offbeat as I have grown to expect from Moore. After having read several of his books, Moore has set the bar somewhat high for me and although I've liked certain works more than others, I've never been let down by any of them.

The narrator chosen for this book did a great job as well.

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  • G. Jefford
  • 2017-09-14

Excellence Squared

Christopher Moore has written many extremely enjoyable books. They're insightful. They're quirky. And they're very funny.

This book is all three.

And the narration is by Oliver Wyman (most of the Serge Storm books by Tim Dorsey) who is one of the top narrators in recorded book history along with Frank Muller (The Talisman, The Dark Tower), Barbara Rosenblatt (the Amelia Peabody and Goldy Bear mysteries), George Guidall (Darwin's Radio), Susan Bennett (You Suck, Bite Me), Euan Morton (Fool and The Serpent of Venice), and Robert Ian Mackenzie (the 44 Scotland Street series).

It's a great thing to have one of my favorite authors performed by one of my favorite narrators.

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  • Patricia A Piethe
  • 2017-08-18

light fun and silly. very original story fun giggl

very original story to make you think about society and laugh. great for the imagination

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  • Katya A
  • 2014-06-04

Pretty Good though not Moore's best

I like Christopher Moore. He does not take his writing too seriously. His books have some interesting bits of Science Fiction or Fantasy and some laugh-out-loud moments, approachable and likable characters and the plot that balances well on the edge of silliness.

The ending felt a little cowardly - all loose end swiped under the rug and happily-ever-afters all around. Which is our collective fault as a readers that demand all the sugary happily-ever-afters. Just look at the mountain of angry letters that GRR Martin receives after each of his books come out. But now i'm way of the subject here.

Practical Demonkeeping is hilarious and inventive. Great plot with many twists. Strong,diverse characters make this a pare turner.

The narrator is great.

I would definitely recommend it for a fun summer listen
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  • tryjen
  • 2012-11-14

Witty as Always

Would you try another book from Christopher Moore and/or Oliver Wyman?

Yes, and I have!

What other book might you compare Practical Demonkeeping to and why?

It's like a far less witty Discworld book easy on the Britishisms.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Skinner the dog. I would listen to Skinner's inner monologue forever!

Any additional comments?

Overall, I enjoyed this book, but didn't love it.

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