Description Beautiful. Magnificent. Indestructible. These are the plaudits given to the luxury space liner as it sets forth on its maiden voyage to distant vacation planets.
Onboard, far below the decks of the rich and famous, is an unhappy, forlorn janitor named Chuck who mops and sweeps and dreams of, one day, becoming a captain and piloting a great spaceship such as this.
I picked up this cracker of a story and listened through it in a couple of sittings (life annoyingly getting in the way as it does). The author, Vee James, lists his favorite authors include Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Eric Idle, John Cleese, and Christopher Moore and you feel their influences throughout this tale.
Anyone who has ever heard of or watched “The Little Shop of Horrors” can probably take a good stab at what this humorous homage to the Rick Moranis 80s classic entails… and they certainly won’t be disappointed.
The plot ticks along at a cracking pace with plenty of chuckles to be had throughout. A cast of bumbling characters mostly blind to the obvious dangers around them, support our hero Chuck and heroine Violet as they seek to save the crew, the ship, and a planet from an overgrown, blood-thirsty houseplant.
The stakes rise as the plant grows ever larger, taking over more and more of the spaceship. As it grows, so does its hunger, and soon the disappearance of crew members doesn’t go unnoticed. Chuck is forced to realise that perhaps the plant he tended to since it was a seedling may be up to no good.
Narrated by the talented Hannibal Hills, the 6 hours or so it took to listen to flew by as he drew me deep into the plot. His vocal performance was excellent, giving unique voices and the right inflections which brought this story to life. I’m sure I’ll be looking at other books he’s narrated.
Overall, a great sci-fi romp that puts a new spin on the theme of the original movie, and one that I’m very happy to have stumbled upon.I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I have not let this affect nor influence my opinions of this audiobook, and have left an honest review.