Honestly it was Fisher Stevens. He made the book for me. That and my favorite line, "Like bear?"...listen and you'll understand
All of them. Seriously, I know that sounds presumptuous but it's true. The lead character, the supporting characters, the daughter, the baddies, they were all fantastic.
There was a scene when a character from another one of Christopher Moore's books showed up in this book. I just loved that!
You can't take life too seriously while listening to a Christopher Moore book. Enjoy the well earned distraction
Wow.Funny-Real-Sad but w /a perspective. I WANTED MORE.But w / a twist...:).I have a singed copy I bought @ a 2 hand store. Kinda of ironic...This store buys used books.Wonder if mine had a glow...?
Its really one of a kind..
Loved all of the characters...Great job..
This book made me laugh & cry!
Should read more
This is not the usual type of novel I would read but I really enjoyed this story. Very funny, actually laugh out loud at times. Entertaining and a unique story line. Basically, the guy becomes the grim reaper. Loved it!
I bought this because of the many rave reviews, and because I was ready for some light-hearted fiction after reading some much more sobering book lately. It certainly turned out to be a break from anything educational, but I wouldn't say I really got anything else out of it. Where to begin...
-The humor, by and large, is cheesy and predictable - think Diablo Cody one-liners.
-The plot is so outrageously far-fetched that it almost achieved a sort of dream-like imagination at times, and for that I give it some credit, but this fictional world ends up being too silly to get lost in it.
-Charlie is the ONLY character with any shred of nuance and believability, so I have to give credit for that as well. The beta male theme isn't so much an undertone as a slap in the face, but it does lead to some funny situations. All of the other characters are either over-the-top (often racist) stereotypes with absolutely no substance, or silly monsters with boring, repetitive dialogue.
-The major plot twist (the real Death) will be immediately obvious to anyone with half a brain. It was almost painful to listen to the whole book knowing that it was going to be "revealed" in dramatic fashion at the finale.
-Okay - the narrator did a decent job.
Adding this to my list of things that are inexplicably popular. The more I think about it, the more I hated it.
It had quite a few unexpected twists and turns in this dark story line.
It had to be the main character Charlie.
Fisher Stevens was first rate as a story teller. He was funny in all the right places.
It was an entertaining read.
Three words: Out of breath.
In general, the narrator was good. But sometimes he spoke so fast, he seemed out of breath, which I found distracting.
Minty Green Funny
The hell hounds and Minty Green. Lots of twist and turns. Not your typical
Great performance, gave the characters depth.
Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)
quirky, dark and twisted
When he realizes his new
He is the voice of Charlie, hence, he is Charlie
If you have a twisted,dark, quirky sense of humour, then this is the book and the author for you!
I stumbled on this book after receiving my first credit. I had no idea where to start, so I went to the "Great First Listens" page. I was completely drawn in by the Narrator... so much so that I instantly started looking for other books he recorded. I was a bit disappointed that there were only a couple others narrated by him (I did snag one, though).
To me, narrators make or break an audio book, and if I don't like the narrator, I refuse to buy it. This one was fantastic. He had a very pleasing voice, and he was great at making each character have a unique voice. There were quite a few times that I forgot I was only listening to one person!
The plot of "A Dirty Job" was also fantastic. This was my first Christopher Moore book ever, and despite the fact that I generally don't like paranormal/fantasy/magical stories at all, I really enjoyed this one. I am a big fan of the TV show "Dead Like Me," so I think that's one of the main reasons this story appealed to me. The idea of a reluctant grim reaper is usually amusing, but the plot of "A Dirty Job" was kind of unique (apart from what I've read), so I didn't feel like I was listening to a repeat of another plot.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys subtle humor, paranormal/magic/fantasy stories, or the show "Dead Like Me." I would be careful, though, as there is at least one scene that could be considered quite adult/disturbing to some people, and it probably should not be listened to by children under 16 or so. However, that particular scene is not vital to the book, and could easily be skipped over.
I can't wait to listen to "Lamb" next!
It never gets old! I cannot convey how much I loved/love this book. I love love love the writing style. The characters are each unique and it is filled with humor - almost like the characters are able to laugh at themselves. The story is amazing - keeps my attention the entire time! The writing is so quick witted that I find new reasons to chuckle each time I listen. Suspenseful, touching, funny, unique story line, super interesting - just get it. You've wasted one credit on much worse I'm sure :) !!