Long time Audible member (8 years, 500+ books). Avid flyfisherman, hunter, bicycler.
The wide swings between serious poignancy and tongue-in-cheek fantasy satire made this a difficult book to enjoy, much less take seriously. I was expecting a story with a little more common sense and reality, but it didn't take long to devolve into a mash-up of a modern city dweller's life with strange immortal under-world creatures, who didn't really seem scary as much as plain old goofy. Authors who have to rely on fantasy to complete their plots (where you can, after all, make any ending you want), should at least be good writers and create interest with their language if their fantasy ending is weak. This author accomplishes neither a good ending, nor a good story along the way.
This was the first Christopher Moore book I had "read". It wasn't quite what I was expecting but I enjoyed it. The cast of characters kept this book interesting. I found myself laughing out loud at the characters humor. I rated this book a 4 out of 5 because if I had read the paper version of this book I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much. Fischer Stevens does an incredible job bringing the characters in this story to life. In my opinion, he is hands down the best narrator on the audiobook scene.
I loved this book, I hated the way it ended. I think I would have hated any way it ended. I didn't want it too. I laughed, I cried, I cared about these strange people in this strange situation. Wow!
This is one of the most entertaining books I have downloaded. Never slow, always funny and extremely well narrated. Fischer Stevens is so good I immediately looked for other books he has narrated.
I've since listened to a few others by the same author and so far, this is the best.
Christopher Moore is my new favorite author. A Dirty Job is one of the funniest books I've read in years, but it's also insightful. The author manages to inject the book with a sense of humanity along with his finely tuned sense of irony. I only wish Audible carried more of his books in their recorded collection!
A very fun book to listen to, reminded me a lot of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. If you've read their collaborative novel 'Good News' I think you'll enjoy this. I also enjoyed Fisher Stevens' reading. My only complaint is an abundance of profanity, at times it seemed as though 10% of the dialogue consisted of the 'F' word. I'm not against the use of profanity per se, but it was often used almost to distraction in this book. However, that doesn't prevent me from recommending it, this was one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in months.
I just loved this book. It made me laugh from beginning to end, and the plot is nothing if not original! Somehow I found all the supernatural goings ons more credible because the book is set in San Francisco, and picks up on the zaniness and tendency towards eccentrics and strong characters in that city. One flaw I do want to point out is the racism -- per this book Chinese Americans don't just eat pet dogs but any pet they can find. Aside from that, enjoy . . . I'm sorry this book ended.
This is a great book, I found myself laughing outloud and remembering lines from the book in the middle of the day and laughing (and freaking out my coworkers in the process!). Fisher Stevens does an EXCELLENT job reading as a Beta male. You'll find yourself wishing you could "kitty" people throughout the day so that they'll "take the big ambien!"
This is one of the best stories I've seen. Filled with hilarious wit and some dark humor as well, this book just made me smile.
The characters that populate this story are absolutely fantastic. The protagonist constantly worries about everything (including getting diseases from under-cooked toast), wears fancy dress suits and walks around with a sword cane. Then there's Mr. Fresh who's first name is "Minty" and who dresses all in green. There's also the protagonists goth-girl employee who has no respect for authority and is angry that she wasn't chosen to be a "death dealer". The list of strange, wonderful, and memorable characters goes on and on.
The whole concept of death merchants and how souls get passed to new hosts is absolutely inspired. The ultimate battle between good and evil is happening to a bunch of ordinary, if strange, folk who have no idea what they're doing. It's engrossing.
The only complaint I have regarding this audio book has to do with the narrator. He does some of the voices well, I love his interpretations of Mr. Fresh and of the old woman dying of cancer. But some of his choices for other voices just aren't right.
Some of the voices, for example, seem way too similar and I had trouble telling who was talking at times. Also, the protagonist has an older man working for him, but for some reason the narrator gave him the voice of a teenage surfer dude. That was a little distracting.
But other than that it wasn't a hard listen. I highly recommend this book, it's definitely among my favourites.