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 :) !!
Funny, original plot, good pace, excellent narration. However, the prevelence of F-bombs detracts from the enjoyment. Perhaps people really do speak that way where Christopher Moore lives, but I haven't heard crudity that since middle school locker rooms. You think such an accomplished and imaginative author could express himself with more creativity.
Clean up the language. I'm not a prude, nor do I demand that the story be G-rated, but the excess of F-this and F-that just gets tiring and then becomes annoying.
Excellent pacing. Able to express emotion without whispering or shouting, so I am not always reaching for the volume buttons. Does female voices well without resorting to a screeching falsetto.
A truly inventive and clever story of a young man drawn into a world he does not understand who is led down a path he cannot control. Cleverly written, extremely well read - the characterizations still ring in my ears - and a real delight. It was my summer mowing book last year and our lawn never looked so good because I couldn't wait to get back out there and listen to some more!
Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.
IMHO, this is by far the best Christopher Moore book. It is dark, disturbing, cut and hilarious all at the same time. Surprising twists and turns and some truly classic characters. You gotta check this one out.
This book was incredibly insightful and thought provoking. I loved it. I hesitated because... well... I'm not into kids... but this book was awesome!
Laugh out loud funny, witty, and entertaining. The narration is excellent! Looking forward to A Dirty Job Part II!
I liked this. I even purchased an mp3 player and put this on it for my daughter for her birthday and she is enjoying it. We both agree the reader is perfect for the reading. We love it.
Older, crankier, happier and still a bibliophile!
After unsuccessfully trying to read a different book by Christopher Moore, I thought I would not try any others; that is until I read the abstract for this one. The premise for the book seemed so odd that I was intrigued and had to try. I am so glad I did.
The book made me laugh out loud (a lot) and after my son read it, several phrases from the book made their way into our daily vocabulary (Kitty!) The story was weird, wacky, funny and absolutely unpredictable and both of us were truly sorry when it was done. This is a book that I think I enjoyed having read to me more than I would have enjoyed reading it - a tribute to the reader indeed. Fun, fun, fun.