I love all of Jen's books - so much so that I have seriously contemplated buying all of the e-books and audiobooks, in addition to the hard copies that I already own. This is the first one that I have bought a "double" of, and it's 100% because Jen X is self-narrated. It's true, this book does have many stories that already appeared on her blog, but I am totally ok with that, and here's why:
1) Hearing her stories in her voice adds a whole new layer of hilarious to them.
2) It is much easier for me to share a funny story with a friend when all I have to remember is "Chapter 2" instead of "What on earth was the title of that blog post again? Something about her dogs... but damn it, there's 500 dog stories on here! Oh forget it, it was really funny and that's all you need to know."
3) My all-time favorite blog story is included, which resolves number 2, above. (I believe the blog post was titled "The Evolution of a Bad Idea.")
4) If you have been to one of Jen's readings/signings, this book is a great way to relive them. If not, it will give you a taste of how she sounds and how she "thinks" her stories.
I really hope that Jen continues to narrate her books, even if it means I will have to spend twice as much money on each book from now on.
PS - If you are a first timer, two of my favorites from Jen are My Fair Lazy and Bright Lights, Big Ass - check them out too!
I was hoping to find a creepy/suspenseful story that wasn't cheesy. This lured me in with what seemed like a good plot, then took a sharp left into (what I deemed to be) a completely different story. Without trying to spoil anything, I'll just say it began like a good mystery/ghost story and ended like a cheesy sci-fi one. For those who are into sci-fi, this might be more interesting. However, for those expecting something scary - even mildly creepy - this is not the book 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!
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