But Charlie's been lucky. He owns a building in the heart of San Francisco, and runs a secondhand store with the help of a couple of loyal, if marginally insane, employees. He's married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. And she, Rachel, is about to have their first child.
Yes, Charlie's doing okay for a Beta. That is, until the day his daughter, Sophie, is born. Just as Charlie, exhausted from the birth, turns to go home, he sees a strange man in mint-green golf wear at Rachel's hospital bedside, a man who claims that no one should be able to see him. But see him Charlie does, and from here on out, things get really weird.
People start dropping dead around him, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death. It's a dirty job. But hey, somebody's gotta do it.
©2006 Christopher Moore; (P)2006 HarperCollinsPublishers
"Moore's enthusiasm and skill make it convincing, and his affection for the cast of weirdos gives the book an unexpected poignancy." (Publishers Weekly)
This is my first Christopher Moore book. Funny, Funny book. I don't think it would quite as funny as if I read it. Fisher Stevens does a great job. I am going for more.
This was my first Christopher Moore book from Audible, and I loved it. I quickly got everything else from this delightful author that is on this site. Though it is all light fare, Moore is a wonderful writer. He knows how to tell a tale, create compelling characters, build tension in all the right places and, most important, how to do that most astonishing thing - make one laugh out loud.
The narration on this story is terrific. Fisher Stevens hits perfect notes of mild bemusement, subtle enthusiasm and stark terror as he tells the story of the ultimate "Beta Male", Charlie Asher (don't let the music in the beginning throw you, it only comes up a few times, thankfully). All of the characters are well drawn and loads of fun; particularly Lilly, the perpetually irritated goth working at Asher's Second Hand. Though she does stand out (Moore must have a teen-age daughter), there is not a dull individual in the lot.
I believe this to be one of Moore's best in the Audible collection (only beaten by Fool), but I have not been disappointed by any of his titles here. Enjoy!
This is a great book. Fischer Stevens narrates to a "T". Silly and strange, I some how cared about the characters. I never wanted it to end. One of my top 10 reads.
This audiobook is the funniest laugh-out-loud listen I've ever had. The content was wonderful -- it probably would have been a good book to read -- but the narrator adds a lot to the audio version. This book is so great it may make you want to listen to something else by the same author. Don't do that. Moore's "Lamb" was awful in all the ways that "A Dirty Job" was terrific. I don't know how it's possible that the guy who wrote one could go on to write the other.
Love epic fantasy, war stories, monsters, and zombies.
...but I listened to it all the way through, which is something. The characters were interesting and the story was clever. The author has a unique voice to be sure. I'd say that he's worth listening to/reading at least once. For me, though, once was enough.
Huge fan of numerous genre's. Love the paranormal, doomsday / end of the world and post-apocalyptic is my favorite. Also love thrillers, comedy and just about anything...
I had unfortunately never heard of Christopher Moore, and that was my only regret. This book was easily one of the funniest, most well paced and amazing books I have read...er...listened to, in years. Moore has an amazing talent for subtle, well paced and dark humor that forced me on more than one occasion to have to pull to the side of the freeway, wiping tears of uncontrollable laughter from my eyes. What the people who saw me must have thought, I don't know, but who cares!
The narrator was amazing, and obviously his talented voice and comedic timing played a lot in this story, but only because it was so well written. I was disappointed to find out the he (Fisher Stevens) did not narrate more of his books, but I am a sold fan of his now, too.
I don't laugh easily, and not too quickly entertained, certainly not enough to write a review about a book here. But this book was amazing. It had only one downfall. The one thing that angered me and made me regret listening to this story was the simple fact that it came to an end. This could have been a thousand pages or a thousand hours long and I would have loved it every bit of the way. I will listen to this again and again, and will go out and buy the actual book and hope I one day get to meet the author and get his autograph, and thank him for writing such a wonderful story.
His characters were so rich; I wanted to be Charlie Asher myself. I wanted to be his friend, and live in his world. I want there to be a sequel, I want to see the movie, I want more of Moore!!!
If you are even remotely on the fence about this; rest assured that someone who laughs rarely fell in love with this book instantaneously, and promise you that you will not be disappointed.
I am downloading LAMB now, same author and narrator. I am incredibly non-religious, but any author this good, with a talented voice such as Fisher Stevens behind it, I am gladly willing for the first time to go blindly into this novel as well.
A fun and funny book about death. Moore is a fine storyteller, and delivers numerous delectable one-liners and humorously absurd situations. I'm sure someone, somewhere has called him a "poor man's Tom Robbins." If not, I will. As a book of pure entertainment, I don't know that it causes me see the world from a different (and more skewed) perspective, as Robbins novels often do; but perhaps the comparison is unfair, like criticizing George Lucas for not being Stanley Kubrick. Yet, the Robbins influence on Moore's style seems quite apparent, and the comparison seems unavoidable. Overall, well worth reading, especially as a break from heavier, headier stuff.
It's not pretentious, and it does what it sets out to do -tell an entertaining story without depth or challenge. It's truly brain candy. Just don't leave it out for anyone to see you're reading it.
This was by far one of the funniest books I've ever listened to. The synopsis doesn't do the story justice. If you are a fan of Moore's then this should be a no brainer, but if you are new to Moore then you absolutely need to to give him a chance. This book has everything; romance, death, hell hounds and ancient Celtic goddesses giving hand jobs in dark alleys. . . Fisher Stevens does a fantastic job- it's slightly politically incorrect, but spot on none the less. Buy this book!
This book was a big surprise for me, the story is fantastic and the performance is top notch. Fisher Stevens does an amazing job bringing every character to life and delivering the dry humor in a way that makes it crack me up.
I have always loved stories about Death, Terry Pratchett’s Mort and Neil Gaiman’s various incarnations of Death are some favorites. And now Christopher Moore has added the Death Merchants Minty Fresh and Charlie Asher to my list.
WARNING: This book contains a fair amount of foul language, but I did not find it offensive or distracting. There is a scene in the book where Charlie’s daughter, maybe 3 or 4 years old, overhears something maybe she shouldn’t have and end up running around and saying in a sing-song voice, "not in the butt, not in the butt." That made me laugh out loud and makes me smile ever time I think about it. But if you are easily offended by foul language, the seven dirty words really offends you, you should find something else to read.
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