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A Dirty Job | [Christopher Moore]

A Dirty Job

People start dropping dead around Charlie, 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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Death never sounded so good. This one probably tops the list of unexpected pleasures here at Audible. Fisher Stevens gives a rousing narration, perfectly delivering Christopher Moore's often off-color jokes in a lovely "dead"pan. A Dirty Job has won fans for both author and narrator, and it will keep winning them for years to come. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy. A little hapless, somewhat neurotic, sort of a hypochondriac. He's what's known as a Beta Male: the kind of fellow who makes his way through life by being careful and constant, you know, the one who's always there to pick up the pieces when the girl gets dumped by the bigger/taller/stronger Alpha Male.

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

What the Critics Say

  • 2006 Quill Award Nominee

"Moore's enthusiasm and skill make it convincing, and his affection for the cast of weirdos gives the book an unexpected poignancy." (Publishers Weekly)

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    joyce 07-06-14
    joyce 07-06-14

    Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.

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    "OK, this is really hilarious"

    I had not heard of Christopher Moore before listening to this book. I was hoping to be entertained, but not expecting more. Moore!! He's hilarious! and no cliches, no used jokes, no good ol' boy humor, just really funny original crazy-inventive comic writing that had me laughing out loud, which is rare. This guy must be a real kick at happy hour! Loved, loved listening to this. Fisher Stevens' narration was hysterical, too. Pure fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katya A new york 11-04-13
    Katya A new york 11-04-13
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    "A Fidgety Reaper"

    The formula for this novel is rather simple - take an average,somewhat neurotic but very likable guy, throw him into a boiling world of mythical underworld creatures, ad a dash of spirituality, half of cup of sex jokes and pour humor generously and when almost done sprinkle with some Armageddon -- and you have yourself a delicious and hilarious book

    Dirty Job is for people who love Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy, Good Omens, Agent to the Stars and Discworld series.

    The narration was great and added color and dimensions to the novel. His tone and inflection were spot-on for these characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 03-25-13
    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I want more books from Moore"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shaun Milpitas, CA, United States 08-04-10
    Shaun Milpitas, CA, United States 08-04-10 Member Since 2015

    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...

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    "Best book in years!!!"

    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.

    Thank you

    Z

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Risdon Chico, CA 06-20-10
    Angela Risdon Chico, CA 06-20-10 Member Since 2009

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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    09-30-08
    09-30-08 Member Since 2008

    josrmills

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    "A wonderful listen ..."

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannette Campbell 09-01-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining but dumb"

    This was narrarated well, I just didn't really care for the story. The author obviously has a great imagination, but it was a bit much for me. Too much fantasy, too easy an ending where everything suddenly ties up at the end. Not a fan.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary La Crosse, WI, USA 08-12-09
    Mary La Crosse, WI, USA 08-12-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Hilarious"

    This book was one of the funniest I've come across in a while. I listen to books while I work out and got lots of weird looks with this one, because I couldn't help but laugh out loud.

    The main character is fantastically hapless, his daughter really sounds like a five-year-old kid, and the bad guys were wonderfully human.

    The narrator was great, and probably one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much. His tone and inflection were spot-on for these characters.

    Brilliant.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Sewell, NJ, USA 03-04-07
    Kimberly Sewell, NJ, USA 03-04-07
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    "One word...TERRIBLE"

    If I have to give this book a star, it would have to be 1...but I'd love to give it 0. If it wasn't for the fact that the author used explicit adult language, I would have sworn I was listening to something in the 4th grade level. I like to listen on my hour long commute to work, but I found it hard to concentrate on this audio and more times than not, turning off the story because I just couldn't stand to listen anymore. I couldn't be happier that I finally finished this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Annissa 11-21-14
    Annissa 11-21-14 Member Since 2012

    I like Doctor Who.

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    "Awful. Just awful."

    I was in the mood for something funny, so I did a search for Fiction / Humor and this one was at the top of the page. I was excited about it because I thought it would fill the "Dead Like Me"-shaped hole in my heart. Unfortunately, what I got was a huge list of one-note characters and ton of sophomoric humor. Literally every character in this book is a stereotype. The Russian neighbor says everything is "like bear." The Chinese neighbor speaks only in the present tense and eagerly eats the protagonist's dead pets. The lesbian sister steals the protagonist's tailored suits. The ex-cop employee is a meathead. The list goes on and on.

    Fisher Stevens does a decent job with the material. I couldn't help but think of him in his role in Short Circuit where he played a man from India (Stevens himself is white), but that's probably an unfair comparison. He's not responsible for the content of this book. However, his cadence was a bit off for an audiobook and he ended up sounding like Marc Summers narrating "Unwrapped." I can handle that for a one-hour documentary on how certain foods are made, but not for an audiobook.

    I listened to most of the book hoping that the plot would pay off. Souls are defined a bit differently in this story. In this book, people do not have souls, only personalities. However, souls look for vessels to inhabit and move from body to body. I was really curious to see how this would play out and hoped the book would discuss what this meant as far as people, as individuals, are concerned. However, after the part where the protagonist is humped by two four hundred-pound hellhounds that live in his apartment (because that's funny, I guess?), I no longer cared. This book is going back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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