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 the first review I have written for this site, although I have been a member for several years. This is perhaps the funniest book I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. I highly recommend it!!! Despite the narrator's occasional "same-voiceness" for a couple of the characters, I felt overall he did well. If you dig off-the-wall humor, and can roll with the idea of death incarnate, it's a scream!
I enjoyed this book a lot, and would reccommend it. However, I felt let down by the narrator. He did alright, until giving the character "Ray" a surfer accent. I found it very inappropriate for this pervasive character. I also found that most of the characters had the same worldview concerning the "F" word, and towards sex. I found this made the characters seems shallow, or at least 2-dimensional. For entertainment pruposes, this book was great.
I had never heard of Christopher Moore before. I took a big chance and selected this because I wanted to see where the author was going to take the book after reading the premise. I was so glad I took that chance. Absolutely well written, well performed, very witty and funny. I really enjoyed this and couldn't take the headphones off. I couldn't stop laughing. Ready for the next Christopher Moore book!
This is not great literature, but the writing is wry and the narrator terrific. If you are looking for something fun, not too heavy (what could be heavy about Death) and just a great listen, I highly recommend this book.
I love Christopher Moore, his sense of humor is dark and deranged... perfect. I knew I would enjoy a look at Death through the eyes of this very funny author. I wasn't disappointed. As to the narrator, I loved him! Lilly and Ray sort of sound the same, but that would be my only complaint. The others are so good that I had to check to see if there were other actors in the narration, there's not.
Death is a scary business, a "Dirty Job" and somehow Christopher Moore always manages to assure his reader of the afterlife in the most unsettling way. Strangely, this book has some serious subject matter and walks through the very darkest times in a persons life and does it all from this pov: no matter what, it'll be alright. We may not look the way we want, our "happily ever after" may not be the way we thought it would be, but eternity allows for many eventualities.
Enjoy the story, and the looks you'll get from people as you laugh out loud for no apparent reason.. just hold up your ipod in answer.
I read through the reviews of this book and was surprised by the number of people who liked Fisher Stevens' narration--for me, it was the worst narration I've ever heard. He pauses at the end of every line of the book, whether there is a natural break there or not (kind of like listening to a 6th grader read aloud). He has two voices--his own (which is not unpleasing) and a kind of California surfer-dude inflection that he applies on and off, indiscrimately, to various characters.
Further, HarperAudio all but ruined this with the addition of canned--and really bad--musical overtures at random times throughout the program.
For the content, I would give four stars. It's nicely diverting and at times funny. The program itself, rated separately, would only get one star from me.
I have never read(or listened to) anything by Christopher Moore before so I don't even know why I picked this one but I'm glad I did. This book is funny with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. I would consider this a good summer book, when you don't want to commit to anything too heavy or long. The narrator is phenominal with his different accents and voices to portray the many characters. You get to the point where you can tell who is talking without him saying. Want a light and funny program to lay back and take in a lazy day? This is a great choice!
I finished listening to this in 4 days. Fisher Stevens is hands down, the BEST narrator I've heard. I was never confused as to who the characters were and they had a lot of life to them. The story will have you in stitches but it has a satisfying arc that carries over till the great ending. Buy this audiobook.
I loved the book.... ok, the ending is a tiny weak but I got what I was looking for in a big way and would, and have recommended this book to anyone who enjoys strange characters and lots of laughs.
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