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 book that hooked me on Christopher Moore. And while I'm enjoying getting caught up on all that I've missed, I still think this is his best work. It's funny, charming, dark, witty, and outrageous.
What really put it over the top for me was the narration. Fisher Stevens is amazing, and really brought the text to life. I'm sorry that he doesn't have more audio available on Audible than he does (Lamb is also wonderfully narrated).
It seems from the other reviews that you either love this book or your hate it. Put me firmly in the "love it" camp.
I am a big Christopher Moore fan and this book is my favorite. It is funny, sad, and scary all at once. This is my number one recommend to date.
I love the narrator! Don't know how to describe the book - at times I felt like I was getting a glimpse of what it would be like to be "crazy", and other times I felt like I was reading a sci-fi book. It has sarcastic humor which I found funny. It does have swearing if that bothers you. If you like sci- fi then I'd recommend this book.
Not certain what I was expecting, but this was completely different. Not sure I would have continued reading it in book form, but as an audiobook it came to life with the vocalizations of each character. I was constantly being surprised and often broke into sustained laughter as the hero worked through each trial.
I loved this book, it's silly and outlandish which is exactly what I need on my daily commute or at the gym.
Also the narrator Fisher Stevens does a great job of doing the voices - It really helped me visualizing the crazy Goth shop assistant and stoned ex-cop characters
He was a little to chic windy or something for my taste. The book itself was ok, the facts introduced early on don't hold up later in the book. So, its a bit inconsistent. Get past that and you have a decent listen ahead.
I laughed through the entire book. I didn't know what to expect, but I am now a fan. He twists horror to be very funny. You want to have a laugh, download this book. You'll love it!
I just loved this book. It made me laugh from beginning to end, and the plot is nothing if not original! Somehow I found all the supernatural goings ons more credible because the book is set in San Francisco, and picks up on the zaniness and tendency towards eccentrics and strong characters in that city. One flaw I do want to point out is the racism -- per this book Chinese Americans don't just eat pet dogs but any pet they can find. Aside from that, enjoy . . . I'm sorry this book ended.
This book was laugh out loud funny at times. The author's tone is something like Nick Hornby's, salted with a bit of Chris Rock. The plot line is more of a fantasy than either of those two write, but that is a vehicle for some good comedy. As with Rock and Hornby, the humor may strike guys more than women, and it is not for young kids.
The narrator does a fantastic job catching different accents and delivering the punch lines.
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