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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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    Annette M. Stacy Tulsa, Oklahoma 09-26-09
    Annette M. Stacy Tulsa, Oklahoma 09-26-09 Member Since 2014

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    "A truly funny experience"

    I purchased this book because I am looking for new authors to enjoy. Enjoy I did. I wasn't really reading what this book was about, and of course, got a suprise with the content! just goes to show, you can once in a while pick a book blindly and love it. Very funny, content was handled well, not scary but facinating. Mr. Moore will sell another book to me. Recommend for the light side of scary! funny funny funny

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Camby, IN, USA 09-19-09
    Richard Camby, IN, USA 09-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Laugh out loud funny"

    Christopher Moore's wicked and twisted sense of humor is right up my alley. I have only read two other books by him (before this one) but now, I'm going to have to get them all!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 06-29-09
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 06-29-09 Member Since 2014
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    "weird"

    I'm not sure why this book is so popular with audible listeners. I found it weird and not well written.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Stygar Carlsbad, CA USA 09-25-08
    Monica Stygar Carlsbad, CA USA 09-25-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Entertaining"

    Very funny, very entertaining. Had to find excuses to drive around so I could keep listening to it...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Little Egg Harbor, NJ, USA 12-18-07
    Jane Little Egg Harbor, NJ, USA 12-18-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Funny and Clever..;"

    Once again Christopher Moore has delivered a funny,clever and totally believale book about a dark topic. Well developed plot and characters. This book was fun to listen too.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Concord, MA, USA 04-24-06
    Rhonda Concord, MA, USA 04-24-06
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    "Poorly told story"

    It is very hard to give this book ONE star--but I did not see an alternative. I am so tired of the so-called supernatural being used with mortals with "no story" to back it up. What a waste of credit and money.

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    caroline 01-23-13
    caroline 01-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as funny as I thought it would be"

    Maybe I'm just a fan of Susan Bennett's narration but I did not find this book entertaining in the least. The story was cute and I laughed out loud maybe once. I found myself daydreaming about other things, not paying attention to the audiobook, and not caring about rewinding and replaying the parts I missed. I'm a huge fan of Moore but I don't think I would pay for the sequel to this book if/when it comes out.

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    Rebecca Niwot, CO, United States 12-05-12
    Rebecca Niwot, CO, United States 12-05-12
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    "whiney irritating voice"
    What disappointed you about A Dirty Job?

    Thought the idea for the story had promise. Little did I know that the narration was going to be done in the most annoyingly whiney voice. I wasn't able to listen past the first chapter. Fortunately, this was not my first listen or I might have reconsidered the value of audible altogether.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fisher Stevens’s performances?

    NO!


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    bookie 08-06-12
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    "Entertaining and macabre"
    If you could sum up A Dirty Job in three words, what would they be?

    Daddy, baby, Death


    What did you like best about this story?

    The equanimity with which the characters accept the fantastic things that happen. That, and Charlie hollering at the Morigan at sewer grates.


    Which character – as performed by Fisher Stevens – was your favorite?

    Oh, that's hard. I like Lily because she's such a good kid and wants not to be, so she's my favorite--today.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Sophie shows up to save Charlie in the battle under the city.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun and entertainig look at death and Death that lets you read for pure entertainment or delve for deeper meaning. I'm an entertainment girl myself.

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    Libby Chicago, IL 08-03-12
    Libby Chicago, IL 08-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Why so racist?"

    Wow. I guess Christopher Moore hates Asian people. Seriously folks, I haven't been this uncomfortable since I watched Mickey Rooney portray a Japanese guy in Breakfast at Tiffany's. It's that bad. In terms of horrible Asian stereotypes, the gang is all here in this book. There's a Chinese grandma who will cook and eat anything, including dead pets. There's a guy who runs an illegal fireworks shop in the back of his dry cleaning shop (a twofer, if you will). This same character's youngest granddaughter is named Cindy Lu Hu (just couldn't help yourself, could you, Moore?). Oh, and don't worry, there's a long, cringe-worthy scene at an Asian massage parlor. The list goes on, but you get the idea.

    In short, don't give this racist jerk your time and money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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