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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 Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 05-20-06
    Joyce Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 05-20-06
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    "Loved It"

    This book is different and it love it. I found myself laughing out loud. The characters are wonderful and the story line is unique.

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    Linda SIMI VALLEY, CA, United States 05-18-06
    Linda SIMI VALLEY, CA, United States 05-18-06 Member Since 2011
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    "A Very Funny Book"

    This is an absurd and very funny book. If you liked A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, you will love this! I listen while walking and was laughing out loud so many times that people started staring. I'd love to see more of this author thru audible!

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    Amazon Customer 05-15-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Obsurdly funny"

    A great listen for when you want something proposterous and entertaining. Not for someone looking for serious prose. I agree with the other reviewers that the musical blips are bad - but they are very short and only mildly annoying. I loved all the discussion of beta males.

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    Michele Prescott, AZ, United States 05-14-06
    Michele Prescott, AZ, United States 05-14-06 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Entertaining"

    Christopher Moore does a wonderful job narrating this unbelievable and just plain weird storyline. I loved the humor and the characters in which he brings alive and keeps you laughing and wanting for more Moore.

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    Alan Saginaw, MI, United States 05-13-06
    Alan Saginaw, MI, United States 05-13-06 Member Since 2013

    I'm a dentist, speaker, blogger, dad and horse caretaker. I listen to audiobooks and podcasts all the time.

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    "Silly horrific fun"

    I honestly was enjoying this book so much that I didn't want it to end. The first hour or so I wasn't sure what to think of it. The characters and roles were very dark, yet the treatment was totally silly. So once I warmed up to the presentation, it was actually a pretty good story. I enjoyed the narration and the tendency of the author to take nothing seriously. There were lots of unexpected twists and turns and I enjoyed all of it. Who knew death could be so entertaining?

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    Stephen West Chester, OH, USA 05-13-06
    Stephen West Chester, OH, USA 05-13-06 Member Since 2010
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    "A Hoot"

    I started out thinking that this is really stupid humor. But after getting into the bizarre theme, I was laughing pretty often. I liked the narration too.

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    Mitchell Columbia, SC, USA 05-13-06
    Mitchell Columbia, SC, USA 05-13-06
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    "Funny - High Energy!"

    This was a very entertaining, fast paced book with a lot of laughs albeit very dark humor. Those with little or no sense of humor - stay away. The narrator was outstanding and had more energy than most. You'll like this book if you like the beta-male type characters like Woody Allen. Absurd topic made funny. I also enjoyed the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. This book isn't quite as out there but comes close. I highly recommend it. Now, I'm going to try another book by the author because I enjoyed this one so much.

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    Wendy Del Mar, CA, USA 05-12-06
    Wendy Del Mar, CA, USA 05-12-06
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    "Wendy's Review - A Dirty Job"

    Looking for something off the beaten path? This book is hilarious and although written about death, incredibly upbeat. Not a book you want to listen to with the kiddies due to the occasional sexual references and language.

    I enjoyed this audio book. I did not enjoy the stupid intro music between the sections that had a tendancy to drown out the reader for a few seconds.

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    Amazon Customer Virginia, USA 05-12-06
    Amazon Customer Virginia, USA 05-12-06 Member Since 2012

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    "Great!"

    At sideway look at death with Death Merchant, Harpies & Soul Vessels, the story is good and the humor is LOL, tears in your eyes funny. Good read and interesting characters. We will back up and read all of Christopher Moore’s books.

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    Randy Stevensville, MI, USA 05-11-06
    Randy Stevensville, MI, USA 05-11-06 Member Since 2005
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    "what's with the music?!"

    The story wasn't that bad, but definitely not good. The ending was obvious to pretty much everyone except the main character.

    The loud music at random times was terrible...what were they thinking?

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