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)
I have enjoyed many of this authors books by reading them myself. This was the first one that i listened to. The reader was perfect, I was completely enthralled the whole time.
I highly recommend it to any Christopher Moore fans, or any audio fiction lovers. Just wonderful.
This book is spectacular comedy most deadly. It takes a newish view of death and rebirth and makes a great story out of it. For about a week after reading this I really wanted to use "Like bear!" in conversation.
Like many of the other posters, I bought this book thinking it would be mindless fun. It started on an absurd, but intriguing note, and quickly degenerated into plain absurdity that could no longer hold my interest.
I couldn't stop listening. The reader was great too. The story was interesting and I couldn't wait to listen to it each morning on my way to work. It's funny, dark and witty. I'm going to check out all his other stuff.
A clever and entertaining story about a "death merchant" and his unusual daugther. Although the literary style, and the narrator's style of reading, make the characters seem cartoonish and immature, the story slowly grabbed my interest. Although I can't say that I did too much "laugh out loud" chuckling - there were quite a few times i had a quiet laugh as I enjoyed Moore's unusual story. By the time it got to the end though the story was quite absurd and had lost much of its earlier quirky charm and appeal. Nevertheless, I recommed the book as a fun, but not too serious, read (or listen as the case may be).
Never thought of the 'beta male' mentality before and I certainly hope I never hear the term again (believe me, the story does it to 'death')! The story was frequently amusing and overall enjoyable, if you don't mind hearing the F word every other sentence. No surprises with the ending, just left me wishing I'd used my 12 hours in better pursuits.
Semi retired CPA, Sarah's mom, corgi mom, avid traveler, political junkie, somewhere north of ATL
Charming, quirky, wonderful audio book....I highly recommend this.
Christopher Moore might be my new favorite author. His skewed sense of humor had my wife and I in stitches for the entire length of the audiobook. If you laugh at things others cringe or gasp at, this book will be one of your faves. Highly recommended by a highly disturbed couple.
Funny, fresh and well written, this was a nice find after so many disappointments lately. Best audio since Vonnegut and Confederacy of Dunces.
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