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A Dirty Job Audiobook

A Dirty Job

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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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    Steve Kinston, NC, United States 07-03-08
    Steve Kinston, NC, United States 07-03-08 Member Since 2007
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    "What a delight!"

    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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    J 06-28-08
    J 06-28-08 Member Since 2003

    Recovering engineer turned entrepreneur, at least until acquired last year. Interested in...well...almost everything except romance novels.

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    "Slow start, interesting modern fantasy"

    The book got off to a slow start, chronicling the life of its beta-male protagonist (the term used in the book), but after the first hour or so, I had a tough time turning it off.

    Some of the concepts were quite good, and original to my ears, dealing with the concept of the soul as well as the body as it relates to Death (and his/her minions).

    The wrap-up was a bit obvious, but still fun.

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    The Wind - powerful and strong! 06-15-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Enjoyable"

    What a fun romp! Innovative story, where enlightment isn't always fun, but can be very funny. Loved the characters, and Fisher Stevens as narrator can't be beat. Didn't really like ending of book, but somehow it worked with story. If you are looking for unconventional story, that will make you laugh, this is a great pick.

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    knots 06-10-08
    knots 06-10-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Clever, Entertaining, Well Read"

    This book made me laugh so many times... the witticisms and deadpan observations and experiences of the main character are made that much better by the cast of voices the narrator is able to conjure to surround him. It is incredibly touching, at times, but the comic relief is always just around the corner. Finally, the plot itself is imaginative enough that you never know what's going to come next... truly in the vein of Douglas Adams, but taking place right here on earth, and with some more heart, to boot. A great listen!

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    Steve Eagan, MN, United States 06-09-08
    Steve Eagan, MN, United States 06-09-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful"

    Christopher Moore is a genius. I laughed outloud several times during this listen, partly due to the writing but the narrator was awesome too. This book is better than "Lamb" (a good book but not as entertaining) but Christopher is worth the book credits. I just downloaded "You Suck" and can't wait to be once again in his imaginative world. Don't pass this one by!

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    Michael omaha, NE, United States 06-03-08
    Michael omaha, NE, United States 06-03-08 Member Since 2010
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    "very entertaining"

    predictable but very entertaining

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    Holley CLOVIS, CA, USA 04-26-08
    Holley CLOVIS, CA, USA 04-26-08
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    "A Welcomed Surprise"

    This is not the type of book I listen to normally, but it was ranked so popular, I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did. The story draws you in right away, and makes you really like Charlie, the main character. You cheer for him, you understand him, you probably know someone like him in your life. The setting is San Francisco, which is an interesting city to hear about. The description of the city are very accurate and I felt like I was there. Fisher Stevens is a very good reader...his voices for the sewer harpies is dead on and I forget I am listening to a read and felt like I was in the sewer with them. I just finished this in less than a week, which is a record for me. I couldn't wait for the commute home each night to hear another 30 minutes of the story. I have laughed out loud at all the crazy antics and funny insightful thoughts that Mr. Moore expresses. I highly recommend this book if you have a silly sense of humor and need something to think about other than work or stressful things. I just purchased another Christopher Moore book and am looking at another read by Fisher Stevens it's that good. LISTEN TO THIS BOOK.

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    Mark Long Beach, CA, USA 04-23-08
    Mark Long Beach, CA, USA 04-23-08
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    "One of my favorite audio books ever"

    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.

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    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
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    "My favorite audio book."

    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.

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    Carla Kingwood, TX, USA 02-25-08
    Carla Kingwood, TX, USA 02-25-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Different"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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