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)
An unusual story, told well, and captivating to listen to. It made my long commute to and from work pass by quickly for several days.
I bought this book and went on vacation with my wife, after transferring the book to disks to play in my car. Many carbound minutes passed in parking lots of restaurants, rest stops, and hotels waiting to hear a chapter's end.
Every page was hilarious. Moore's "Hell Hounds" just killed me. And the narration matched to Moore's writing.
I recommend A Dirty Job without exception.
The story is hilarious, unlike anything else you've ever read or listened to, and the narrator is FANTASTIC -- his different voices for different characters really brings personality to the book. It's been a few weeks since I finished this one up and I find myself thinking back to different parts of it and recommending the book to others. A book about death probably shouldn't be so life changing... but it's just such a funny and charming story you can't help but root for the protagonist.
I first listened to Christoper Moore's "Lamb" as read by Fisher Stevens. I loved his characterizations so much I couldn't wait to hear him read this book. Oh, and the story itself is funny and quirky too. Great book. Moore and Stevens make a great team.
This book won't be like the others you listen to! I found it amusing, intriguing and always unexpected. I listened to it every day wondering what would happen next. Just when I thought it was going hopelessly zany, the author pulled it together...very much like the nutsy characters that appear in the story. This is one to enjoy.
At first, I was very worried that I wouldn't enjoy this book but once I got involved in the story I couldn't stop listening.
The writing may not be the best I have ever come across but the story is interesting and kept me wanting more.
The narrator did a great job with all of the different voices. There were parts of the book that I found very funny.
This audiobook was extremely well written and performed. The style of the author is fresh and funny, I found myself laughing until my sides hurt at the way the main character expresses himself in words and thoughts. The language is filthy! Enjoy it as a consenting adult, but I wouldn't let my impressionable teenager anywhere near it!
If you like the unique writing of Christopher Moore, this is a great one! I had to stop listening to parts of it while I was driving because I laughed so hard. Death, portrayed in this story, is great! I loved the inclusion of some of the old favorites, like the Emperor. I enjoyed all of the new characters, would have liked some more info on some of the myths/legends, but missing that allowed Charlie to be "bumbling" around. Christopher Moore can take the whackiest of ideas and turn them into something plausible for a story, come on...the squirrel people! Even the most absurb has a place in his tales.
I hated the several musical interludes between sections, what is the purpose of that? Especially a 70's kind of elevator stuff... Other than the music, the audio and narrator were excellent. This is a whacky way to spend some quality time, stress free and light. Sometimes you just want to read for fun!
Fisher Steven is my new favorite narrator. I've listened to several of Moore's books to date, and this is by far my favorite. Likeable characters, a fantastic story (in every sense of the word), and the type of book that makes you cheer for the hero. I laughed my way to work every day on the subway...a great way to start a day. Highly recommended.
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