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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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    Jennifer 04-23-06
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    "I'm embarrassed to say I loved it"

    This book sounded like one of those trashy tomes I try to avoid, but because it was set in SF I gave it go. Good move on my part. Got a lot of laughs. "The Asian Powers" are kind of stereotypes, but then if you've lived here, you know them. The reader does some very good voices, and the whole package is so entertaining that the bizarre premise isn't really an issue

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    Todd I. Ehrlich 04-23-06 Member Since 2011
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    "My Wife Thinks I'm Insane"

    I laughed out loud so many times listening to this book. It's just a fun, light hearted story that keeps you coming back for more.

    The reader is the best I've ever heard. Enjoy.

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    Joel Dallas, TX, USA 04-22-06
    Joel Dallas, TX, USA 04-22-06
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    "a slow start"

    i found that i didnt like the book at first, but after about an hour into it, it's a hoot.
    I can identify so much with the "beta male"
    I'd recommend it to anyone even alphas.

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    Rebecca Saraland, AL, United States 04-20-06
    Rebecca Saraland, AL, United States 04-20-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Irreverently Hilarious!"

    This book was sarcastic, funny, quirky, and the narrator was excellent. I have listened to hundreds of books from audible and this was one of the most refreshing in a while! The main character is an average “Beta Male.” He says what we are all thinking and want to say! The previous negative reviewer obviously knows nothing about humor if the do not laugh out loud with this one! It has the quirk of Douglas Adams (though not quite that far out there). Get this one… you’ll love it!

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    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 04-19-06
    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 04-19-06 Member Since 2010
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    "Best Ever!"

    I loved this book - I laughed out loud many times and the only bad thing about it is that I'm done reading it and now I miss it. Fisher Stevens is a wonderful narrator and adds the perfect sarcastic tone to the reading. I've already recommended it to all my friends.

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    Mary Evans 04-18-06
    Mary Evans 04-18-06

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    "Minty Fresh"

    Liked it. I thought it was performed well. The story was weird adn funny at the same time.

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    Joshua Kroll Louisville, KY United States 04-15-06
    Joshua Kroll Louisville, KY United States 04-15-06 Listener Since 2002
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    "Loved it!"

    This was a very fun book. Loved the characters, loved the story, loved the narrator. Even loved the city in which the story takes place. If you want a fun book just for fun, A Diry Job is it.

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    LaLectora Germany 04-08-06
    LaLectora Germany 04-08-06

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    "A FUN AND ORIGINAL READ. Be ready to laugh."

    If you like outrageous humor can endure a little gore, little respect for many of what most hold sacred, then be ready for a great listening ride while laugh works it magic. True you have to be able to laugh at yourself, political correctness, and for sure not take his worlds too seriously, and if so then Moore is your writer. He is truly and original writer who tackles sensitive subjects with definite wackiness and humor. And the reader makes the book a double pleasure, his voices are great not annoying as in many other books, and just double the laughs. This is a must listen and has left me wanting for more of both Moore and Fisher. What kind I say “Moore and Fisher…Like Bear”.

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    Adrienne Camp Connell, CA, United States 09-10-08
    Adrienne Camp Connell, CA, United States 09-10-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Beyond Stupid"

    I read many of the reviews people had written on this book before I downloaded it. Maybe there is something wrong with me, because I could not even finish this insultingly sophomoric story. Many reviewers mentioned the language, that didn't bother me, the lack of anything truly funny was the problem and the way the author has to beat you over the head with what he thinks is hilarious. I am sorry that I had to give it 1 star, it should be a minus 5. Normally I would enjoy quirky humor, but this is drivel. Save your credit.

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    Angela Centerville, OH, United States 11-02-07
    Angela Centerville, OH, United States 11-02-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Horrible Narrator"

    I had to stop listening after about an hour. Fisher Stevens is an actor, not a narrator, which means that he doesn't have a cast of voices to call upon and he hesitates at the end of lines. Perhaps if he slowed down a bit, he would be able to read continuously rather than pausing in the middle of sentences at inappropriate points.

    Each of his voices sounded exactly the same, from a teenage girl, lesbian sister, protagonist, etc. The only person that sounded different was a black man.

    And finally, the manner with which he narrated the book sounded as though he was reading it for the first time and many of his inflections were totally off the mark. It was very similar to listening to a 12 year old reading out loud.

    I may pick up the book at a bookstore but this was a horrible recording!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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