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)
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!
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.
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.
I found this book to be fairly childish in its humor. I rolled my eyes more often than I laughed. It might be that as a woman listening to women referred to as a female dog throughout the book wasn't appealing to me even if it were meant to be funny. I also felt the author stooped very low to try to make you laugh by using as much obscene language as he could -- so much so that he used them almost as often as you might hear a conjunction. The characters in this book could have been better served if they weren't all from the gutter. The main character who is a hypochondriac, paranoid type of guy has no problem letting the "f" word fly when speaking conversationally to his one-year-old daughter. Does this author have children? I was waiting for the time when his daughter popped out the "f" word as if it were the same as "mama" and "dada." The crass, obscene part of the main character does not mesh with his paranoid hypochondriac side and actually took away from the character of his Emo/goth/devil child sister in which that personality would have fit and even made her more interesting had it been exclusively her trait. His character would have been more appealing if it were different from his sister in that degree as well. I think the author tried too hard to be funny. The story itself was not a bad idea at all, the author just tried too hard to make it funny with the use of obscenities. It was like being in the men's locker room after the football game. It could have been a good book, but it was ruined by the filler material he chose to use and that it seemed he wanted to appeal to a male high school audience.
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.
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.
Not certain what I was expecting, but this was completely different. Not sure I would have continued reading it in book form, but as an audiobook it came to life with the vocalizations of each character. I was constantly being surprised and often broke into sustained laughter as the hero worked through each trial.
I loved this book, it's silly and outlandish which is exactly what I need on my daily commute or at the gym.
Also the narrator Fisher Stevens does a great job of doing the voices - It really helped me visualizing the crazy Goth shop assistant and stoned ex-cop characters
He was a little to chic windy or something for my taste. The book itself was ok, the facts introduced early on don't hold up later in the book. So, its a bit inconsistent. Get past that and you have a decent listen ahead.
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