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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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    Matthew Sparks, NV, United States 07-27-09
    Matthew Sparks, NV, United States 07-27-09 Member Since 2008
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    "my new favorite author"

    I read the book before I bought the audio, and I couldn't put it down, the story was so compelling the characters so relatable and the humor so quirky that I knew before I'd finished that Mr. Moore was my new favorite author. And when i bought the audio I was not disappointed the narrator did an amazing job. A MUST BUY

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    Brian WASHINGTON, DC, USA 07-06-09
    Brian WASHINGTON, DC, USA 07-06-09 Member Since 2004
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    "First time for Moore and Stevens - love it!"

    My buddy recommended this and it was terrific. The novel itself was great, but I don't know how I'll listen to any other Moore novels that aren't read by Stevens - he did a terrific job!

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    Simon Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-27-09
    Simon Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-27-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Great"

    Great, well read, funny. Definitely not for kids.

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    Christina Z. CT, USA 06-22-09
    Christina Z. CT, USA 06-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Captivating story + the perfect narrator."

    This was the first Christopher Moore book I've experienced, and after reading a few others I rate this as my favorite. His sarcastic humor is thoroughly entertaining, the story kept me captivated from page one right until the end, and Fisher Stevens was the perfect narrator for this story.

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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 06-15-09
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 06-15-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good book"

    This isn't my type of book, but surprisingly, I took a chance based on the reviews and it is as good as everyone says.

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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 06-02-09
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 06-02-09 Member Since 2006
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    "The book was great"

    I loved the story and wish it kept going. It was funny and the naration was excellent.

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    Tammy Palmer, AK, United States 05-30-09
    Tammy Palmer, AK, United States 05-30-09
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    "Hysterical!!"

    I thought this book was an absolute hoot!! I could have done without the intermittent musical interludes and some of the unnecessary swearing, but the story was really good and laugh out loud funny in places. The narrator was perfect for the main character. Loved it.

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    2girls2dogs2ponies Chicago, IL 05-28-09
    2girls2dogs2ponies Chicago, IL 05-28-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Good if a bit hard to get into at first"

    Great commute killer at the end, just like the rest of this author's books although at first I struggled to keep listening. If you like this kind of humor and do not shy away from some R-rated language, this is an easy and not terribly taxing way to pass time. Maybe not his best work, but easy, entertaining listen nevertheless.

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    Mia Lubbock, TX, United States 05-25-09
    Mia Lubbock, TX, United States 05-25-09
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    "Touching and Hilarious"

    This was the first book I ever listen to because I enjoy the act of reading so much that I felt audio would be a let down. A friend convinced me to try it and I absolutely loved this book! Fisher Stevens is an exceptional narrator, even though it seemed to take him a few minutes to get the hang of it. Get past the first 10 minutes and you will be hooked.

    The story is quirky and great and I definitely recommend it. I will read and listen to Christopher Moore again!

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    Laurie Bird 03-30-09
    Laurie Bird 03-30-09 Member Since 2009
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    "one of the best audio books i have listened to"

    This book was so enjoyable I was sorry to have it end! Fisher Stevens was a brilliant narrator and I laughed out loud alot! The story was so quirky and the characters so likeable that I felt like I had made all new friends. Really, give this book a try if you like funny, kind of dark quirky books!

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