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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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    Jane Little Egg Harbor, NJ, USA 12-18-07
    Jane Little Egg Harbor, NJ, USA 12-18-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Funny and Clever..;"

    Once again Christopher Moore has delivered a funny,clever and totally believale book about a dark topic. Well developed plot and characters. This book was fun to listen too.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Concord, MA, USA 04-24-06
    Rhonda Concord, MA, USA 04-24-06
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    "Poorly told story"

    It is very hard to give this book ONE star--but I did not see an alternative. I am so tired of the so-called supernatural being used with mortals with "no story" to back it up. What a waste of credit and money.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    caroline 01-23-13
    caroline 01-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as funny as I thought it would be"

    Maybe I'm just a fan of Susan Bennett's narration but I did not find this book entertaining in the least. The story was cute and I laughed out loud maybe once. I found myself daydreaming about other things, not paying attention to the audiobook, and not caring about rewinding and replaying the parts I missed. I'm a huge fan of Moore but I don't think I would pay for the sequel to this book if/when it comes out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Niwot, CO, United States 12-05-12
    Rebecca Niwot, CO, United States 12-05-12
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    "whiney irritating voice"
    What disappointed you about A Dirty Job?

    Thought the idea for the story had promise. Little did I know that the narration was going to be done in the most annoyingly whiney voice. I wasn't able to listen past the first chapter. Fortunately, this was not my first listen or I might have reconsidered the value of audible altogether.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Fisher Stevens’s performances?

    NO!


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    bookie 08-06-12
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    "Entertaining and macabre"
    If you could sum up A Dirty Job in three words, what would they be?

    Daddy, baby, Death


    What did you like best about this story?

    The equanimity with which the characters accept the fantastic things that happen. That, and Charlie hollering at the Morigan at sewer grates.


    Which character – as performed by Fisher Stevens – was your favorite?

    Oh, that's hard. I like Lily because she's such a good kid and wants not to be, so she's my favorite--today.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Sophie shows up to save Charlie in the battle under the city.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun and entertainig look at death and Death that lets you read for pure entertainment or delve for deeper meaning. I'm an entertainment girl myself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Libby Chicago, IL 08-03-12
    Libby Chicago, IL 08-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Why so racist?"

    Wow. I guess Christopher Moore hates Asian people. Seriously folks, I haven't been this uncomfortable since I watched Mickey Rooney portray a Japanese guy in Breakfast at Tiffany's. It's that bad. In terms of horrible Asian stereotypes, the gang is all here in this book. There's a Chinese grandma who will cook and eat anything, including dead pets. There's a guy who runs an illegal fireworks shop in the back of his dry cleaning shop (a twofer, if you will). This same character's youngest granddaughter is named Cindy Lu Hu (just couldn't help yourself, could you, Moore?). Oh, and don't worry, there's a long, cringe-worthy scene at an Asian massage parlor. The list goes on, but you get the idea.

    In short, don't give this racist jerk your time and money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12
    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "A surpising laugh!"
    If you could sum up A Dirty Job in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, funny, enjoyable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophie for her potential!


    What about Fisher Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Read very well, engaging and hilarious!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud


    Any additional comments?

    A divine book with dark humor, a must read for anyone needing a laugh!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Randall T Abernathy FOLSOM, CA, US 06-01-12
    Randall T Abernathy FOLSOM, CA, US 06-01-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Listened to this one over and over"
    Where does A Dirty Job rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my very favorite. I've probably listened to it half a dozen times.


    What other book might you compare A Dirty Job to and why?

    Lamb, another Christopher Moore book. They are some of those rare books that make you laugh out loud until you start to cry. The characters are full and rich and you begin to experience the story from their sick and twisted point of view.


    Which character – as performed by Fisher Stevens – was your favorite?

    Lilly


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Blessed are the Beta Males


    Any additional comments?

    If you like to laugh when you read. Pick up a Christopher Moore book. Any book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 05-30-12
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2015

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Loved It!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dirty Job to be better than the print version?

    Great narrator! The book comes to life with the wonderful way Fisher Stevens portrays each character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leah 05-27-12
    Leah 05-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Deliciously Evil"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dirty Job the most enjoyable?

    Honestly it was Fisher Stevens. He made the book for me. That and my favorite line, "Like bear?"...listen and you'll understand


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them. Seriously, I know that sounds presumptuous but it's true. The lead character, the supporting characters, the daughter, the baddies, they were all fantastic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was a scene when a character from another one of Christopher Moore's books showed up in this book. I just loved that!


    Any additional comments?

    You can't take life too seriously while listening to a Christopher Moore book. Enjoy the well earned distraction

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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