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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daddy, baby, Death
The equanimity with which the characters accept the fantastic things that happen. That, and Charlie hollering at the Morigan at sewer grates.
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.
When Sophie shows up to save Charlie in the battle under the city.
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.
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.
Dark, funny, enjoyable
Sophie for her potential!
Read very well, engaging and hilarious!
It made me laugh out loud
A divine book with dark humor, a must read for anyone needing a laugh!
One of my very favorite. I've probably listened to it half a dozen times.
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.
Blessed are the Beta Males
If you like to laugh when you read. Pick up a Christopher Moore book. Any book.
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
Great narrator! The book comes to life with the wonderful way Fisher Stevens portrays each character.
Honestly it was Fisher Stevens. He made the book for me. That and my favorite line, "Like bear?"...listen and you'll understand
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.
There was a scene when a character from another one of Christopher Moore's books showed up in this book. I just loved that!
You can't take life too seriously while listening to a Christopher Moore book. Enjoy the well earned distraction
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