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)
This was a great read/listen...I found myself forsaking podcasts b/c I couldn't stop listening to it. This may replace "King Dork" as my new favorite book...had great humor and some geek/sci-fi appeal. I hope his other books are as good...
See Roundrock above for a good description of the action. I thought it pretty silly (don't quit before the 4th chapter), but when the shenanigans began to make sense(?), I had to find out where it was going on, and at the end, I was sorry there were no more CDs.
I was so surprised about this book! Didn't know what I was getting into when I first started listening - even thought this is kinda crazy and the character is borderline psychotic, but muddled through the first chapter or so and ended up laughing my way to the end. Charlie's sister is one of my favorite characters, stealing her brother's wardrobe... Also Charlie's daughter is a blast with her "Hellhounds". Have already recommended this book to all my friends and have gone on to read "Lamb" by Christopher Moore as well. Great author...I look forward to reading more from him!
The humor falls flat more often than not but overall its not a waste of time. The story progresses well, if not a bit cliche, and there are more than a few moments that will have you laughing out loud. I have only listened to a handful of audio books but the reader is kinda fifty-fifty. His attempts at voicing the characters fall from pretty good to almost painful. The majority of it is pretty decent though.
Yeah I know it sounds weird, but this fantasy story about death merchants and creepy underworld monsters is one of the funniest damn things I’ve ever heard. I kept wanting to stick my headphones on my co-workers and say, “You gotta hear this!” Needless to say, I found this audible book hugely entertaining. Moore’s colorful characters are really brought to life by Fisher Stevens’ excellent reading. Stevens gives each character their own distinct voice (No easy task considering how different all the characters are.). Get it. Listen to it. Tell your friends.
This story about the darker side of life, that is, about Death, is filled with surprises, engaging characters, and incredible use of language. I literally laughed out loud several times throughout this book at the turn of a phrase, an outrageous observation about life (or death), or some of the incredible behavior or events so well described by Moore. The reader, Fisher Stevens, was excellent and added a great deal to the book's presentation and enjoyment. Some of the language, another reveiwer refers to f-bombs, didn't contribute to the narrative but it is worth the effort to ignore the distraction. A very entertaining book.
First read of this author for me and definately not the last. Not just another Kurt Vonnegut wannabe, a genuine new (to me anyway) comedic voice... laughed alot and would recommend you give it a whirl...remember though it might be tough sledding the first few chapters til he hooks you!!!
This story is funny and imaginative and human, all rolled into one. I laughed out loud many times and more than once sat in my driveway listening rather than going in the house because I was hooked into Charlie's bizarre life. I highly recommend this!
This book was a heck of a lot of Fun! I am rarely amused by a book that can make me laugh out loud over some very bizarre & morbid happenings. Reminded me of the surrealistic fabrications of “American Gods” mixed up with the slap dash humor of “Skinny Dip”. The #@&$! profanity worked to the book’s humorous advantage, so if you can’t stand #@&$! words, stay out of the kitchen!!! I do feel he could have spent more time crafting a more complete ending – I felt like he had gotten to his ten thousand word quota at the book’s climax, so then wrapped everything up in the next 10 minutes. From the story’s unfolding, the ending could of/should have been a lot better resolved.
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