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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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    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 Ocoee, FL 05-30-12
    Melody Ocoee, FL 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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    Seego Washington 05-16-12
    Seego Washington 05-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about A Dirty Job?

    Wow.Funny-Real-Sad but w /a perspective. I WANTED MORE.But w / a twist...:).I have a singed copy I bought @ a 2 hand store. Kinda of ironic...This store buys used books.Wonder if mine had a glow...?


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

    Its really one of a kind..


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

    Loved all of the characters...Great job..


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

    This book made me laugh & cry!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Jacobson Minneapolis, MN 05-11-12
    K. Jacobson Minneapolis, MN 05-11-12 Member Since 2015

    Should read more

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    "Really enjoyed this story"

    This is not the usual type of novel I would read but I really enjoyed this story. Very funny, actually laugh out loud at times. Entertaining and a unique story line. Basically, the guy becomes the grim reaper. Loved it!

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    Chief Break Everything Bethesda, MD, United States 05-11-12
    Chief Break Everything Bethesda, MD, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

    I bought this because of the many rave reviews, and because I was ready for some light-hearted fiction after reading some much more sobering book lately. It certainly turned out to be a break from anything educational, but I wouldn't say I really got anything else out of it. Where to begin...

    -The humor, by and large, is cheesy and predictable - think Diablo Cody one-liners.
    -The plot is so outrageously far-fetched that it almost achieved a sort of dream-like imagination at times, and for that I give it some credit, but this fictional world ends up being too silly to get lost in it.
    -Charlie is the ONLY character with any shred of nuance and believability, so I have to give credit for that as well. The beta male theme isn't so much an undertone as a slap in the face, but it does lead to some funny situations. All of the other characters are either over-the-top (often racist) stereotypes with absolutely no substance, or silly monsters with boring, repetitive dialogue.
    -The major plot twist (the real Death) will be immediately obvious to anyone with half a brain. It was almost painful to listen to the whole book knowing that it was going to be "revealed" in dramatic fashion at the finale.
    -Okay - the narrator did a decent job.

    Adding this to my list of things that are inexplicably popular. The more I think about it, the more I hated it.

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    Ms. J. Lawrence 04-15-12
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    "This was such a funny subject and well handled."
    What did you love best about A Dirty Job?

    It had quite a few unexpected twists and turns in this dark story line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It had to be the main character Charlie.


    What does Fisher Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Fisher Stevens was first rate as a story teller. He was funny in all the right places.


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    Mika Encino, CA, United States 03-24-12
    Mika Encino, CA, United States 03-24-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was an entertaining read.


    What three words best describe Fisher Stevens’s performance?

    Three words: Out of breath.

    In general, the narrator was good. But sometimes he spoke so fast, he seemed out of breath, which I found distracting.


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    A. Navar BENSENVILLE, IL, US 02-07-12
    A. Navar BENSENVILLE, IL, US 02-07-12 Member Since 2006

    Ravantra

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    "Hilarious"
    If you could sum up A Dirty Job in three words, what would they be?

    Minty Green Funny


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dirty Job?

    The hell hounds and Minty Green. Lots of twist and turns. Not your typical


    What does Fisher Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great performance, gave the characters depth.


    If you could rename A Dirty Job, what would you call it?

    Like Bear!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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