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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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    Gordon 12-03-11
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    "Leave out the F-bombs, & it's just a short story."
    What did you like best about A Dirty Job? What did you like least?

    Funny, original plot, good pace, excellent narration. However, the prevelence of F-bombs detracts from the enjoyment. Perhaps people really do speak that way where Christopher Moore lives, but I haven't heard crudity that since middle school locker rooms. You think such an accomplished and imaginative author could express himself with more creativity.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Clean up the language. I'm not a prude, nor do I demand that the story be G-rated, but the excess of F-this and F-that just gets tiring and then becomes annoying.


    What about Fisher Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Excellent pacing. Able to express emotion without whispering or shouting, so I am not always reaching for the volume buttons. Does female voices well without resorting to a screeching falsetto.


    Was A Dirty Job worth the listening time?

    Overall, yes.


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    Becky Hoch 07-13-11
    Becky Hoch 07-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A Dirty Job"

    A truly inventive and clever story of a young man drawn into a world he does not understand who is led down a path he cannot control. Cleverly written, extremely well read - the characterizations still ring in my ears - and a real delight. It was my summer mowing book last year and our lawn never looked so good because I couldn't wait to get back out there and listen to some more!

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    Amazon Customer SAN CARLOS, CA, United States 07-10-11
    Amazon Customer SAN CARLOS, CA, United States 07-10-11 Member Since 2012

    Avid marathoner and hi tech market analyst. Lover of Ken Follett, Christopher Moore, Timothy Zahn and any book that pulls me in.

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    "Fantastic dark comedy"

    IMHO, this is by far the best Christopher Moore book. It is dark, disturbing, cut and hilarious all at the same time. Surprising twists and turns and some truly classic characters. You gotta check this one out.

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    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 06-13-11
    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 06-13-11 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVED IT! Need a whole series of these!"

    This book was incredibly insightful and thought provoking. I loved it. I hesitated because... well... I'm not into kids... but this book was awesome!

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    susan Fraser, MI, United States 06-04-11
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    "Silly/Funny/Wierd/Interesting"

    This story really took me on a fun ride. This guy has an imagination!

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    Cmiranda Mililani, HI, United States 05-18-11
    Cmiranda Mililani, HI, United States 05-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A book you can listen to over and over!"

    Laugh out loud funny, witty, and entertaining. The narration is excellent! Looking forward to A Dirty Job Part II!

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    brenda Garland, Texas, United States 04-30-11
    brenda Garland, Texas, United States 04-30-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Very good!"

    I liked this. I even purchased an mp3 player and put this on it for my daughter for her birthday and she is enjoying it. We both agree the reader is perfect for the reading. We love it.

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    Kindle Customer San Diego, CA 04-16-11
    Kindle Customer San Diego, CA 04-16-11 Member Since 2010

    Older, crankier, happier and still a bibliophile!

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    "Wild, Wacky and Wonderful"

    After unsuccessfully trying to read a different book by Christopher Moore, I thought I would not try any others; that is until I read the abstract for this one. The premise for the book seemed so odd that I was intrigued and had to try. I am so glad I did.
    The book made me laugh out loud (a lot) and after my son read it, several phrases from the book made their way into our daily vocabulary (Kitty!) The story was weird, wacky, funny and absolutely unpredictable and both of us were truly sorry when it was done. This is a book that I think I enjoyed having read to me more than I would have enjoyed reading it - a tribute to the reader indeed. Fun, fun, fun.

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    Public name United States 04-12-11
    Public name United States 04-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "a riot"

    This book is very funny. It is not for serious people who like dry humor. It is politically incorrect and offensive... like so many great comedic books and films. I will listen to it many times, I am sure.

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    R. Fichman Canton, MA USA 03-10-11
    R. Fichman Canton, MA USA 03-10-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Listen to this BEFORE Fiends/You Suck/Bite Me"

    The narrator actor for this book, Fischer Stevens does a perfectly competent job, but he does very little to give each character their own distinct accent and personality. By contrast, Susan Bennett, the narrator for Christopher Moore's vampire triology Bloodsucking Fiends//You Suck/Bite me is quite simply the best voice actor I've ever heard. Even better than Jim Dale.

    So what's the problem? The problem is that many of the same characters that Susan Bennett voiced to perfection show up in this story as well. I was worried when two characters that Bennett voiced especially well, the Emperor and Inspector Riviera turned up in this book and seemed like cardboard cut outs. But when Abby Normal also entered the picture, I had to stop listening. Bennett's voicing of Abby Normal is the most hilarious and pitch-perfect voice acting you will ever hear. It's more important for me to have Abby Normal, as Bennett voiced her, be preserved unspoiled in my memory than to hear the rest of this book.

    If you have not yet heard Susan Bennett voice these characters, then you'll probably be happy with Steven's voicing. And you may get a kick out of hearing how Bennett does it if you move on the vampire trilogy.

    If we are lucky, maybe HarperCollins will pay to have Bennett re-narrate these books now that they have seen her work on the vampire triology (recorded later). I'd gladly buy this title a second time to hear her narration.

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