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)
I loved the book.... ok, the ending is a tiny weak but I got what I was looking for in a big way and would, and have recommended this book to anyone who enjoys strange characters and lots of laughs.
Good book, good story, but I could tell the author got to the "oh boy, I'd better figure out a way to end this book," and did it in a way that, to me, was unsatisfactory and anticlimactic. But it was quite funny.
I once read a one star review of Moore's "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal" because the reader thought it was going to be a wonderful children's story. I can only think that the one star reviews of this book are from either devil worshipers who expect a serious end-of-the-world story or people who have never read Moore. This is a great mix of absurdity, dark humor, and poignancy. Fisher Steven's read of this book has made it one of the best Audible books I've bought; the voice characterizations are perfect.
This book sounded like one of those trashy tomes I try to avoid, but because it was set in SF I gave it go. Good move on my part. Got a lot of laughs. "The Asian Powers" are kind of stereotypes, but then if you've lived here, you know them. The reader does some very good voices, and the whole package is so entertaining that the bizarre premise isn't really an issue
I laughed out loud so many times listening to this book. It's just a fun, light hearted story that keeps you coming back for more.
The reader is the best I've ever heard. Enjoy.
i found that i didnt like the book at first, but after about an hour into it, it's a hoot.
I can identify so much with the "beta male"
I'd recommend it to anyone even alphas.
This book was sarcastic, funny, quirky, and the narrator was excellent. I have listened to hundreds of books from audible and this was one of the most refreshing in a while! The main character is an average “Beta Male.” He says what we are all thinking and want to say! The previous negative reviewer obviously knows nothing about humor if the do not laugh out loud with this one! It has the quirk of Douglas Adams (though not quite that far out there). Get this one… you’ll love it!
I loved this book - I laughed out loud many times and the only bad thing about it is that I'm done reading it and now I miss it. Fisher Stevens is a wonderful narrator and adds the perfect sarcastic tone to the reading. I've already recommended it to all my friends.
This was a very fun book. Loved the characters, loved the story, loved the narrator. Even loved the city in which the story takes place. If you want a fun book just for fun, A Diry Job is it.
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