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)
The story line was OK, but the narrartor left a lot to be desired. I felt like the author had no idea what to do with the characters or story at the end of the book. Pretty lame ending. Kill everybody off poof, story over.
I typically do not like "fantasy" type books, but the writing and development of the characters in this book is a joy. Beyond that, Fisher Steven's narration of this book is quite frankly the best I have ever heard. He puts a different voice to each character and does a remarkable job.
I purchased this book because I am looking for new authors to enjoy. Enjoy I did. I wasn't really reading what this book was about, and of course, got a suprise with the content! just goes to show, you can once in a while pick a book blindly and love it. Very funny, content was handled well, not scary but facinating. Mr. Moore will sell another book to me. Recommend for the light side of scary! funny funny funny
Christopher Moore's wicked and twisted sense of humor is right up my alley. I have only read two other books by him (before this one) but now, I'm going to have to get them all!
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.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
I am so pleased Christopher Moore is slightly askew. Because he's not normal he writes the most entertaining books around. "A Dirty Job" is just the latest in what are some the most surprisingly unusual and funny books I've had the complete pleasure to read. Add to that a fabulous job by the narrator and this is just a delight. Don't expect normal, just enjoy.
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.
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