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 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.
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.
Muisc is Life
This book is very amusing. We listened to this on our 14 hour drive to Chicago and it kept our attention. Fisher Stevens narrates this book so well, you'd think he was the actual characters. I have already listened to this title twice now. Well worth the money spent.
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One of the funniest books I have listened to. I don't even know what made me download this book but I'm glad I did. This should be made into a movie
This was my first Christopher Moore book from Audible, and I've really enjoyed it. I've heard it is not his best work, but it definitely convinced me to listen to more books from him.
I think that you will either love or hate this book. It is not for everybody. The language can be offensive, but honestly it goes so well with the characters, that you barely notice it. Besides, it is never vulgar. The story is unconventional, but that is also why it is so charming. You will appreciate the book if you have a good sense of humour and tend not to take everything so literally.
I also think that the book is far from being stupid. You will learn about the Morrigan, which stem from the Irish mythology and the challenges of the beta-male (who by definition is not as successful as the alpha male)
Last, but not least, the narration on this story is terrific. Fisher Stevens does a wonderful job and really gives life to the characters. I am actually not sure I would have enjoyed the book so much if I had read it.
Just buy it!
I like this book, I thought it was really funny and witty. Even though there is some harsh language I think that only adds to the humor of the book and I was not at all offended like some other listeners. It is a good entertaining book to listen to, it won't change your life but it was funny.
I must say this has been one of my favorite books of all time. Fisher Stephens couldn't have done a better job for this book, nor could Christopher Moore write a funnier book about death. I must say this is a must on my list of books on tape I would suggest to people. Suspense, Comedy, Drama what else could you ask for? I wish Christopher Moore would write another book similar to this or even s sequel to it!
Not sure where all of these 1 star reviews are coming from, I guess everyone's a critic in the end.
This was my first Audible download, and an excellent choice. About halfway through I wondered why I had never heard of it. About 3/4 through I kept imagining it as a movie.. done by Tim Burton. It then played in my head as such. The main characters are well developed, and the action was spaced well between amusing exchanges. I really enjoyed the comic relief and the characters own disbelief at the implausible situations. Some of which rivaled the scariest horror stories. If a comedy -drama is a dramedy.. is this book then a horrordy.. or comodor? thrillady? That was my perception.. comedy-horror.
I have since listened to 6 or 7 other audio books..from sci-fi, to murder mystery, and this book still stands out as very original and well done and highly enjoyable. For reference, The Help was one of the most recent audio listens, (which I also HIGHLY recommend), the characters tugged at my heart and soul. In comparison A Dirty Job was just as well written and just as worth a read or listen.
regarding other reviewers trouble with the language, I found the dialog believable and written as some people actually speak. I wonder if those reviewers refrain from movies with coarse language. I cannot recall any action or suspense films without it. I would bet money they don't watch any HBO shows either. Both Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire are full of foul language uttered by excellent characters in excellent shows. The plot and character interactions are what count the most to me.
so, if you are a non-discriminatory reader and enjoy most genres, then this is must read and very original and enjoyable. If you only read kiddie lit and Christian Fiction, then this may be way too ADULT for your tastes and should avoid.
This is the silliest, most boring book I have ever downloaded. What a waste of time.
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