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)
Looking for something off the beaten path? This book is hilarious and although written about death, incredibly upbeat. Not a book you want to listen to with the kiddies due to the occasional sexual references and language.
I enjoyed this audio book. I did not enjoy the stupid intro music between the sections that had a tendancy to drown out the reader for a few seconds.
At sideway look at death with Death Merchant, Harpies & Soul Vessels, the story is good and the humor is LOL, tears in your eyes funny. Good read and interesting characters. We will back up and read all of Christopher Moore’s books.
The story wasn't that bad, but definitely not good. The ending was obvious to pretty much everyone except the main character.
The loud music at random times was terrible...what were they thinking?
I listen to Science Fiction, Mysteries and History exclusively, so I thought I'd take a chance and try something funny and just hope I didn't get a dud. This book is anything but a dud. "A Dirty Job" has a cleaver, if a bit unusual, plot that is filled with well developed characters that are funny and bazar as is everything in this book. I had more people looking at me like I was crazy while walking with my MP3 because I was laughing so hard. The humor is a little off color or just plain weird but it just flows through out the book. Fisher Stevens reading was the perfect fit. He was wonderful and gave each character his or her own unique feel. For the first time I chose a book for my Wish List because Mr. Stevens is the narrator. This is a really funny and well thought out book that has become one of my favorites. If you can't laugh at this stuff then you are wound way to tight. A great listen!
After listening to Christopher Moore's "The Stupidest Christmas Angel" twice I had high expectations for this novel. I am happy to say they were met. The story is bizarrely funny and engaging. The narration is excellent and fits perfectly with the quirky tone of the novel.
I give this review only four stars because of the annoying, overly loud, really bad music interludes throughout the book.
Audible, we need more Moore!
This is the first review I have written for this site, although I have been a member for several years. This is perhaps the funniest book I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. I highly recommend it!!! Despite the narrator's occasional "same-voiceness" for a couple of the characters, I felt overall he did well. If you dig off-the-wall humor, and can roll with the idea of death incarnate, it's a scream!
I enjoyed this book a lot, and would reccommend it. However, I felt let down by the narrator. He did alright, until giving the character "Ray" a surfer accent. I found it very inappropriate for this pervasive character. I also found that most of the characters had the same worldview concerning the "F" word, and towards sex. I found this made the characters seems shallow, or at least 2-dimensional. For entertainment pruposes, this book was great.
I had never heard of Christopher Moore before. I took a big chance and selected this because I wanted to see where the author was going to take the book after reading the premise. I was so glad I took that chance. Absolutely well written, well performed, very witty and funny. I really enjoyed this and couldn't take the headphones off. I couldn't stop laughing. Ready for the next Christopher Moore book!
This is not great literature, but the writing is wry and the narrator terrific. If you are looking for something fun, not too heavy (what could be heavy about Death) and just a great listen, I highly recommend this book.
I love Christopher Moore, his sense of humor is dark and deranged... perfect. I knew I would enjoy a look at Death through the eyes of this very funny author. I wasn't disappointed. As to the narrator, I loved him! Lilly and Ray sort of sound the same, but that would be my only complaint. The others are so good that I had to check to see if there were other actors in the narration, there's not.
Death is a scary business, a "Dirty Job" and somehow Christopher Moore always manages to assure his reader of the afterlife in the most unsettling way. Strangely, this book has some serious subject matter and walks through the very darkest times in a persons life and does it all from this pov: no matter what, it'll be alright. We may not look the way we want, our "happily ever after" may not be the way we thought it would be, but eternity allows for many eventualities.
Enjoy the story, and the looks you'll get from people as you laugh out loud for no apparent reason.. just hold up your ipod in answer.
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