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)
Dark, funny, enjoyable
Sophie for her potential!
Read very well, engaging and hilarious!
It made me laugh out loud
A divine book with dark humor, a must read for anyone needing a laugh!
One of my very favorite. I've probably listened to it half a dozen times.
Lamb, another Christopher Moore book. They are some of those rare books that make you laugh out loud until you start to cry. The characters are full and rich and you begin to experience the story from their sick and twisted point of view.
Blessed are the Beta Males
If you like to laugh when you read. Pick up a Christopher Moore book. Any book.
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
Great narrator! The book comes to life with the wonderful way Fisher Stevens portrays each character.
Honestly it was Fisher Stevens. He made the book for me. That and my favorite line, "Like bear?"...listen and you'll understand
All of them. Seriously, I know that sounds presumptuous but it's true. The lead character, the supporting characters, the daughter, the baddies, they were all fantastic.
There was a scene when a character from another one of Christopher Moore's books showed up in this book. I just loved that!
You can't take life too seriously while listening to a Christopher Moore book. Enjoy the well earned distraction
Wow.Funny-Real-Sad but w /a perspective. I WANTED MORE.But w / a twist...:).I have a singed copy I bought @ a 2 hand store. Kinda of ironic...This store buys used books.Wonder if mine had a glow...?
Its really one of a kind..
Loved all of the characters...Great job..
This book made me laugh & cry!
Should read more
This is not the usual type of novel I would read but I really enjoyed this story. Very funny, actually laugh out loud at times. Entertaining and a unique story line. Basically, the guy becomes the grim reaper. Loved it!
I bought this because of the many rave reviews, and because I was ready for some light-hearted fiction after reading some much more sobering book lately. It certainly turned out to be a break from anything educational, but I wouldn't say I really got anything else out of it. Where to begin...
-The humor, by and large, is cheesy and predictable - think Diablo Cody one-liners.
-The plot is so outrageously far-fetched that it almost achieved a sort of dream-like imagination at times, and for that I give it some credit, but this fictional world ends up being too silly to get lost in it.
-Charlie is the ONLY character with any shred of nuance and believability, so I have to give credit for that as well. The beta male theme isn't so much an undertone as a slap in the face, but it does lead to some funny situations. All of the other characters are either over-the-top (often racist) stereotypes with absolutely no substance, or silly monsters with boring, repetitive dialogue.
-The major plot twist (the real Death) will be immediately obvious to anyone with half a brain. It was almost painful to listen to the whole book knowing that it was going to be "revealed" in dramatic fashion at the finale.
-Okay - the narrator did a decent job.
Adding this to my list of things that are inexplicably popular. The more I think about it, the more I hated it.
It had quite a few unexpected twists and turns in this dark story line.
It had to be the main character Charlie.
Fisher Stevens was first rate as a story teller. He was funny in all the right places.
It was an entertaining read.
Three words: Out of breath.
In general, the narrator was good. But sometimes he spoke so fast, he seemed out of breath, which I found distracting.
Minty Green Funny
The hell hounds and Minty Green. Lots of twist and turns. Not your typical
Great performance, gave the characters depth.
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