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A Dirty Job | [Christopher Moore]

A Dirty Job

People start dropping dead around Charlie, 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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Death never sounded so good. This one probably tops the list of unexpected pleasures here at Audible. Fisher Stevens gives a rousing narration, perfectly delivering Christopher Moore's often off-color jokes in a lovely "dead"pan. A Dirty Job has won fans for both author and narrator, and it will keep winning them for years to come. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy. A little hapless, somewhat neurotic, sort of a hypochondriac. He's what's known as a Beta Male: the kind of fellow who makes his way through life by being careful and constant, you know, the one who's always there to pick up the pieces when the girl gets dumped by the bigger/taller/stronger Alpha Male.

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

What the Critics Say

  • 2006 Quill Award Nominee

"Moore's enthusiasm and skill make it convincing, and his affection for the cast of weirdos gives the book an unexpected poignancy." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Devin Robison 12-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Stuff"

    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.

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    Cynda 11-20-10
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    "Original and entertaining"

    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.

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    T. Lowry 10-27-10
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    "This will be short"

    I have listened to this book in the past year and a half no less than 6 times and I always catch something new. I just love it!

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    Lynn Rocky Mount , VA, USA 05-28-10
    Lynn Rocky Mount , VA, USA 05-28-10 Member Since 2013
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    "A Dirty Job"

    This is the silliest, most boring book I have ever downloaded. What a waste of time.

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    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 02-20-10
    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 02-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Hilarious!!"

    When you have characters with names like "Minty Fresh" you can't go wrong! Fisher Stevens is amazing!!

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    Cindy Bull 11-13-09
    Cindy Bull 11-13-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved it!"

    My friend recommended this book to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is original and unique and a lot of fun. It kept me interested and made me laugh many, many times. I am looking for more Christopher Moore books as I am told his others are just as wonderful.

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    Brian 07-06-09
    Brian 07-06-09 Member Since 2009
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    "First time for Moore and Stevens - love it!"

    My buddy recommended this and it was terrific. The novel itself was great, but I don't know how I'll listen to any other Moore novels that aren't read by Stevens - he did a terrific job!

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    Simon Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-27-09
    Simon Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-27-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Great"

    Great, well read, funny. Definitely not for kids.

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    Christina Z. CT, USA 06-22-09
    Christina Z. CT, USA 06-22-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating story + the perfect narrator."

    This was the first Christopher Moore book I've experienced, and after reading a few others I rate this as my favorite. His sarcastic humor is thoroughly entertaining, the story kept me captivated from page one right until the end, and Fisher Stevens was the perfect narrator for this story.

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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 06-15-09
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 06-15-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book"

    This isn't my type of book, but surprisingly, I took a chance based on the reviews and it is as good as everyone says.

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