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 has a very unique style that I found very entertaining. I have to give credit tot he narrator, who did a fantastic job bringing all the characters and voices to life. This is definitely a case where the narrator added a great deal to the experience of the book.
Fisher Stevens is the absolutely perfect performer for this. I knew him only as a bad-guy actor.
I'm not normally a comedy novel kind of person, but this was a most enjoyable book to listen to; very strange and very funny. Really impressive.
I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me. Not really, but I did laugh. Alot, and out loud. People stared at me in Wal-mart as I guffawed in the frozen food section while I listened on my IPod. As a female reviewer, I didn't relate to the male schlang-oriented humor, but there was plenty else to keep me interested and entertained. I am looking forward to more work from this author.
This is my husband Doctormorris' library. The ratings and reviews are all his. He's has learned so much from Audible's diverse offerings.
It's as if this book was written by some teenage kid who has just learned about "Freedom of Speech", and is exercising his FREEDOM by bombarding his audience with the foulist profanities and the most unintelligent trash he could come up with. This is suppose to be COMEDY? Well, I think the author is laughing in our faces with disbelief that ANY reader could think this deserves an AWARD, let alone be read!
I GIVE THIS A NEGATIVE 5 STARS!!!!
Most humor these days is crass without class but not this novel. You'll need to be able to laugh at life, but if you can you'll be laughing driving down the highways as I was. Enjoyed it immensely, looking for others now by the same author
What a great read! The humor is wonderfully dark and fits right in with the plot. The narrator does an excellent job and I would love to hear him do more books. There is nothing worse than trying to listen to a boring narrator ruin a perfectly good book. This is a great book from beginning to end and I had trouble turning it off. You won't be disappointed!
Christopher Moore is funny and irreverent. But there are always points where his work slogs. This book is no exception. But it is well worth slogging along with him. It is darkly funny and insightful.
What a great book! Charlie, an unlikely hero and unwitting saviour of the world, is the kind of guy you usually ignore. His job as a second-hand junk merchant dovetails nicely with his unasked for avocation as a death merchant.
Set realistically in San Francisco, this book is just flat out funny. I've always suspected there were demons in the Trans Bay BART tunnel, and this book just confirms it.
The first few chapters were a little slow, but stick with it. They introduce the characters and set the scene for a great story.
I was disinclined to write a review because there are so many already, and they are generally so good, and I thought, "What's the point?" But I have anyway, since I find myself constantly recommending this book to my friends! I agree that the first couple of chapters set a strange and dark tone, and are very "sad" for a comedy, but I recommend ignoring this and the journey will more than reward you. Even the extreme sadness in the beginning finds it's own "redemption", eventually. The characters are terrific, and the dialogues with Minty Green had me laughing out loud. And what bizarre characters they are, dredged up from mythology, some, but others merely invented from a hugely inventive imagination. Yes, it's a dirty job, but you'll find out why SOMEONE has to do it!
Perhaps this book would have been good if I could have skimmed over the boring parts. But as an audiobook, it was a real struggle to get through the first couple of chapters. The main character was annoying and unlikeable. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but gave up before it did. The idea was good, so I might try again someday with a hard copy.
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