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)
I love Christopher Moore. Over the course of trying to absorb all of his books, through audio or reading them, I have found that they are just far better in audio form. However, very few are available on audio, so sad, they are SO good.
His latest A Dirty Job is the best yet, Fischer hits every line perfectly, cracking us up with his deadpan delivery, just as I am sure Moore intended it to be read. The characters are many and delightful, our hero the hapless Charlie, his adorably quirky daughter Sophie, the insanely funny Korean and Russian women who babysit for him and his commitment phobic lesbian sister Jane. The employees at his second hand store are equally funny, the clueless ex-cop Ray and his many thwarted attempts to find love via the internet, goth girl Lily with her everchanging hair color and sardonic wit. Combined with Moore's crazy sense of humor this motley crew of characters makes for a most enjoyable experience. I highly recommend listening to this audiobook, you won't be disappointed. If you haven't heard any of his other books on audio you have to listen to the Stupidest Angel, it is the most hilarious Christmas tale ever. When you finish, you'll be hollering Moore please! and maybe we'll get lucky and he'll bring some of his other books out in audio. Until then, I think I will just listen to A Dirty Job again!
This book reminds me of some of Piers Anthony's books that I read when I was a kid. He personalizes death in a very funny way. My husband and I both enjoyed it a lot. It would have made a great novel for the whole family if it weren't for some significant profanity and adult situations. I'm not sure that they were necessary to the book, but some of them were very funny nonetheless. Perhaps an expurgated version for the younger set and those who are put off by some of the harsher language? Then we all could enjoy it. I'll be picking up another one of Moore's books soon.
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.
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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.
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