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 loved this book, I hated the way it ended. I think I would have hated any way it ended. I didn't want it too. I laughed, I cried, I cared about these strange people in this strange situation. Wow!
This is one of the most entertaining books I have downloaded. Never slow, always funny and extremely well narrated. Fischer Stevens is so good I immediately looked for other books he has narrated.
I've since listened to a few others by the same author and so far, this is the best.
Christopher Moore is my new favorite author. A Dirty Job is one of the funniest books I've read in years, but it's also insightful. The author manages to inject the book with a sense of humanity along with his finely tuned sense of irony. I only wish Audible carried more of his books in their recorded collection!
A very fun book to listen to, reminded me a lot of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. If you've read their collaborative novel 'Good News' I think you'll enjoy this. I also enjoyed Fisher Stevens' reading. My only complaint is an abundance of profanity, at times it seemed as though 10% of the dialogue consisted of the 'F' word. I'm not against the use of profanity per se, but it was often used almost to distraction in this book. However, that doesn't prevent me from recommending it, this was one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to in months.
I just loved this book. It made me laugh from beginning to end, and the plot is nothing if not original! Somehow I found all the supernatural goings ons more credible because the book is set in San Francisco, and picks up on the zaniness and tendency towards eccentrics and strong characters in that city. One flaw I do want to point out is the racism -- per this book Chinese Americans don't just eat pet dogs but any pet they can find. Aside from that, enjoy . . . I'm sorry this book ended.
This is a great book, I found myself laughing outloud and remembering lines from the book in the middle of the day and laughing (and freaking out my coworkers in the process!). Fisher Stevens does an EXCELLENT job reading as a Beta male. You'll find yourself wishing you could "kitty" people throughout the day so that they'll "take the big ambien!"
This is one of the best stories I've seen. Filled with hilarious wit and some dark humor as well, this book just made me smile.
The characters that populate this story are absolutely fantastic. The protagonist constantly worries about everything (including getting diseases from under-cooked toast), wears fancy dress suits and walks around with a sword cane. Then there's Mr. Fresh who's first name is "Minty" and who dresses all in green. There's also the protagonists goth-girl employee who has no respect for authority and is angry that she wasn't chosen to be a "death dealer". The list of strange, wonderful, and memorable characters goes on and on.
The whole concept of death merchants and how souls get passed to new hosts is absolutely inspired. The ultimate battle between good and evil is happening to a bunch of ordinary, if strange, folk who have no idea what they're doing. It's engrossing.
The only complaint I have regarding this audio book has to do with the narrator. He does some of the voices well, I love his interpretations of Mr. Fresh and of the old woman dying of cancer. But some of his choices for other voices just aren't right.
Some of the voices, for example, seem way too similar and I had trouble telling who was talking at times. Also, the protagonist has an older man working for him, but for some reason the narrator gave him the voice of a teenage surfer dude. That was a little distracting.
But other than that it wasn't a hard listen. I highly recommend this book, it's definitely among my favourites.
This is the perfect audiobook ... a terrific book read by a terrific story teller. I was a bit apprehensive when I ordered this book since it sounded a bit like science fiction which isn't my cup of tea. But it is anything but, although it does require that the reader suspend disbelief. Go with the flow on this one and you will being laughing out loud in no time!
Wow! This has been one of my most enjoyable listening experiences since becoming a member. The story has everything you could ask for: well developed lovable characters, a fast paced story line, excitement, and laugh out loud at work moments. If your humor tends to run a bit darker than most, you will love the story. The narrator is perfect for this author's writing style. It's the best pairing since peanut butter and jelly and I can't wait to hear more from this author and narrator. Enjoy!
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