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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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    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
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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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    Matthew 07-27-09
    Matthew 07-27-09 Member Since 2013
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    "my new favorite author"

    I read the book before I bought the audio, and I couldn't put it down, the story was so compelling the characters so relatable and the humor so quirky that I knew before I'd finished that Mr. Moore was my new favorite author. And when i bought the audio I was not disappointed the narrator did an amazing job. A MUST BUY

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    Brian WASHINGTON, DC, USA 07-06-09
    Brian WASHINGTON, DC, USA 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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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 06-02-09
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 06-02-09 Member Since 2006
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    "The book was great"

    I loved the story and wish it kept going. It was funny and the naration was excellent.

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    Tammy 05-30-09
    Tammy 05-30-09
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    "Hysterical!!"

    I thought this book was an absolute hoot!! I could have done without the intermittent musical interludes and some of the unnecessary swearing, but the story was really good and laugh out loud funny in places. The narrator was perfect for the main character. Loved it.

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    2girls2dogs2ponies 05-28-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Good if a bit hard to get into at first"

    Great commute killer at the end, just like the rest of this author's books although at first I struggled to keep listening. If you like this kind of humor and do not shy away from some R-rated language, this is an easy and not terribly taxing way to pass time. Maybe not his best work, but easy, entertaining listen nevertheless.

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