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)
Christopher Moore leaves you wanting more, and more, and more. His comedic timing and dark, dry wit bring the concept of afterlife to a hilarious conclusion. This, combined with the perfect Beta-male recitation by Fisher Stevens will make you want to listen over and over. Oh, and you will never be able to hear your children to say "kitty" again without breaking into that knowing sly smile that only you and other "Dirty Job" listeners will understand.
Quite possibly the worst book I have ever read! It
was supposed to be funny. There are a few humorous
lines, but they are burried under unnecessary
profanity every other sentence. Just really a
disappointing waste of time. I wish I could UN-buy
it. This author is supposed to have written other
books. I won't be buying them, even if they win a
pulitzer. The narrator isn't the best, either.
Poorly conceived and clumsily written, this book is chock full of racism and profanity.
I couldn't tell whether or not the author meant this book to be a satire on the horror genre. If so it would fail in the attempt as the work is hardly clever enough to qualify as anything but meaningless garbage.
If I could get my money back from this purchase I'd continue to be unhappy as I'll never recoup the time I wasted on this book.
This book was so bad I'm actually surprised it even got published. I forced myself to listen to most of it, just in case it miraculously got better, but it never did. Eventually I started breaking out in a rash, and had to give up the whole enterprise altogether.
I found the whole demon-underworld theme hackneyed and unoriginal, the outrageous plot twists messy and self-indulgent (squirrels of the living dead with eighteenth-century costumes on? who cares?), and the underlying metaphysics of the story just made me yawn.
The author occasionally gets off a funny line, but for the most part his wise-cracking asides just yanked me out of the world of the story, as though I was being read to by an annoying teenager who can't resist a constant stream of snide commentary.
The vulgar language didn't bother me, but the F-bombs are over-used to the point of losing their emphasis.
Finally, the audio production was just sloppy. As a native San Franciscan, it annoyed the hell out of me when the narrator repeatedly mis-pronounced place names. (I mean, how hard can it be? San Francisco is not exactly an obscure little hamlet.) And once, he mispronounced a word so as to change its meaning entirely, saying "wicked" (as in evil), rather than "wicked" (as in the past tense of the verb "to wick.") Call me a curmudgeon, but didn't anybody proof read this audio recording?
This author might well write amusing columns or essays, but as far as this novel goes, he just can't hang a long narrative together and make me care enough to finish it.
It sounds like it was written by an amateur. None of the characters have any depth. The comedy is cheap and unimaginative.
High school teacher; cat & horse lover; jewelry maker
The premise sounded good but the book was so slow and boring I couldn't finish it. Nothing much happened really slowly and uninterestingly. This was one of the first audio books I got but was definitely the most disappointing.
Wish I could return it :)
I really loved this book. It's hilariously funny. Fisher Stevens is a very good narrator. Only thing I didn't like was the music between chapters...weird.
...AND... I'm sick and tired hearing about "Beta-type males". Why doesn't the author just take his crappy bourgeois labeling and go for a long walk off a short pier?!
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