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 is my first review, but I felt compelled to add a few more words in praise of this fabulous book. The story is incredibly creative, and the plot moves along at a good clip. The characters are well developed with exceptional dialogue. Very funny, as is to be expected with any Moore book. I laughed so hard I actually cried in a few places. The narration by Fisher Stevens is so well done, I wish more books used him. I highly recommend this book!
Rarely does a book make me laugh out loud in an abrupt, embarassing, bark-like manner but this one did repeatedly and I was glad I was alone when it did. Steven's brisk, upbeat, earnest narration suits Moore's story brilliantly - kudos to both of them.
This is my first review of a book on Audible and I have to say I loved this book. It was funny and the main character is so likable. I could not stop laughing and I found myself wanting more at the end. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. I will read it again. It was all-around great.
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I thought that this was a great book. It was humorous, and the characters were hysterical. You have to love the main character as he is so likeable. I did not know that the book would Have a sci/fi bent so that was a bit of a suprise. If the sci/fi part was not in there, it would definately get five stars. Go for it if you want a great read and a good laugh.
I absolutely loved this book. The author is so funny, I had to pull over my truck to laugh at some parts of the book. I can't wait to read his next book!
This book is hilarious. Download it now!!! Please someone tell Mr. Moore to release more books on Audible. Am listening to Stupidest Angel now and am going to listen to A Dirty Job again.
What an introduction I received to a great, witty and insightful author. This book blends incredible humor with true suspense and has you so rooting for the hapless hero that you won't want to pull your ear-buds out. With pervasive supernatural goings on, the main character must learn and adapt to his new "dirty job" with consequences for the entire world. Great characters both good and evil, and a fast paced story deliver the goods.
I've read all Christopher Moore's books and this one is his strongest and best - just loved it - all the characters live in my town! (the human ones anyway) I listened to it twice and think I'll buy the book to loan it to people that don't listen to audio books!! You just couldn't ask for a better read!
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