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 story is funny and imaginative and human, all rolled into one. I laughed out loud many times and more than once sat in my driveway listening rather than going in the house because I was hooked into Charlie's bizarre life. I highly recommend this!
This book was a heck of a lot of Fun! I am rarely amused by a book that can make me laugh out loud over some very bizarre & morbid happenings. Reminded me of the surrealistic fabrications of “American Gods” mixed up with the slap dash humor of “Skinny Dip”. The #@&$! profanity worked to the book’s humorous advantage, so if you can’t stand #@&$! words, stay out of the kitchen!!! I do feel he could have spent more time crafting a more complete ending – I felt like he had gotten to his ten thousand word quota at the book’s climax, so then wrapped everything up in the next 10 minutes. From the story’s unfolding, the ending could of/should have been a lot better resolved.
I loved it. This book was witty, fun, full of kooky characters. This story was silly, lighthearted and I couldn't stop listening. It is like Tales from the Crypt meets the X-flies. If you like campy, fun paranormal filled stories..this one is a blast!
I really hated to see this book end. Although the premise seemed absurd to me at first, the narrator and the author made it all totally believable. I loved the characters, the dialogue, and the settings. I was engrossed from beginning to end and look forward to more Audible entries from this author.
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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