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A Dirty Job Audiobook

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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    Ardi Austin, TX, USA 06-11-06
    Ardi Austin, TX, USA 06-11-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Funniest book I've EVER heard!!!"

    I absolutely loved this book!!! I don't think I've ever laughed so hard. I would have given it five stars except that there is a *bit* more profanity than might be warranted. Still... hilarious!

    If you are a fan of the eccentric, off-beat humor of Douglas Adams, you will love this book, too. I tried so hard to describe the book to several others, but it is next to impossible to give it its full due in a verbal synopsis. You just have to read or listen to it. When trying to describe it, I sound like a raving lunatic, because the it is so peculiarly funny.

    As a side note for anyone who may have read the book or is familiar with San Francisco, my brother says that in the early 90s, he actually met and interacted with the Emperor in SA. Apparently, the character is spot on.

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    Jeremy New York, NY, United States 06-09-06
    Jeremy New York, NY, United States 06-09-06 Member Since 2010
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    "What was that music all about?"

    The story is great - typical Moore.

    Narration by That Guy From Short Circuit was pretty good, too.

    But whoever picked that porn soundtrack/elevator music hybrid that inexplicably blares between chapters should be shot.

    And then kicked.

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    M. Wire 06-05-06
    M. Wire 06-05-06 Member Since 2016
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    "A++++++"

    As usual, absurdist fiction author Christopher Moore has written a masterful diversion for those of us who’s lives oven overlap a little too much with reality! You'll laugh, you'll cry, all in all you'll have a wonderful time. I thought the narration was wonderful as well!

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    Jonathan Hoffman Portland, OR USA 06-03-06
    Jonathan Hoffman Portland, OR USA 06-03-06 Member Since 2005

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    "What a kick!"

    This book probably isn't for conventional people. Christopher Moore is very offbeat, wild and wacky, and this one is wackier than most. But if you like such things (and I do), it was a real delight in all respects. The narrator was terrific, too, did a nice job distinguishing al the characters and their accents. It was a great listen, and we got a lot of laughs out of it.

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    Anthony Chavez 05-31-06 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book bad music"

    I enjoyed this book; it was funny, heart warming and sarcastic all at the same time. The only problem was the music; it’s an annoying tune that keeps on popping up all the time. I had to replay the beginning because the fake instrumental jazz/hippie song pissed me off so much that I got distracted from the story. If you like Dave Mathews, String Cheese Incident, or shop at Whole Foods, then the song might be to your liking.

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    Michael Cleburne, TX, USA 05-28-06
    Michael Cleburne, TX, USA 05-28-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Hillarious, clever & irreverent"

    Pure dark fun. One of the funniest I have ever listened to (almost as good as 21 Dog Years) I had no idea what to expect and I think I've found a new author to watch. This guy is pretty twisted but in a very hilarious way. You can't help but smile at this poor guys situation.

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    Amy Toronto, ON, Canada 05-28-06
    Amy Toronto, ON, Canada 05-28-06
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    "Could Fisher stop channelling Casey Kasem?"

    I'm enjoying the story very much. Fisher Stevens is a great narrator...sometimes. He often ends his sentences in a Casey Kasem kind of cadence which is quite annoying. Sounds like he's announcing a commercial rather than telling a story. Other times, he's great and does all the things a good narrator should do.

    The book itself is amusing and a good listen. Definitely an adult selection.

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    Marsha Wells Spartanburg, SC United States 05-24-06
    Marsha Wells Spartanburg, SC United States 05-24-06 Member Since 2002
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    "My first Christopher Moore Book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I didn't know what to expect, and I generally read thrillers. This book was hilarious -- I laughed out loud during several passages, and almost always had a smile on my face when listening. The narrator was good (not great) and I didn't have any trouble distinguishing the characters. The ending was a little predictable, but all in all a great summer book.

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    Gary J Olson 05-23-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "A funny, funny story"

    Chris Moore's A Dirty Job had me laughing out loud. The characters are well developed and very interesting. Unlike others, I found Fisher Stevens' narration to be excellent.

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    Joyce Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 05-20-06
    Joyce Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 05-20-06
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    "Loved It"

    This book is different and it love it. I found myself laughing out loud. The characters are wonderful and the story line is unique.

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