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)
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!
This book was the funnies book I have ever listened to! I was listening to it for the second time starting today and it is just as funny, if not even funnier, than the first time I listened to it!
This is the funniest book I've ever listened to, period.
The characters are uniquely individual and Fisher Stevens does an excellent job of bringing them to life! My husband and I both listened to it on our way to work and the first thing we'd say to each other when we got home was "Where are you?" or "Have you met ... yet?" We were both sorry when it ended.
Now about that music... Other reviewers have complained about the supposedly random music that plays. There's nothing random about it-- it's the bridge music at the beginning and end of the original audio CDs, which are not edited out by Audible. The only annoying one is at the beginning of the book, where it does almost overwhelm the spoken audio. But this only lasts for 30 seconds. The rest of the bridges come between chapters and are not as distracting.
I which Audible would include more of Moore's works-- I'd buy them all!
The premise of the book sounds really strange and sci-fi like. Charlie is “death” and can make people die; and so can his five year old daughter just by pointing at someone and saying the word “kitty.” Reading the description I thought this was too weird for me. But I took a chance seeing the great reviews and am glad I did - this book works. It is really funny and the characters are hilarious. This is a great light summer read along the same lines as “Skinny Dip.” People looking for a light, funny book that you can not take seriously or over-analyze will enjoy this.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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