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A Dirty Job Audiobook

A Dirty Job

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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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    K. Andersen Arcadia, CA 04-04-11
    K. Andersen Arcadia, CA 04-04-11 Member Since 2006

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    "Very Funny!"

    I have some advice to give to readers of Christopher Moore's books; make sure to pause whenever you drink something or you might find yourself spewing liquid out of your nose. I'm just saying. Trust me.
    His books are so fun! I read his book, The Stupidest Angel, at Christmas every year as a tradition!

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    Tammy Millet, Alberta, Canada 03-29-11
    Tammy Millet, Alberta, Canada 03-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Quirky, dark and funny"

    If you have a quirky, dark sense of humor and enjoyed the TV series Dead Like Me, then you will get a kick out of this!! Yes there is a fair share of profanity, but it goes with the "mood" of the novel and it works. Time well spent!

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    Maggie May 03-26-11
    Maggie May 03-26-11 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A standalone that fills gaps for Moore fans."

    As with all of Moore's books, this was a lot of fun. We see the other POVs for scenes that happen in the Bloodsucking Fiend series and find out whatever happened to... well, to some other characters from some other books. Wonderfully read by Fisher Stevens (who also does a fabulous job with Moore's "Lamb"). Highly recommended to those who have an off-kilter and slightly off-color sense of humor.

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    Lisa Wilmington, NC, United States 03-15-11
    Lisa Wilmington, NC, United States 03-15-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Waste of time & $ !"

    What a grotesque piece of far-fetched crap! In fairness, much of the writing was good & the narrator was not the issue. I found fault with the implausibility of the story. Although it is fiction, and I was reading it for pleasure, the most enjoyable moment was when it was over.

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    Scraps 10-03-10
    Scraps 10-03-10 Member Since 2016

    I love to read and I read for fun. Escape and imagination are great reasons to love a book.

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    "Great dark humour but definately too much swearing"

    Laughed till I cried in a couple of places. The narrator does an excellent job. Would have given it 5 stars but producers put in lots of ucky music and there are too many gratuitous swear words.

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    Lynne Columbia, SC, United States 09-25-10
    Lynne Columbia, SC, United States 09-25-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Laugh out loud funny!"

    The thought process of the beta male is wry and witty beyond any accurate description. When he discovers that his sweet daughter has the abilty to make people fall over dead when she says "Kitty" and he complains to his friend that he is scared to make her eat her green beans for fear that she will "Kitty" him, you will have tears of laughter rolling down your face. I just listened to this for the second time and laughed out loud while running, which entertained the passing cars. . My favorite Audible book by far.

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    fred greensboro nc 09-23-10
    fred greensboro nc 09-23-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Bizarre and fun"

    I listened to this book a while ago and it still sticks with me. As usual the author comes up with some wild characters and throws them into strange situations. If you want to have fun then worth your time.

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    Eric Winchester, VA, United States 09-10-10
    Eric Winchester, VA, United States 09-10-10
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    "Really Enjoyed This Book"

    Christopher Moore has a knack for creating a story that, if you base your opinion on the description, seems like a risky way to spend a credit. I was hesitant with Lamb and I love love loved it. I did the same with fool and was thoroughly entertained.

    With A Dirty Job I questioned the book based on the description and took a risk. It was fantastic. I loved the characters and Fisher Stevens was dead on for the voice acting. He needs to do more books because he is too good. I will never again question Christopher's books. He is funny but can also carry a good story with interesting characters. Is there swearing, Absolutely! Is there sex? A bit. Is his humor unrighteous and hilarious? Defiantly!!

    What I enjoy about Mr Moore is that he can poke fun at things without making fun of things. He doesn't try to make a point of bashing a religion but he has fun with it and leaves it intact. He doesn't force his point of view on anyone but has a good hearted go at anyone or anything in the name of humor and leaves it at that. Good fun without damaging creditability.

    If bad words and racy humor aren't right for you then there are many other books to listen to but if you like a great story, good sense of humor and fantastic voice acting then download this book and then go get Lamb when you are done!

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    Jared Lincoln, NE, United States 08-31-10
    Jared Lincoln, NE, United States 08-31-10
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    "4 Stars"

    The pacing was a little off--it got way, way long in the middle--but other than that, I enjoyed this and will recommend it to others.

    Also, at times (taking into account the author), I wish that the tenor had been a bit more serious

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    Terri Burghardt 04-13-10
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    "loved it"

    Not for those easily offended by language but this was so fun. Great reader....out of this world story line and just plain enjoyable. I didn't think I would like this type of story as it isn't "real" life at all. Laughed out loud many times.

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