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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

Critic Reviews

  • 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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  • Overall

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

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

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

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

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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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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely Loved this Book

I was hesitant about spending a credit on this book, but the other reviews sold me. I couldn't be happier. A Dirty Job is a very fun listen, full of unexpected characters and plot turns. Well read, very engaging and very funny!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Slighty Kooky but Funny

The dialogue is very funny and even though the story is pretty wacky and not very believable the characters are hilarious. Something akin to "Men in Black" confirming what you've always sensed about second hand stores and the slightly off kilter people who work and shop there. Fisher Stevens does a nice job given the wide range of the characters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

Funny!

I'm in an audiobook club and this book was one of the books we had picked o read. As the title wasn't to attractive, the book was a great book. This was my first christopher moore book that i have ever read and this was acutally the first audiobook I have ever read and it was great! I like how he incorporates characters from other books in this book and these sames scenario's take place in the ther books with these sames characters as well. Great author can't wait for the next Christopher Moore book I read as I'm sure it will be just as good. Another good Christopher Moore book is "You Suck".

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Hilarious

This is by far my favorite Christopher Moore book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful