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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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    "Fisher Stevens (the narrator) rocks!"

    I first listened to Christoper Moore's "Lamb" as read by Fisher Stevens. I loved his characterizations so much I couldn't wait to hear him read this book. Oh, and the story itself is funny and quirky too. Great book. Moore and Stevens make a great team.

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    TruTaylor 05-10-09
    TruTaylor 05-10-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Oddball story that you'll enjoy"

    This book won't be like the others you listen to! I found it amusing, intriguing and always unexpected. I listened to it every day wondering what would happen next. Just when I thought it was going hopelessly zany, the author pulled it together...very much like the nutsy characters that appear in the story. This is one to enjoy.

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    Emily Flury 05-02-09
    Emily Flury 05-02-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Not perfect, but fun to listen to!"

    At first, I was very worried that I wouldn't enjoy this book but once I got involved in the story I couldn't stop listening.
    The writing may not be the best I have ever come across but the story is interesting and kept me wanting more.
    The narrator did a great job with all of the different voices. There were parts of the book that I found very funny.


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    Amazon Customer Michigan 04-28-09
    Amazon Customer Michigan 04-28-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, great reader"

    This will definitely keep your attention. Very funny (dark funny).

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    The Ladies Welsh 04-27-09
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    "Hilarious and Filthy"

    This audiobook was extremely well written and performed. The style of the author is fresh and funny, I found myself laughing until my sides hurt at the way the main character expresses himself in words and thoughts. The language is filthy! Enjoy it as a consenting adult, but I wouldn't let my impressionable teenager anywhere near it!

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    Karen Grinnell, IA, United States 04-20-09
    Karen Grinnell, IA, United States 04-20-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Laugh out Loud!"

    If you like the unique writing of Christopher Moore, this is a great one! I had to stop listening to parts of it while I was driving because I laughed so hard. Death, portrayed in this story, is great! I loved the inclusion of some of the old favorites, like the Emperor. I enjoyed all of the new characters, would have liked some more info on some of the myths/legends, but missing that allowed Charlie to be "bumbling" around. Christopher Moore can take the whackiest of ideas and turn them into something plausible for a story, come on...the squirrel people! Even the most absurb has a place in his tales.

    I hated the several musical interludes between sections, what is the purpose of that? Especially a 70's kind of elevator stuff... Other than the music, the audio and narrator were excellent. This is a whacky way to spend some quality time, stress free and light. Sometimes you just want to read for fun!

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    Lashark Boston, MA, USA 04-18-09
    Lashark Boston, MA, USA 04-18-09 Member Since 2008

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    "well-written, laugh-out-loud storytelling"

    Fisher Steven is my new favorite narrator. I've listened to several of Moore's books to date, and this is by far my favorite. Likeable characters, a fantastic story (in every sense of the word), and the type of book that makes you cheer for the hero. I laughed my way to work every day on the subway...a great way to start a day. Highly recommended.

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    Michael port saint lucie, FL, USA 04-13-09
    Michael port saint lucie, FL, USA 04-13-09
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    "dark and amuzing"

    A different kind of book--it is dark, but you dont know it until you get into it, and then you are laughing and so amuzed that it doesnt matter that this is a true science fiction story. Open your minds and enjoy this interesting work. Fisher Stevens is a plus narrating. He seems to have alot of fun with the characters.

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    Lee Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-01-09
    Lee Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-01-09
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    "loved every moment!"

    I have enjoyed many of this authors books by reading them myself. This was the first one that i listened to. The reader was perfect, I was completely enthralled the whole time.
    I highly recommend it to any Christopher Moore fans, or any audio fiction lovers. Just wonderful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ben madison heights, MI, USA 03-28-09
    Ben madison heights, MI, USA 03-28-09
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    "One of the few books I'd listen to more than once."

    This book is spectacular comedy most deadly. It takes a newish view of death and rebirth and makes a great story out of it. For about a week after reading this I really wanted to use "Like bear!" in conversation.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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