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A Dirty Job Audiobook

A Dirty Job

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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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    Eric Dick 04-07-10
    Eric Dick 04-07-10 Member Since 2017
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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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    Annie 04-04-10
    Annie 04-04-10
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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.

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    Jonathan USA 03-30-10
    Jonathan USA 03-30-10
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    "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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    Samantha Wilson 03-30-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Hilarious"

    This is by far my favorite Christopher Moore book.

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    Tovey MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada 03-10-10
    Tovey MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada 03-10-10
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    "lots of fun"

    If you like christopher Moore, you will like this one. I have read all of his work so far, and this one made my laugh more then most. Well worth the money. The narrator did a great job as well, no complaints there.

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    P.McCabe 01-05-10
    P.McCabe 01-05-10
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    "gratuitous vulgarity"

    This is a well written, well performed story, or I wouldn't have finished it. However, I thought that much of the book was peppered with unnecessary vulgarity - it was if a good writer wrote an amusing book, and then the publishing company decided their 22 year old fraternity boy ghost writer should "pep it up." Many of the jokes are based on unlikely characters saying off-color things, e.g. the Russian grandmother stating "I strained my poop chute." I learned many new phrases that even my day job with adolescents hadn't taught me, although the author knows only one expletive. The narrator is terrific, and I think that's what carried the story. The author apparently knows little about children or dogs, and has a decidedly politically incorrect bent on Chinese Americans. If that sort of thing bothers you, then give this book a miss. If you are still laughing about the Russian grandma, you may well like it.

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    Eileen Arcadia, CA, USA 01-04-10
    Eileen Arcadia, CA, USA 01-04-10
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    "Glad it's over"

    How did this book get so many good reviews? Strange, bizarre, poorly executed. Add in the narrator's mispronunciations of San Francisco street names and I was glad to get to the end of this. A poor choice for my first audiobook.

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    J 10-31-09
    J 10-31-09
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    "Ok, hit and miss"

    I'm not much for humorous-adventure-fantasy, but there is a basic concept here that was fun at times. The narrator didn't work for me, way to perky, chirpy and bouncy and his execution of the daughter's voice was nails on a chalkboard for me. The first five minutes of the book is how it is all throughout.

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    Monty 09-17-09
    Monty 09-17-09
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    "Laughed out loud"

    Liked the book, don't take it seriously - there is no great meaning of life here but parts made me laugh out loud during my commute.

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    Palo Alto Resident Palo Alto, CA 09-13-09
    Palo Alto Resident Palo Alto, CA 09-13-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Highly Entertaining"

    This book is both charming and, in places, laugh-out-loud funny. It is a light comedy on what would otherwise be a dark fantasy. Very well performed.

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