A Dirty Job

A Dirty Job

Audiobook CD - 2006
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Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy, the kind of fellow who makes his way through life by being careful and constant. And Charlie's been lucky. He's married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy, and who is about to have their first child.

Yes, Charlie's doing okay. That is, until the day his daughter, Sophie, is born. Just as Charlie turns to go home, he sees a strange man in mint-green golf wear at his wife's 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. 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.

Bestselling author Christopher Moore now shines his comic light on the undiscovered country we all eventually explore -- death and dying -- and the results are hilarious, heartwarming, and a hell of a lot of fun.

Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, [2006]
Copyright Date: ℗2006
ISBN: 9780060872595
0060872594
Branch Call Number: CD MOO
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Stevens, Fisher

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Crittercherub Aug 24, 2015

Laugh out load funny! Its a mental pictorial that is fun, engaging and exciting to listen to. not many books I would read again but this is one I would

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Aug 13, 2015

Humorous doesn't cover how funny this book is--I was laughing out loud as I did the dishes, spun wool, and walked to work. Yes, people looked at me askance, but I just smiled and continued with what I was doing. Charlie is a beta male, the narrator tells us, and throughout the book we are privy to a sporadic documentary of human beta male inner, and outer, workings. Fascinating as that is, it's the bit about him being death that kind of grabs center stage. He read his "Big Book of Death" late in the game because his teenage, Goth employee absconded with it and read it, hoping that SHE was death. His other employee, a former cop with a penchant for the easy "love" of internet sites, thinks Charlie is a serial killer, which makes sense considering all the deaths that happen after Charlie asks Ray for addresses and phone numbers via his cop contacts.
Let me just say, though there's a considerable amount of swearing and some over-the-top (so to speak) sexual content, this book was a hoot to listen to while I worked or walked. Trying to figure out your role as a "death merchant", which sounds worse than it is, right after losing your wife and having to raise an infant, adds to the riotous mess that is Charlie Asher's life. Add in Minty Fresh, a 7-foot-tall black man who dresses in mint green; a sister who likes to borrow Charlie's secondhand but dapper suits; a former Buddhist nun with super powers who animates patchwork squirrel creatures; two Asian superpowers who take turns watching Sophie (Charlie's daughter, who has some interesting attributes herself), the Emperor of San Francisco, 2 awesome hell hounds with stronger than cast-iron stomachs, and three sewer harpies--well, what more could you ask for?

jdaigle3 Jan 16, 2013

What an emotional book! You start out feeling so absolutely horrible for Charlie and little Sophie. That feeling may never actually disappear as the loss of a loved one is a theme throughout the books, but shortly thereafter hilarity ensues! Sure there's the "single dad with a new baby" moments, but it's not just that. Really well and intelligently written. The audiobook narrator is superb.
Admittedly, the supernatural element isn't the most believeable I've seen. Still, somehow you can still suspend your disbelief and enjoy.

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SouthernGal
Jul 21, 2010

This book was a scream after the initial shock of Charlie's circumstances. The dialogue is very snappy and Moore does a great job of painting very vivid images--this is essentially a movie on paper. I found myself casting the movie in my mind (Tom Cavanaugh as Charlie, Ving Rhames as the record store owner, etc). Not for those who require realism in their fiction because this is way over the top, but so very funny. I'm hooked.

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