Published by Harper Audio, William Morrow on March 21, 2006
Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They're even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie's doing okay—until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a new position: as Death.
It's a dirty job, but hey! Somebody's got to do it.
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Do you like a book that makes you smile or even laugh out loud? If so, then I highly recommend A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. I’m not sure what I expected from this book, but I’m glad to say I’ve found another of those authors whose head I would like to spend a little time in just to see what kind of thought processes produce a story so wildly humous and richly creative. I’m sure anyone who looked at me while I was listening thought I was demented! Charlie Asher is a nice normal beta male whose life suddenly becomes a macabre circus when he finds himself appointed a Death Merchant. What, you may ask, is a Death Merchant? He or she is the person entrusted with a dead person’s soul until a new body is found for it. Where, you may also ask, do these souls reside while they’re waiting? Why in earthly vessels, of course, which can be anything from CD’s to the breast implants of a stripper! And just so these soul vessels don’t get lost or confused with the flotsam and jetsam of everyday life, they put off a nice red glow which only the Death Merchants can see. Are you getting a visual of just what a crazy ride A Dirty Job is? No? Well, picture a little girl who can make people die with the word “kitty” being guarded by two Hell Hounds who will eat anything from your soap bars to your iron skillet. Try to envision an army of small creatures assembled from dead animal parts and wearing spiffy little costumes. Listen closely as you walk down the street and you may hear voices rising up from the sewer trying to lure you into the lewd clutches of the Sewer Harpies. Enter Charlie’s second-hand shop and meet his employees — a teenage Goth girl with a smart mouth who wants to be a chef and a retired cop who never met a Filipino mailorder bride he didn’t like. These are just a few of the brainchildren of the author’s rich imagination.
Fisher Stevens, you have played leapfrog over several others for a secure landing in my top 5 favorite narrators. Christopher Moore wrote some uproariously funny players and you perform each one to perfection! I don’t know which voice is the funniest . . . the Sewer Harpies who are sexually harassing Charlie, Mrs. Ling and Mrs. Korjev who are fighting the Chinese-Russian War over the care of Charlie’s daughter Sophie, or the super cool dude Minty Fresh who is Charlie’s fellow Death Merchant.
Here’s what you need to do: download the book or buy the CD’s and listen to it in a place where there is no danger of anyone questioning your sanity. A Dirty Job is high comedy, but the storyline is driven by Christopher Moore’s unique characters. I really didn’t want it to come to an end simply because it was so entertaining to hear their interactions. In reflection, I’m only left with one question: does Christopher Moore crack himself up while he’s writing? 😂😂😂