A Dirty Job : Grim Reaper

  • by Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by Fisher Stevens
  • Series: Grim Reaper
  • 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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


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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Customer Reviews

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Before you take a DIRT NAP, you need to get this book. Really, no MOOPOO, this is a funny, funny book about a Beta Male, become DEATH MERCHANT. This is my fifth book by Christopher Moore and I love it. I have yet to be disappointed. His books are great because they are filled with the funniest wild and crazy characters who face the most off the wall situations. I was trying to decide who my favorite character was and could not decide. The Russian baby sitting grandmother who says everything is like bear is hilarious. I loved the sewer witches (scary and funny). The Goth assistant who really wants something tragic to happen to her. The ex cop who keeps searching the web for true love, usually women from foreign countries. Sophie the baby is great, she has a couple of Hell Hounds for pets. A character from his vampire series makes a cameo appearance.

The Narrator is great and this, like all of Moore's book is meant to be read out loud.


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- Jim "The Impatient"

Great Listen!

This book was well written and REALLY well read. Is the narrator Fisher Stevens – the actor? It would make perfect sense – this book is so much fun - and the read was a big factor.
I enjoyed the whole experience and would happily recommend you get this one. It is not often the reader will get me to laugh out loud – ( I wonder what the other drivers on the road with me were thinking?) - This is an interesting and silly take on death and the transition of the human soul. If you have ever been a fan of Piers Anthony, you will surely enjoy this romp through the macabre. This author is a more mature writer. Please Note: This book not intended for anyone but an adult audience, so be sure you are not sharing with the kids. There are a few words the kids can wait to learn – at least until after your mother-in-law comes to visit.
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- Janie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2006
  • Publisher: HarperAudio