Secondhand Souls : Grim Reaper

  • by Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by Fisher Stevens
  • Series: Grim Reaper
  • 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing - and you know that can't be good - in New York Times best-selling author Christopher Moore's delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job.
Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone - or something - is stealing them. No one knows where they are going or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge.
Death merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He's trapped in the body of a 14-inch-tall "meat puppet", waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.
To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh, retired policeman-turned-bookseller Alphonse Rivera, the emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind.

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The epitome of mediocrity.

I LOVE Christopher Moore's books. A Dirty Job is easily one of my favorite books. But this book is just so "meh".

I honestly feel like a publisher told the author that "the first book was awesome make a sequel" and the author was like "I have nothing to say", but then the publisher was like "here's money, find something to say."

So often you feel like the author was in the middle of writing a book of short stories, then the publisher forced this book, and the author was like "fuck it I need to get my word count up so let's include that baseball story I wrote here, and that Spanish/Russian love story here."

Narrator Stevens was so good in the first book but for some reason in this book he plays Minty Fresh as if he were a crack-head. In the first book Minty was, cool, suave, and unflappable, with a deep, silky tenor. But in this book, same author, same narrator, the same character is high pitched, nervous, insecure, and paranoid; *He sounds like a crack head!* What the hell? Why couldn't Lemon be the goddamn crackhead. If you like Minty Fresh the version in this book is going to be a huge disappointment.

The return of the Morrigan's is completely pointless. Any other mythical God could have been introduced. Their inclusion seems like a lazy plot device rather than characters central to a good original story. It seems like a "hey hey remember these guys? Ta-Da! SEQUAL! Money please..."

Read the first book and ignore this one.
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- Vespaskank

a snarky slapstick sequel to A Dirty Job

A Dirty Job is probably my favorite Christopher Moore novel, and it's a frequent re-listen in audiobook for me, partly due to Fischer Stevens' fantastic narration. I was so excited for this sequel.

While it was lovely to see some old friends (Minty Fresh! And I laughed out loud at Lemon), Lily (who has a much larger role in this one), Charlie, Jane, Sophie, the Emperor, Mrs Ling and Mrs Korchev, etc. - many of the characters seemed to have lost their heart or become a more slapstick version of themselves in Secondhand Souls: Sophie's urban slang/potty mouth was more jarring than funny to me; Jane was a one note joke; Minty was strung out and dropped the n-bomb way too much for me; the Emperor gets tasked with a list that basically meant nothing. Really? Moore couldn't have found a better use for such an awesome character?

The new characters seemed more to be plot devices than actual full-fledged characters. Mike Sullivan was sort of a Charlie-esque beta-male voice of reason from the first book, but in the end he was only an information delivery device and a convenient vessel. Lemon Fresh was awesome at first as we tried to guess his purpose, but I never really know how to feel about him either, and I wasn't thrilled about how Minty's character competed with him and got more abrasive/violent. Wiggly Charlie was the Jar Jar Binks of the book. Ugh. I hated the squirrel people and Bob/Thebe the Wise.

If you loved A Dirty Job, you will want to read this to see how the story ends. This is fast-paced, energetic (maybe even frantic), full of offbeat and ridiculous humor and snarky, irreverent verbal wordplay. Some of the jokes land well and others splat on their faces. There is more of everything - swearing, violence, action, romance, slapstick, and exposition... but I'm not sure that the final explanation really makes any sense. The great bits are really great, the rest mostly gets lost in the tornado of sound and furious madcap action. It felt like this sequel had a little less heart than A Dirty Job.
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- Gypsyjolie "audiobook addict"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio