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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Gypsycat


What made the experience of listening to Secondhand Souls the most enjoyable?

I felt like I was seeing old friends who I haven't really seen in a long time. I will admit I listen t0 Chris's books over and over. I move from A Dirty Job (my 1st book, by Chris) Fluke, You Suck and my favorite book ever "LAMB" and now I have this to add to that list. As a matter of fact I am about to start listening for a 2nd time. I finished it yesterday and as usual I will hear many things I didn't catch the 1st time because I was so excited to be listening and hearing certain people I would drift off remembering their quirks and peculiarities, them I had to back up

What was one of the most memorable moments of Secondhand Souls?

SPOILERS!!!! I will not answer this question because I don't want to ruin it for others. IT ONLY CAME OUT 2 DAYS AGO!

Which character – as performed by Fisher Stevens – was your favorite?

Charlie, Sophie, Dark, Minty, Riveria.....
I couldn't choose if I wanted to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think I've been smiling since I started. and I think I may have shed a tear or too. and when I had headphones on I did laugh out too loud a few times, a woman in a Dr's office asked me what I was reading and she took all the info and the list of my favorite C. Moore Books. the receptionist told me she was a voracious reader so I asked her to ask her how she liked them and to let me know. I LOVE TURNING PEOPLE ON TO CHRISTOPHER MOORE AUTHOR EXTRAORDINAIRE

Any additional comments?

Chris, will we have to wait another 9 years?
Please say no, it will be much. much sooner. and

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- P. Manna

Book Details

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