Audio Book Review: ‘A Dirty Job’ by Christopher Moore

by Kim on August 31, 2011 · 10 comments

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Title: A Dirty Job
Author: Christopher Moore
Narrator: Fisher Stevens
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2006
Acquired: Library
Rating: ★★★★☆

Book Review: Charlie Asher’s life is pretty darn normal. But after his wife dies during childbirth, leaving him a single dad to his daughter Sophie, Charlie’s life takes a permanent turn towards the weird. All of a sudden, he starts seeing everyday objects glowing red, strange bird-women screeching a him from the sewers, and mysterious names and numbers showing up in his planner. Charlie has a new job: working for Death.

I grabbed this book on a whim from the library because Boyfriend and I wanted an audio book for a roadtrip earlier this summer. Boyfriend likes books that are a little twisted, so I figured this might fit the bill. I think we were both pleasantly surprised at how awesome the book turned out to be, keeping us laughing almost the entire trip.

Moore is a fantastic writer. His writing is so descriptive, it’s easy to imagine what is going on, especially as you’re listening to the book. I think the book would make a fantastic movie, full of action and really goofy descriptions. There’s definitely some sections that pushed my comfort level in terms of violence and sex, but nothing too over the top.

The book does drag in a few sections, and the ending is a little unsatisfying, but overall as an audio book I was really happy with this one and will be looking for more Christopher Moore books for our next road trip.

Audio Review: Fisher Stevens was fantastic. This book has a tremendous number of characters, but he was able to differentiate among all of them really well. There were only a few moments when I started to lose track of which woman was which, but not for very long. He’s definitely a narrator to look for.

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