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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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Kailana August 31, 2011 at 8:41 am

I really need to read something by Christopher Moore. I have had him out from the library a couple times and still never read any of them.

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Kim August 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm

This was my first Christoper Moore book, and I’m definitely going to get some more for our next road trip.

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bermudaonion (Kathy) August 31, 2011 at 9:40 am

I need to try Moore’s work. It sounds like this worked well on audio – I’ll have to see if our library has it.

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Kim August 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Yes, this was really great on audio. I think it may have worked even better that way than in literature.

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Kathleen August 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I’m not usually a fan of audio books but this one sounds like it is worth me trying again!

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Kim August 31, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I do think it’s worth a try. I thought this one was really entertaining.

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Violet September 1, 2011 at 1:13 am

I have been meaning to read something by Christopher Moore for some time now. I’ll probably give this book a try. My husband loves audiobooks, so I’ll get this for him instead. Thanks for the review.

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Kim September 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Boyfriend really enjoyed this one. We were both laughing and cringing and talking about the book the whole time we listened.

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Kristen M. September 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I’ve been trying to decide which Christopher Moore book to choose for my second read (my first was Fluke which was a bit strange but pretty good). I think I’ll try this one!

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Kim September 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm

This one is definitely a bit strange in parts too, but on audio you just sort of go with the strange parts and just enjoy the story.

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