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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.

©2015 Christopher Moore (P)2015 Harper Audio

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  • withherownwings
  • 24-09-2015

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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  • P. Manna
  • 27-08-2015

THIS WAS WORTH THE 9 YEAR WAIT!!!!

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
THANK YOU

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 22-10-2016

NEED A CHEESE! NEED A CHEESE!

TAI CHI = KARATE FOR THE SLOW
This book is hilarious and I liked it even better than Dirty Job and better than the entire Blood Sucking Friend Trilogy and I loved all those books. I probably liked it better because of the huge supporting cast. The main character is Charley(THE BETA MALE), but he does not play as large a role in this one as the last. He is supported by Lilly (GOTH GIRL), THE EMPEROR OF SAN FRANCISCO, MINTY FRESH, THE MAGICAL NEGRO, THE BOOTY NUN, THE SQUIRREL PEOPLE, the 400 HUNDRED POUND HELLHOUNDS, others and of course Sophie (DEATH, but more importantly, SHE IS IN THE ADVANCED READING GROUP).

MILES DAVIS SOUNDS LIKE HE IS SMOTHERING SQUIRRELS
This whole thing is laugh out loud funny, but the Defibrillator Caper has to take the cake. You might want to pull over when that gets started.

BUTTERFLY WINK
The narrator does an excellent job. It is so important, especially with a funny book to get a narrator that understands the context and who has the correct timing. Funny writing is even funnier when read right.

Five big stars for this one.

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  • Mark Hancock
  • 11-01-2017

Need a cheese!

I was working out of town as a vacation relief salesman for a food service company when I walked into a restaurant and a hostess was reading "Island of the Sequined Love Nuns". The hostess and title captivated me, and shortly after began my affinity for the works of Christopher Moore. I've tried to "share the love" with others as much as possible. Secondhand Souls is no exception. Great characters, fun story with depth if you pay attention, absurdism galore...just love it. And Fisher Stevens is fantastic as, well, everyone! Whether he's narrating Charlie's voice or that of Lily or Minty Fresh, he's dead on target. Love the book, author, narrator, & the wheel of life in general. In short, I need a cheese.

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  • Kevin
  • 26-08-2015

pure magic

I absolutely loved it.
Moore writes amazing stories. Will listen again and again. Great sequel.

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  • Kira L Meibos
  • 13-01-2016

So hysterical I snorted... a lot

Christopher Moore is a complete genius. Combine that with the extremely versatile performance of Fisher Stevens and the result is pure magic. If you are looking for a witty and yet oddly complex tale of the meaning of life and death, with deep characters, insanely amusing phraseology, and deliciously performed voices, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. If you thought you liked mozzarella sticks before, just you wait.

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  • Apriella
  • 03-11-2015

Christopher Moore always delivers

I listened to this entire audio book in less than 24hrs. I couldn't walk away from it! Christopher Moore is always brilliant in his character development.

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  • Ladylaw
  • 27-04-2018

Disappointing sequel to book 1

I was really disappointed in this second book. The first book in this series was great. It was funny, interesting, unique and very edgy. The characters were hilarious. The first book would give you a shock of laughter. This second book dropped the story line and focused on that shock factor to the point is was no longer funny.

I may or may not buy book three if there is one. I like the crazy characters but still want a good plot.

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  • Matt
  • 13-11-2017

Christopher Moore's Secondhand Souls Review

This book is a quirky and hilarious story of death, love, and a lack of collecting souls. This story is full of funny conversations between the characters; who are all trying to figure out what darkness is coming and why the rules of soul collecting are changing drastically. With so many characters ranging from small meat puppets to a Buddhist priestesses to death in the form of a young girl; there is never a dull moment in this story. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • A. D'Angelo
  • 08-11-2017

Christopher Moore does it again

I could not love Christopher Moore's books more. they're funny and clever and odd with a trickle of suspense. Read or listen to everything of his. Check out Dirty Job before this one though since this is a follow up.

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  • franwan
  • 01-04-2018

there are better Chris Moore stories

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not really, however, I have read most of his books and consistently laughed

What does Fisher Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His acccents are fantastic. Probably the only reason why I stuck with the book

Could you see Secondhand Souls being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Could be and it would probably be very good.

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  • Old King
  • 09-05-2016

Loved it

Brilliant book brilliantly read I wish there was a 3rd in the series. I have listened to the first book several times & think I will with this one too.