I really wanted to like this book. The narrator was amazing and the premise sounded great. I just couldn't get into it. I must have restarted it three times before I finally made myself stick to it. In the end I listened to it at triple speed just to finish it. I just couldn't make myself care about Johannes Cabal. I like anti-heros as much as the next gal but this guy was just "anti", no "hero".
Hilarious book, one of the few I've listened to that made me laugh out loud. Funny characters, very dark humor. There was a lot of missed thematic potential, though, so don't expect deep personalities who seek redemption or anything similar. Just people with questionable morals doing really funny bad things - the book made me think of a world populated with Edward Gorey characters.
I greatly enjoyed this listen and have since added his second book to my collection. The narrator give life to the well-written characters and the situations and dialogue kept me hooked from open to close. If you like a little dark British humor and humorous social studies, I highly recommend. Those that gave this a low mark obviously didn't know what type of book this was or were closed minded to characters making wagers with a sarcastic devil and the reanimation of the dead to create light-hearted carnival workers.
One of the best reads I've had in a while. John Howard brought Johannes Cabal and all the characters to life in such a unique way, that allowed me to build images of the characters and the scenarios in my mind. I was able to envision all the dark imagery in a very Tim Burtonish style. This would definitely make a great movie if it fell in the right hands.
Excellent narration from Cazenove and a very quirky and darkly humorous novel. Reminded me a bit of one of my very first audio books Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell with its mix of the fantastic and the day to day.
An Avid Reader of Mystery, Zombies, History, Science and good stories. I live in Miami, FL and love every minute of it!
One of my favorite books, the best I have 'read' in a long time.
Solid plot, A book you can't put down, suspense and sarcasam with a bit of British Humor. A sort of Monty Phyton meets Satan kind of humor, yet dark enough to make you keep the lights on at night !
And Christopher Cazenove is an outstanding reader.
Yes. It's very funny in a not obvious sort of way. Reminds me of Sherlock Holmes.
The characters and the quick wit.
Johannes Cabal of course and Bones was fun too.
"Even the Devil's vigilant" or something like that or "Lucifer's Bane". I am not really good at this.
I was jonesing for something after Discworld and Good Omens. This was instant gratification.
Literature professor and lover of mystery books!
rich, funny, well-written
All of them were very good. Bones was funny because of the American accent.
It made me laugh a lot and it moved me in some parts.
This is such a rich book, made even more enjoyable by the narrator. I plan on listening to it again just because of the writing--it is delightful and intricate.
Not that the reader of The Detective (the next novel) is far behind. If you love steampunk, alternative history, the picaresque, loveable villains, dry wit, and great writing, you'll love this.