This book is everything you want in an audible book - a rich collection of charaters, nicely developed story and fabulous narrator. It goes a bit long, and I started to truly dislike Kabal at one point, but the author does not disappoint.
Looking forward to the second book.
I first read this book in paperback on the recommendation of a friend. Since then I have devoured every Cabal book as soon as they came out. I wanted to re-read this one before starting on Fall of the House of Cabal, so I decided to get the audio book. Once again I absolutely love this book and Cabal himself, especially the beginning of this book. The wit and satire make this a great read, and the perfect beginning to the entire Cabal series.
a faustian pact makes for an exciting story full of laughs and heart that will leave you wanting more from this authors fertile imagination
Johannes Cabal, necromancer of some little infamy. An excellent series following a complex and layered character through his trip of deeper damnation to get out of damnation.
Clever, witty, and cuttingly sarcastic Johannes will show just how far a man is willing to go for science, something else, as well as last and likely least, his soul.
A fine example of how one can be an absolute cold, clinical, unfeeling, bastard beyond all belief while attempting to do something for the good of mankind. At least possibly.
Witty from start to finish, with some of the sharpest, most literate dialog in any fantasy. The titular directive not to be fatuous is but one of many erudite retorts from this steampunk smartmouth.
Johannes Cabal is compelling, mordantly funny, and a generally despicable asshat. He also raises and manipulates The Dead, and understandably mistrusts all of creation.
Affronted by the earthly fallout from selling his soul to Satan, the arrogant Cabal talks the Devil into a do-over. He then must achieve Lucifer's new ends by operating a janky traveling Carnival, with the marginal assistance of imps, ghouls and freaks. Cognizant of his utter ineptitude at any enterprise close to hospitality, Cabal humbles himself a bit less than the bare minimum required to enlist the aid of the story's unexpected moralist. And we all board his crazy carny train.
Jonathan Howard manages to keep Cabal a selfish jerk who gets himself out of jams using esoteric texts, mad science skills and an enormous Webley handgun. His wit is decidedly British, with a gloomy, Teutonic pall and creepy, forensic coruscations. If you're well read in fiction, religion (including apocrypha,) science and fantasy, you'll delight in the myriad allusions. There's a lot to love here.
This is one of my all time favorite stories ever. The writing is sharp and witty. Johannes Cabal is the greatest anti-hero ever; and his brother Horst is just perfection. It is a unique take on the Faustian tale that will make you laugh and cry. I could go on and on about how amazingly brilliant this story is, but just do yourself a favor and read (or listen to it). I love it.
Mr. Cazenove was perfect. A wonderfully expressive narrator that portrays the characters and events with all the wit and verve that is needed.
Both the Brothers were my favorites. They were like day and night.
My favorite scene was when Johannes 1st went to meet with Satan. Very funny!
My husband and I would love to see this series on film.
The dry and witty humor in this book make me laugh every time. The narrator was perfect for this book, handling the voices and mannerisms of the character extremely well. I will definitely be revisiting this one!