The narrator was fantastic. The story was okay, but the writing was terrible.
I'm not sure I understand the target audience. The language, the footnotes, the vocabulary, and some of the sillier story elements were clearly geared towards children, but the story itself was a little gruesome and inappropriate for anybody younger than preteen. I am not going to let my 10 y.o. listen, and I think an older kid would be bored and feel condescended to.
He tells the story with such campfire enthusiasm. I can't think why they didn't secure him for the two sequels. Such a pity.
I bought this book because I had bought The Book of Lost Things and really enjoyed it, and so I wanted to explore other books by this author. It is a fun book, more lighthearted, and enjoyable overall, but not quite as enthralling. Still, I would recommend it for listening to in the car etc.
Jonathan Cake does a marvelous job bringing the fun of this clever story to life. Absorbing and original work in the best tradition of English children's authors such as Edith Nesbit. Charming first entry of a series.
Nurd and the Porsche, but many parts of this book made us laugh out loud.
Samuel Johnson, the hero
Like the name as it is.
John Connolly is a great writer who has won many awards like the Edgar. I love his Charlie "Byrd" Parker series.
If you liked Good Omens (one of my favorite all-time books and audio books) and you loved Roald Dahl books as a kid, you'll enjoy this book. It is a lot of fun. Jonathan Cake does an excellent job of bringing the book to life with a good range of voices and great comic timing.
Recommend to adults and children who enjoy fantasy. Great vocal performance, great writing.
The plot was fun, the voices were wonderful, slightly scary but very clever and fun.
Nerd was a crack up. But they all were - from the main characters to the minor ones.
Samuel and his dog. Definitely.
Clever mix of actual science and wild fantasy. Loved it.
This book about demons trying to take over the world is very cute, and brought to mind Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman. Samuel Johnson and Boswell are wonderful heroes, and the flow of the story keeps you riveted.