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The Naming of the Beasts | [Mike Carey]

The Naming of the Beasts

They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but if you ask Castor he'll tell you there's quite a bit of arrogance and reckless stupidity lining the streets as well. And he should know. There are only so many times you can play both sides against the middle and get away with it. Now, the inevitable moment of crisis has arrived and it's left Castor with blood on his hands. Well, not his hands, you understand; it's always someone else who pays the bill: friends, acquaintances, bystanders.
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They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but if you ask Castor he'll tell you there's quite a bit of arrogance and reckless stupidity lining the streets as well. And he should know. There are only so many times you can play both sides against the middle and get away with it. Now, the inevitable moment of crisis has arrived, and it's left Castor with blood on his hands. Well, not his hands, you understand; it's always someone else who pays the bill: friends, acquaintances, bystanders.

So Castor drowns his guilt in cheap whisky, while an innocent woman lies dead and her daughter comatose, his few remaining friends fear for their lives and there's a demon loose on the streets. But not just any demon - this one rides shotgun on his best friend's soul and can't be expelled without killing him. Looks like Felix Castor's got some tough choices to make, because expel the demon he must or all Hell will break loose. Literally….

©2012 Mike Carey (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2009

    I write reviews to help readers, not to win votes. My reviews are my honest opinion whether popular or not. I hope they help you. ;)

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    "The series comes to a staisfying conclusion."
    Would you listen to The Naming of the Beasts again? Why?

    Yes, the book is great and it answers all the major story questions while still leaving things wide open for more books.


    What other book might you compare The Naming of the Beasts to and why?

    Peter grant series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final confrontation with Asmodeus.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It really kept you on the edge of your seat at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The author said he was working on another novel but with no firm date as of yet. Still, he wraps the series up nicely so if he doesn't readers will not feel like they've been left hanging.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 03-30-12
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2004

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "Satisfying Conclusion to Series"

    I had bought this book in paperback a couple of years ago but never read it even though I enjoyed listening to the prior books in the series. I did loan it out to a couple of friends who just couldn't wait. I was holding out for audible to pick up this and the previous volume. Frankly, when I begin a story in audible format I hate to change in the middle. I also have to compliment the audio publisher for coming up with a narrator, Damian Lynch, who sounds very much like the narrator of the first three.

    The first three were published in audiobook form by Tantor, the last two by Audible,ltd, which I suspect has something to do with Audible.co.UK. Whoever is responsible, thank you for making all of these books available. Please do not read these books out of order. I don't often say this, but this is one series where each book is (mostly) complete it itself but contributes to a story arc.

    Fans will know that Felix Castor is an exorcist in an England where the dead, undead, and never born consort with the living. His job at the beginning was to get rid of ghosts that inconvenienced the living. He also worked as a party clown for children's birthday parties which lead to his first adventure-- The Devil You Know. He is a darkly comic character who develops through the series as more is revealed about the characters and the world he lives in.

    I really hope that there are going to be future books. There are enough hooks for another story arc.

    Recommended

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 05-08-12
    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 05-08-12 Member Since 2007

    I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.

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    "The Best Felix Saved For LAST!"

    Great story...crackling characters...delightful plotting.

    This is the best entry in a wonderful series. Castor is sharper, faster and more fun than in any other book in the whole series. You won't be disappointed.

    Perfect narration, outstanding plot.

    So...where's Number Six, HUH?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jeffry HEISKELL, TN, United States 01-15-14
    jeffry HEISKELL, TN, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Still keeps it Interesting and ALIVE!"
    What did you love best about The Naming of the Beasts?

    Continues on with a great story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Oh yes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where caster goes into the gym with Jessica and he falls into the water.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole thing was good.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, cant weight for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 09-09-13
    D. A. Gordon MOAB, UT, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Not as good as the others in series"

    After I read the first two books in the Felix Castor series, I was sold on both the author and the series. I often suggested these books to fellow readers and writers. The next two books were all right, but I just cannot get into this fifth book in the series. I've tried to listen to it several times, but I keep leaving it to listen to other books. I can't get into the plot or the characters in this one.
    I still admire Mike Carey's writing style and will try one of his books in a different series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Winter springs, FL, United States 05-10-13
    Donna Winter springs, FL, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "England's Jim Butcher"
    Would you listen to The Naming of the Beasts again? Why?

    Felix is witty, sarcastic with a soft streak at least sometimes. I really enjoyed the series. I hope Mike Carey writes another book. The characters are well developed and unusual. The reader is good once you get used to him. Im not a big fan of English readers so if you like them you'll love the reader.


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    Rob LONG BEACH, MS, United States 05-23-12
    Rob LONG BEACH, MS, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2010

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    "THIS Is How A Series Should End"

    The final tale in the Castor series is probably the most well-written, in my opinion. No characters are left out, and the characters' personalities are done great justice. The climax of the novel is painted in the reader's mind fantastically.

    I was not disappointed one bit. I do wish that publishers could somehow manage to keep the same readers for their novels from book one to the end, but I guess that is just a sacrifice that had to be made.

    A great wrap up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori A. Allred USA 09-24-12
    Lori A. Allred USA 09-24-12 Member Since 2010

    80sGirl

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    "What a fun series! Great series-ender!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I love the little world created by Mike Carey in just five novels. His keen, sarcastic sense of humor kept me coming back for each installment. I'm just sorry it's over!


    What about Damian Lynch’s performance did you like?

    I have to say that I prefer the reader of the first book. I think it may be solely because I'm American and Lynch's rapid-fire delivery of Brit-isms with his accent lost me a few times! Overall, he has a "fun" and quirky style that does seem to match the personality of the character. No real complaints other than my personal preference.


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  • Jonah
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    "Strange but compelling tale"

    An unusual story about the afterlife and the undead. The language is a little expletive at times, but in character with an exorcist/detective. Well paced and humorous with enough plot twist to keep you listening. Definitely not a children's book but excellent for everyone else.

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  • Mike
    liverpool, United Kingdom
    10/22/12
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    "great book"

    i love all the Felix Castor novels and this one is no exeption great caricters intreaging story well told, i must admid i preferd Michael Kramer as the narrator and there is some spill from a conversation being had in the control room on to the recording that really shouldn't be there, however this does not impact on the story narration it is just in the back ground (i am a sound engineer so i know that this could have been fixed) that is why the book only gets 4 stars

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