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
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
Yes, the book is great and it answers all the major story questions while still leaving things wide open for more books.
Peter grant series.
The final confrontation with Asmodeus.
It really kept you on the edge of your seat at the end.
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.
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
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.
Such a terrific, well-written, thoroughly engaging series! I am so sorry it ended and I would beg for more.
Although I adored the first narrator, Damian Lynch did an excellent job at capturing Felix's wonderful sardonic yet compassionate nature.
This series is definitely one of my favorites.
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.
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?
Carey’s fabulous (in both senses of the word) Felix Castor series has the feel of a reality that has only recently branched off from our own. (Or is everybody but me seeing dead people?) You really ought to listen to this series in sequence — beginning with “The Devil You Know” — but, if you simply cannot bear to backtrack, you can probably still enjoy “The Naming of the Beasts” almost as much as I did. I think that it will make you want to go back and start listening from the beginning, if only to get to know all the amazing characters — ghosts, demons, zombies — that constitute Felix’s circle of … um … “friends.” Both male and female listeners will especially enjoy the (tentatively) reformed (lesbian!) succubus, Ajulutsikael — masquerading among us as Juliet Salazar, professional exorcist. If you are thinking that Mike Carey’s Felix Castor series sounds a bit like a British version of Jim Butcher’s Dresden series, you are not probing the wrong genre … although you will find no plagiarism here: The supernatural detective genre has plenty of room for everybody. (I suppose that — technically — Felix Castor does not qualify as a detective. However, he does end up doing a lot of de facto detecting.) This fruitful literary genre explores a mythical archetype lurking deeply within us that all the scientism in the world cannot seem to dislodge … and probably shouldn’t! Some listeners have complained about the switch in narrators in the middle of this series. Much as I love Michael Kramer’s work — I count him among my favorite audiobook narrators! — I have to say that Damian Lynch suits the Felix Castor series better than Michael Kramer did. Although Kramer — a wonderful American actor — surprised me with his good approximation of a British accent, I suspect that British listeners would probably disagree with me … right, Brits? Mr. Lynch is, after all, an accomplished British actor who can better simulate the (VERY) subtle Liverpudlian accent that sometimes creeps in to Castor’s voice. In summary: five stars, straight across the board, unconditionally!
If you are waiting on the next Dresden Files book this series is a good way to pass the time. The only reason I didn't give five stars is the reader changed after a couple books and that drives me crazy. I definitely wish there were more!
I love all of the Felix Castor stories and this one is a great conclusion(?) to the Asmodias story. Castor has his usual blindspots, but he totally redeems himself. Still don't like Damian Lynch, he is just the wrong narrator for this type of story. Luckily, Carey's writing makes up for the performance tenfold. Definitely would mind more Castor stories!!!
Amazing series. Unique, thought provoking, and self deprecating. The character development was subtle and sophisticated while the plot took unexpected and unpredictable twists and turns.
I do hope this will not actually be the last in the series but the author moved to satisfy the story lines and characters in the series- hopefully to be continued- so the notion of stop here seems fine. The world building and character development is strong enough from the other books that this book collects better storytelling. Because of the kind of story being told the author is compared to Jim Butcher and his Dresden series. I liked the style enough and how it functioned to think the comparison is better made to Reginald Hill. The author plays with the reader and does it so well that comprehension plays back in fun. Reginald Hill is a master of that game, but this author uses broader frames of reference and experience to play but does it well.
This is a fantastic addition to the Castor series. As usual, Lynch is superb! After listening to the whole series I wish Mike Carey could devote more time to this character. I know he's doing great work with comics and The Girl With All the Gifts is becoming a movie, a fantastic book BTW, but damn if I don't need a fix (get it, of course you do), for my Castor obsession.
I never listen to a book in one gol! I've done this twice now with this book.... xx
"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.
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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