My name is Marten Mann. I work for the devil, or the prince of lies, as you people are so fond of calling him. Yes. You read that last line correctly. I am employed by the powers of evil as acquisitor ad infinitum. I did not seek out this job: I was chosen for the position. To put it in simpler terms, I am a broker of sorts - you know, the guy who finds out what it is that you want the most. I make it readily available to you for a price. I think we all know just how costly that one thing that you think you need so much can be, which is why I urge all of my clients to choose wisely.
©2015 John Byron Parker (P)2015 John Byron Parker
The humanization of Abby. I have never read (or listened to) a book where the bad guy was humanized this much, especially when the character is THE ultimate bad guy (Satan). I especially love the sequence where Abby talked about the origin of death.
Abby for sure was my favorite character. John Byron did an amazing job of adding all of the human (and demon/angel) idiosyncrasies that made the character pop in my mind. Abby was shown as the worst possible deity early in the book, but as Martin continued to work with him I actually felt sympathy for Abby.
Todd McLaren did an amazing job with the reading, especially with Abby and Brady. Todd's tone for Abby fit the character perfectly. The low calm voice (on the verge of insanity) and the excellently delivered screams when Abby was not so happy with a situation made this fun to listen to. I also loved the voices of terror that Todd delivered, especially Brady's voice when he was running scared in the "hot lands".
Some of Martin's take on difficult situations made me laugh, the way he digressed during awful occurrences added a nice dark humor to the book. I felt a heavy emotional response to Abby's recollection of the first experience of death for the Angels, it just made you feel bad for him.
I had a great time listening to this book. I thought the story was well written and a fresh take on an age old story.
This is a dark, dark fantasy that is beautifully written, incredible character complexity, SUPERBLY NARRATED!!!! and honestly thought provoking.
First of all Marten Mann one of the best characters I have experienced in a long time. He is like Walter White if Walter had been a bad guy who became good.
Then there is Abby and all I will say is "sympathy for the devil"
This story is dark make no mistake about that but there are part in this story that are so heartwarming it makes all of the dark point worth going though. John Byron is able to do what few authors are able to do; say there is no good or evil and MAKE IT CONVINCING!!!!!
Then there is the narration. OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!! Todd McLaren brings this book to life in a way very few narrators every done. Every thing from how he portrays emotions to how he describes the world so beautifully it brought me to tear at times
This book is well worth your money or credit. If you like dark fantasy, character complexity, superb narration and a story that is both thought provoking and heartwarming. than this is a MUST HAVE!!!!!
First, from a religious point of view there is almost nothing in this book I agree with. With that out of the way, this is just a really fun book. The narration is spot on and the characters are really well done. I bought this in the $3.95 gems collection, i would hapily spend more
I usually stay away from religious based fiction but this was inttelegent and insightful brutally honest about human behavior. the writing wasn't whiny or unrealistic. narrative stories always grab me fully
The entire story kept me enraptured. I will be listening over and over. Hell's contractor.
What a pleasant surprise to find such a good book nooo great book that Audible had on sale for less than a half of a credit ...$3.95. First for me in 7 years and over 600 books. The book's premise is about one of the devils minions(his best & only friend ) with a conscience that continually puts him in hot water(no pun) with his boss. The description is way over simplified, I will say that if you liked American Gods by Neil G. you will also enjoy this book. If you are a devout Christian I do not recommend it. This book it so well written and narrated that it is almost decadent to listen to, and all done without any gratuitous sex thrown in for filler. Great book it has moved easily into my top ten. Loved the ending
I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.
I appreciated the fact that throughout the book, each character grew...evolved. Nothing was stagnant about this book. Great turn on an old story...very well done.
When the main character looks into his own self...several times in the book.
I would have enjoyed the book...whoever did the reading...but in this case...Todd McLaren was PERFECT for this book.
The Games of Heaven and Hell
I truly did not want to put my player down...I couldn't wait to get back to the book to see what was going to happen next. I am almost hesitant to start another book, because this one was so very good.
very good story and so well done. some will have issues with the theology but beyond a superficial understanding one can move thru the story with minimal trouble and you might even like the thought experiment.
I love books like this, that make you think. This book throws a lot of curves, but is just a real winner, it had me surprised up until the very end.
Mr. Mann's turmoil when dealing with Sister Han, it was visceral and you could feel his distress.
Well, it was excellent, really, I enjoyed his voice for Abby and the emotion he could put into spoken word.
Not extreme in the the external outpouring of emotion sense, but more in that I know this book will stay with me, that I won't forget about it and will still think about it long after the writing of this review.
Read it, and have an open mind.
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