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The Infernals: A Novel | [John Connolly]

The Infernals: A Novel

Young Samuel Johnson is in trouble. Not only is his eyesight so poor that he mistakenly asks out a letter box on a date, but an angry demon is seeking revenge for Samuel’s part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of evil. It wants to get its claws on Samuel, and when Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into the dark realm, the home of the Infernals, it gets its chance.
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author John Connolly, a wonderfully strange and brilliant novel about a boy, his dog, and their struggle to escape the wrath of demons.

Young Samuel Johnson is in trouble. Not only is his eyesight so poor that he mistakenly asks out a letter box on a date, but an angry demon is seeking revenge for Samuel’s part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of evil. It wants to get its claws on Samuel, and when Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into the dark realm, the home of the Infernals, it gets its chance.

But catching Samuel is not going to be easy, for the Infernals have not reckoned on the bravery and cleverness of a boy and his dog, or the loyalty of Samuel’s friend, the hapless demon Nurd, or the presence of two clueless policemen and the unlucky, if cheerfully optimistic, driver of an ice-cream van.

Most of all, no one has planned on the intervention of an unexpected band of little men, for Samuel and Boswell are not the only inhabitants of Earth who have found themselves in the underworld. If you thought demons were frightening, just wait until you meet Mr. Merryweather’s Elves.

©2011 John Connolly (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

“Connolly’s graceful prose, laced with acerbically witty footnotes, is a joy to read, and he easily alternates among slapstick comedy, powerful drama, and skin-crawling horror.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Brilliantly funny, often touching, with enough action to keep adventure fans on the edges of their chairs, this novel combines top-notch writing with cutting wit.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    mdk Charlottesville, VA 08-20-13
    mdk Charlottesville, VA 08-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    Not bad, but frankly disappointing after the excellent 'the gates'. The narrator did a fine job.

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    Robert Morrisville, PA, United States 10-24-11
    Robert Morrisville, PA, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2011

    I am an audiobook enthusiast who reviews audiobooks for his blog, The Guilded Earlobe. You can find me on Twitter @guildedearlobe talking about zombies, robots, monkeys and audiobooks.

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    "Wonderful for Children and Adults"

    This sequel to Connolly’s The Gates is another wonderful, clever and laugh out loud hilarious adventure. The style of the book with its humorous asides and clever footnotes is perfect for translation to audiobook, and Tim Gerard Reynold’s narration only makes it better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kendall Waterbury, VT, United States 06-09-15
    Kendall Waterbury, VT, United States 06-09-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Delightful!"
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    The story of a young boy and his faithful little dog battling the minions of hell continues. The writing is superb -- this work of John Connolly's can be compared to P.G. Wodehouse in providing a belly laugh or two on nearly every page. Tim Gerard Reynolds provides masterful narration, and the entire effect is just terrific. Highly Recommended.

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    Anna 06-03-15
    Anna 06-03-15
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    "So creative! I love John Connolly's imagination"

    Some of the most creative and hillarious writing I have ever encountered. These are my favorite books and characters.

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    china 05-21-15
    china 05-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "still great!"
    If you could sum up The Infernals in three words, what would they be?

    Love the storyline


    What did you like best about this story?

    The cast of characters is great. These books are like a mix of Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams. The characters are so funny. I love all the symbolism and references.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Him narrating the second book was sort of jarring. The first narrator wad wonderful.But tim is one of my favorite narrators so I settled in to his characters. He is great!


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

    I laughed all the way through


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Conrad Oregon coast 05-12-15
    C. Conrad Oregon coast 05-12-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Terrific for older children"
    What did you love best about The Infernals?

    It is a very imaginative, humorous story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nurd is terrific fun.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wouldn't have thought it possible, but I enjoyed Mr. Reynolds' wonderful work even more than that of the narrator of the first book in the series. Having an Englishman narrate this very English fairy tale makes it far more special that it could ever have been droning through my head in a flat, Los Angeles accent. Tim Gerard Reynolds' performance adds spark and an entire dimension to the experience.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I had grandchildren old enough to be able to enjoy this Samuel Johnson trilogy. Marvelous stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eliza NC, United States 08-03-14
    Eliza NC, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2010

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    "A young person's guide to the Inferno!"
    Where does The Infernals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't like to rank books, but The Infernals was entertaining and funny, and also made quite a few good points about how good and evil work (and don't work).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Infernals?

    The footnotes are well done.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tim Gerard Reynolds is good with various voices and accents--all the characters are distinct.


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

    I laughed several times.


    Any additional comments?

    Samuel Johnson's tour of hell is just as instructive as Dante's, in a smaller way. The Infernals doesn't quite match The Gates for suspense and humor, but it was still fun and I look forward to Mr. Connolly's next book about Samuel Johnson & Boswell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Lewisburg, PA United States 02-02-13
    Russell Lewisburg, PA United States 02-02-13

    Too old to rock and roll; too young to die.

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    "Delightful"
    Would you listen to The Infernals again? Why?

    I relish the opportunity to listen to The Infernals again. The narrator was able to capture the entirely English sensibility of this book. The characters are quirky and easy to love. While probably written for a younger audience, say fourteen year olds, it is even better to listen to as an adult. It is multi-layered, like a Bugs Bunny cartoon. There's something for everyone. The explanation of quantum physics and multi-dimensionality is brilliant. Not that it matters much to our day to day lives, it is interesting nonetheless. The narrator was blasé without being patronizing. It's difficult to narrate a humorous story without sounding like a clown. Good show!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Infernals?

    I don't want to give away anything, but Mrs. Abernathy is fabulous.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I've not had the pleasure.


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

    It made me laugh out loud. A welcome release of emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Riverside, CA, United States 11-12-12
    Claire Riverside, CA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "good kids story that adults would also enjoy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Because my friends also have kids.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Simple, sweet with a little drama, the kid learns his strengths and relationships are formed because of this.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is great with accents.


    Any additional comments?

    This is similar to the Harry Potter series in that it's a kid's story that adults will also enjoy.

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    P. Wolf 11-06-12
    P. Wolf 11-06-12

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    "Part Two Of A Fun and Scarey Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Infernals to be better than the print version?

    I never got to write the in print version of this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Infernals?

    When Samuel and Nerd were re-united in their friendship it was such a wonderful moment.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Samuel and Mrs Abernathy/Bal were the two best voices by this work.


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

    Again the moment when Nerd and Samuel were re-united the moment of friendship was very powerful.


    Any additional comments?

    Though Gerard Reynolds is not quite as fun to listen to as the previous reader I still enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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