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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

    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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Wolf Colorado 11-06-12
    P. Wolf Colorado 11-06-12 Member Since 2012

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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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    Shab Rahnavard lake Ridge, Virginia 06-18-12
    Shab Rahnavard lake Ridge, Virginia 06-18-12

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    "Humorous and Dark"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Infernals to be better than the print version?

    Definitely.


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

    The footnotes are definitely the best part of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular


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

    Lots of laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. P. Cunningham North Carolina, USA 01-22-12
    K. P. Cunningham North Carolina, USA 01-22-12 Member Since 2008

    I listen to books while I do the repetitive part of my job and while I do yard work. I can't use audiobooks that require strict attention.

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    What would have made The Infernals better?

    And I have clearly missed the beginning. There have been several YA stories that I have enjoyed, so I'm frequently willing to give them a shot. This one is more aimed at the Percy Jackson age range than The Hunger Games or The Golden Compass series.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a good job with the material, for as long as I listened, but I'm not inclined to finish the book or the series.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Infernals?

    .


    Any additional comments?

    It's just not my flavor.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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