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
“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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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.
Mad for Westies
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.
Love the storyline
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.
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!
I laughed all the way through
It is a very imaginative, humorous story.
Nurd is terrific fun.
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.
Wish I had grandchildren old enough to be able to enjoy this Samuel Johnson trilogy. Marvelous stuff.
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).
The footnotes are well done.
Tim Gerard Reynolds is good with various voices and accents--all the characters are distinct.
I laughed several times.
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.
Too old to rock and roll; too young to die.
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!
I don't want to give away anything, but Mrs. Abernathy is fabulous.
No, I've not had the pleasure.
It made me laugh out loud. A welcome release of emotion.
Because my friends also have kids.
Simple, sweet with a little drama, the kid learns his strengths and relationships are formed because of this.
He is great with accents.
This is similar to the Harry Potter series in that it's a kid's story that adults will also enjoy.
I never got to write the in print version of this book.
When Samuel and Nerd were re-united in their friendship it was such a wonderful moment.
Samuel and Mrs Abernathy/Bal were the two best voices by this work.
Again the moment when Nerd and Samuel were re-united the moment of friendship was very powerful.
Though Gerard Reynolds is not quite as fun to listen to as the previous reader I still enjoyed the book.
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