We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Vicious Circle | [Mike Carey]

Vicious Circle

Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after the case of the Bonnington Archive ghost convinced him that he really can do some good with his abilities ("good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead). But his friend, Rafi, is still possessed; the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him; and he's still dirt poor.
Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after the case of the Bonnington Archive ghost convinced him that he really can do some good with his abilities ("good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead).

But his friend, Rafi, is still possessed; the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him; and he's still dirt poor. Doing some consulting for the local constabulary helps pay the bills, but Castor needs a big, private job to really fill the hole in his overdraft.

That's what he needs. What he gets - good fortune and Castor not being on speaking terms - is a seemingly insignificant "missing ghost" case that inexorably drags him and his loved ones into the middle of a horrific plot to raise one of Hell's fiercest demons. When Satanists, sacrifice farms, stolen spirits, and possessed churches all appear on the same police report, the name of Felix Castor can't be too far behind.

©2006 Mike Carey; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The well-developed main character appears more than capable of carrying a series for many books to come." (Publishers Weekly)
"Carey juggles characters and bits and pieces of plot like a man with a thousand arms, catching each word and positioning it in exactly the right place in this deftly crafted, can't-turn-the-page-fast-enough read." (Kirkus)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (520 )
5 star
 (233)
4 star
 (198)
3 star
 (71)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (7)
Overall
4.4 (269 )
5 star
 (138)
4 star
 (98)
3 star
 (29)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.5 (266 )
5 star
 (170)
4 star
 (73)
3 star
 (20)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Cather Cumberland, VA, United States 11-09-08
    Cather Cumberland, VA, United States 11-09-08 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    285
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    117
    76
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    0
    Overall
    "A worthy sequel"

    I had been waiting for this book when I learned that there was a sequel to _The Devil You Know_, and I was not disappointed.

    It loses a single star because there are a couple of points where the plot is just a little too contrived, but the depth of the characters and the skill of the storytelling more than make up for it.

    Eagerly awaiting book three.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 03-21-09
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 03-21-09 Member Since 2008

    Holly

    HELPFUL VOTES
    574
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    173
    98
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    99
    7
    Overall
    "Decent Sequel"

    I was surprised to see a sequel to The Devil You Know and purchased it right away. Mike Carey doesn't disappoint the listener by picking up right where he left off in the first book. He keeps the plot fresh by throwing in unexpected twists throughout the story. He does some further character development with both Castor and Juliet, but not at the expense of the action. When he ties it all up at the end, it is not with a pretty ribbon and no one really walks off into the sunset living happily ever after. The ending is clearly the beginning for book three. It is well read and characters are easily distinguished from each other. A little better editing could make the metaphors more accurate, but that is minor compared to the overall internal consistency of the plot. It's a good read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2009

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    575
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    235
    180
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    51
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A very good sequel. This one doesn't disappoint."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Vicious Circle to be better than the print version?

    I couldn't say as I have only listened to this in audio format.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vicious Circle?

    Overall just the plight of the girl the stanists are looking for.


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    All his characters are well fleshed out and distinct. he does a great job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would if I could.


    Any additional comments?

    This entire series is excellent. You won't go wrong with any of them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dave Whittier, CA 10-31-11
    Dave Whittier, CA 10-31-11 Member Since 2010

    I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    442
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    155
    73
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    72
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fix Castor-Cooler than John Constantine Hellblazer"

    Carey, who wrote an amazing arc of the Hellblazer comic books, takes a similar concept to John Constantine (see also: Harry Dresden, John Taylor, etc.). The Felix Castor books are much darker and more twisted than the Dresden ones I've read - definitely more horror/dark fantasy. Carey knows how to build his story and set the mood, creates an amazing supporting cast of supporting characters, juggle the plotlines, all while slowly turning the temperature up. This story is even darker than the previous one, with a twistier narrative woven together by an expert.

    Michael Kraemer's reading matches Castor's voice (as well as the other characters) to perfection, and goes a long way in further establishing the dark mood of the story.

    I hope the rest of the Castor books are made available soon, because this is a series I want to keep listening to - preferably, when all the lights are out!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 10-07-09
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 10-07-09 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    905
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    275
    156
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    469
    0
    Overall
    "Quirky fun"

    I enjoyed "Vicious Circle" a lot; but I could see how some people might not like it. It does go a bit out on a limb, postulating the existence of super-natural beings like zombies, ghosts, and demons walking (or floating) amongst us. But Mr. Carey's humorous treatment of this plot device not only kept me listening, but made me want to listen to his other book, "The Devil You Know." I also enjoyed Michael Kramer doing various British accents: to me, he has always epitomized the quintessential American voice, in the guise of Rex Stout's Archie Goodwin. But here he does a credible job of voicing English characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    GogginGuy Fairfield, OH USA 04-14-14
    GogginGuy Fairfield, OH USA 04-14-14 Member Since 2005

    gogginguy

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    302
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic follow-up"
    If you could sum up Vicious Circle in three words, what would they be?

    Charming. Edgy. Likewise.


    What other book might you compare Vicious Circle to and why?

    Whatever you thought about the first one (Devil You Know), you'll think about this one.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the perfect tone and creates the connection we have with each one of the characters. I'm not sure I would love the books as much if I didn't hear them from him.


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

    Oh, yes the scene where the guy did the thing at the place with the...

    ...nice try -- nobody need spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Never experienced a writer who could come up with so many perfect metaphors in my life. Regardless of the plot, the writing is rhythmic and engaging. And funny as hell in all the right places.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Melanie Sylmar, CA, United States 10-11-10
    Melanie Sylmar, CA, United States 10-11-10 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Good storyline with a great sense of humor"

    I really enjoyed this book even though I wouldn't rank it in my Audible Top 10. I would recommend anyone who likes this sort of supernatural subject to download it. It's not often I can navigate Los Angeles rush hour traffic and still have enough of a sense of humor to laugh, but I found myself laughing out loud several times while listening to this book. Kind of like True Blood with a more urbane lead character...I think Felix Castor is immediately likeable for such a scoundrel. Must be the British in him! If Showtime or Starz is looking to enter the realm of werewolves, demons, and ghosts...this is the series for them!

    The narrator was good at bringing out the sarcasm et al of Felix, but sometimes I felt he droned on a bit. I would give him a B+ for his reading of this novel. I'm a certain that I will eventually download and listen to the other books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joeanne Hudson, NY, United States 07-21-10
    Joeanne Hudson, NY, United States 07-21-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    ""Fixed""

    This is a great experience. The narrator is comfortable with the characters in this second book of the series and it shows in the flow of the conversations. Carey gives really good plot. It is well thought out and of course Vicious Circle would work well as a stand alone read but it is excellent as a continuation. The tone of the book keeps you on the edge of your seat. You want to resolve the situation but you hate to get to the end. I am delaying my "fix" of the next installment until Audiobooks adds more Felix Caster to their collection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-12-09
    David Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-12-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    67
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    56
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Outstanding Story....Outstanding Narrator"

    Gripping, interesting, funny and intelligent. This Felix Castor novel has it all.

    It puts you in the happy position of driving around the block one more time, just so you can hear some more.

    Tight writing, pithy observations and delightful plot twists makes this a series to watch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Edward Wallingford, CT USA 10-04-09
    Edward Wallingford, CT USA 10-04-09 Member Since 2003

    ed_b

    HELPFUL VOTES
    61
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    26
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Everything you could hope for."

    I read, rather than listened to, the first book in this series, _The Devil You Know_, and I wasn't too impressed. Perhaps I should have listened to it, because this audiobook blew me away.

    The narrator is SO good. He breathes life into every character, and his pace and clarity are just perfect.

    And the story. I can't believe the twists and turns Carey puts into this plot, but every one works, especially the key element, the reason everyone is doing all these baffling things. It has to be big and convincing, and not obvious, and it delivers on all counts.

    About a quarter of the way through, I realized that this is just like a Raymond Chandler book, only with ghosts and demons and were folk. Felix Castor is Philip Marlowe as exorcist. All the other elements are very much the same. And who doesn't love hard-boiled fiction?

    Now I'm going to get _The Devil You Know_ in audiobook form. I bet I love it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 21 results PREVIOUS123NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.