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Vicious Circle Audiobook
Vicious Circle
Written by: 
Mike Carey
Narrated by: 
Michael Kramer
Vicious Circle Audiobook

Vicious Circle

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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)

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    Snoodely 10-07-09
    Snoodely 10-07-09 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Edward 10-04-09
    Edward 10-04-09 Member Since 2003

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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    SoCalBonnie Southern California 10-24-10
    SoCalBonnie Southern California 10-24-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Needs a younger, more "hip" narrator"

    Michael Kramer is an excellent narrator, but his voice is miscast in this book.

    As another reviewer has noted, a good Cockney accent would've been perfect, especially if it was younger.

    Otherwise the story is reasonably good.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    shari francavilla 07-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "awesome book"

    this author is amazing! crazy wild story with tons of humor. this book has everything interesting dark story, with wit and humor, interesting characters , awesome, wonderful intriguing . can't wait to start the next book in this series. my new favorite author!

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    avis 07-07-16
    avis 07-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "classic noir with an amusing macabre twist"

    I really appreciate how this narrator captures the protagonist Felix. The characters and world are original and well fleshed, which is saying something since some of them are ghosts! A well written, and reinvigorating take on the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bethe Halligan NYC 06-29-16
    Bethe Halligan NYC 06-29-16 Member Since 2015

    speech playroom

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    "I'm a Felix Castor addict. "

    OK- not brilliant literature, but good old supernatural, hard boiled detective fun. What a combination of 2 of my favorite genres. And Michael Kramer really has him down. thanks team.

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    XB LA, CA 06-14-16
    XB LA, CA 06-14-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Great sequel!"

    I am enjoying this series so much. Another great performance by Michael Kramer and another great noir detective supernatural story. I felt so much for the victim and the mystery's development kept me guessing the whole way through.

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    Sondra Deenst Orlando, FL 06-13-16
    Sondra Deenst Orlando, FL 06-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Suspense, Eloquent wit & the Macabre"

    Being an avid "ID Investigation " fan, I was surprised how well this met my need for great detective work (with an exorcistic slant). The author's eloquent tongue & cheek wit, made everything work delightfully - including demons, zombies & werewolves ! If you want a break from the mundane, try this series. The narrator for this book #2 & the first of the series is extraordinary! Hoping the 3rd will be of the same caliber.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Starr Morris Plains, NJ United States 05-15-16
    Steven Starr Morris Plains, NJ United States 05-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Felix castor series is addictive"

    I've never been drawn into a book series on Audible before. Now I have to listen to all of the Felix Castor novels. Oh, well. At least my Audible subscription choices for the next few months are accounted for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    VTP SF,CA 10-30-15
    VTP SF,CA 10-30-15 Member Since 2009

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    "2nd time around"

    I liked this story alright the first time I listened to it, and was out of books and needed a listen, so I started "Vicious Circle" for the second time. This is a few years later, and I now know the narrator from other books, esp "Mistborn" and "The Way of Kings". More about that later.

    The story is fine, a bit long, and keeps your interest with twists and turns, interesting characters, and some good humor. All is well, but.....

    The problem is Michael Kramer. His "British" accents are.....not good. OK, horrible. Sorry, all you who love him, but I'm thinking they need a real Brit to get the story right. What? They did get one? Hallelujah.

    I can't listen to any more accent butchery. OK, I'm spoiled. I have since listened to some terrific Brit narrators like Stephen Pacey, Simon Vance, etc. whose talent would have catapulted this series into the stratosphere! I'm skipping #3 and going in for #4 with a real Brit.

    I'm just sayin'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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