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. 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.
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"Corgi with a soft 'g'"
If you have read these books this will not disappoint. This was a great read and is an entertaining listen. The American reader makes a good stab at an English accent but 'zee' for 'zed' and corgi with a soft 'g' is a bit too amusing as is the recidivism into New England (I think) English. Whilst Michael Kramer is a very good reader there are very good English readers around.
I shall, however, get the rest of the books and put up with, in my sanctimoniously English way, the reader's accent. The stories are so very enjoyable.
The storyline of this book flows well and the narrator has a good calming voice and to me it did not matter that it was an american accent as the storyline was enthralling. Again there is humour, twists, unexpected foes and allies, with Felix doing his best to keep alive. This is a series of audio books that I would certainly listen to again and again.
Excellent book and on the whole enjoyed it but also found it really annoying... Just a real shame that the narrator wasn't English as some of the pronunciation of everyday English idioms and phraseology was really poor....example being the comment about the 'London A to Zeee'!! Another example when the main character talks to people he says are from Essex and the narrator gives them some sort of hybrid Scouse/West Country accent!
However having said that I thought the narrator did a good job on mixing up character voices and females sounded female...so would recommend Michael Kramer if he was reading an American book!!
"Abominable choice of narrator"
Awful american voice putting on "posh" English accent. Take it away. I'd like my credit back. Are no British actors available? Pretty much any true London voice would work. A woman would be a lot better than this, and Felix Castor is a man! But a Londoner.
Horrible fake accent
"Had to speed it up but enjoyed it overall"
The actor reading drawls his words and I had to speed it up to make it bearable. I had already heard this book and had forgotten why I didn't listen to any future felix castor novels and it simply came down to the fact that I was irritated by the poor accent choices and the slow speech. But audible gives you the opportunity to speed up the book and that makes it far easier to listen to. I suggest X1.25. That said its a really great book. I just wish Juliet didn't sound like my next door neighbour Brian!
"Another cracking tale"
An excellent mystery narrated by a cuttingly witty character. Well paced, dark and fun. Read it!
"A great story."
I like the Felix Castor character. An American narrator was used here again. He is a good narrator but struggled with the variety of British characters. Also, pronunciation on a few words were way off the mark.
Well - I have the next book in the series narrated by the same person on my wishlist.
I thought that there were a few memorable moments but the one that stands out is where the protagonist finally gets to face the chap that he had being chasing all over London and the back story is filled in.
The narrator certainly managed to bring a sarcastic and world-weary tone to Felix. But, the British accent did slip up on one or two occasions and the attempts at the regional accents were truly dreadful - in some cases mixing Australian, Scottish, Irish and South African all in the same sentence. Don't let it put you off the book though.
The story is great - unusual, good world building and some interesting characters. The writer clearly knows London quite well and, although a clichéd comment, the city does become another character with its part to play. The plot twists and turns but is not overly convoluted and easy to keep up with. Pathos and humour are peppered nicely through the story so I am on my way to tying to get the next one in the series. Definitely recommended.
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