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  • I'm No Angel

  • Circles in Hell, Book 5
  • By: Mark Cain
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Following the lead of Florence Nightingale, Steve’s partner in Eternity, he has returned to Hell to ease the suffering of the Damned. Yet Steve is faced with a dilemma. What can he do that will offer more than a brief respite from everlasting torment? And how can he make it funny at the same time? In Steve’s search for meaningful employment in the Afterlife, he has one comic misadventure after another. Along the way, he meets a few new angels and a couple of saints. He even learns what may be one of the great secrets of the universe...or maybe not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book in the series! Hilarious!

  • By ReadingRover on 09-11-18

These books are great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Would you listen to I'm No Angel again? Why?

Absolutely! I have listened to the other books multiple times and have enjoyed them each time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like all the characters very much. But, I think my favorite character is Beelzebub. Yes he is a prince devil but the character has integrity and, I think, he likes Steve Minion more than he lets on.

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

Mr. Gilboe has a tremendous speaking style. The different voices he uses for the characters are excellent.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

He may be saved but he still likes to raise some Hell.

Any additional comments?

I took a chance on reading the first book, "Hell's Super". Thankfully I enjoyed the book so much that I immediately purchased the second book "A Cold Day in Hell". From that point on I was hooked. I assumed after the fourth book, "The Reluctant Demon", the sage of Steve Minion was over. To my surprise, and relief, Mr. Cain wrote the fifth book.

I was able to get in contact with Mr. Cain and he said more Circle of Hell books will be coming out. That was great news and I can't wait for the next book to come out.

Mark Cain...please keep up the good work and write one of the books about the Dweebles.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,338

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

Laugh Out Loud Funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Where does The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is in my top 20

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent?

When Tom's intern rescues Tom. Very funny

Have you listened to any of Adam Baldwin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to anything else from Mr. Baldwin.

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

Yep. I listened to it when I drove to Iowa.

Any additional comments?

There were times I laughed out loud listening to this book. The story is very funny. Mr. Baldwin was a terrific narrator. One of my favorite parts of the book is the Combat Wombat by CorreiaTech. Just saying "Combat Wombat" makes me smile.

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  • The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume 1

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841

Hailed by literary critics as the inventor of modern-day horror, H. P. Lovecraft is the cultivating force behind such modern writers as Robert Bloch, Wes Craven and Stephen King. The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume One is a collection of his best-known tales narrated for the first time by Wayne June and includes both "The Dunwich Horror" (published in the summer of 1926) and "The Call of Cthulhu" (published in the summer of 1928).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Series for those who love Lovecraft...

  • By Edward on 11-28-10

Great Narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-17

If you could sum up The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

creepy entertaining stories

What other book might you compare The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume 1 to and why?

Anything else by H.P. Lovecraft

Have you listened to any of Wayne June’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to a couple of chapters of Necronomicon that was performed by Mr. June. His voice is very distinct. I prefer to listen to Mr. June narrating Lovecraft.

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

When the whippoorwills would start making noise when somebody was about to die. Very creepy.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to the book many times. I really like Mr. June as the narrator. He just tells the stories in the right way.

  • At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,355

This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Lovecraft

  • By Brian on 02-03-14

A Must Listen For All Lovecraft Fans

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-17

What did you love best about At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]?

The explanation of the Old Ones

Who was your favorite character and why?

Whoever is narrating in the first person. He is telling the story

Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

Whoever is narrating in the first person.

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

I didn't have an extreme reaction but I really liked the book.

Any additional comments?

This book explains the history of the Old Ones. It puts background into some of Lovecraft's earlier stories

  • Sandman Slim

  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,866
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,876

When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Hallie on 04-24-12

Kick Ass Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-17

If you could sum up Sandman Slim in three words, what would they be?

Kick ass story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely Stark. The man is on a mission and doesn't take crap from anybody

Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

Stark. Mr. Andrews portrays the character expertly.

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

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

Exciting, sad, and at times funny story about vengeance and what it was like in Hell.

  • The Kill Society

  • A Sandman Slim Novel
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907

Sandman Slim has been to Heaven and Hell and many places in between, but now he finds himself in an unknown land: the far, far edge of the Tenebrae, the desolate home of the lost dead. Making his way inland with nothing but his unerring instinct for trouble to guide him, he collides with a caravan of the damned on a mysterious crusade, led by the ruthless Magistrate. Alone and with no clue how to get back home, he throws in with this brutal bunch made up of human souls, Hellion deserters, rogue angels - and Father Traven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars as usual

  • By Think about this on 06-15-17

Sandman Slim Rules

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I would recommend the entire series because of the writing and the characters.

Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

Stark. He doesn't give a crap about who he offends

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

When Stark sees Candy/Chihiro

Any additional comments?

I was glad to see Mr. Kadrey didn't stop the series after Perdition Score.

  • The Reluctant Demon

  • Circles in Hell, Book 4
  • By: Mark Cain
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Steve Minion attends Beast Barracks, where he learns both the arcane and mundane arts of being a servant of the Devil. Strength, speed, and endurance are all part of a demon's physical makeup, but he must be taught to be sneaky, cruel, and ruthless and of course to ignore personal hygiene. As Steve begins work as a full-fledged bad guy, he must confront the inevitable: demons exist to torment the damned, and Hell's former handyman-in-chief doesn't seem to have the stomach for the work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Day Listen

  • By M. Maryanow on 05-29-16

Great Ending To A Series...If It Is The End

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Where does The Reluctant Demon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The entire series is in my top 10.

What did you like best about this story?

Vindication for Steve Minion

What about Michael Gilboe’s performance did you like?

Look at my other reviews

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

When Minion got another chance to enter heaven.

Any additional comments?

In my review for book 3, I mentioned that I didn't like the ending. This book redeemed book 3. It was a great story, the characters are well written, and I hope there will be more stories of Steve and Flo.

  • Deal with the Devil

  • Circles in Hell, Book 3
  • By: Mark Cain
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

The Lord of Hell has a staffing shortage; there aren't enough devils and demons to torment the ever-swelling ranks of the eternally damned. Satan thinks Steve is an ideal candidate for the Demon Corps. He's smart, tenacious and able to dish out punishment when the need arises. But as Old Nick tries to recruit Hell's handyman in chief, Steve gets distracted by a more pressing issue: Florence Nightingale, his on-again, off-again girlfriend, is missing, possibly kidnapped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • even better than the first two

  • By A. Sines on 03-31-16

Not My Favorite Of The Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-17

What did you love best about Deal with the Devil?

How Minion tries not to be persuaded to be come a demon

What other book might you compare Deal with the Devil to and why?

The first two Circles in Hell books.

What about Michael Gilboe’s performance did you like?

All of it. He does great voices and is easy to listen to.

If you could take any character from Deal with the Devil out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would like to say Lilith but that would be too easy. I would have to say Orson because I have questions about "Citizen Kane".

Any additional comments?

My headliner for this comment is a bit misleading. I loved the book but I didn't like the ending. It was sad and frustrating.

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  • A Cold Day in Hell

  • Circles in Hell, Book 2
  • By: Mark Cain
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

Steve and Orson are back in this cracked sequel to Hell's Super, book two in the new satire and humor series, Circles in Hell. This time, the guys must fix Hell's heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, which has failed. Hell is getting progressively colder, and things are a lot more serious than devils and demons needing to put on some sweaters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must have for fans of Neil gaimen, terry pratchett, etc

  • By Mary Karowski on 03-10-16

Interesting Take On How Hell Works

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. The characters are great and the narration is top notch.

What other book might you compare A Cold Day in Hell to and why?

Hell's Super. It is the second in the series.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Minion, Orson, and Bix were trying to get to Mr. Erebus.

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

Yes. I was able to get through half of the book while I was ice fishing.

Any additional comments?

It may be necessary to read "Hell's Super" so you can get some background on the characters but it isn't mandatory.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hell's Super

  • Circles in Hell, Book One
  • By: Mark Cain
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 735
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 683

Steve is hell's super, its handyman. Being Mr. Fixit to the underworld keeps him and his assistant, Orson Welles (yes, that Orson Welles), pretty busy, since things go on the blink all the time down there. No malfunction has ever created so much inconvenience, though, as the malfunction of hell's escalator, which leads from the pearly gates to the depths of Hades. What's worse: The breakdown appears to be sabotage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad for a first

  • By Dom on 01-27-16

Not What I Expected

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-17

If you could sum up Hell's Super in three words, what would they be?

Get this book

Who was your favorite character and why?

Steve Minion. He understands how Hell works and yet he is willing to do good things, even if he gets hit with a pie.

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

Besides the cool opening music, he brings an enthusiasm that makes you want to continue listening to the story

Who was the most memorable character of Hell's Super and why?

It's tough to pick just one character. Other than Minion, you have Orson, Flo, Beelzebub, and, of course, Satan. All of them are great characters.

Any additional comments?

I have read a lot of books regarding Hell/Satan (Sandman Slim series; Johannes Cabal, Necromancer; and Mr. Mann). This book is my favorite.

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