Circles in Hell, Books 1-4

The Boxed Set Edition
By: Mark Cain
Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
Series: Circles in Hell, Book 1-4
Length: 36 hrs and 14 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Travel with Steve, doomed for eternity to serve as hell’s Mr. Fixit, on a wild ride through the circles of hell in this best-selling, humorous fantasy series. The box set includes a complete story arc originally published in:  

Hell’s Super  

A Cold Day in Hell  

Deal with the Devil  

The Reluctant Demon  

Circles in Hell has been variously described as satire and humor, comedy fantasy, or paranormal humor in the spirit of Christopher Moore, Tom Holt, Douglas Adams, and Gary Larson. The series takes the everyday frustrations of modern life and expands them to hellish proportions. 

You never know who you will run into in Cain's cracked inferno. You might encounter a great inventor, a movie star, a mythological being, a very large bat, and, of course, more than the occasional devil and demon.

©2018 Mark Cain (P)2018 Mark Cain

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The trials and tribulations of Hell's Super

If you liked the "Bobiverse" series, these books could be for you! It is set in Hell, vs the outer reaches of space.
Mark Cain's (I love the irony of his last name) writing reminds me of Dennis Taylor's style, or perhaps vice versa? But I love the details, the action, the drama, and the snark of the author as he spins the tail of Steve Minion, Super of Hell, a former economics professor who is all thumbs; but is great with duct tape!

I'm still listening and on book 2, but I couldn't resist giving my two cents! I am thoroughly enjoying the story - which makes a commute along I-95 so much more bearable – and am sure to enjoy the rest of the stories!

Michael Gilobe has a great range of voices for the main characters,(Tesla, Ford, Wells, etc.) although - I do have to admit, not so much with Flo (something doesn’t hit just right for my tastes, but it doesn’t take away from the narration), but I adore the voice of the woman who runs Hell’s supply warehouse. It’s reminiscent to Roz, from Monsters Inc., which does conjure her image vs. the one Mr. Cain was probably envisioning. My favorite character is Boo, the huge and literal, Bat out of Hell.

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The saga of Minion, Hell's Super

This is a modern retelling of Dante's Inferno. Just as Dante met many familiar to people of his era, Minion meets many people familiar to our era.

Some primary characters are Orson Welles, Florence Nightingale, the Howard brothers (3 Stooges), Tesla, Ford, Pinkerton, Braille, and Freud. I liked how the author handled Orson as a character, as well as the others.

Michael Gilboe does a fine job with the narration, but his Orson Welles impression is terrible. I can overlook that, he does keep all the voices recognizable and distinctive. He is particularly effective in book 3 during an interrogation by Azazel.

The title and cover of Book 4 is a bit of a spoiler.

Recommended.

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Fun story. Irritating narration at times

The series is amusing — fun idea. But the narration is excruciating on some characters — anytime an accent is required and the succubus — her voice got so irritating I was skipping those sections by the last book.

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Hell is What We Make it

Warning, if you are offended by religious (both good and evil) or historical figures being portrayed in ways other than their accepted roles, then this book collection is not for you! As the name implies this collection of books is set in a loose interpretation of the circles of hell with some interaction with the gates of heaven, where key decisions about a soul's destination are made. The author has the audience view this satirical version of hell through the eyes of one Steve Minion a poor soul doomed to both an ironic name and the impossible job of being the apartment superintendent or 'Mr. fix it' for all of hell. The narrator does an excellent job of switching between the forlorn-ness of Steve, the deviousness of the 'dark one' himself, and every growly or flamboyant demon or demoness in between.

In the first book we see a day in the life of Steve which includes mostly impossible tasks, futility and forlorn-ness along with the fears and futile struggles of everyone around him. However we also see how easily Steve can make friends when misery loves company, and the lengths he must go to to keep these friendships safe.

In book two Steve is assigned another impossible task, saddled with unlikely companions and told he must fix a problem that no one can explain or identify the source of. In the course of his preparations we see the power of words used carelessly, unlikely help from even more unlikely places, and a display of Steve's one and only superpower.

In book three Steve is thrown into a race against time mystery against a villain so foul, it has other denizens of hell cowering in fear at the mention of it's name. Steve has been lucky so far but even 'he' might not be able to claim victory on this one.

In book four we see the consequences of Steve's confrontation with the villain. Further Steve must once again do the impossible as all the resources of hell come bearing down upon him.

Having all of these books in one collection saves the audience several yards of fingernail biting as they await the release of the next book. Unfortunately this 4 book set does not include book 5, so nail-biting still ensues.

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Interesting

A unique perspective of Hell and many different historical figures. Pay close attention and it will really make you think.

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Circles in Hell

A year or so ago I reviewed the 4th book in this series .I didn't really like it but now I know I needed the background of all the others.
This is a fun filled trip through all the levels of hell.Steve Minion and his co worker Orson(Wells of course) are superintendents for everything that goes wrong.They answer to Beezil,who answers to Satan.Each book is basically them trying to figure out why something isn't working.My favorite has to be 'If hell freezes over'.Just think what all could happen if it actually did!
It's a fun,gross,you'll love it!
Michael Gilboe was the perfect narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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80% good

I liked all the books but the last one. The main character was so infuriating

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Hard to get started, but...

I was not thrilled with the audiobook at first but once it got started, I enjoyed it. When I bought it, I was expecting something different. After about a half hour or so I found it a fun listen, even though it is more for guys and the point of view is aimed for them.

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Good books. Bad narrator.

Good book, but the narrator sounds more like a robot. It would be a lot better if he played more the role in the book. Couldn't even make it to chapter 5 in the 1st book.

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A hell of a story

I really like the narrator he does a very good job of bringing the characters to life. There are som parts that seem to go on but all in all a fun story

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  • Richard Williams
  • 05-14-19

Boring, Boring, Boring

Narrator sounds like he's got somewhere else to be. Story is so slow moving it makes you wish it's you that's in hell, not wasting your time listening to this rubbish.

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  • michael mcgowan
  • 03-18-19

Avoid this actor

The voice actor is quite frankly terrible. His staccato speech is very off putting, making fluid reading seem like some sort of sisyphean task. Unfortunately that isn't even the nadir of his performance, as his attempt at a Scottish accent is very possibly the weirdest mutilation of the accent I have ever heard.
Whilst the story has some redeeming features it isn't strong enough to cancel out such an atrocious performance.
I couldn't recommend anyone buying this set of 4 books unless it was re-recorded with a different actor.

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  • Jo
  • 12-31-18

Hell is clearly quite a boring place

There is nothing terrible about this audiobook, but I have just returned it.

The reader of this audiobook does a competent job, and I would go so far as to say is enjoyable to listen to with clear diction.

The stories are mediocre at best I feel. The audiobook is extremely long, and while there are stories being told they are not engaging or particularly entertaining in the telling. The comparison to modern humorous writers seems a little over complementary. The author underestimated the audience with needless explanations, moves very slowly and lacks wit and charm with humour coming from most obvious sources. There is no challenge in this book whatsoever, just many hours spent in hope of some.

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  • Hannah D
  • 01-30-20

excellent

fantastic listen , really enjoyed it very entertaining well worth a listen . . .

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  • Ruth anderson
  • 05-16-19

Loved them

I really enjoyed these books and the quirky way at looking at the afterlife, my only problem is the narrator's attempts at accents are just bad. But if you can listen past that they are great!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-16-20

Satirical brilliance

Could not stop listening from the moment I started. Narration brilliantly supported the story and breathed life into this whole narrative. I certainly enjoyed the story, the characters and the plots. I'm now off to add the rest to my collection in print. and the of course more in audio.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-18

couldnt get past chapter 3. narrator sounds like

narrator sounds like a robot. way too much descriptive story not enough story 😣 couldn't get past chapter 3