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Demon

A Memoir
By: Tosca Lee
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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From the author of the New York Times best-selling Iscariot comes an award-winning novel that poses the question: if a demon came up to you and offered to tell his story, would you listen?  

Clay's life has reached a standstill. Recently divorced, he spends his days drifting from his drab apartment to his equally lackluster job as an editor for a small Boston press and back again. His dreary routine has left him mired in a seemingly meaningless existence, until the night he meets Lucian - a demon - and everything changes. With the simple words, "I'm going to tell you my story, and you're going to write it down and publish it", Lucian catapults Clay's mundane life into turmoil.  

What begins as an intriguing mystery soon spirals into a chaotic obsession as Clay struggles to piece together Lucian's dark tale of love, ambition, and grace - only to discover the demon's story is strikingly similar to his own. And the only thing that matters now is finding out how the story ends....

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Can't stop listening!!!

Tosca Lee presents a narrative that makes you look at life and the scriptures from a different perspective. Too often we play church, and we have a choice to make.

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Tricky Demon

2015 written version: Amazing story. The madness. The beauty. The horrors. The deep conversations. The twist. Oh that devious, sneaky, tricky Demon.
2020 Update: The audio version of this story has come out. The narration is excellent. The story just as good the second time around.

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Anne Rice meets Sunday School

When I read the publisher summary on the Audible website I couldn’t wait to buy Demon and listen. A demon telling his life story? It had so much potential. It was also somehow familiar but I bought it anyway. It started out quite engaging but as the story continued I started to see the cracks. For one, it is inescapably similar to Anne Rice’s Memnoch The Devil. It’s basically a mashup of Interview With The Vampire and Memnoch. A demon recounts his life story to an uncomprehending narrator. The creation account, the war in heaven, the temptation of Adam and Eve, the dawn of man, and the temptation of Jesus in the desert are featured in both and all are done better in Memnoch. The ending is especially egregious in its similarities to Memnoch. I’d be curious to know if someone who hasn’t read Memnoch The Devil gets more out of Demon. Maybe it was just too similar for me to enjoy. However, I would also say the themes, characters, and even theology are rather shallow. Anne Rice seems to have truly considered and wrestled with her faith as well as existentialism and the deepest questions a person of faith can ask. Demon, on the other hand just seems trite when it comes to its conception of God, Satan, and especially its angels and demons. It’s very Sunday School, very 7th grade confirmation class and just doesn’t add up to much at the end of the story. While it had potential in its story, an engaging start, and a talented narrator I just can’t recommend it.

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