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Fifteen years after losing most of his family to a devastating, pudding-related tragedy, Simon Debovar has settled into a life of self-imposed exile from the stinking, selfish morass of humanity. Content that his daily highlights will include hazelnut coffee, a long bath, and the occasional jar of olives, his life is completely upturned by the discovery that his ornate living room carpet is the deciding factor in a bet between God and Satan.

When mysteriously well-timed carpet thieves deprive him of the crucial heirloom, Simon is forced to leave his hermit's existence behind for a world of angels, demons, witches, and immortals.

And then it gets complicated.

©2015 Justin Lee Anderson (P)2017 Tantor

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not bad, but not great

This book is like Douglas Adams trying to wrote like Neil Gaiman. It was a decent book, but fell short in a lot of ways. Unfortunate, really, the potential was totally there.

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Enjoyable and light hearted

A merry light reading, although a bit juvenile. some parts could have been written by a raunchy hormone fueled teenager. Very well performed

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Enjoyable ride

I quite enjoyed this absurdist comedy. The story is satisfying and the humor will bring a smile to your face. The story circles around a man who has absented himself from society until one day an angel and a demon show up on his door step demanding he pick one to give his living room carpet to and thus decide the fate of the world. After that, the story starts to get strange. This wont be your book of the year, but it is fun.

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  • Kristi
  • Winder, GA, United States
  • 09-23-17

NOT a substitute for Douglas Adams

This was clearly trying to be another Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It fails miserably.

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  • SandyC
  • Nashua, NH, US
  • 03-21-17

Great 1st Audible book

Laugh out loud funny. Gets a bit confusing and dark towards the end but it was totally engrossing and good entertainment. I enjoyed it a lot.

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  • Misspelt
  • 03-27-17

A Good Yarn

Although billed as a comedy I didn't laugh out loud. I think it true to say that it is a humour that youngsters might find more amusing. That aside it was witty, had a lot of novel aspects to it on the fantasy theme, ticked along at a good pace and I definitely wished to hear what happened to our hapless hero.
I haven't read (though this was audio!) any books (other than Neil Gaiman's) that throw such variety in. Well worth the indulgence of listening. The narration was great. Why not 5 stars? There are books out there that top this on every aspect but it all boils down to personal preference.

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  • Peter Casebow
  • 03-16-17

Great story well read

Justin Anderson has created a wonderfully imaginative new world to explore and enjoy. Well read by Matthew Davies.

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  • John
  • 09-20-17

Harriet for Prime Minister

Superb narrative. Brilliantly written. Amazing characters. Extremely funny. Odd swear word, so beware. Long live all the Harriet 's of this world. This will be one of those books I will never tire of reading and listening too. I am a huge fan of Tom Holt and Robert Rankin. Mr Anderson is on a par with the pair of them. More please.

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  • Christopher Eggleston
  • 08-07-17

Tom Holt fans should like this

An interesting story with the same meandering story style which reminds me of the Tom Holt. As a fan of Holt I really liked this it has a very good reader. Witches Pirates & supernatural goings on I look forward to further releases from Justin Lee Anderson.

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  • Simon
  • 08-01-17

Brilliant 5 star audio book

If you could sum up Carpet Diem in three words, what would they be?

Funny, strange, Brilliant

Who was your favorite character and why?

I thought all the characters were brilliant and as realistic as possible when four of them are Angel/Demons, one is a man who turns into a faun who know what everyone is thinking, and two are mortals.

What about Matthew Lloyd Davies’s performance did you like?

I felt Matthew brought the characters to life in a way I have not heard from an audio book in a while. It was obvious when a different character was talking and he got all their voices consistent throughout the story