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In the Devil's Own Words

Narrated by: Clive Johnson
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
3 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Moving house has become a way of life for 15-year-old Isobel Miller. Her father is an Army Major; her mother, a middle aged, pregnant, chain smoking alcoholic. But the move to the village of Langham could be the straw that broke the camel's back. To the truculent teenager it might as well have been to Timbuktu. Isobel is resentful of the baby, angry with her mother for dragging her away from civilization to live in a village that has no street lighting, let alone any decent shops. 

The only light in her miserable existence is her grandfather, story-teller elite, her saviour. And when one of his macabre tales is mentioned in the local paper, Isobel is drawn into the depths of evil and devil worship. Her world, and that of everyone around her, turns upside down. The cause? A mysterious book, an omen, which once opened and read starts a cataclysmic chain of events, and their lives are filled with tragedy and disaster. Salvation comes in the guise of three other teenagers - Peter, Oswald, and Ariel - and the four form a bond so strong nothing can tear apart - nothing except maybe the devil himself! 

May be listened to as a standalone. 

Second Edition. New and improved sound quality. 

©Forever E.M.G Wixley (P)2018 E.M.G Wixley

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What the heck doesn't this book have in it?

When I first got this book I had no idea of what it would entail, other than it was about a Revelations styled Apocalypse that is brought about by a book that has been scribed by the devil himself. So, just on that premise alone I was sold. Now, what I didn't realize was everything else that is in this book. It has ghosts, monsters, demons, maybe even dragons (I will neither confirm nor deny this rumor), as well as a ton of other things, including time travel. Hmmmm, this really sound like a mess. How could anyone mesh all of that together and come up with a good story? Don't ask me, ask Wixler, because that is exactly what the writer of this tale has done. This is one polished and highly crafted story about weakness of the hearts of men, as well as our indomitable spirit. The story centers on four characters, with the MC being a young lady, who are forced to step up and do what others cannot. They have to stop the apocalypse. Their opposition is an evil Bishop who just happens to be utilizing the Devil's book to call forth the great beast and unleash Hell on Earth.

The writing is excellently done. It carries a ton of weight emotionally, and can grow very dark as horror often necessitates. This is an original novel, one that is filled with powerful characters, dark villains, and plenty of plot twists. I really enjoyed this story, and am glad to see that it isn't over yet, there look to be at least two more books to go and I cannot wait for them.

As for the audio, I will say that having talked to the author I have been assured that the sound quality will be fixed at some point in the future, for that I am cutting some slack on my star rating. I have faith that it will be addressed post haste, and so will say that Johnson (no relation to me) does a fine job, and you will have no issues with how he narrates. He does a good job with each character, but I loved it when he was in the Bishop's shoes. Bad guys always win in my book.

There is a lot going on in this story, and I have to admit there are some heartbreaking parts that really hit me. Which means that the characters are realistic and believable as people. I sincerely enjoyed this novel, and anticipate the rest of the series. Get in now, while you can and don't miss out. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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needs to be re-recorded

I recieved this book free of charge for an honest review. I tried to listen to this. seemed like it was getting to be a decent tale but I couldn't listen to it for more than a few minutes at a time and had to give up. its recorded with all treble it seems and a slight echo. it actually physically hurt to try to listen to. the narrator seemed ok but the recording made me have to stop listening.

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Fantasy

I found this book confusing at times. It felt like we were else where without being told. I kept thinking that I missed some thing. The narrator also did not suit this audiobook. The combination of the two did not go so well.
I have to admit that I did not listen to the full audiobook.

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Both story and narration had weird timing

This is probably the audible book I've least enjoyed. I received it for free for an unbiased review, and they likely regret that now. Maybe it will help with a future revision?

The book has several sections where it seems like more time has passed in their world than you've been told about. It seems like it should be the next day, but maybe weeks or months have passed? There is a lot of work in maturing the characters through the story, but none of that "growth" made any sense to me or felt natural. The narrator reads the entire book in a sing-song cadence that ignores punctuation. If a sentence ends in the wrong part of his cadence there is no pause. Several times the time or place changed with little to no pause. He has a good voice and did a good job differentiating the character voices, but needs to care more about punctuation than rhythm.

The end of the world story itself (a take on Armageddon from the Bible but not . . .) and the overall quest were interesting. The talking animals and ghosts both had me really enjoying this for a while. By the end it had become so grim and I was so disconnected from the characters that I didn't care. It also ends just before a huge battle begins, so cliffhanger warning! I think the author has some talent, but it needs editing and the narrator needs to work on his craft as well.

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Liked the Premise but Execution Fell Short for Me

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is one book in the series Cathedral Chronicles. It involves a 15-year-old Isobel, who has moved to a new town - that is small and has nothing going on. But fairly quickly, she joins a group to fight an oncoming acopalypse caused by a book written by the Devil. This is geared towards a YA audience but there is enough here to keep adults interested. I liked the premise but I just didn't love the execution as a lot happens; there are a lot of characters; I did not really connect with any of the characters; and there are a lot of loose ends...

Several reviewers noted a problem with the audio. I did not experience the "echoey" or "tin can," although I felt the volume was a little low for me to listen in my car. I really liked the narrator, Clive Johnson. I would happily listen to another book narrated by him. He has a good tone and pace.

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A Dark Adventure

If I had to describe this series I would say its like a His Dark Materials/Chronicles of Narnia type fantasy series mixed with a large dash of horror. The voice acting by Clive Johnson was great although a bit fast for my taste. Even with that criticism in mind and thinking over the experience I think it added to the macabre horror ambiance. In short, this book is a exceptional macabre fantasy that is very well written and a solid start to a series that sucks you in.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • ANN ARBOR, MI
  • 01-09-19

Solid Creepy Tale

Our main character is a teenager who has to grow up in a hurry as she joins with a group of other young people who find they need to fight for the fate of the earth against an oncoming apocalypse caused by evil men utilizing a book of dubious origins. As they go deeper they find horrific creatures from the worlds of nightmare, and while things get incredibly dark at times they still don't lose hope. And, perhaps most importantly, it never strays from being entertaining.

The narration is ok, I've listened to another volume that didn't bother me too much, and the narrator has a great voice. I hope that the quality can be improved a little such that others can enjoy listening to this story easier.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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Great story, very entertaining

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed the story and narration. I found it entertaining and will look for more from this author and narrator. On a side note, the narrator was gracious enough to address a question that I had with the book and helped me to discover the problem was on my end and was very eager to help get it rectified.

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it was very hard for me because

I will start and say that the story is very good extraordinary really even yeah you had the lot of dark moments but as expected it's part of the genre I did have a little problem and maybe it's just me I don't know I even thought to write to audible about a problem but the audio disables were low it's like you had to get a very high pick on the headphones to listen to the words and the nurture was good it's only the level of sound I did enjoy the book very much in the car it was a bit of a struggle to listen to this book but on the headphones it was good enough but overall the story itself was incredible
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Atrocious Production Quality

I could not finish listening to this book. I’m sorry, but the production quality was atrocious. The narrator sounded like he may have had a great voice, but it sounded like he was reading into a coconut shell in the water closet suite. The book’s concept sounded interesting, but the production value made it impossible to finish.
I was given a free review copy of this book and have voluntarily left this honest review.