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Publisher's Summary

The demon, known only as "Jakerbok", is a major force of evil then and now. He taunts the listener to "Burn this audiobook" throughout this satanically autobiographical monologue, for he has embedded his very self inside each word....as a long-dormant vehicle for the dark forces to finally conquer all things good and holy in this world.

A one-man (or, rather a one-demon) narrative, in which this medieval devil speaks directly to the listener, is sure to become an instant classic for all fans of major "good vs. evil" literary works. This is the first known time that the voice of a major demon has ever been realized in audiobook form, in which it speaks directly, as in a poker game, to the listener.

Featuring shockingly crafted dialogue and details of the epic hell that the "author" can - and promised to - unleash if this work is circulated, the storyline of this short fiction has Jakerbok explaining his "roots" in this world to the listener. He goes back centuries, to his childhood traumas at the hands of his own parents, who are themselves super demons.

The story then tells the saga of how Jakerbok rose from being a "minor" demon to a "major" demon. It culminates with his insidious plot to "invade" the minds and hearts of all humankind everywhere via this very book, which contains the ancient demon's actual power deep within every word.

©2007 Clive Barker (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"[An] offbeat novel in the form of a minor demon's diary." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Whimsical and oh so Barker

I'm lovin' this tale. It reminds me of "A History of the Devil". Well read - but what isn't when it's Mr. Bradley - and perversely witty, it's Barker at his best. This is my first review and my first Clive Audio Book, but it's not my last...

How can a demon, no matter how minor, possibly evoke praise and admiration? Somehow Jakabok Botch manages this, in abundance. Cleverly pointing out our petty human frailties, you can't help but marvel at the insight of a demon who could fall in love within minutes or who really isn't as bad as he should be, considering his source.

Though he may tell, order or beg you several times throughout the course of the story to "burn this book", don't dare listen to him. Otherwise you'll miss out on a robust and comedic tale of ... well, I'll just let you read and find out for yourself.

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Barker is the Dark Prince of Dark Fantasy!

It's so good it is evil.
This book pulls you in with such brillance you are not aware how deep you are, till it turns and tells you.
Only a master of story telling can do this. Only a master of the imagination who has traveled to far far worlds can come back and tell you about them so well.
Clive Barker has always been the KING of creating strange new worlds and he does it again, and better than he has for a while I think.
Mister B (Barker) is always good, but this is beyond good. It's so wonderful it's evil!
Read it! Love it! Fear it! Burn it!
(Or delete is I suppose in this digital form?)

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Mister B Gone, please don't go!

Brilliantly written, and perfectly narrated. Darkly funny and even a bit heartbreaking at times. Will keep you up listening late into the night. Clive Barker and Doug Bradley proving they are the perfect combination.

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Great but a little nagging..

This was an interesting tale of a tortured demon that goes on to leave his home and venture into the human world, finding that the human world is also comprised of angels and demons. A lot of fun gorey details mixed with a few minor comedic moments, this was a very good story, but I couldn't help be VERY annoyed by the demon pleading with you every chapter to "burn this book" sometimes going on and on with all of the horrible things he is going to do to you if you don't burn the book. I'm a big fan of Clive Barker, but this wasn't my favorite book, based onthat alone. If you can choose to ignore those parts, the rest of the story was pretty good.

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Clive Barker at his best

Amazing story and approach. The style created a flawless narrative. I highly recommend. 5 stars

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Omg

Omg I already read this before I got the audio so I knew I'd love every second. Now what really made this a treat for me was who's reading the book. Mother effing Doug Bradley. An actor who's most well known from one of this authors stories, Hellbound Heart. The movie of which was renamed Hellraiser. F**king PINHEAD is reading you a bedtime story from hell and it's absolutely AMAZING! (note: not really a bedtime story)

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Storytime with the Hell Priest

Horror legend Doug Bradley lends his talents to this utterly unique story.
A story about a demonically possessed book written in the first person. If that doesn't sound like a good time to you...well...I don't know what to tell you.
Take a look. We have such sights to show you.

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One of my favorite books

What can I say? It's a Clive Barker novel. Humorous, disturbing, interesting...I even feel sad doe Botch sometimes. Great read!

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Unique Concept Well Executed

Barker delivers a devilishly fun tale, focusing around an unlikely central character. The constant pleas of this central character, our beloved Mr. B, to 'burn the book' don't work quite as well for a digital medium as they would for a printed copy, but the story still is a strong one. This is a very easy listen (finished in two sittings), and it is the sort of story I could have finished in one (had the power on my MP3 not given out). I won't say too much about the story, as to do so would ruin some of the surprise, but I do recommend this to fans of Barker (and even to casual fans of horror).

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I love Clive Barker!

I love Clive Barker so much that I'd likely give his supermarket grocery list a five star review! That being said, this is a sad and tragic and sweet tale that had me secretly wishing I could actually Burn This Book!

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  • Gordon Nisbet
  • 01-08-21

Mr B

Absolutely fantastic a story you cannot stop listening to or reading. A fabulous author and well narrated.