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The senior pupils of St Peter's High School are on retreat to a secluded outdoor activity centre, coming to terms with the murder of a fellow pupil through the means you would expect: counselling, contemplation, candid discussion and even prayer...not to mention booze, drugs, clandestine liaisons and as much partying as they can get away with.

Not so far away, the commanders of a top-secret military experiment, long-since spiralled out of control, fear they may have literally unleashed the forces of Hell. Two very different worlds are on a collision course, and will clash in an earthly battle between science and the supernatural, philosophy and faith, civilisation and savagery. The bookies are offering evens.

©2009 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2009 Isis Publishing

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  • Gideon
  • PRINCE ALBERT, South Africa
  • 08-13-12

Not for the fainthearted.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not everyone will enjoy this book. But I can think of several who will.

Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Brookmyre? Why or why not?

Have read or listened to just about everything he has written.

What three words best describe Kenny Blyth’s voice?

Right, rich, convincing.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not sure I would.

Any additional comments?

Black as the night, light as the day. Brookmyre at his anarchistic, acerbic best.

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  • Karen
  • 01-27-10

Pandaemonium (Unabridged)

Great combination of author and narrator. Christopher Brookmyre produces yet another brilliant novel incorporating, the Catholic Chruch, US military, Demons and Glasgie schoolkids in a touching mix of humour and dreadful violence. His mastery of the collective voice of angst ridden teenagers is second to none. A great listen which will appeal to anyone who enjoys excellent writing combined with great narration.

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  • Lisa
  • 02-03-10

Hard going

I love Mr Brookmyre's books, but this one didn't really work for me. The reading was a bit stumbly. I was interested in the issues and debates but alot of dialogues sounded more like lectures and the pace segued uncomfortably between the (very gruesome) action and the religious and scientific discussion. I learnt alot, but it seemed long and hard work.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 05-24-10

DEMONS, NOT JUST NEDS ON BUCKFAST!

I love Brookmyre books, I especially love the Glasgow vernacular, it reminds me of home. The way he captures childhood is spot on (as in his, 'A Tale Etched in...'), and I had to laugh at the crude depiction of my former school in a cheeky aside!

5th/6th Years from a Glasgow Catholic school are on a retreat to cope with the death of a fellow classmate; meanwhile scary beasties appear to be running amok in an MOD site just up the road, despite the best efforts of the military and the Vatican!

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  • L. Hodge
  • 04-06-10

Pandaemonium

Really great book, loved the ideas, and the ending is completely different, great contrast between the science, religion and a group of teenage kids trying to get on in life.

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  • BillyG
  • 09-28-17

Brilliant and engaging story.

Pure Brookmyer class set loosely around old retro gaming stories. Can't end it there Chris. Screaming out for Pamdemonium II.

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  • Revmama
  • 01-22-16

loved it!

loved this story. unusual funny imaginative brilliant BUT what happens to Adnam? must have sequel please..liked father Blake and the strong female leads.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-15

Great fun!

What made the experience of listening to Pandaemonium the most enjoyable?

I absoulutly loved this book, it was fun, fast paced and we'll told. What's better than a bunch of wayward teens coming together to overcome hell itself. So many rich characters to follow. I highly recommend this book for a bit of fun and escapism. Very well narrated. It had me enthralled from start to finish.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have listens to this book numerous times and more than once in an entire sitting.

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  • Sally
  • 06-07-15

Christopher Brookmyre at his best

Where does Pandaemonium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best I've listened to so far

Who was your favorite character and why?

So many great characters, impossible to have a favourite

What does Kenny Blyth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His Scottish accent

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely...been late to bed for the last couple of nights as I couldn't stop listening.

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A brilliant blend of fantasy and reality, laced with a good measure of humour. I loved this book, and am only sorry that I have finished it.

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  • Gill
  • 05-02-15

Slow start but worth sticking with

As usual Chris Brookmeyer's narrative is excellent. The power of faith and it's potentially devastating effects are explored here as well as the divisive / unifying impact of organised religion and the faith / science face off. All wrapped up with a bunch of irreverent Glaswegian teens.. Brilliant. I loved it..

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  • Mick
  • 07-04-13

How to justify you atheism when Hell is on earth?

A brilliant story as Usual by Brookmyre mixing cutting satire with a horror show invasion of Hell onto earth, but as usual a thought provoking religious overtone. I have only just discovered Chris/Christopher Brookmyre (yes he publishes under both names so make sure you check all his books) via James Nesbitt who was the lead in the TV version of "Quite Ugly one Morning". Well wriiten and very humourous.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-18

Love Brookmyre!

Love Brookmyre's writing and the Narrator was so easy to listen to. An absolute pleasure as always

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  • Tracey
  • 07-01-18

most enjoyable<br />

this is a story line very different to my normal read but the author is very clever with the characters her creates and keeps the story interesting and moving along. I could listen to Kenny Blythe all day everyday. I love his voice, his performance but most of all his accent. awesome read all round.