• The Devil You Know

  • Felix Castor, Book 1
  • By: Mike Carey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Felix Castor is a freelance exorcist, and London is his stamping ground. At a time when the supernatural world is in upheaval and spilling over into the mundane reality of the living, his skills have never been more in demand. A good exorcist can charge what he likes - and enjoy a hell of a lifestyle - but there's a risk: sooner or later he's going to take on a spirit that's too strong for him. 

After a year spent in 'retirement', Castor is reluctantly drawn back to the life he rejected and accepts a seemingly simple exorcism case - just to pay the bills, you understand. Trouble is, the more he discovers about the ghost haunting the archive, the more things don't add up. What should have been a perfectly straightforward exorcism is rapidly turning into the Who Can Kill Castor First Show, with demons, were-beings and ghosts all keen to claim the big prize. 

But that's okay; Castor knows how to deal with the dead. It's the living who piss him off....

©2007 Mike Carey (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

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  • S. R. Pyne
  • 09-28-19

great story, wrong voiceover artist?

the pulpy occultism is well-realised and the many characters are nicely played, however the choice of an American voice constantly having to adopt regional UK accents and colloquialisms regularly trips up; Castor comes across as sardonic and sleazy but the long 'a' in British English is repeatedly and annoyingly misused in words like passenger, which took me out of the plot immersion

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  • Jerry
  • 06-28-19

Great book, but ask Finty to read it!

Another excellent book from Mr Carey, but I found Kramer's pseudo-English accent annoying. It seems to wander between Boston and Adelaide, stopping only briefly near London to admire the view...

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  • Miss R L Colman
  • 05-21-19

Enjoyable story, but narrator not my cuppa

I enjoyed the story, although a little linear for me. The book is based in London, but there are lots of Americanisms in the phrasing & the narrator, while having a pleasant voice, is just too American to play an English character.

if you can forgive the messy geography in vocal vs setting, then it's a good easy listening book.

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  • Chris Holland
  • 08-01-20

Great story, significant issues with the narration

There are several other reviews criticising the narration and I want to add to this because it is just so wrong.
I'm really surprised that Mike Carey (author) allowed this narration to go ahead in this way, but if I give him the benefit of the doubt maybe he thinks this is the perfect realisation of his character. In which case I am worried about what else I have failed to understand of this marvellous character and series.
Felix Castor (lead character) is supposed to have grown up on a council estate in Liverpool. This is made clear in the first book and it is one of the major themes of the fourth book in the series, so this is an inescapable fact.
Felix Castor is then supposed to have got into Oxford University, leaving before completing his degree and moving to London. Of course, this is not impossible, but Felix seems to have totally lost his Liverpudlian accent and acquired a very odd, upper class, pastiche accent that sounds like a cross between a character from Downton Abbey (above stairs) and Dynasty (the original 1980's series).
There are some pronunciations that could perhaps be forgiven as being how a Liverpool council estate boy would pronounce a word that he's only ever seen written down before as he desperately tried to sound more posh than he actually is. It's possible that there is an almost Nancy Mitford-esque U / non-U backstory to this aspect of the accent. However, there are also some mispronunciations where it is clear that the American narrator is speaking a foreign language; the pronunciation of co-codamol or corgi, for example, these are so glaring that they trip up the flow of the story.
Michael Kramer (narrator) certainly has a mellifluous voice, but the characterisation created a Lord Peter Wimsey type character who could easily sell Grey Poupon mustard, rather than the abrasive, iconoclast I envisaged.

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  • Joanne
  • 02-26-19

The devil indeed

I was looking for a new series having finished the Dresden files and although this isn’t Harry Dresden it’s a very close second. The narration takes a bit of getting used to however it suits the story of Felix Castor and chums, and I found be warming to the combination.
Don’t let the thought of him being an exosist put you off as there are flashes of humour and the story’s zoom along at a fantastic pace. Which I found me lurching from book to book. Highly recommended

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  • Al_ D
  • 08-12-22

Must-read for Neil Gaimen fans

Mike Carey usually writes comics and TV shows which is a shame because he's one of the best fantasy novel authors out there.

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  • rperr66
  • 08-10-22

Awful choice of narrator

Totally agree with the previous review, what a strange English accent! Really spoilt the story

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  • Will Braithwaite
  • 03-29-22

Great fun and world building

If you like Rivers of London this is a very nice substitute between books. It sets up a series well without leaving lots of loose ends and I am looking forward to staying with the characters for a few books. The narrator is an odd choice, his accent work is weird and I feel like someone needs to him how to pronounce "arse", but he is not unlistenable.

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  • Hobbyist
  • 12-28-21

Good story and very good narrator

Very engaging story, with a good story teller. I more or less listened non-stop except for sleep time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-20

Completely wrong reader

I've read the Felix Castor books & liked them (basically they're Harry Dresden fanfic with the numbers filed off, but they do it well). I've also heard Michael Kramer readings and really loved them. He's got a killer voice. In fact, it's it's because I wanted another Kramer audiobook that I decided to buy this one.... I didn't click that Castor is English and Kramer American till I started listening. It's a train wreck. Sorry, Michael. I love you but that just doesn't work.

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  • Michael
  • 01-14-22

I’m hooked

I’m glad to find another urban fantasy to listen to. My only trouble is that using an American putting on an English accent to tell the story grates at times. Michael Kramer is an excellent performer but mistakes in pronunciation does jolt you out of the story at times