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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,702 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Connolly Narrator: Jonathan Cake Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Samuel Johnson vs. the Devil Series Release Date:
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Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund Boswell are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween. Which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Avenue. The Abernathys don’t mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld. But when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe. A gap which holds a pair of enormous gates—the gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out … 

Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it? 

Bursting with imagination and impossible to put down, The Gates is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy. It is about a quirky and eccentric boy who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power. Like Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Gates manages to re-create for grownups that magical and scary world of childhood that we’ve all left behind but so love to visit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A laugh-out-loud funny tale…With its endearing protagonist, rollicking plot, and dollops of weird but mostly true science, The Gates has a shot at becoming a middle-school Halloween classic.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “The plot appeals to all of us who, on occasion, hear ‘tentacles being folded’ under our beds. But it’s the tone, the details and the allusions Connolly layers into the story that make it such a delight.” 

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Connolly plays this potentially spooky scenario strictly for laughs, larding the narrative with droll jokes, humorous asides and the slapstick pratfalls of Nurd, an amusingly incompetent subdemon…This light fantasy will strike even adult readers as divertingly whimsical.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Any reader who appreciates the imaginative fantasy of Neil Gaiman or the gentle wit of Christopher Moore will find a kindred spirit here.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Wickedly funny in the way of Douglas Adams, Connolly tells the story of a British schoolboy who happens to see strange goings-on through the basement window of a neighbor's house...Jonathan Cake…draws each character with precision, spotlighting that dry Brit humor that works so well in the right hands. And Cake is adept at bringing the whole cast to vivid life…Even the cops and clergymen, trapped by rampaging monsters, are cleverly drawn. Cake does adults, kids, and demons with an equally droll tone. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A 2010 Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ex Libris | 2/9/2014

    " Uneven. Overall it was a whimsical and fun, a quick summer book. The humor was sometimes strained which held the novel back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shelley | 2/3/2014

    " This is a fun, silly read but it was a good break from the usual genres I pick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jana | 1/29/2014

    " I really tried to like this, but all I managed was not to actively dislike it. The kids are smart and likeable, the grown-ups do not get in the way too much. The villains are evil, but not everyone who should belong to the villainous party is actually bad. CERN and scientists. Scientists who take an e-mail sent by an 11-year old boy seriously. That's all good. But it didn't get me excited (and believe me, I can get quite excited about children's books). It somehow felt unfinished. I believe this to be the first part of a series and maybe further developments will add complexity and suspense, but I don't think that I will keep reading. There are so many other books and there's so little time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lee Anne | 1/16/2014

    " Highly entertaining!! "

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