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Author: John Connolly Narrator: Tim Reynolds Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Samuel Johnson vs. the Devil Series Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781442348004
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From New York Times bestselling author John Connolly, a wonderfully strange and brilliant novel about a boy, his dog, and their struggle to escape the wrath of demons. 

Young Samuel Johnson is in trouble. Not only is his eyesight so poor that he mistakenly asks out a letter box on a date, but an angry demon is seeking revenge for Samuel’s part in foiling the invasion of Earth by the forces of evil. It wants to get its claws on Samuel, and when Samuel and his faithful dachshund, Boswell, are pulled through a portal into the dark realm, the home of the Infernals, it gets its chance.

But catching Samuel is not going to be easy, for the Infernals have not reckoned on the bravery and cleverness of a boy and his dog, or the loyalty of Samuel’s friend, the hapless demon Nurd, or the presence of two clueless policemen and the unlucky, if cheerfully optimistic, driver of an ice-cream van.

Most of all, no one has planned on the intervention of an unexpected band of little men, for Samuel and Boswell are not the only inhabitants of Earth who have found themselves in the underworld. If you thought demons were frightening, just wait until you meet Mr. Merryweather’s Elves …

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Connolly lets his imagination and his wit run delightfully wild as he describes Hell’s denizens and the human band’s pilgrimage through its geography.” 

    New Orleans Times-Picayune

  • “Connolly’s graceful prose, laced with acerbically witty footnotes, is a joy to read, and he easily alternates among slapstick comedy, powerful drama, and skin-crawling horror. His unsettling vision of Hell encompasses grotesque evil and, even worse, pure nothingness. Despite the terrors of Hell, this highly enjoyable, often funny adventure is buoyed by optimism and the possibility of grace.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Brilliantly funny, often touching, with enough action to keep adventure fans on the edges of their chairs, this novel combines top-notch writing with cutting wit.

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2011 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/9/2014

    " The amusing, humorous, engaging story about young Samuel and his dog vs Mrs. Abernathy/Baal is well worth your time. It is as good as the sister novel and moves the story line swiftly and effectivly forward. Even my son finds the book funny and interesting...which speaks volumes because he is twelve and getting selective about his literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/27/2014

    " Quirky English Fantasy, with a twist of horror in the description. Fun, actually, very funny. The footnotes are hilarious. I didn't read the first book because I wasn't aware there was one before, so probably wasn't as invested in the characters as I could have been. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paola | 1/18/2014

    " Couldn't get to the half of this one. I finished 'The Gates" somehow and wanted to give this one a shot to see if I could like the series a bit more (because I found the premise so cool), but nope... The long footnotes didn't make me laugh and only frustrated me and, yeah, a lot of what I felt reading the first book happened here, so... Enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blair | 1/15/2014

    " Not quite as good as The Gates, but then again, the second in a series never is. I loved the one-offs of the footnotes in the first one; these didn't seem to flow as well. It was slightly more focused on the moral of the story than the first one was, which got a bit preachy at times. Still, a great read and I've recommended it to a couple friends with YA kids and I've put it on the list of books to buy my friends' kids who are now way too young for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miranda | 1/7/2014

    " what an incredibly lovely book! filled with wit and an incredible story! I am such a fan of the Samuel Johnson books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 1/6/2014

    " Hell can be really funny, but you sure wouldn't want to live there. Read The Infernals, the companion book to The Gates. Hell is much funnier from a distance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/25/2013

    " YA label, yes. But engrossing and full of fun facts. Heard about this on Catholic radio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 11/18/2013

    " Pretty funny, but not as good as the last one. Hopefull for #3. Really with Connolly would do more humor because he is so so good at it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karolina | 11/16/2013

    " I believe I've said so before, but John Connolly is a sheer genius. Absolutely wonderfully written book. The Samuel Johnson stories are witty and just marvellous. Fabulous! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rena | 11/11/2013

    " Great story, although I enjoyed the first one better. Still enjoyed Samuel, Boswell, and Nurd. The dwarves and officers where very amusing. Looks like a third is on the way, hopefully Samuel school friends will make more of an impact. I guess that Maria will be making her mark! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 9/13/2013

    " cheeky and oh so much fun! just what I was in the mood for. I am one of the people 'who cause unrest' because I haven't read the first in the series. something I will quickly correct. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ann | 7/11/2013

    " had a really hard time getting through this book, writing style was really dry "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andreas | 6/4/2013

    " A good sequel to The Gates - funny as hell (see what I did there?) but the ending was a bit abrupt and seemed a bit too "easy" I think. At least there will be a third book some time in the future. Looking forward to it, but he better not retire Charlie Parker yet... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 5/21/2013

    " This is a very silly book with some very funny bits. I have yet to read the first book (this is a sequel which stands on its own pretty well), but I will sometime soon. Quality vacation reading for immature people like myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 12/3/2012

    " Not quite as good as The Gates but still sweet and funny, like a YA Christopher Moore novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 6/8/2012

    " 3.5 stars. Not quite as good as The Gates, but still awesome. Join Samuel, Boswell, some surly dwarves, an ice cream man and two police officers as they are accidentally transported into Hell. Mrs. Abernathy is back and she is NOT pleased! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 1/4/2012

    " This Connolly series is good fun, funny and sarcastic in the classic British way, and yet insightful and heartwarming at the same time. It's a YA book, but this adult enjoys it as well! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wilma | 11/8/2011

    " It sounded like it would be a good fantasy read but I found it too disturbing.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lenore | 10/25/2011

    " Note: This is published here (the United States) as "The Infernals." A sequel to "The Gates," which I loved. Connolly is probably best known for his Charlies Parker mysteries but this new fantasy/horror YA series is wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laci | 10/24/2011

    " Fun read. Some of the glib footnotes made me laugh out loud, which is rare for me when reading. I thought this was a very well-rounded finisher for Samuel's story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 8/14/2011

    " Original books was good but simplistic, the sequel is faster, quicker and while funny a bit more serious. "

About the Author

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than 350 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrator

Tim Reynolds trained for the stage at the Samuel Beckett Center at Trinity College in Dublin and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in New London, Connecticut. Tim has become an established audiobook narrator. Titles include The Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr, The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín, The Infernals by John Connolly, the latter half of Hugh Howey’s epic Sci-Fi series Wool, and Michael J. Sullivan’s bestselling Riyria Revelations. In 2010, he received an Audiofile Earphone award for the thriller Faithful Place by Tana French. In 2013, he was nominated for an Audie Award for work in the Fantasy genre.