Summary

They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but if you ask Castor he'll tell you there's quite a bit of arrogance and reckless stupidity lining the streets as well. And he should know. There are only so many times you can play both sides against the middle and get away with it. Now, the inevitable moment of crisis has arrived, and it's left Castor with blood on his hands. Well, not his hands, you understand; it's always someone else who pays the bill: friends, acquaintances, bystanders.
So Castor drowns his guilt in cheap whisky, while an innocent woman lies dead and her daughter comatose, his few remaining friends fear for their lives and there's a demon loose on the streets. But not just any demon - this one rides shotgun on his best friend's soul and can't be expelled without killing him. Looks like Felix Castor's got some tough choices to make, because expel the demon he must or all Hell will break loose. Literally….
©2012 Mike Carey (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Just on 26-04-18

Castor Five, hope it isn't the last!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how all the plot threads established from the very first book finally came together.

Have you listened to any of Damian Lynch’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Damian Lynch took over this series in the last book and is much better suited to them. He is very good.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

The fifth book of Mike Carey's Felix Castor, I really hope it won't be the last. While it does provide an ending to the story, there is still much scope for future novels. Fingers crossed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jonah on 13-04-13

Strange but compelling tale

An unusual story about the afterlife and the undead. The language is a little expletive at times, but in character with an exorcist/detective. Well paced and humorous with enough plot twist to keep you listening. Definitely not a children's book but excellent for everyone else.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cliff on 18-10-13

The series comes to a staisfying conclusion.

Would you listen to The Naming of the Beasts again? Why?

Yes, the book is great and it answers all the major story questions while still leaving things wide open for more books.

What other book might you compare The Naming of the Beasts to and why?

Peter grant series.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final confrontation with Asmodeus.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It really kept you on the edge of your seat at the end.

Any additional comments?

The author said he was working on another novel but with no firm date as of yet. Still, he wraps the series up nicely so if he doesn't readers will not feel like they've been left hanging.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sires on 30-03-12

Satisfying Conclusion to Series

I had bought this book in paperback a couple of years ago but never read it even though I enjoyed listening to the prior books in the series. I did loan it out to a couple of friends who just couldn't wait. I was holding out for audible to pick up this and the previous volume. Frankly, when I begin a story in audible format I hate to change in the middle. I also have to compliment the audio publisher for coming up with a narrator, Damian Lynch, who sounds very much like the narrator of the first three.

The first three were published in audiobook form by Tantor, the last two by Audible,ltd, which I suspect has something to do with Audible.co.UK. Whoever is responsible, thank you for making all of these books available. Please do not read these books out of order. I don't often say this, but this is one series where each book is (mostly) complete it itself but contributes to a story arc.

Fans will know that Felix Castor is an exorcist in an England where the dead, undead, and never born consort with the living. His job at the beginning was to get rid of ghosts that inconvenienced the living. He also worked as a party clown for children's birthday parties which lead to his first adventure-- The Devil You Know. He is a darkly comic character who develops through the series as more is revealed about the characters and the world he lives in.

I really hope that there are going to be future books. There are enough hooks for another story arc.

Recommended

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