Demons

  • by John Shirley
  • Narrated by John Shirley, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a future uncomfortably close to the present day, the apocalypse has surpassed all expectations. Hideous demons roam the streets in an orgy of terror, drawing pleasure from torturing humans as sadistically as possible. Ira, a young San Francisco artist, becomes involved with a strange group of scientists and philosophers desperately trying to end the bloody siege. But the most shocking revelation is yet to come.

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What the Critics Say

"Exciting, vigorously original..." (Publishers Weekly)
"The narrator delivers his tale of a demonic invasion of our world with masterful power. Moving at a breathless pace, he evokes all the terror of that event..." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Couldn't even finish it

I've never read anything before by John Shirley but I thought this sounded good, (I like horror/ghost stories) but I really didnt like this one, I'm not sure if it was because of the narrating or because of the story.... Listen to a bit of it before you buy. I may give it another go when I have nothing else to do....
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- Helen

Such a disappoinment

I had big hopes for this book, it sounded very interesting, and for a large part it is... however it feels a bit bodged together, inconsistent, and actually too short

The beginning of the audio file, there is a message saying how this is actually two books written a few years apart, that's no big deal... however it *really* shows, the first one ends too quickly and I thought the second one went off in very different directions for the most part, and didn't have room to tie things up well enough

I came up with an analogy that I am quite proud of :) Think of the movie Alien, and the follow up Aliens; both good movies, both very different but following on, and made years apart... now imagine instead of 4+ hours total runtime, the movie makers had tried to fit both movies into 2 hours, that's what Demons is like

If the author ever 'rebooted' the book like hollywood does I would give it another go, I didn't hate it

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I also thought it was a bit too wishy-washy-spirtitualism in some crucial plot elements. Though maybe that we just me.

And did I miss the tanks? Did they really give up trying to kill the demons after a swat team with small arms didn't have an effect??
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- Steve

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-03-2004
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books