Frederick is a demon living life to the fullest...except, it's other people's lives.
Hailed as "...the next Michael Crichton," no one was expecting Bestselling new author Michael Siemsen (The Dig 2011, The Opal 2012) to swing a left turn like Frederick. With little-to-no fanfare or announcements, Siemsen quietly released A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon's story) in 2013, surprising fans and drawing in a horde of new readers. Overwhelmingly, his best received and best reviewed tale yet, Frederick has readers "...actually cheering on a f***ing demon."
Frederick is a demon. Born in Maryland in the early 1980's, he hasn't a clue where he came from or why, but feels an irresistible desire to occupy a human body. Once inside, he finds the previous occupants' consciousness and memories forever erased, an inevitable side effect that gives Frederick pause when switching bodies, but not so much as to truly halt his ongoing enjoyment of human lives. In various bodies, he travels the world for decades-aimless--sampling cultures and experiencing life from the points of view of males, females, young, old, rich, poor. Now, Frederick has an urge to return to his roots in America, explore the mystery of his origin, find someone to love, and settle down for a while. In his hometown, his mission bears fruit much faster than he expected, as person after person presents themselves, and following his impulses, he is led directly to love, tragedy, answers, and the humanity he never knew he wanted.
©2013 Michael Siemsen (P)2014 Podium Publishing
Rough cut, unrefined
I did not get on with this story at all. For most of the book that Frederick is a demon seems completely irrelevant to events. He could easily have been replaced with a regular human con artist/identity thief. But maybe that’s the point and we should be looking askance at any of us acting out or doing things out of character.
There is so much boasting and showing off about his prowess that I did not find it to be a story about finding love either. It's remarkable the only knowledge or skill this ancient entity seems to have is acquired is sexual, as he seems totally useless at everything else.
The last few chapters took an interesting turn with Joseph’s brother’s revelation. However soon we were back into the long drawn out lovers’ confessional followed by inevitable make up session. This all might have been fine had I given a hooting toot about any of the characters. At this point with an hour of listening time to go, I gave up and marked the book as finished.
"I didn't want it to end"
A Warm Place to Call Home is an awesome, awesome book. I hope it gets discovered and read (listened to) by thousands. I can't wait to read more from Siemsen.
I'm going to gush--here we go.
I loved the writing. The author surprised me right from the start by speaking directly to the reader in a casual funny way. He's a little irreverent, and funny, but then as the book went on, I almost forgot that he could be funny because I teared up in spots as he drew me into the story.
The story is so creative throughout. The premise is super interesting, but then it just gets better and better as he develops characters and as the story unfolds. There are twists that blew my mind. I cheered and gasped.
While I used the title that I didn't want it to end, the end was awesome. I said "NO WAY" out loud, it's so great.
The narrator is perfect. He changed voices in a way where he became invisible and let the story shine through.
I've already recommended this book to friends.
Get this book.
"My very first audiobook and it was quite enjoyable"
No. The reason is that I had a different voice in my head for Frederick and I wasn't very impressed with the way he sounded in this version. I'm not saying it's bad. It's just I had a different type of character thought up than the one Ray Chase portrayed.
I love this entire story. It is completely different from other things that I have read or been exposed to. The twists and turns in the story were very imaginative and I definitely did not see them coming.
He was funny and sarcastic when needed but I felt like he overdid it a bit much at times.
Yes. I laughed, smiled, frowned, felt anger and disbelief. I love when a story gives me an abundance of emotions.
I would like to see this become a movie. I think that Frederick is a very intriguing character and could hold his own on the big screen.
"A great story"
Yes I would. It was very well done and the story was entertianing
I loved how "joe" would actually talk to the reader directly at times.
I don't think so but I will certainly listen again
great original story. Funny and heart warming too
"Very unique paranormal love story"
I had the good fortune to have to work some overtime at work, where I listen to a majority of my audio books, and somehow was able to be left unbothered for the entirety of A Warm Place to Call Home: A Demon's Story, only taking my ear buds out to go to the bathroom. We are presented with a story of Fredrick, a demon, that asks us to decide if he is the protagonist or antagonist of this tale. The whole story is presented from his point of view, he only remembers when he started to exist and doesn't know how he came to be or why. Spending much time jumping from person to person to experience different things, upon leaving the bodies the people who once were are left as mere shell. Then he finds Melanie, he is instantly infatuated with and seeks a way to be the focus of her attention, something he can only do with a body, not just any body though, he had to find one that she was already familiar with and preferably already involved with. Thus Fredrick begins to weave a very tangled web of deceit, love and loss and love again, jealously, a full gamut of feelings and emotions. Not sure if it means that there is something wrong with me but I was able to identify and relate to Fredrick on so may different levels, I developed my own feelings for Melanie, I laughed out loud, cried on the inside, got angry and felt sympathy, therefore a complete success for Siemsen because being able to play with so many of my emotions is not easy. A Warm Place to Call Home: A Demon's Story is a highly imaginative unique paranormal love story that was compelling enough to keep me interested and engaged, while there were a few areas that lingered too long, I was not disappointed at all. As for Fredrick's question, protagonist or antagonist, I have my answer what is yours?
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"Everyday Demons - Maybe You Know One!"
Yes! A Warm Place To Call Home crosses over into different genres and it's certain to appeal to a wide array of listeners. The imagination of the author, Michael Siemsen, is incredible and the performance of the narrator, Ray Chase, is outstanding.
Now that is a tricky question as anyone who has listened to the story already knows! Discovering exactly who each character truly is is half the fun of this book. I'll say that Frederick is my favorite character. Let's just leave it at that.
Ray Chase is one of my favorite voice actors. He consistently captures the essence of his characters and the pace and timing of his narration is always pitch perfect. For a real treat check out his portrayal of Boricio in Yesterday's Gone. Boricio is pure evil and whenever he speaks (through Chase's skilled voice) you can feel the terror that Boricio yields, even if he's doing something as mundane as eating a sandwich.
Demons amongst us - do you really know who's living in your house?
This story truly does keep you guessing until the end. It's told through the eyes of a mostly likeable demon and it kept me entertained and surprised throughout.
"He Wants the Girl, Gets All of the Baggage"
Following Frederick as he finds personal fulfillment and peace of mind through the love of a cute, psychologically dinged woman who yearns to be dominated sexually in the role of the submissive and thrust into risky situations that act to arouse her carnal desires while destroying her sense of autonomy and self worth. Tons of psycho baggage, solid sex scenes and a haunted, sordid past all in one book.
Getting a glimpse into the personal life of a seemingly normal youngish woman who, if you knew her, maybe worked with her, or even were good friends with her would appear to be living a life that was in many respects normal and right down the line, so to speak. But, peel back those drapes, be a fly on her wall, or, in the case of Frederick, sit next to her as she gets that call from her boss, or tell her to go see her uncle - what harm could that do? and you will see another person who has had to deal with extraordinary circumstances.Melanie is an emotional train wreck who has more baggage than a loaded 747. What makes this woman's story that much more compelling is her admission that she was not blameless when it comes to why she is who she is now. It can be said her warped mind has been damaged as a result of repeated long term sexual exploitation and blackmail. Her rationalization for why she sought out the sexual abuse or thinking that her feelings and acts were not too far outside the realm of acceptable deviance (if there is such a thing) underscores the evil of sexual abuse and the long term psychological damage it causes in its victims. She continued risky behavior and still wanted to be dominated by some man she sees as an authority figure as a early 30's aged woman. In my $1.25 worth of psychological gobbily goop, she suffers from classic psychological damage manifested in continued potentially harmful sexual activity which may be temporarily fulfilling - for the time she is on her back getting drilled, but ends up chipping away and further eroding her ability to assert herself............blah, blah, blah.
Narration that is compelling. Ray Chase is the greatest. Keep it up Mr. Chase!
Yes. And I listened to it over the course of 1 day. It flowed nicely.
Solid listen. Worth your $$$ and time. As to the above typed amateurish psycho diagnosis, no matter how I tried to describe Melanie, I really felt sympathy for her as her past was revealed. I listened to a well written description of the long term damage a victim of abuse suffers whether they realize it or not. Maybe I'm totally off base with my characterization of her situation. Or maybe I'm not.Melanie does make some huge strides towards the book's end regarding coming to grips with her past. My heart swelled with pride as I listened to the scene where she asserts herself in a crucial arena - under the sheets - during a wonderfully descriptive sex scene in which she becomes a coequal sexual partner, lets down her guard and does something regarding legs and access.............
I honestly don't know how I feel about this book now that I've finished it. The storytelling was captivating and the twists in the plot were intriguing but I didn't actually like either Frederick or Samuel.
I bought this book after reading the second book in the series. I wish I had read them in order. Maybe I would have better understood what was happening. I didn't like the book at first because the demon was not likable. When the story finally gets going, though, it's pretty compelling, and you must pay attention to what is happening. I bought this book as an Audible book, and really enjoyed the narrator. He seemed to voice the character perfectly.
"Original, good writing but not my cup of tea"
The premise of the book is extremely original. The author is an excellent writer. But I did not really enjoy the book. So my issues with it are more related to preference than anything else. This ended being too much of a modern fantasy for me. The plot did not engage me.
Because I like what the author does with words I may give some of his other works a try. I believe this particular book is not necessary like the rest of his work. I generally like paranormal elements mixed in with some gothic romance or presented as downright horror and not as presented here.
i thought his performance was adequate.
i did not like the book. The premise was interesting but too contrived. It did not hold my interest. All of the other reviews I have read are excellent, so this may be an issue of preference. If you enjoy modern, paranormal fantasies with plenty of explicit sex scenes you will like this book and should give it a try; it is better conceived and written than other works I have read within the same genre
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