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Circles in Hell, Books 1-4

The Boxed Set Edition
By: Mark Cain
Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
Length: 36 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)
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Summary

Travel with Steve, doomed for eternity to serve as hell’s Mr. Fixit, on a wild ride through the circles of hell in this best-selling, humorous fantasy series. The box set includes a complete story arc originally published in:  

Hell’s Super  

A Cold Day in Hell  

Deal with the Devil  

The Reluctant Demon  

Circles in Hell has been variously described as satire and humor, comedy fantasy, or paranormal humor in the spirit of Christopher Moore, Tom Holt, Douglas Adams, and Gary Larson. The series takes the everyday frustrations of modern life and expands them to hellish proportions. 

You never know who you will run into in Cain's cracked inferno. You might encounter a great inventor, a movie star, a mythological being, a very large bat, and, of course, more than the occasional devil and demon.

©2018 Mark Cain (P)2018 Mark Cain

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  • Jo
  • East London United Kingdom
  • 31-12-18

Hell is clearly quite a boring place

There is nothing terrible about this audiobook, but I have just returned it.

The reader of this audiobook does a competent job, and I would go so far as to say is enjoyable to listen to with clear diction.

The stories are mediocre at best I feel. The audiobook is extremely long, and while there are stories being told they are not engaging or particularly entertaining in the telling. The comparison to modern humorous writers seems a little over complementary. The author underestimated the audience with needless explanations, moves very slowly and lacks wit and charm with humour coming from most obvious sources. There is no challenge in this book whatsoever, just many hours spent in hope of some.

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  • Ed Pegg Jr
  • 22-07-18

The saga of Minion, Hell's Super

This is a modern retelling of Dante's Inferno. Just as Dante met many familiar to people of his era, Minion meets many people familiar to our era.

Some primary characters are Orson Welles, Florence Nightingale, the Howard brothers (3 Stooges), Tesla, Ford, Pinkerton, Braille, and Freud. I liked how the author handled Orson as a character, as well as the others.

Michael Gilboe does a fine job with the narration, but his Orson Welles impression is terrible. I can overlook that, he does keep all the voices recognizable and distinctive. He is particularly effective in book 3 during an interrogation by Azazel.

The title and cover of Book 4 is a bit of a spoiler.

Recommended.

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  • K. Ray
  • 31-08-18

The trials and tribulations of Hell's Super

If you liked the "Bobiverse" series, these books could be for you! It is set in Hell, vs the outer reaches of space.
Mark Cain's (I love the irony of his last name) writing reminds me of Dennis Taylor's style, or perhaps vice versa? But I love the details, the action, the drama, and the snark of the author as he spins the tail of Steve Minion, Super of Hell, a former economics professor who is all thumbs; but is great with duct tape!

I'm still listening and on book 2, but I couldn't resist giving my two cents! I am thoroughly enjoying the story - which makes a commute along I-95 so much more bearable – and am sure to enjoy the rest of the stories!

Michael Gilobe has a great range of voices for the main characters,(Tesla, Ford, Wells, etc.) although - I do have to admit, not so much with Flo (something doesn’t hit just right for my tastes, but it doesn’t take away from the narration), but I adore the voice of the woman who runs Hell’s supply warehouse. It’s reminiscent to Roz, from Monsters Inc., which does conjure her image vs. the one Mr. Cain was probably envisioning. My favorite character is Boo, the huge and literal, Bat out of Hell.

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  • Deedra
  • 07-09-18

Circles in Hell

A year or so ago I reviewed the 4th book in this series .I didn't really like it but now I know I needed the background of all the others.
This is a fun filled trip through all the levels of hell.Steve Minion and his co worker Orson(Wells of course) are superintendents for everything that goes wrong.They answer to Beezil,who answers to Satan.Each book is basically them trying to figure out why something isn't working.My favorite has to be 'If hell freezes over'.Just think what all could happen if it actually did!
It's a fun,gross,you'll love it!
Michael Gilboe was the perfect narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Bryn
  • 05-12-18

great books!!

loved it!! I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who enjoys satire comedy. a great set

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  • RavenHarte
  • 09-10-18

Interesting

A unique perspective of Hell and many different historical figures. Pay close attention and it will really make you think.

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  • Silver Smithy
  • 03-10-18

I wasn't too sure about getting this set.

I wasn't too sure about getting this box set, but based on the reviews I decided to give it a shot.

it was a very enjoyable listen. I've listened to the entire box set twice. and I will get the next set when I get my next credit. if there is one available.

If not I'll follow the author and wait till it's published and put it on my wishlist.

if you're teetering on the edge and you like paranormal Mysteries, with dark humor. You'll probably enjoy this series.

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 04-09-18

Steve, Go To Hell!

This is awesome! It's four books in one, a great deal. Poor Steve, doomed from a life of economics in life to the position of Super in death - straight to hell, fixing crap. What a crap deal he got! It's edgy, hilarious, creepy, and fun! And what to make it even better! Steve teams up with Orson Welles for all sorts of goings-on (yes, THAT Orson lol!). It's a rip-roaring good time, I really enjoyed the whole hellerific thing. Crazy adventures, recommended for a great listen :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kelly Kenrick
  • 17-08-18

Listen to this

I received the audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

Hell's Super

This is a very humorous story about Hell. Steve Minion was an economics professor in life. He's Hell's Super in death. The handyman. Think of the thing you dislike the most or are the worst at in life. That becomes your life, or your job in death. Why make things simple? No one is happy in Hell after all.

Steve is given a task, three actually. Fix the escalator to hell, fix the stairway between Heaven and Hell, and find out who is revolting in Hell and stop them.

As any good super would do, he designates. His assistant, Orson Welles is tasked with re-building the stairway, along with Edison, Ford, and Tesla; Steve, along with Alan Pickerton try to find out who the masterminds behind the revolt. Mix in the saintliness of Florence Nightingale, and you have one hell of a story.

The narration was very good; I enjoyed Michael's delivery and characterizations.

I have not actually finished listening to this audiobook, but I can say for certain, I'm going to love the rest of this audiobook.

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  • A User
  • 07-08-18

A hell of a story

I really like the narrator he does a very good job of bringing the characters to life. There are som parts that seem to go on but all in all a fun story

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  • Georgy
  • 05-11-18

OKish. For teenagers.

Please note that this review is based on only the first book, and only the first couple of hours thereof. Which is where I stopped wasting my time.
Plot: non-existent - at least not more so than in a dumb sitcom. Stuff keeps happening, but that's not the same as a plot.
Humor: bland and, at best, clownish. (Unless you consider "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" accompanying a fall of a character to be extremely hilarious). No smart wordplays, no quotes worth remembering. Nothing to write home about.
Writing: average. Not bad, as such, no stupid errors or misused words. Good enough for a beginning writer with a professional editor. But not more than that.
Useless fillers: decorations and "game rules" are described in boring and unnecessary details; stuff that is well-known to anyone who knows anything (like what the seven sins are) is explained as though it were a revelation; etc.
Performance: OK, but not on par with what I'm used to. Nothing is mangled or mispronounced, but not inspired.

I'm sure there are folks who would not agree with me. That's OK. There are also people who love sitcoms.

Me? I'm refunding.

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