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Damned If You Do

Narrated by: John Solo
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)
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Summary

Soul acquisition is a drag, but if Abaddon doesn't catch up on his quota, he could be demoted to scooping poop for the hounds of hell. With a deadline hanging over him, he heads for the Bible Belt, looking for the perfect combination of sweetness and challenge.

Seth is a blind musician, part of a traveling tent revival. He's cute, mystically talented, and quotes the Bible at every turn. His soul is pure enough to fill Abaddon's quota for months to come, and Abaddon is determined to claim it.

The problem? There's the revival foreman who watches Abaddon's every move. Then there's the mystery of Seth's many unusual talents. Finally, there's Abaddon himself. He's beginning to like Seth a bit too much. Maybe Seth deserves something better than damnation.

But hell's agenda isn't negotiable, and time is running out. If Abaddon doesn't play his cards right, he could condemn both of them to the worst fate of all-an eternity apart.

Warning: Contains a Bible-quoting twink and an irreverent devil. Also, snakes. Lots and lots of snakes.

©2017 Marie Sexton (P)2017 Marie Sexton

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  • SassiKassi
  • 18-01-18

John Solo is awesome!

The story was a little predictable, but very sweet. Pretty much no angst, which is what I’m needing. Lovable characters. I hope Zeb gets his love too.

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  • L. Antoine
  • 14-10-17

Entertaining, however

There are some parts of Damned if you Do that are hilarious and utterly brilliant, however in a good part of the book, the story sagged for me. I really found Seth's constant quoting boring and rather annoying. Abaddon on the other hand was a real laugh, especially when it comes to hellish bureaucracy.
For the greater part, John Solo's narration was good

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  • Cuba
  • 21-01-19

Rainbow gospel

I truly enjoyed this book it was filled with love that conquers all and so much acceptance. The end was wonderful overall this book was fantastic.

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  • Jambrea
  • 30-10-18

Great Story

Loved it. Story was wonderful. Love this author and you should listen to the book.

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  • Xxx
  • 01-05-18

Good Fun!!

Easy read. Sweet love, and Lots of great laughs. Bible quotes were not that bad.

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 17-01-18

Really fun and surprisingly full of emotion

Abaddon is one of the many devils whose task it is to persuade humans to give up their souls to the devil through any means of temptation. He’s not very good at it. In fact, he’s behind on his quota and about to be demoted.
He has only 2 weeks to “catch up” so he decides to go for quality versus quantity. Certain souls are “worth more” in that they are harder to tempt to the dark side.

When Abaddon goes to the human realm in search of his soul he finds one so bright it’s nearly blinding, Seth. In addition to being blind, Seth also plays every musical instrument like a pro, travels with his brother in a tent revival and happens to perform healings as well.

There’s no soul more pure than Seth.

The problem is, Abaddon begins to like Seth and not only doesn’t he want Seth to be just another soul haunting Hell, he wants to BE with Seth… but that’s impossible…

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Wow! This was so surprising! It was hysterical – first off. Sure, I’ve seen bits of humor in Marie’s writing in the past –but this was a whole new level of humor. It’s funny left and right and very, very clever.


Seth is chock full of Biblical quotes. If I had a complaint at all it’d be the quotes. I had to skim them after awhile there are quite a few. They’re used to make a point and never to really preach so much as to show the opposite side of Abaddon’s arguments, but the language and all grew a bit tedious.

That being said, I still really loved this – so much! But… I’ll warn you right now, I cried reading this. OMG. There are parts of this that just sucker punch you into the ugly cry. It’s a very, very heartwarming story as well.

There is almost no “heat” – it’s almost a fade to black but there are still moments of beautiful passion.

I ADORED the ending – it was a bit predictable (at least the what but not the how).

All in all this is a funny, sweet, witty, surprisingly moving story about finding true love and being true to yourself at the same time.

Highly recommended!


Audio

John Solo can be hit or miss for me. While I like his voice, he doesn’t always hit the right notes for me as far as inflection, accents or pacing. However, he absolutely nailed this!

He does a tremendous job of giving both Abbadon and Seth voices that suit their characters and he handles the humor and the high emotions well.

While his “James Earl Jones” imitation could use some work, he did a fair approximation. ;)

If you’re a fan of “devil vs angel” stories and enjoy some humor – this is the story for you. Listening absolutely enhanced my enjoyment and I can highly recommend this!

4.5 of 5 stars

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  • Kat Flores
  • 18-05-19

Charming and sweet

I simply loved this book. It’s clever and totally believable and I can’t believe I was seriously rooting for a devil. Marie’s take on hell is comical. And the devil trying to save his own behind is sweet. Well, he is sweet if you can forget about the fact that he is a devil and he needs to collect a soul.

You get the standard devil vs young beautiful soul dynamic with the complication of religious revivals and homosexuality. This is NOT a diatribe on existential questions. It’s light-hearted in its own way- lol the paperwork in hell is just hellish. :-)

I really liked both MC’s so I was conflicted. Should Abbadon accept Seth’s soul or will he do the Nobel sacrifice?

There were a couple of things I didn’t see coming and that dragged me deeper into the story. This was sweet and funny and a little mysterious and so nerve wracking at the end! Argh! The HEA was so awesome and well earned.

The narrator brought the characters to life with the good inflections and different voices. His voice complimented the story. Great performance!

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  • M. F. Hampton
  • 08-01-19

Good, but not great

A good story, but I didn't really connect with the MCs as much as I would have liked. I shed a few tears in the sad parts and am always a sucker for an HEA, but I felt like there was something missing. Seth could have been developed a bit more for my tastes. The narration was good and kept me going even when I was having trouble.