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Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence

Narrated by: William Roberts
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
4 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Summary

It's not every day that the devil knocks on your door.

From the critically acclaimed author of Only Forward comes a delightful new tale about Hannah, a young girl living a mundane existence in California, who discovers that her grandfather has been friends with the devil for the past 150 years...and now they need her help.

©2017 Michael Marshall Smith (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"A writer of talent and facility and a little genius." (Neil Gaiman)
"I couldn't be more impressed with Smith's inventiveness." ( SF Reviews)
"An amazing talent." ( Bookslut)

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loved it

love this author, been a massive fan for a long time.
This one did not disappoint!
loved the relationship at the end

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Anything but mundane

Lovely story, brilliantly read/performed by William Roberts, who also reads Bill Bryson’s audiobooks (which I also love). Highly recommended!

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What an excellent book (chance of spoilers)

I've been a fan of Michael Marshall Smith since I discovered "Only Forward" in a book shop in 1994 - that became one of my favourite books, one that I recommend to people all the time. Hannah Green is no exception, Michael is a clever story teller, he draws you in with humour, darkness and characters that you fall in love with. This is an ingenious story, that unfolds and opens up from a tiny beginning to become huge and involving. It has moments that are funny, moments that are scary, and moments of urgency where you can't wait to turn the page. It is inventitive and original and is anything but mundane. Its not as sci-fi as his earlier books, and is an impressive spin on the story of the Devil. You could make comparisons to Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" and even "Neverwhere" but with Michael's unique dark and witty style. It is an excellent book, one of, if not the best that Michael has written.

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Runs out of Brimstone

This book is set up nicely, there’s some recurrent MMS themes (a “mirror” world, an intensely irritating sidekick) but it just drags in the last 3 rd. There’s a dull and pointless chase sequence but then a pleasing coda. I didn’t like the narration, but that’s v much personal taste. Only gripe was that the words the imp used made it clear it was written as either British or Aussie and the narrator gave it a “Noo Yoick” twang.

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Brilliant

Totally unlike what I normally read but really enjoyed this. A different kind of story but very rewarding.

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I agree, Hannah is unlikable.

The story had an interesting premise about the existence of good and evil but I couldn't get on board with the main thread of what Hannah was striving for. Perhaps this subject is cathartic to the author. I agree with other reviewers that Hannah's sense of entitlement, continual whining and demands are a needles distraction. The story centers around Hannah, making it feel at times like it is a book for children and I that spoiled it for me too.
However, there are some very funny and wistful moments in this book and worth listening to for some of the adult characters banter.

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Great story slightly marred by narration

Love the story, which has a very satisfying ending. The narrator was great and I could have lived with his mispronunciation of 'eldritch'. However his inability to pronounce one of the protagonist's name correctly meant I couldn't enjoy the book as much as could.

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slow start

The writer was quite sardonic which suits my British sense of humour, although at the beginning that felt like all he had. But as the characters developed I warmed to them. The narrator did an excellent job.

I enjoyed the little philosphies popped in about life is just as it is, the balanced nature, and the struggles we go through. Really liked the ending. Often stories are left for us to decide...I enjoyed knowing how everyone continues with their lives.

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Gripped until the end!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I adore Michael Marshall Smith's work, and this did not disappoint. I'm new to audiobooks but the narrator read clearly and kept me engaged in the story.

The story itself was gripping, and I loved the twists and turns. I really enjoyed it.

Which character – as performed by William Roberts – was your favourite?

The Old man in the black wrinkled linen suit and the demon.

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

I laughed quite a few times due to Hannah's thoughts and decision making.

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Dull

Not sure if this is supposed to be for teenage readers but it is not advertised as such and deteriorates into a half baked fantasy adventure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-17

another awesome story from MMS

please, please, please...more MMS audiobooks! Hannah Green was excellent but MMS has many other classic books waiting to be told!

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  • Jerome
  • 01-08-17

So glad that Michael Marshall Smith is back

And he's definitely still on form. I've loved his work since my first read, but wish he'd write more! I do like his Michael Marshall books too, but as MMS he seems to have a much greater imagination. This book creates yet another wonderful tapestry including Hell, the Devil, 12 fallen angels, and a mushroom. Not to be missed!

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  • M. FINNEGAN
  • 29-11-18

I cannot imagine a better voice for this story

or for that matter a better story for this voice.
There is a deep pleasure to be found in a rich tale so richly told.