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In the Devil's Own Words

Narrated by: Clive Johnson
Series: Cathedral Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

Moving house has become a way of life for 15-year-old Isobel Miller. Her father is an Army Major; her mother, a middle aged, pregnant, chain smoking alcoholic. But the move to the village of Langham could be the straw that broke the camel's back. To the truculent teenager it might as well have been to Timbuktu. Isobel is resentful of the baby, angry with her mother for dragging her away from civilization to live in a village that has no street lighting, let alone any decent shops. 

The only light in her miserable existence is her grandfather, story-teller elite, her saviour. And when one of his macabre tales is mentioned in the local paper, Isobel is drawn into the depths of evil and devil worship. Her world, and that of everyone around her, turns upside down. The cause? A mysterious book, an omen, which once opened and read starts a cataclysmic chain of events, and their lives are filled with tragedy and disaster. Salvation comes in the guise of three other teenagers - Peter, Oswald, and Ariel - and the four form a bond so strong nothing can tear apart - nothing except maybe the devil himself! 

May be listened to as a standalone. 

Second Edition. New and improved sound quality. 

©Forever E.M.G Wixley (P)2018 E.M.G Wixley

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In the Devil's own word

I totally enjoyed this book. It is full with new and imaginative ideas. The teenage characters are all struggling with their own inner demons. They were able to changed and developed in response to events.

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Really good!

I love this book, the idea and story! The narration could have been a little bit better, the mother sounded like an old man. I didn't even realize it was third person!

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Not a light listen

In the relatively short length of the book the author manages to create a thoroughly complex world with deep characters, without sacrificing the story. Religion, science, and the supernatural are seamlessly blended together throughout the book. Normally I would shy away from this combination, however, the author has managed to balance them well weaving them together in a believable way. The resulting world is dark and the characters flawed, whilst they struggle against the coming darkness.

If you are looking for a light and cheerful story then this is not for you. There are no happy endings here, just struggle and survival wrapped in an excellent and well narrated story.

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  • Paignton Devon
  • 16-06-19

Great storyline

Enjoyed everything from storyline to narrater felt I was next to him great job 10/10 can’t wait for next book

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This is my first audio book by e mg wixley it vvery good i get about 30 audio books a year this is in my top 5 this year

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 29-08-18

What the heck doesn't this book have in it?

When I first got this book I had no idea of what it would entail, other than it was about a Revelations styled Apocalypse that is brought about by a book that has been scribed by the devil himself. So, just on that premise alone I was sold. Now, what I didn't realize was everything else that is in this book. It has ghosts, monsters, demons, maybe even dragons (I will neither confirm nor deny this rumor), as well as a ton of other things, including time travel. Hmmmm, this really sound like a mess. How could anyone mesh all of that together and come up with a good story? Don't ask me, ask Wixler, because that is exactly what the writer of this tale has done. This is one polished and highly crafted story about weakness of the hearts of men, as well as our indomitable spirit. The story centers on four characters, with the MC being a young lady, who are forced to step up and do what others cannot. They have to stop the apocalypse. Their opposition is an evil Bishop who just happens to be utilizing the Devil's book to call forth the great beast and unleash Hell on Earth.

The writing is excellently done. It carries a ton of weight emotionally, and can grow very dark as horror often necessitates. This is an original novel, one that is filled with powerful characters, dark villains, and plenty of plot twists. I really enjoyed this story, and am glad to see that it isn't over yet, there look to be at least two more books to go and I cannot wait for them.

As for the audio, I will say that having talked to the author I have been assured that the sound quality will be fixed at some point in the future, for that I am cutting some slack on my star rating. I have faith that it will be addressed post haste, and so will say that Johnson (no relation to me) does a fine job, and you will have no issues with how he narrates. He does a good job with each character, but I loved it when he was in the Bishop's shoes. Bad guys always win in my book.

There is a lot going on in this story, and I have to admit there are some heartbreaking parts that really hit me. Which means that the characters are realistic and believable as people. I sincerely enjoyed this novel, and anticipate the rest of the series. Get in now, while you can and don't miss out. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Kim
  • 23-08-19

Great book and allegory

The Devil's Own is a brilliant, well written storyline complete with twists and surprises. After completion, I realized it is nearly an fictitious embellishment and allegorical account of the natural fight between good and evil. It is well written and full of adventure. In fact, several times I felt anxious over the safety and choices of Peter, Isobel, John and Oswald. The more in depth these characters are developed, the more you grow to love them and feel invested in their lives.

Clive Johnson did a job with enhancing the characters with his vocal assignments. He kept true to the story and their personalities.

I highly recommend this book.

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  • Zeantichrist
  • 15-08-19

A beautiful mix of tech, magic and religion. Great

Really enjoyed the book it had a little bit of everything. Technology mixed with religion and magic. Blended very well together along with carnage and a mix of emotions ranging from sadness and deceit to happiness and comradery. E.M.G pulls at your heart strings with a possible human extinction and the emotions to go with it. Well written and narrated. Overall a great experience.

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  • Mark Mackey
  • 09-07-19

In the Devil's Own Words review

Like Reflections, the prequel to this, In the Devil's Own Words has an interesting concept, the characters and writing were all right, and overall, a good, thrilling, suspenseful story. Worth it.

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  • JC
  • 06-07-19

I highly recommend it!

This is truly a wonderful audiobook that is superbly written and narrated. The characters and story have a depth and breadth that a listener rarely has the pleasure to be witness to.

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  • Leticia Crow
  • 30-06-19

couldn't put it down!

I loved this book from start to finish. I was glued to my phone the whole time I listen to it I couldn't put it down. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. the mix of author and narrator was perfectly done. the characters were great. the writing was very well done. the perfect mix of Horror and action!

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  • Erika
  • 22-06-19

Venture in a different world!

I read some of the previous reviews and I have to say I didn't experience the problems in sound quality. In fact the quality is quite good. I listened from the audible app on my phone and my car. Either the problems are fixed or their devices have issues.

This wasn't the first book from Wixley that I've read, in fact I listened to the entire Witchfinder series so I knew what to expect; an imagination that knows no boundaries and a horrifying ride. All that is up my alley. This author's imagination never ceases to amaze me. This story reminded me of a more twisted Lord of the Rings instead of middle earth they venture into another world filled with monsters and creatures only created in Wixley's mind.

The pace of the story is quick and there are lots of important details so if you miss anything you'll need to backtrack. The pacing keeps my mind at attention. The world building and characterization are phenomenal. The narrator really fits the story and he keeps up well with the pacing. This isn't the first book he's narrated that I've listened to and his voice is always a pleasure.

For horror and fantasy buffs I highly recommend this book! On to book 2 in the series!

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  • N.W.Wisniewski
  • 21-06-19

Different

I have never really listened to this style of book before. It reminds me of a mash up of many different monster/demon stories. I am glad that I got the opportunity to listen to it and I will be listening to all the others as well.

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  • Troy Buffington
  • 04-10-19

Interesting

I felt for the characters in this story. It’s a definite mix of fantasy and horror.

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  • William Cady
  • 22-08-19

Enjoyable*

I received a review copy of this book.

The book has shifting perspective, jumping from character to character. It is fantasy that begins as if it were in our world but events quickly occur on a global scale that prevent the reader from pretending this might be actually taking place somewhere. These are negatives for me, but have more to do with my personal taste than genuine problems.

I enjoyed the story, but I have reservations. Several moments in the story felt rushed, deserving of much more attention than they received. The dialog is wooden at times, especially when delivering exposition.

I intend to listen to the next two books in the series.