The Demonologist

  • by Andrew Pyper
  • Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fans of The Historian won't be able to put down this spellbinding literary horror story in which a Columbia professor must use his knowledge of demonic mythology to rescue his daughter from the Underworld.
Professor David Ullman's expertise in the literature of the demonic - notably Milton's Paradise Lost - has won him wide acclaim. But David is not a believer.
One afternoon he receives a visitor at his campus office, a strikingly thin woman who offers him an invitation: travel to Venice, Italy, witness a "phenomenon", and offer his professional opinion, in return for an extravagant sum of money. Needing a fresh start, David accepts and heads to Italy with his beloved 12-year-old daughter, Tess.
What happens in Venice will send David on an unimaginable journey from skeptic to true believer, as he opens himself up to the possibility that demons really do exist. In a terrifying quest guided by symbols and riddles from the pages of Paradise Lost, David attempts to rescue his daughter from the Unnamed - a demonic entity that has chosen him as its messenger.


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I Beg to Differ (and before you spend your credit)

[*I didn't finish and this is not a full review of the book.*]

"Fans of The Historian won't be able to put down this spellbinding horror story..."

I listened an hour 1/2 and put it down with no problemo. There will be an appreciative audience for this book, no doubt. I might have devoured it in high school. But, if you purchase this (as I did) based only on the hype that if you *liked Kostova's The Historian you will like this* - you will be sorely disappointed. The book does not have the atmosphere, sophistication, or the grace of sentence of The Historian. So often, I am lured by summaries and reviews that bear no resemblance to what I end up reading that I just felt compelled to give this heads up. You may love this; I hope you do, and that you review the whole book--maybe I'll go back and give it a try with a different attitude. I suggest listening to the sample, and only buying because you are interested in the content - NOT because you are led to believe it has any resemblance to The Historian.
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- Mel

The Hardy Boys meet Indiana Jones...

...and not in a good way.

How can a story that features a depressive professor who is summoned to a mysterious house in Venice and then gets led on a supernatural road trip POSSIBLY be so lame?

The idea is better than the novel. It just sounds so good. In truth, despite occasional points of very high interest, I found myself sitting and thinking "Ummmm...what?" at some of the things that happened.

The ending of the book is completely unsatisfying and is the logical conclusion to a book that started out with great promise and then slowly flops to the floor with an "audible" thump.

I expect that, if you're like me, you're going to get this one anyway. Great title. Great synopsis.

Just keep in mind: I TRIED to warn you.

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- David "I am an I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2013
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio