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Publisher's Summary

Frederick is a demon living life to the fullest...except, it's other people's lives.
Hailed as "...the next Michael Crichton", no one was expecting best-selling new author Michael Siemsen (The Dig, 2011; The Opal, 2012) to swing a left turn like Frederick. With little-to-no fanfare or announcements, Siemsen quietly released A Warm Place to Call Home (A Demon's Story) in 2013, surprising fans and drawing in a horde of new listeners. Overwhelmingly, his best-received and best-reviewed tale yet, Frederick has listeners "...actually cheering on a f***ing demon."
Frederick is a demon. Born in Maryland in the early 1980's, he hasn't a clue where he came from or why, but feels an irresistible desire to occupy a human body. Once inside, he finds the previous occupants' consciousness and memories forever erased, an inevitable side effect that gives Frederick pause when switching bodies, but not so much as to truly halt his ongoing enjoyment of human lives. In various bodies, he travels the world for decades - aimless - sampling cultures and experiencing life from the points of view of males, females, young, old, rich, poor. Now, Frederick has an urge to return to his roots in America, explore the mystery of his origin, find someone to love, and settle down for a while. In his hometown, his mission bears fruit much faster than he expected, as person after person presents themselves, and following his impulses, he is led directly to love, tragedy, answers, and the humanity he never knew he wanted.
©2013 Michael Siemsen (P)2014 Podium Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By David Shear on 03-31-14

I didn't want it to end

A Warm Place to Call Home is an awesome, awesome book. I hope it gets discovered and read (listened to) by thousands. I can't wait to read more from Siemsen.

I'm going to gush--here we go.

I loved the writing. The author surprised me right from the start by speaking directly to the reader in a casual funny way. He's a little irreverent, and funny, but then as the book went on, I almost forgot that he could be funny because I teared up in spots as he drew me into the story.

The story is so creative throughout. The premise is super interesting, but then it just gets better and better as he develops characters and as the story unfolds. There are twists that blew my mind. I cheered and gasped.

While I used the title that I didn't want it to end, the end was awesome. I said "NO WAY" out loud, it's so great.

The narrator is perfect. He changed voices in a way where he became invisible and let the story shine through.

I've already recommended this book to friends.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Angela on 03-14-14

My very first audiobook and it was quite enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of A Warm Place to Call Home to be better than the print version?

No. The reason is that I had a different voice in my head for Frederick and I wasn't very impressed with the way he sounded in this version. I'm not saying it's bad. It's just I had a different type of character thought up than the one Ray Chase portrayed.

What did you like best about this story?

I love this entire story. It is completely different from other things that I have read or been exposed to. The twists and turns in the story were very imaginative and I definitely did not see them coming.

What about Ray Chase’s performance did you like?

He was funny and sarcastic when needed but I felt like he overdid it a bit much at times.

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

Yes. I laughed, smiled, frowned, felt anger and disbelief. I love when a story gives me an abundance of emotions.

Any additional comments?

I would like to see this become a movie. I think that Frederick is a very intriguing character and could hold his own on the big screen.

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2 out of 5 stars
By CherylK on 07-14-16

Disappointing

Any additional comments?

I did not get on with this story at all. For most of the book that Frederick is a demon seems completely irrelevant to events. He could easily have been replaced with a regular human con artist/identity thief. But maybe that’s the point and we should be looking askance at any of us acting out or doing things out of character.

There is so much boasting and showing off about his prowess that I did not find it to be a story about finding love either. It's remarkable the only knowledge or skill this ancient entity seems to have is acquired is sexual, as he seems totally useless at everything else.

The last few chapters took an interesting turn with Joseph’s brother’s revelation. However soon we were back into the long drawn out lovers’ confessional followed by inevitable make up session. This all might have been fine had I given a hooting toot about any of the characters. At this point with an hour of listening time to go, I gave up and marked the book as finished.

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