A Demon's Story

  • by Michael Siemsen
  • Narrated by Ray Chase, Sean Runnette
  • 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

1. Frederick the Demon (formerly A Warm Place to Call Home): Frederick is a demon. Born in Maryland in the early 1980s, 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 occupant's 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 present themselves, and following his impulses he is led directly to love, tragedy, answers, and the humanity he never knew he wanted.
2. Samuel the Demon (formerly The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp): In this prequel to the highly acclaimed novel A Warm Place to Call Home (A Demon's Story) by Michael Siemsen, the best-selling author turns back the clock - from post-WWI California to late 1950s New York City. For reasons unknown to him, Samuel's essence remained after his body was killed, and he discovers that the living emit an irresistible force, drawing him inside, where he has the power to take over.
After surviving the great depression in the body of a young hobo, Samuel spends years studying the history of his condition, moving from body to body when necessary and finally settling in New York City in the late 1950s. Following a few years of relative serenity, his beautiful and brash girlfriend disappears, and his search for her uncovers answers to questions he never asked.

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The story deepens in book two quite a bit

A Warm Place to Call Home is very interesting and quite fun when a story makes you want to cheer for the bad guy. I was cheering for Frederick, however, he makes a lot of dumb choices and it aggravates me! I spent half of the book wondering if I should put it down. Fortunately I did not because it gets GOOD!

Frederick has some issues. Most of them he brings upon himself. I have to say though I do not know what I would do in his place. He thinks he’s a demon but really only his actions speak for being a “demon”. He travels the world and figures out he can jump in and out of bodies, leaving them comatose afterward. In his defense he does feel badly about some of them, but that doesn’t stop him!

“Who’s every heard of a demon named Frederick? I’m the only one that I know of. But to be honest that statement should carry little weight since I’ve never met others.”

The story is a great change from the normal demon stories I’ve read. Very intriguing! Many of Frederick’s choices annoy me but for the most part I wanted to know what was going to happen to him. It is worth the wait. The twist at the end dazzled me! The clues are there but never in a million years would I have come up with what happens. Love that Michael Siemsen was able to throw me for a loop!

The narration of Ray Chase was fantastic. It was only Frederick who got on my nerves. Listening to the narrator was a pleasure and really helped me dive into the story. Ray Chase does a great job of bringing the story to life and keeping me wanting, even when I’m annoyed with Frederick, listening and wanting more!

The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp threw me off but not like Frederick did. I was curious why Michael Siemsen set the books up the way they are. This seems, at first, like it should be book one. Very soon into the book though I realized why. This book would be a spoiler for the first. It goes backwards in the plot line but gives away the information that is learned in book one.

That said, I loved this one! There’s so much more in book two and Samuel is very easy to love even though he also makes mistakes but nothing like Frederick in book one!

Again, the narration by Sean Runnette was wonderfully done and kept me listening and wanting more. The characterization of Samuel was great, especially when he runs into things he does not want to do, which is often!

In short: Both books were great. The story deepens in book two quite a bit. The audio and narration are spot on. I’m hoping there will be a book three. I will be first in line to listen!

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The first half was good

first half was good but the second book had a bad narrator and the story was bland

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-26-2015
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing