A Warm Place to Call Home

  • by Michael Siemsen
  • Narrated by Ray Chase
  • 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Marci

Very unique paranormal love story

I had the good fortune to have to work some overtime at work, where I listen to a majority of my audio books, and somehow was able to be left unbothered for the entirety of A Warm Place to Call Home: A Demon's Story, only taking my ear buds out to go to the bathroom. We are presented with a story of Fredrick, a demon, that asks us to decide if he is the protagonist or antagonist of this tale. The whole story is presented from his point of view, he only remembers when he started to exist and doesn't know how he came to be or why. Spending much time jumping from person to person to experience different things, upon leaving the bodies the people who once were are left as mere shell. Then he finds Melanie, he is instantly infatuated with and seeks a way to be the focus of her attention, something he can only do with a body, not just any body though, he had to find one that she was already familiar with and preferably already involved with. Thus Fredrick begins to weave a very tangled web of deceit, love and loss and love again, jealously, a full gamut of feelings and emotions. Not sure if it means that there is something wrong with me but I was able to identify and relate to Fredrick on so may different levels, I developed my own feelings for Melanie, I laughed out loud, cried on the inside, got angry and felt sympathy, therefore a complete success for Siemsen because being able to play with so many of my emotions is not easy. A Warm Place to Call Home: A Demon's Story is a highly imaginative unique paranormal love story that was compelling enough to keep me interested and engaged, while there were a few areas that lingered too long, I was not disappointed at all. As for Fredrick's question, protagonist or antagonist, I have my answer what is yours?

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2014
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing