The Damned Busters : To Hell and Back

  • by Matthew Hughes
  • Narrated by Tom Lawrence
  • Series: To Hell and Back
  • 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After accidentally summoning a demon while playing poker, the normally mild-mannered Chesney Anstruther refuses to sell his soul…which leads through various confusions to, well, Hell going on strike. Which means that nothing bad ever happens in the world – and that actually turns out to be a really bad thing.
There’s only one thing for it. Satan offers Chesney the ultimate deal – sign the damned contract, and he can have his heart’s desire. And thus the strangest superhero duo ever seen – in Hell or on Earth – is born! Book one of the To Hell & Back saga is a riotous fantasy from the acclaimed author of the Henghis Hapthorn stories.

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Funny like a fantasy Red Dwarf

What did you love best about The Damned Busters?

The demon with a 1920's Prohibition gangster accent,


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have made the other characters more fleshed out. The other characters were a little shallow, but most of it was so fun and we were so focused on the hero and his demon sidekick who are both entertaining that I didn't notice the other characters much.


What three words best describe Tom Lawrence’s performance?

Dry and witty.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, but I certainly felt sympathy from my own experience at his social awkwardness with other people. His doctors medical description was like a bit of deja vu since I had a similar diagnosis when I was kid. I really related to the protagonist.


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- Amazon Customer

Decent Story, terrible narration

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The publishers chose, in their infinite wisdom to contract as the narrator a gentleman with a pronounced English accent. Had he read the story in his own accent or had he been one of those talented individuals, such as Hugh Laurie, who can mimic the American accent flawlessly this would not have been an issue. Unfortunately, neither of those things were the case. Mr Lawrence seems to feel that Americans pronounce every word that ends in an audible vowel with a hard R sound. Thus data becomes dater etc. Mr Lawrence would also lapse fairly often and allow his natural accent to bleed through. all this led to a very distracting performance.


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- Michael R.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios