I had read this novel three times when I saw Audible had it in audio. I got it to experience the heartwarming character of Judas Coyne again from another point of view.
That's the key to this novel: Judas Coyne, aging heavy metal rock star, is loveable. He doesn't mean to be; he doesn't entirely realize that he is. But his character has become sound all the way through, refined in the fire of a ferocious history and the harsh musical art with which he has exorcized that personal history.
So when faced with a malign ghost that means to take him right back to hell, Judas has allies. He has the girl who loves him despite an abused childhood and her Goth reaction to that past, and he has his two German Shepherd dogs -- he has always kept dogs, perhaps because it was the only good thing he can remember about his father -- who love him and have substantially more ghost-fighting potential than anyone suspects.
They go on a road trip, all the way from New York to where he started on a farm in Louisiana. Many terrifying and highly original creepy and dangerous things happen on the way, but some of them are funny-horrible, such as a prototypic Southern diner where the demon speaks via an old man's larynx speaker to the bewilderment of the entire cafe and the man's wife asking if this is like when the local radio station played through his metal teeth fillings.
This is an effective, scary novel. But it's also an optimistic, heartwarming story of the good in people winning out hands down against the bad. I recommend it for everyone from older teens on up: it's scary, and it's modern in its frankness, but it is wholesome and uplifting. Its theme is, nothing, nothing at all, ruins you forever. As long as life continues, the good can still win.
This is by far one of my favorite books. It is a creepy, intelligent, nail biting thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you just a little scared to turn the lights off at night. The performance is awesome and actually adds to the intensity of the plot. The character development, action scenes and plot are very well developed. The story is a very original play on taking a character you normally would not like so much and finding yourself rooting for him to win against the evil that is terrorizing him. This is one of those books you keep handy to listen to again and again. I can't wait for his next book, Joe Hill is going on my list of favorite authors.
I liked the story thought it was a little better than average. I liked Horns better. Worth a credit. I would say a high 3 stars.
narration is awesome. although, i just kept thinking, "that's the @$$hole from Avatar!" lol ... story is too good. kept me on the edge of my seat a lot of times. ending left a little to be desired for me, but it closed up well and there isn't too much else to complain about.
I got a similar enjoyment as that a of a very good Stephen King book. I feel Joe Hill has a great way of drawing you in to the characters so you can worry for them/with them. Interesting concept for a story - more fresh than recent novels by his Dad, Stephen King (who I loved reading in his prime).
This book had me riveted from the beginning. Hill masterfully creates a ghost story which rivals his father's (Stephen King) works. Has the ability to cause nightmares it's sooo good! I highly recommend this book.
I can get a bit moody but overall a happy person who loves her life! I have an amazing husband and 2 great boys who can get on my nerves!
This was my first audio book and it kept me on the edge of my seat...Like reading a book of I can't put down, I just couldn't turn this off. And if I did, 5 minutes later, I would turn it back on again. I finished listening to it in about 2 days...and thats because I had to work and sleep! I was sad when it was over!
Author, rabid Audible listener.
Ghost stories must not be my thing because they can do a good job of making you feel closed in and a bit scared, they just don't do much for me. Heart Shaped Box was a very good book with excellent narration by Stephen Lang. I'm only giving the book 3 stars because I think the whole story behind how the ghost came to be and the characters behind it were just not that well thought out... if there was just some more behind the plot of this story I would have given it 4 stars. Still, if you like a good dark ghost story this is one for you. There is very little comic relief or levity in this book so be in the right frame of mind before jumping in.
I tried to get into the book, but couldn't force myself to keep going. The supernatural stuff was totally predictable to the point that the main character (a cardboard protagonist) might have ended up being bored to death. I don't know, because I didn't listen to more than an hour. I think the narrator was ok, given the two-dimensionality of the material he had to work with. I would say, if you're into the horror genre, give this a miss, unless you're ready for a nap.
I got this cause it was halloween season and i wanted a good ghost story. this exceeded my expectations! i really thought this book was great. they need to make a movie out of it, but a good one where they dont change everything in it!