I enjoyed every minute of this audio book. It held my attention from the first minute to the last. I love it and will definitely listen to it again. (p.s. You've got some serious competition there, Mr. King.)
I actually had no idea that Joe Hill was Stephen King's son, but I downloaded the book because it was recommended by Audible based on my other downloads. I enjoyed the story, even though it took me a little while to get used to the narrator. And the porn-type music between some of the chapters left me a bit befuddled. Still, I would recommend this book to other fans of the genre.
It took me awhile to get into this story, but once I did I really enjoyed it. It was otherworldly but I felt it was tied together with reality in most cases. It was great as an audio book because you could really let your mind wander and wonder with your eyes closed. I think the reader made the young women sound dumb, but it may have been because he was trying to do a woman, and a southern accent, which should be beautiful, but when a man tries it, it can sound garbled. I would have given the story 5 stars but for the ending. It left me wanting a little more mystery, or backbone. It was a little to middle of the road for me.
Read beautifully. The characters are unique and interesting. The story captures and holds your attention and you are willing to suspend disbelief most of the time.
Stephen King must be one proud Dad. Joe Hill is at least as good as his Dad if not better. I loved this book and I am not a great reader of scary tale. I liked King's "Different Seasons" best of all his books. Anyway this is a great story with a fast paced plot and well defined characters. I listened to it nonstop on my iPod I couldn’t stop. Stephen Lang does a terrific job reading this book too. The best book I have bought in several years.
Don't buy this one if you want a gentle ride! The characters are likable, and the story is chilling. No waiting for something to happen-- this author obviously knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire book. I'm a longtime fan of Stephen King, and a new fan of Joe Hill.
Except for some of the language, this book was excellent...I was walking on the treadmill not even aware of how long I was there each day...so totally into the story!
To simply say this book was really good would be an understatement. The combination of a great book and a narrator equally as great make this audio book too good to stop listening to until the very end. Unlike most books out there, the ending is not just an end, it leaves one with a sense of closure. It does not just end, it ends the way a book is supposed to end- telling you everything you ever wondered about a book when it ended too soon. Stephen Lang does an excellent job of reading this book. He does it in such an amazing way. You cannot stop listening to it, and when you do, you wake up in the middle of the night and see the old man in his old suit sitting in your room mouthing the words "keep listening." Joe Hill did not just write a great book, equaling the best of his father Steven King, he wrote one that might be better than anything King ever dreamed of.
Like a previous reviewer, I too got this book because I'm a huge Stephen King fan - the hook worked on me too! And, like another reviewer, I was prepared to be disappointed. NOT! Joe Hill is definitely his father's son. I compare Joe Hill to his father because, as far as I'm concerned, Stephen King is the best modern writer out there and I compare every book and author in the horror genre to the best. Hill's characters are superbly developed, the story line is wonderfully scary and original, and the progression is fast paced. As I got close to the story's end I couldn't put it down - but, at the same time, I didn't want it to be over! I loved it and will be a Hill fan for as long as he can crank out horror of this quality.