Born again book reader and listener.
Strong characters and an electric atmosphere kept me listening to the end. Highly recommend Heart-shaped box.
All the reviews said that this was scary. I didn't think that was the case.
I also found it hard to care about anything that was happening because you couldn't tell what was real and what wasn't real. I like that when it's done right, but I didn't think it worked here at all.
Awesome listen. Very Stephen King-ish (duh), so I was very happy. Dare I say it was more creepy than a SK? Yes. I read the reviews and some people where upset about the sexual abuse in the book, and they felt it was unnecessary. I disagree- I feel like it was completely necessary for the story.
Anywhoo- my only complaint is the music. I mean, it sounds like the soundtrack from the Sega Genesis Roadrash game blasting in my ears. Not a fan. If I wanted to hear that is head down to my local euro-disco, but I'd rather pluck my eyelashes out.
I really liked the characters. Jude, Georgia and Florida were fairly developed by the end of the book. I think the thing I liked the least was when we finally figured out who the ghost was. It sapped some of the scariness out of the novel. There was also a part that was a little too like Beetlejuice towards the end that made me roll my eyes.
Jude, of course. He was one cool dude.
Sure. It actually reads a bit like a screenplay. I think some good editing would make the film better than the novel
It's not a bad read. My biggest problem is that they never explain how the ghost was tied to the suit. I also felt the ending dragged. There were a couple of false endings too.
I really enjoyed this story...it was interesting and had a unique plot...the only thing that I thought needed some work was the accents and verbiage used to indicate southern accents...but that's really insignificant
A different narrator. It's as if the narrator doesn't understand the pivotal parts of the story. He sounds as if he's trying to sound ominous throughout the entire recording. But if everything sounds ominous then nothing does. His reading of the words didn't match the meaning of the words. All one level. It became monotonous.
Honestly, it's hard to tell. I switched to a different audiobook because of the drone of the narrator. I may need to buy the Kindle version because I think the story is good.
possibly, if the recommendation came from a good source
Premise started strong. Same with the book and there were some genuinely creepy moments. Then I thought the writer decided to the change gears and go for more of a Peter Straub "Ghost Story" Vibe which didn't fit with what had been set up at all. I thought he broke his own rules for the haunting and that turned me off.
The story presented here is unique in that in a dangerous supernatural situation the characters still act like human beings. They react in ways you can identify with. Gone are the obnoxious skully-esque acrobatics to remain skeptical that are the hallmarks of the horror genre. This is one of the best horror novels I've experienced in recent times. The only downside is the narrators southern accent on one of the characters gets a little grating.