Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
3 stars is generous and it is only because he can write. I found the story far-fetched with undeveloped characters I really didn't care about. Some of his themes are really overused and predictable (no spoilers here.) Why does he feel he has to follow in King's footsteps, anyway?
On the bright side, the narrator did a great job.
As a new member to Audible and this being the first audiobook I have listened to, it was more than i expected.
I am and always have been a big fan of Stephen King and John Saul. The storylines and concepts that they have, i can feel my imagination run with thier writing styles. Joe Hill at first was a streach for me. It was one that i appreciate i did do.
If you are not a fan of the "F"-bomb, the first few hours of the book will be a bit to get thru. After the initial 150 of them you just become immune or they stop using it.
All in all the book was something that i would reccomend to anyone that is interested in Dark storylines and has an open mind.
Great job narrator and Joe Hill!!!!
I really enjoyed this book. I am a fan of Stephen King, and bought this book based on that (I know, shallow, but it worked this time). I thought the story was very original and very scary, I enjoyed the characters, even the bad ones were very good in that they seemed to me to be true to themselves. I hope this is the beginning of a long line of books from Mr Hill. I will be looking for his work in the future.
I read Horns first, and was quite impressed. This novel came before Horns, but I felt it was not as good. I agree with another reviewer here, that I had a hard time caring much about the self-styled, goth/heavy metal star. He collects and discards women companions and doesn't even call them by their name but by the state they came from - like a product, and surrounds himself with things like snuff films and letters of women burned alive as witches. Unlike horns, it is just hard to care about these characters. The humanity is slowly developed to a small extent as the story goes on, but it is kind of too little too late. The main character is just not particularly likeable or appealing or even interesting, so it is hard to really get too excited about his woes.
Also, the story plods along a bit. After a while, it is just the main characters being tortured by a ghost and doesn't really seem to go anywhere for long stretches.
It isn't bad, and certainly has its moments, and many might find it scary. But I felt the characters are just too dark for too long to really make the reader care much about them, and the story just isn't as strong as Joe HIll's other work.
I'd never heard of Joe Hill before, but upon learning he was Stephen King's son, was intrigued to see if the gift is in the genes. It is! This is a great ghost story, but also a great story of relationships and what people will do to keep the important ones intact.
A good listen and a wonderful first novel for Joe Hill. I look forward to reading him for years to come!
The story kept moving forward at a very quick pace. I can't think how many times I wondered how anything more could happen, but it did. I would have liked a more interesting ending, but as a whole, a pretty good book. The narrator was very good.
I simply can't finish this book. It's dark and disturbing. But that's not the reason I can't finish it... It's because I'm about 1/3 of the way through and frankly I could care less about the protagonist. I'm sure as the story proceeds one might grow to care or at least become interested in Jude.
However I can't stick it out that long. The author/narrator reads like a reduced-speed automaton (which has been programmed to sound ominous) and the female characters all sound mentally challenged.
The narration, along with the boring protagonist, don't provide the motivation I need to muddle through this dark story.
The author is otherwise a talented writer. I wish his success with his next effort.
I like the premise of the story, but it seemed to be dragged out longer than it needed to be. There seemed to be a lot of 'filler'.
Not as good. I enjoyed Horns much more.
The performance was average, but what really brought it down as a whole was the unnecessary techno musical interludes placed randomly throughout the reading.
This is Deep Psychology, real enough to be real..which makes it all the more Scary. I thought Koontz and Craven had the Top of the list, but Wow, this was a story and Joe Hill nailed it.
1. Suspenseful, it kept it going, to the very last 30 seconds I kept thinking 'Will She...'
2. Dark and Deep, a kind of Hypnotic Lull.. I at times thought it to dark and I wanted to be happy, but I wanted to find out how the story played out. The characters are on constant edge, so tired of the chase that it would be easier to give up kind of drama.
3. "It Could Happen" kind of Ghost / Spirit points. Who hasn't seen a ghost, had a premonition etc.
One of the Darkest Stories ever, not gore, but Pure Evil, Angry vs Love and Triumph. But mostly the ending, that is always the hardest point of any book/story. Again Joe Hill Nailed it, it will surprise you to the bitter end. Imagine someone from beyond the grave can control your mind, and whose one goal is to kill you at all cost. He can appear anywhere, control others to come at you, even your girlfriend...that my friend is not something I want to happen to me..
Tick Tock by Dean Koontz. This one was better than Tick Tock but it had the same 'being chased by the Devil Himself Panic.
Craddock...The one who came back from the dead with a Vengance to Kill Jude and anyone who helped him. The Voice was un-nervingly evil, calm and leacherous.
Craddock. His Character just never quit, was around every corner, a evil presence that could control your mind and make you see/do what ever he wanted you to do. Part Army Interrogation/Hypnosis and Voodo...
A Dark Book, it evelopes you this way. As noted a few times I was like 'to depressing' and I wanted to go out and do something else. But ever time I stopped the audio book I couldn't wait to continue it.
I definately thought I saw a 2nd part brewing there...Craddocks daughter is still alive after all !
Sure. It was enjoyable. I think the narrator did good voices and there were a lot of interesting details and side notes along the way.
Gosh I'm bad at remembering stuff. "Horns", also by Joe Hill comes to mind. It's basically a creepy horrorfest wrapped around a gritty mystery thriller. So if that's your bag, look no further.
He did a good job with differentiating character voices. He added just the right amount of emotion into scenes and line reading.
They were all memorable! I guess Florida stuck with me the most since she's the real mystery. You get to know her piece by piece and her story is so compelling.
I really liked this. But whoever thought it was an awesome idea to pipe in terrible synthy hair rock between some chapters ... I just can't. Notable musicians were mentioned throughout the book; I don't think any of them would have appreciated the musical interludes here. Please stick to the storytelling; no more music.