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.
OK, I know it's supposed to have been written by Stevie's son, but... Given the age of the main character, the mention of AC/DC (if I remember correctly, a favorite of the senior Mr. King), the descriptive narrative, the whole feel of the book makes me wonder, if it wasn't written by the master, have his books been ghost-written by the son???
This was the first book which made me wish my road trip was 3 hours longer just so I could finish it.
Say something about yourself!
OK! Am I the only one who thinks that the latter Steven King books have become wordy, predictable, and – frankly – a bit boring? Unfortunately, it seems to me that Joe Hill has learned at the knee of the latter (father) Steven King, not the early (daddy) Steven King.
The opening scenes of Heart Shaped Box were excellent. I have been around for many, many years and I find few books, films, etc. to be pleasantly scary. The opening of this book was excellent. It was scary. But then, the story settled into repetitious scenes, much ghost-babble, uninteresting flash backs, etc. In fact, words, words, words.
I once accused an author of writing as if he were paid by the word. The same thought occurred to me while reading this book. “Get on with it, man!”
I found this book to be ultimately boring. (Pre-thanks to the one or two of you who will agree with me.) Oh, yes – good reader!
Good first effort. Unlike the other reviewers, I was not "blown away" by this book. I did not find the book scary or even disturbing. I actually found it predictable and rather plodding, essentially the same scenario occuring over and over again. That said, I would recommend this book with reservations. It's kind of like Stephen King on Nyquil.
This is an amazing book - If I could have given it 10 stars I would have. Stephen King is getting a run for his money from his son Joe. Written in the true vein of previous King novels. The narrator (sort of Sam Elliot-ish) makes this book an even better listen. I'm totally looking forward to the rest of Mr. Hill's books!
This booked created a nice mixture of suspense and horror. I listened to it in two days while working on my yard. I usually tire of a book and have to go back to finish, but this one didn't try to shock you as much as keep a constant pace.
I highly recommend.