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 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'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.
This book is not bad. The story needs to progress more quickly and more smoothly in some places, and possibly throughout. However, it is becoming more difficult to find horror stories that have truly original storylines, and Joe Hill does achieve that in The Heart Shaped Box. Also, the book has strong and frequent moments of suspense, which helped to keep my attention. Stephen Lang is a favorite narrator of mine, and whoever chose him for this novel, did so wisely.
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.
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.
Maybe not from the genre, but certainly from the author.
I had read numerous reviews about this book to make sure I would not be wasting my money, but the reviews were misleading. This book was touted as being intensely frightening and scary, but it was neither. I found it boring and silly, not in the least bit terrifying. It felt more like a short story that was stretched much too far in order to make it into a novel. Incredibly boring and not worth my time.