The book started with a bang and grabbed me immediately. by the middle of the story it gets messy and you can see it headed for happily ever after land.
So it is no surprise when it does arrive at the ridiculous sappy sweet ending. So much potential, completely wasted by pandering to my fellow Americans childish need for a pacifier.
The narrator was great. I don't know why I didn't like this book more except to say I just didn't enjoy the feelings I had while listening. I felt depressed and sometimes guilty, but rarely ever thrilled or interested. The author takes a very cynical view of people and especially faith. I found it frustrating and unbelievable that when people were talking to Ig they were all bad and all had negative feelings about him. As the book went on, I never saw any reason people would not have liked Ig, yet to hear his entire family, friends, and church members talk, not one had anything positive to say about him. It was unbelievable that a"perfect" girl like Merrin would love someone everyone else thought so unloveable....and what was his biggest flaw? Asthma? Really?
Later in the book Glenna and Terry had a bit more depth to their characters and I appreciated that, but the rest were just one dimensional. For some reason, this book made me just feel sad and glad it was over.
I loved Nos4a2, so I know j like Joe Hill sometimes. This one was just one I hope to forget soon.
Not sure what I was expecting. But it wasn't this. The narrator did great. The story was a bit winding and more than a bit crazy. Overall it was good. Not my usual reading fare, but I liked it.
human being in progress
I'm solidly on team Joe. The second half of this two act story bored and confused me. The first half is worth the price of admission, but the let down factor is real.
The story pulled me in right away but as the plot developed I began not to care about the ending. Finished it because it is my book club read this month. Otherwise I may have not read it all the way through
The story takes place over about 3 days with flashbacks which moves the story along. Joe Hill nails the teenageissues, first love issues, family issues, etc. The whole idea of the book, waking up with horns growing out of your head, is funny and unique and makes the story interesting.
I listened to the book over 2 days on a flight home from Hawaii and it made the long trip go by quickly and enjoyably. An easy and enjoyable listen for sure.
First time I have had Fred as a narrator...he did a great job with all the characters. He made them distinct w/o going over board on the voices.
It takes you back to first loves, teen years, etc. Kind of makes you wonder what people are REALLY thinking - and we would all know that if we had horns!
I am a big Stephen King fan, and Joe Hill (King's son) is doing great on his own and in his own rite. this is the second book I have listened to of his and they were both great.
Yes - it was an interesting read with original concepts and likable character perspectives.
Unsure. It was like a supernatural murder mystery.
No - this was the first. He did a good job voicing the main character and the others were pretty good.
No...too long for one sitting.
"Horns" started off great, with the right kind of pace and character development that kept the reader engaged and the plot moving forward. As a whole, the story was well organized and made interesting by being told through other character perspectives.
I liked that the back story and history of the characters was revealed in the form of flashbacks; however some went on a bit too long which would sometime leave the reader wondering where the main story had left off. The supernatural element of the horns is still something I didn't fully understand after finishing the book and the main character's full transformation near the end still left me a bit confused.
Altogether is was entertaining and worth the read as being something different, which can be appreciated. There were clues scattered throughout the story which would make it fun to read again. I haven't watched the movie version yet, but I can't imagine it topping the book.
There was a neat reference to Hill's previous work "Heart-Shaped Box" and "Horns" only verified that Hill's writing is becoming very distinctive to be scattered with various music and pop-culture references. I only hope that this doesn't end up dating his work, or become lost on another generation over the next decade.
Pros: neat idea and good execution.
Cons: a bit blasphemous at times when it didn't need to be and the explanation for the supernatural elements were not conveyed very well.
Bottom line: overall good and worth the read, length wasn't too bad and the characters were enjoyable.
The story is very good much as you would expect from the King family. But I write this review for the narrator. He is absolutely outstanding. In my opinion one of the 2 top narrators I have listened to in more than 100 books. He could probably make one cry at the reading of the declaration of independence. His inflections are spot on every time. Love him.