I thought this book needed a good editor - things dragged on a little too long and the middle dragged too far from the heart of the story i.e. the ongoing relationships between those who can cut through reality to thoughts (Vic, Mags, Charlie). I did like that heart of the story, but Hill's writing suffers too much from excessive and unnecessary scatological and juvenile language (including all the swearing, which is a significant amount). His father had a tendency to lean a little too far that way, but either he has a better editor or enough self control to rein it in (and enough talent in other places to make it tolerable). This is the first book I listened to that was narrated by Kate Mulgrew, and she did a terrific job with all the characters.
Yes, I know who this guy is and that makes it a little more difficult to picture him without the shadow behind him. I give him A+ for imagination and that is most impt tool for an author. I thought the book was too long. It sagged in the middle. Needed more editing. And I HATED the narrator and yes, I know who she is. When you quit listening to the story and start thinking about how you don't like the narrator, something is dreadfully wrong. I found her voice grating, intrusive and too melodramatic. All that said, I will continue to read Joe Hill.
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After reading this story I realized I've never seen or read a story such as this. Far fetched and unbelievable. Only predictable in the end and rightfully so or else I would have been very upset. If your looking for different this is your book.
This book dragged on and on and on. I stopped listening to it, finally. Yes, he can construct good sentences and dialogue and descriptions. However, this is just a boring plot. He is asking us to follow him through decade long timelines with little that is neither interesting nor scary.
Yes- because I'm tired of getting 'horror' novels that aren't scary in the least and simply wastes of time.
She was the ONLY reason I listened for as long as I did. She is what made this horrible story somewhat interesting.
Anger that I wasted the money buying this.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin
I got this book on a whim totally out of my norms, but it was a fun ride. I'm unfamiliar with this author but I will be buying more books with his name on it. I only wish that he had more books listed on Audible and that the reader he got read more books that were for sale she didn't incredible job you will not be disappointed the author match the book impeccably with an incredible narrator. Outstanding job I give both of you a bow.
Unable to get interested in the characters. The narration was great, but book just couldnt' hold my attention.
Kate Mulgrew was terrific.
The conversations with Bing and Charlie
The voices, heart, strength of Vic in particular.
Strong novel. I thought this would read as Steven King lite, but Joe Hill quickly showed me that he is his own man. I will read more of his work.
Fascinating story from beginning to end. Unusual characters who are fully explored. Real heroes come in all packages( but not Christmas presents!!!)
There are so many to choose from. The first child revealed from Christmas-land with her tiny little rows and rows of hooks instead of teeth.... gives me chills just thinking about it.
WONDERFUL narration by Kate Mulgrew.I couldn't have been creepier or more powerful. Each character was richly realized.
This is a toss-up for me between Lou, the obese yet noble man who is braver than the fiercest warrior, if that warrior were a comic book loving nerd. And the the Wraith itself, a car with the chilling and pathological intelligence of the most evil spirits ever.
This was a good story. I enjoyed it very much but what made me write a review was the narration. This was by far the best narration I have ever heard. Absolutely masterful!!!
She absolutely brought these people to life. Amazing job
No no no! It was the worst book I've ever listened to! Can't believe the reviews were so good! Couldn't even finish it!
Not that I could imagine.. Really twisted
It was just horrible! Can't believe I actually paid money for this waste of time