Kate Mulgrew's reading is, as always, wonderful, and the book itself is remarkably similar to the works of Stephen King in so many ways. The fact that the quality overall was so high is what makes its major blunder so incomprehensible. When you use real locations to bring the story into the believable world, you have to get it right. The town of Haverhill, MA is a key location, referred to dozens and dozens of times in the book. It turns out that ANYONE who has been there, or within 30 miles of it, knows that it's pronounced "HAY-vrill", not "HAV-er-hill". How is it possible that no one in the chain of author, publisher, director, producer, and actor managed to catch this? I know nobody from Seattle could care less, but to us from here, it's like having your knuckles bashed with a hammer every 20 minutes for 20 hours.
Otherwise, nice story.
loved it! I really loved the style that this book was written in and the performance was awesome. she really got in to every character and man can she do a great bad guy voice!!
Psycho child killer and the creepy gas mask man. This could give you nightmares.
When title was explained and Charlie Manx
As someone born in Haverhill I have long heard and tolerated "outsiders" who mispronounce it as have/er/ hill instead of hay/ver/ill . I have grown quite tolerant of it over the years. Joe "Hill" hails from Maine and lives in Exeter. its almost inexcusable to allow his very interesting and fast paced story to be dragged down with such a silly pronunciation error. It was really an irritating distraction at times when I would find myself unexpectantly jarred out of my reverie and right back to the thought..."shit... is that going to keep happening for the entire story...argh". Respect
With apologies for the comparison, but it's both inevitable and relevant. Stephen King infuses his writing with humor, a whimsy and an affection for his characters lacking in his son's work. Joe Hill seems to have characters solely to torture them. The premise was decent but the story dragged on and on and IMHO been far superior if shortened by a third.
After getting through this book as well as Heart Shaped Box, I find I'm left with a sort of mental haggardness and unlike many other novels,, no desire whatever to linger in their worlds or with their poor, shattered inhabitants.
Ms. Mulgrew's accolades baffle me. As an extremely experienced audiobook listener, I found her grating, many characters male and female sounding alike. She made most women sound like inebriated harridans, course, mean and irate. The men were little better and often juvenile sounding.
Seeing her name linked to other books would 👆 definitely give me pause. Most likely I would pass them by. I had been wanting to hear Locke and Key after this but no longer, as Ms. Mulgrew is prominently listed among the cast.
I struggled to get through this book at first, almost put it aside completely, but ended up loving it in the end. This is quite a dark and imaginative tale, and once the story really got going, I was hooked.
The first...probably third of the book had me struggling. I almost stopped 2 chapters in due to the butchering of New England pronunciations. That's what really killed me. As a native to Massachusetts, I was incredibly annoyed that the narrator would not take the time to learn the proper pronunciation of words like 'Haverhill' and 'Frappe'. It was very distracting, and took me completely out of the story. After putting it down and listening to another book first, I decided to give it another try. I almost put it down a second time, but pushed through. It's still quite grating, but thankfully the words show up less and less the further into the story you go.
Otherwise, I thought the narration was wonderful. I will definitely recommend it.
I'm only gonna talk about Kate's narration. The story creeped me out so bad I had nightmares.
Kate brought the characters to life in a way I never knew was possible. Mr. Manx haunted my dreams and even my day dreams.
Kate put so much life into the reading you really felt like they were there and you were watching the whole thing with your mind's eye.
I cannot make a recommendation either way but know that this book has violence and bad language to boot.
I'm glad I don't celebrate Christmas. *shudder*
No, I typically don't re-read or listen to the same one twice as a rule but if I wanted to go over it again I would have to read it instead of listening.
I just didn't like her voice, sounded whinny, almost nasally, like a smokers voice. She was a little overly dramatic in parts, over emphasizing, and then monotone in others.
I picked this book because his father is my favorite author of all times. The story itself is good, but it seemed to be a combination of a lot of his father's works rolled into the details of it. Had I not known who he was I probably wouldn't have made that connection, but still a good book all the same.
The story was great from beginning to end, very well thought out. The writer is gifted in the manor of Stephen King in that the descriptions are so good you can "see" them! Kate Mulgrew is an awesome narrator and really gave life to the characters!
I really had a hard time turning this one off, grabs you by the ears!!
Kate Mulgrew's performance was stellar. Each character in the book had a unique sound and style and her voice was just perfect for the story. The story itself was well-imagined and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.