I'm not sure if if this book would have been better if the narrator didn't always sound like she was just teetering on the edge of histrionics. The story was kinda vague undefined supernatural suspense cliché. So, unless you like the possible annoyance of having to listen to a crazy lady for 10 hrs, you might want to spend your time doing something else.
The beginning really draws you in but then the story falls apart. After a while it jumps around and spends a lot of time on bit parts that don't do it any good. I like Joe Hill but this was a miss for me.
What really did it in for me was Kate's narration. It was grating and I couldn't take it anymore. After 30 chapters I gave up. Kate saying "whaaaaaat thhhhhhaaaaaaaa fuuuuuuuuuuaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuccck" will haunt me for the rest of my life.
I'm so glad I'm not alone in my assessment of this book. To even think of comparing Joe Hill's writing to Stephen King's writing is ridiculous. Sorry, Joe Hill is not his father. His writing totally lacks the finesse and the extraordinary qualities that has made Stephen King a master and one of the most famous writers of our time.
In this book, there are no subtleties whatsoever---in any of the characters, in the language or in the plot. One reviewer here, Lynne, said it best about how the author decided what "images would be repulsive, sickening, offensive, disgusting or distasteful".
And I totally enjoy the horror and supernatural genres and totally don't mind swearing and necessary violence when it's integral to the story and is done with a careful hand. But here it's all unrelenting.
And don't get me started on the characters. These are all abrasive, unlikeable and annoying. Sorry, again, but Kate Mulgrew's narration is partly to blame. I love Kate Mulgrew's acting and I even decided on this book partly because she narrated it. But everyone sounded so harsh,angry and over-the-top, that I couldn't care for any of them.
I must go listen to 11/22/63 again to forget about this one.
Oh yes. Kate Mulgrew made this story come alive much more alive than my inner monologue ever could.
I honestly can't think of one
When Vic was on the run from the police
This story is the type of story that churns your gut at every page. Every character was laughably human but so beyond life. I love this book. Please read.
I usually hate suspense. Im the type to skip ahead to get over a tense part. However, I didnt want to miss a word of what was happening in this book. I think it was perfectly narrated and well written to boot.
Comparing Joe Hill to Stephen King isnt fair as they both have distinct voices. But I was continually struck by how effortlessly Hill built a world that easily coexists in the same universe as Derry, Maine.
The book is creepy and you will never hear the word Christmas without having at least some passing shivers.
Kate Mulgrew's narration (performance) is amazing. The voices, perfection. Loved this!!
I loved this book. A story so well done that you can't put it down and yet you never want it to end. Joe Hill is as great a horror writer as his dad Stephen King .