So exciting, freaky and deliciously disturbing! I seriously was rude to my family for several days because I could not take the buds out of my hears.
This novel consists of real, raw characters with flaws as well as a supernatural spin. Charlie Manx is an excellent villain who truly believes in his cause. Vic Mcqueen is damaged and vulnerable yet strong and completely relatable. Honorable mention to Lou, whom I couldn't get enough of.
This book is about parenting, addiction, internal monsters and self worth.
Highly recommend the story in audio. Kate Mulgrew reading this book has made my top 10 list of unforgettable narrated experiences. Bravo!
I will warn Dracula fans to not be fooled by the title, as this is not your traditional vampire novel. Hardly!
Nobody! it was terrible due to poor writing. I kept trying to get into it but it was hopeless!
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
she was fine it was the lousy story that turned me off.
I was so disappointed to have wasted my credit on this book
I would listen to it again and again for two reasons. One - Joe Hill weaves a dark story in such a compelling way that I can't help but get sucked in time and time again. Second - Kate Mulgrew has the perfect voice, the perfect acting chops and a great sense of when to use her abundant talent to add to a scene and when to leave it alone.
Not to give too much away but I was so touched by Maggie. I loved her character and was broken hearted to see what her gift did to her life. Also Charlie Manx was the perfect bad guy - I abhorred him.
EVERYTHING. She is top on my list of narrators now.
I wanted to, but could not. It certainly made working out less horrible.
listen or read this book as soon as possible.
Ms. Mulgrew vocalizing the word "Wait" for a solid 3 seconds
One of the joys of reading, or of being told a story, is the workout your imagination gets translating words into images and sounds. I could not form an image of any of the characters in Nos4a2 because Ms. Mulgrew's comically over-the-top performance was so distracting. It was a bit like trying to focus each of your eyes on separate things - you can't really reconcile the respective imagery and wind up with a big fat head ache.
Nobody talks like that. Not even a little bit.
You know how you draw a mental image of characters in books? I was left with no choice but to visualize Simpsons characters, because that's exactly what the narrator sounded like. Manx was Mr. Burns, Bing was Nelson ("ha-ha!"), etc.
Oh, and the accents! The Indian characters vascillated between Irish and Spanish, and took little side excursions to Jamaica.
Just read the dialog with the appropriate inflection and get the hell out of my imagination's way. If you say, "He wailed dismally, 'Wait!'", I'll get it without you actually wailing, as Ms. Mulgrew does ad nauseum during this reading. I would be walking and listening and there were many times I stopped in my tracks and thought, "You gotta be f-ing kidding me."
"WAaaoOOaaaaaaiiIIITTttt, Mr. MAAannxx!"
I can safely say that I would have enjoyed this book significantly more if my eyes had taken in the words instead of my poor ears.
Creepy story, creepy narrator. The author, Joe Hill is Stephen King's son. Their writing style is similar. His father draws things out to the point of being boring. I have given up on Stephen King books.
NOS4A2 (Nosferatu, similar to a vampire)took a while for me to get involved in, but I eventually got hooked and wanted to know what is going on? Children being abducted? murdered? Children lured by the chance to go to "Christmas Land".
What's going on with the main female character? Is she crazy? or does she have special powers?
This tale has the creepiness of the clown in "It" by Stephen King. A clown should be a happy character, just as "Christmas Land" should be a Disney like place.
The narrator was perfect for this story. She has a raspy voice that added to all the creepiness.
probably from Kate, but I will wait a while to try Joe Hill
I don't like creepy bad guys; I prefer CIA action to psycho-, socio-, sleazeballs.
Her voices are good
wouldnt know, I didn't finish it.
If you like child killers and rapists, this is the book for you.
It did waste away my commute time but I often found myself wishing for a 15-second skip ahead button. Some of the descriptions are given over and over and over.
Yes. Generally I like his writing. I thought parts of this book were just too predictable.
Overall entertaining, A few. Minor annoyances aside it was a good book.
Just finished this one last night. I wasn't too keen on the narrator Kate Mulgrew. She's a little too over dramatic but otherwise the story was good. I found it to be a mixture of Christine and Salem's Lot. Considering he (Joe Hill) is Stephen King's son that's not surprising.
I think Joe hill is going t be one of my favorites, and this book was excellent. I found my self very wrapped up in the characters, excellent.
Probably in the top 20.
the children in Christmas town!!
She doesn't try to inject drama, and she does a great job on both men's and women's voices.
Oh, for sure Mr. Christmas!
I highly recommend this book to anyone--lovely to listen to, excellent story, and just plain edge of the seat!