THis performance was awful. I hated the way she voiced the characters. If the story wasn't so good I would have returned the book.
I love Joe Hill's books and find him to be a wonderful storyteller, but I'm writing the review because Kate Mulgrew's reading is, in my ten years of membership, hands-down one of the three best I've heard. You can't help but get sucked in, and her voicings and nuanced readings are spellbinding.
This is an audiobook that was made by people who love audiobooks. It's a gem to listen to.
If you've read the book, you still owe yourself a listen ESPECIALLY because of the audio-only easter egg in the credits, which is NOT featured in the text. Very cool. My hat's off to Mulgrew and Hill for that little touch alone.
The overall storyline was very intriguing. I love books with strong heroines and I appreciate the twist and turns he puts his heroine, Vick McQueen, through. I may have not liked what happened to her but this was an awesome read.
Just the overall premise. I mean, who thinks of this stuff?
Decent narration. I generally don't go for her narration but she did a pretty good job here..
The Shorter Way,
Read this book! Read this book!
Perhaps one of the best audiobooks I have listened to - certainly in the top 5 and I have listened to over 200.
I was listening to this book and began thinking (without knowing anything about the author) that I had not liked a story as much since I had read "Salem's Lot" as a child. I was stunned when I Googled the author to learn more about him.
One of the best narrated books of my 200. Kate Mulgrew has a wide range of voices and she drew me in to the story. Initial thoughts of Captain Janeway quickly disappeared - though she needs to learn how to pronounce Haverhill ("Hayvrul").
Yes, but the length was too much for one sitting (wish it was even longer, though)
I had already listened to Heart Shaped Box (was OK but not great) and subsequently purchased Horns because NOS4A2 was that good. Joe Hill has really matured and grown as an author. A worthy heir to the king.
The writing and the performance seemed juvenile. Only the 3rd book I have ever started and not finished. And I gave Joe Hill's Horns 5 stars. This one just seemed wrong on too many levels. Most importantly, the character development was just not there. Did not care about any character nor where the plot was going.
Seems like I'm in the minority with my opinion on this one.
Not your usual vampire fiction... Elaborate, imaginative and captivating read if you are in the mood for a serial killer thriller with complex characters and supernatural twists for good measure. Kate Mulgrew is a fantastic narrator!
I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
I just couldn't finish the story. It was just a jumbled mess! It started out promising. A young girl has the ability to "find lost objects" by mounting her trusty bike, crossing a mysterious bridge and arriving right where the object was last seen. The only sacrifice is that she suffers terrible migraines with every trip. The problem is that she begins to track a demented child-killer.(demon?) My problem, the story gets really convoluted. For example, she "travels" and meets a unique librarian. As far as I got, she never sees her again. She "travels" again confronts the killer, stays there starts a new life and starts a family..huh? What happened to her original family? Do they ever search for her? I don't know. I didn't bother to find out.
Hill did well with character development. He really fleshed them out well. He just throw WAY TOO MANY characters in. You can just see him juggling them all. People come and go randomly. As soon as he introduces an interesting character. They disappear. You see glimpses of Stephen King. But he's not quite up to the task.
Disappointment. I cherish my credits. This was a big waste.
I may try to go back later and give it another chance. I just hate to leave all of those strings left untied.
Loved the audio! Kate Mulgrew was a great reader.
Many twists and turns.
The emotion in her voice. So, realistic!!
Joe Hill is Stephen King's son. He is definitely following in his father's footsteps with this book. It is a must read!!!
Divorce attorney needing a break from reality!
Either you are a person destroying your life moment by moment, or you are a person that you knows someone destroying their life one decision at a time. You see the bad decisions and know the outcome already, but cannot make it stop. That is the story of this book. It gives credence to psychosis in a way that I want to believe also. I don't generally enjoy horror or science fiction that much. That said, if my friend likes that genre, then YES this book is for them. The book is well written, the characters so well developed that you find them friend or foe. The heroine is amazingly real and heart-wrenching. Her family is real and you live the story as you hear it. I could not stop listening as I wanted to be there with them, even when I was scared and in the dark at home!
There is nothing to change. The story is creative, scary, well-written, and creative.
At first, her voice is abrasive and rough, but as you listen you completely understand why her voice and her pace work so well. I became completely enthralled in her voice. The scratch adds character details and made me really love the main heroine and live in the story at the moment.
This is an amazing listen. Kate Mulgrew is a revelation as a narrator. She brings the characters to life in a way that few readers do, not just by creating a "voice" for the character, but by tone, inflection, timing, emotion... She clearly put much effort into understanding the overall book before she developed her characterizations. Absolutely phenomenal performance.
And she had great material to work with.This is my first Joe Hill book and it won't be my last.Hill has developed a world (well, two worlds really) that you very easily step into when listening to this book. You become a part of the action, feel the pain behind your left eye, feel a stammer coming on, feel the planks of the Shorter Way Bridge creaking under your ride. Christmasland is no less vivid. One clearly imagines the terror of Scissors for the Drifter.
If you are at all a fan of horror or even just great fiction, this is a book you shouldn't pass up. I'll almost certainly be listening to this again in a couple of years.