The book opened with a bit of confusion, due to short chapters and jumps in time, but became quickly more palatable. The only jarring note was continued sexual focus I found a bit off putting. Aside from that it was a fantastic book, and high on my list for audiobooks.
I have never heard Kate Mulgrew narrate before, and I was blown away. She brought the characters to life, in exhilarating and often creepy ways, and made the action of the story seem incredibly vivid. I plan to look for other books she has narrated.
I would have loved to listen to the book all at once, but 19 hours was a bit much. I finished it in less than a week though, and was riveted the whole way.
2 words - Kate Mulgrew. This was a very good and original story. a real nail biter! Still, I can't imagine it without Kate Mulgrew's vioce.
Ms Mulgrew left me in awe of her ability to not only voice each character, but also to embody their emotions.
I am probably the only one who doesn't like the narration for this particular story. Kate Mulgrew is a fine narrator and for other stories (maybe crime stories with a grouchy washed-out cop as the lead) she would be excellent. From what I can tell, I am one of the only ones with the issue though.
As far as the story goes, I enjoyed it. A little slow and a lot of detail, but a great storyline and good character development.
yes - very intense
There are not enough words to write on Kate's performance. She did such an amazing job with ALL characters. She brought the characters to life including the flaws. I mean WOW!!
I think this book is just too complex for the screen.
Kate Mulgrew's talent in coming up with distinct voices, and the great characters she got to use them with.
Some of the characters felt incredibly real, and they weren't just the good guys. Lou grew on me much more than he had a right to, and I was glad to find him evolving throughout the story. The Gas Mask Man, on the other hand, started out gross and creepy, and ended positively scary.
In my experience, most female narrators try too hard when acting male voices. As a consequence, I'm pulled away from the story to cringe at the result. Her acting, however, felt subtle, effortlessly convincing, even with all the screaming she had to do. Every major character was unique, and in spite of it, I was never reminded that this was a woman acting out the male characters' voices. I have to say she changed everything I thought about female narrators, and I look forward to hear more stories narrated by her.
Quite a bunch, mostly by the last quarter of it. The tale of Nathan Demeter (the real horror story in this book, as far as I'm concerned), the attack on Vic by the lake, Maggie, Lou's struggles, Vic's encounter with her father, and the ending.
Plucked from a different cloth of storylines, full of strong characters with gripping emotions and back stories. Perfect amount of horror, drama, and emotions. This is my first Joe Hill novel and I am now an official groupie.
The unexpected plot line that immediately grabbed my attention. I was instantly invested in all the characters both good and evil.
Pretty sure Lou, Victoria's husband. Dude, he (she) was awesome.
Wayne. For reasons only I know.
Step out of your comfort zone or it will close in on you. I took a chance on this incredible delight and won more that i could have even imagined. Kudos to both Joe Hill and Kate Mulgrew
I have now read all of Hill's novels (and a few short stories) and this book is him at the top of his game. The two previous books were solid and enjoyable, but this one is on the next level. I can't wait to see what he does next, and how well the next novel stacks up to this one!
I truly could not pick just one. Mulgrew did a stellar job with so many voices and characters and dialects, and keeping them all separate and unique was truly a triumph.
This book had so many twists and turns in the story that I could hardly stop listening. I would be decorating our house for Christmas and baking cookies listening to grisly passages and morbid parts. The symbiosis of author and narrator in this book was remarkable, and I cannot recommend it enough!
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.