Ever since a childhood hiding under the covers of my bed with a flashlight... The quest for the next adventure continues unabated.
Narrator a Gem!
I am not usually a big science fiction fan. However, I found this book a wonderfully creepy escape from my usual mysteries, novels, and histories. Mulgrew really made this story! Her capacity to fully inhabit each character allowed the reader to imagine appearances, and motivations were well covered. I loved the original plot and incorporation of the inexplicable during a "typical" moment in time. It takes a lot for me to award 5 stars - the fact that I felt each category merited 5 stars reveals one of my favorite listens to date. Such fun to read - you will not be disappointed with this purchase!
I want to read books that take me to a "place and/or time" I've never been. On the other hand, I love reading about places where I HAVE been.
I must start out by rating Kate Mulgrew as the narrator. She was fabulous and I want to hear more from her. As for the story...sorry, I guess I am getting old and cranky. I used to enjoy Stephan King books "back in the day." I looked forward to reading his son's book. All I kept thinking while listening was that the person who wrote this was a disturbed, sad individual. I really do not know if that is true but that is the feeling I got. I wish I could have suspended disbelief better. I do think Joe Hill is a very good writer but I did not enjoy the subject. In fact, it 'creeped' me out.
So many people really gave this book rave reviews. It is probably just me.
Hill tries a bit too hard here, and the story is rife with cliches and borrowed devices from better books. Think Stephen King at his most hackish. At least King writes interesting characters. Mulgrew's narration is fine, but sometimes seems to lack the appropriate emotional voice in some scenes. The biggest problem is with Hill's characters, who are a bit flat and uninteresting. This was my first Joe Hill novel, and it will probably be the last.
pit bull advocate
Creepy, creepy, creepy.
Kate Mulgrew did an incredible job with all the characters. She was tough and creepy and vulnerable. She really helped make the story so powerful.
Not Mr. Manx!
Great book. I teach school and one of my students started singing Christmas carols during class. Being that it was August and I was listening to this book on my commute, I literally got goose bumps.
Entertaining but not great
yes, if you want a "no brainer" kind of book.
Probably. Any B stars would work
An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
I was an instant fan of Joe Hill after "Horns", and his latest efforts have only solidified my affection for his style, his amazing characters and his plots - which are both highly imaginative but also very grounded. This book has his distinctive creep factor coupled with his amazing talents for storytelling and descriptive verse. His gut-twisting villain is just as engaging as his brazen heroine, Vic McQeen. There is humor, there is terror, there is humanity. This book is scary, action-packed, moving, funny and simply...great.
I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.
I'm not sure if "intense" is a good way to describe this book - but I will tell you that I had dreams of vampires for a week! It was creepy - it was brutal - it was GOOD. Joe Hill did a great job of taking the reader into the world of mental imbalance. I didn't give the book 5 stars because I just couldn't wrap my brain around a world that exists in the mind but causes real bodily harm...
Kate Mulgrew did a great job narrating. Her voice is distinctive - and good.
Definitely less cruelty.
This was my first purchase of a Joe Hill novel.......probably my last. I love frightening...I love mystery....I love scare my socks off. I do not love having my stomach churn and having to turn off my player for it to settle down. Describing cruelty for entertainment purposes is not my cup of tea. If you enjoy this sort of thing, that's your choice and this would be a good one for you. I, however, will not be listening to the second and third segments. The first third was enough for me. Also, the narration left a lot to be desired. Too many of his voices sounded alike. They all sounded like they had a severe mental problem.
EVERYTHING tied together. No loose ends. Very tight storyline. And it was just fun and, of course, horrible, like a horror story should be.
She made it come alive and gave each character a believable voice. She did Mr. Manx especially well. Very talented reader. I would get another book read by her even without knowing anything else about it.
Victoria McQueen. Very modern American Heroine.
I really think Joe Hill is starting to be better than his dad. For me anyway ;-)
Kate Mulgrew knows how to tell a story. Narration can make or break a story. I listened to Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box a while ago and didn't like it much. The narrator did a competent job of reading the story, but he didn't *act* it, and the characters never came alive for me. Kate Mulgrew can ACT. The voices she creates for the different characters are realistic and, for Charlie Manx and Bing, absolutely chilling. She is amazing.
This book kept me awake at night wondering if N0S4A2 might be coming for me.