Unbelievably good experience!
The characters were well developed to the point that I almost felt sorry for Manx. Bing was a very entertaining idiot. One of the most memorable moments was in hearing about what happened to Bing's parents.
The reading of this book was the best I've ever heard. I actually took my iPhone around the office to allow people the chance to listen to Kate Mulgrew. I had no idea she was the actress in Orange is the New Black. She is very talented.
This book chilled me to the core like no other horror book I've ever read. And I've read lots by Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Also, it's kind of strange but when I listened to Manx talk about the children and Christmasland, I couldn't help thinking about Michael Jackson's strange fascination with children.
I'd recommend this audiobook even if you aren't interested in horror or fantasy. It took me a long time to give this book a try because the flap copy makes the book sound too bizarre. It IS bizarre, but in a good way. It's impossible to tell someone what this book is about without making them furrow their brows.
the last thing i heard from hill was horns, which was pretty bad. This was great! good solid story, though i felt the ending was a little short/abrupt. over all if he keeps writing like this, he has a life long fan. the reader was excellent!
End user error. Thought I could enjoy a horror story because 1) I like fantasy, 2) I love Kate Mulgrew. I did enjoy Mulgrew's performance and hope to find another book she narrates. I couldn't connect with Vic on any level and just could not engage with the plot. But if horror is your genre, I'm sure you will rave like everyone else does.
I picked up this book after reading that it gave Dr. Sleep a run for best Audible of the year. I had just finished Dr. Sleep and had been satisfied. There were a few more "tidbits" that intrigued me enough try this book, including who the author was, who narrated the piece, that it was 19 hours long and that it might leave me feeling about Christmas the way Pennywise left me feeling about Clowns. Somehow this year, that seemed just right!
I'm a constant reader and I went into this novel with a fair amount of trepidation or at least reservation based on that fact alone. I admit now there was no need. 4 hours in I phoned a friend and said - "you must download this book. You may not google the author." Upon conclusion we both felt exactly the same way about the book.
I can't help but make the comparisons and, frankly I think they were all but invited. When the Author himself invokes pennywise and mid-world, (to name two of many) it is difficult to see how he can rebuff a review noting the obvious from a constant reader. My review is that this is a well crafted and spun story told in a style which felt very familiar and as beloved as my favorite pair of sneakers.
I'll go on to say that the attn to detail is as dead on - I think even greater perhaps than the early King. I feel as if no drop of blood went unaccounted for. I found myself on a couple of occasions wanting to take the headphones off for a particularly brutal scene, but was so compelled by the story that I could not miss a single moment.
I had listened earlier in the year to The Son, which Kate is one of three narrators of. I thoroughly enjoyed her reading there, and even more so here. She captured Manx perfectly and made him even more scary.
Kudos Joseph King, Kudos!
Ranks in the upper third of all the audiobooks.
I loved the librarian in Here, Iowa. Great character
Nice range of voices, sometimes a bit overdone, but it was easy to keep track of who was speaking. I had to chuckle though because I associate her voice with Capt. Janeway and it was hilarious to hear Capt. Janeway say: "suck cock" :)
Very much in the style of Stephen King, Joe Hill keeps up the creepy plot while allowing us to get to know his endearing heroes.
This book reminded me of It because of the power of the children and the awfulness of the whole Christmasland angle.
Probably, although she totally mispronounced the main town in the story and it must have been said a hundred times. The town is called Hay-ver-ill, not Halverill. It drove me crazy and I just wished someone had checked their facts!
At first I noticed myself drifting from listening to the book. I have a long commute and would find my mind drifting. Then, it seemed, all of a sudden, I couldn't wait to get back into the car to listen. Fabulous story. Gripping and held me until the end!
If, like me, you've been missing the real Stephen King, he's finally reincarnated in his son, Joe Hill. I don't know about you, but I loved Stephen King when he wrote supernatural thrillers many years ago. Sadly, in recent years he's been getting duller and duller. Although his writing is still masterful, his content is ho hum. It is astonishing that his son has developed into an equal craftsman - great characters, great dialogue, great plot. But Joe has great ideas for scary stories and we haven't had a good chiller from his dad in decades.
This story is fabulous and creepy and fast paced and wicked fun! Kate Mulgrew renders a stellar performance and you simply cannot shut it off. I listen as I commute and I find myself lingering in the car because I simply have to know what happens next. Hill can create a bagful of terrifying monstrous bad guys and keeps piling on the danger until you can't stand it anymore.
I must also recommend Hill's "Heart-Shaped Box" which is the ONLY horror novel that has actually scared me in three decades. Not kidding. Nothing scares me anymore. But Hill did it when no one else, including King, could.
I cannot wait for more Joe Hill. And I would listen again to anything Kate Mulgrew narrates.
The twists and turns. Easy to follow but not at all predictable
Maggie was one of my favorites. She was trying to help but the more she tried the more she sacrificed. A true friend, motherly yet not motherly at all
I was impressed by her vocal abilities. I must admit I avoid female narrators as they usually do not have the male voice down and just change the tone. Kate was excellent, her characters voices were easily identified by the accent or masking. She did an excellent job of Vic, Maggie and especially Wayne and Charlie. I would listen. To her again.
Yes, if I could have but then again, I didn't want it to end
We'll written but not surprised. Joe Hill was recommended to be years ago with Heart Shaped Box! Excellent read as well
Kate Mulgrew MADE this book. From the first moment I heard her voice I was hooked. I rarely listen to books outside of my car (I commute a lot) but I found myself listening to it whenever I had a free moment. Not only was the story unique and compelling, but Ms. Mulgrew breathed a life into each character that is rarely heard from other actors. I was quickly and eagerly fulled into Joe Hill's world of inscapes and dreams. It's hard to talk about the book without giving anything away, but if enjoy suspense, the supernatural, and strong willful characters then this book is for you.
This book was really out of my genre, so I can't recommend anything.
You can't ask that. It's like picking a favorite child!
Charlie. Yes he's a psychopathic killer, but there's something very moral about him in a sick way.
Kate really needs to do more voice work!!