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.
It was long and at times hard to follow. I will not listen to this again, got it on the high reviews and excepted more as I listened but never came, but may have been better if it had different narrator. Want to return!
In my top three. I loved it! I will go and listen to his other books, this was my first book by Joe Hill.
Really not sure.
I have not listened to her before, I did enjoy her though.
I liked the idea of the book, I found it unique.
Joe Hill is following in his father's footsteps while making his own. This book scared the crap out of me! I loved every minute of it and wished it went on forever.
The wonderfully crafted dark beauty of the setting in this book may inspire you to channel your inner tortured artist and paint the Christmas Town of your own nightmares. A five star horror novel for sure; Joe Hill has just ensured that I will pick up everything he pens from here on out.
I guess Hill is not for me. I did not like this book any more than Heart Shaped Box.
This was a good horror story that gained my interest immediately. Highly imaginative and descriptive leaving me with wonderful visuals in my head. While there were some slow moving sections, for the most part, it kept me entertained and looking forward to more. I had a bit a problem with the narrator - sometimes I felt like I was a kindergarten student at story time - a bit too dummie-downed for my taste. I look forward to more from this imaginative writer and less from the over-the-top narrator.
It was a really good story. Mr. Hill has a knack for story telling. It was a very pleasant surprise to find that the author is not floating on his father's famous coattails, but can hold his own. He has inherited his father's pull no punches/take no prisoners style of writing.
The Heart Shaped Box. Because it, too, was written by Joe Hill and is also a good listen/read.
I enjoyed Ms Mulgrew's reading. She's got a bit of a raspy voice, but the main character is kind of a raspy gal, so it works out great.
"Christmasland...it's so much fun it'll steal your heart and your soul, if you're not careful."
I look forward to enjoying many more of Mr. Hills books.