There is so much to like about the story... Joe Hill's characters seemed like real, flawed people. AND the little easter-egg nods to his father were fun!
She seemed to understand the characters. Perhaps it is the actress in her, but she is able to differentiate characters for the listener just with an accent or tone so that you can tell who is speaking. Sometimes dialogue between characters can be confusing and I don't know who is saying what, but Kate Mulgrew made it much easier to follow. My only minor criticism was the way she used the word "Dude." One of the characters uses the word frequently and the way it is read is not how I would imagine it being used in a conversation... but like I said, it is a MINOR criticism. Overall I think she did a terrific job!
Take a trip to Christmas Land! Be sure to pack your gas mask!
Be sure to listen all the way through to the credits or you will miss the hidden ending. Or is it a new beginning???
Joe Hill, who as it turns out is the son of Stephen King, has outdone dear old dad in this one. I have always loved King books and this rivals the best. Joe has a real talent for creative imagery much like his father and this story is a nailbiter and real treat. Even if you are not a King fan this is one of the best reads around.
Chilling, heart-pounding gold
Kate Mulgrew has a way of changing her voice with each character, changing even the tone of the narration until you're deep in that character's mind, feeling their pulse pounding in your veins with every moment that passes.
I have not, but I love her acting. She's phenomenal as Captain Janeway in Star Trek Voyager, as Red in OITNB, and as Jane Lattimer in Warehouse 13. I knew I had to listen to this story and I don't regret it for a second.
Tabitha Hutter. I love that despite her status as an FBI agent, she was able to sense that there was truth in Vic and Lou's story and tried to give them a chance. She's a geek, she's smart, and she seems pretty awesome.
I knew I wanted to read this, based on the summary and the reviews, but the second I saw that Kate Mulgrew was reading it I had to listen. The story is compelling on its own but I don't think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much as I did, would not have been as immersed in the story as I was, without her voice in my ears, telling it to me. It's a screwed up, terrifying horror story, I knew it would be, but every moment of adrenaline pounding anxiety was worth it.
Say something about yourself!
Thrilling story and great narration this one definitely kept me up till the wee hours listening.
I was looking for a new book and purchased Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. I was happy with that story and decided to break down and check out NOS4A2. I was hesitant because I'm not usually a fan of the traditional vampire story. NOS4A2 is NOT your traditional vampire story.
Joe Hill seems like he wants to fill the shoes of his parents and tear the soles out of them. He writes some impressive characters, dialog and intrigue. As for the narration, Kate Mulgrew blows this out of the water! She brings everything she has to the story, I don't know that anyone else could have done it justice!
Every encounter between Vic and Charles Manx.
I'm familiar with Kate Mulgrew thanks to her acting career. She is great in everything she does and she keeps getting better. I love her in Orange is the New Black. She really brings everything to this performance.
I thought the ending was really great. I don't want to give it away, but Joe really nailed the end.
Everything - Just so d*mn scary which is just what I was hoping for - inventive story concept and awesome execution in storytelling
Definitely hoping for a sequel and very interested in Joe Hill's other works
Nothing! Kate Mulgrew is incredible.
Get this book - it is just a great storytelling experience
Kate Mulgrew breathed full life into each of the characters and their voices echo still in my mind. She gave a strong performance in each role she took, but in particular it was her reading of Manx that was the most disturbing and thus perhaps the best.
No. It was a really good book but it's one of those that you only listen to once.
She really helps bring the story to life
Definitely Vic. Very complex character
Really different story line and great read
Candy-land meets hell
I have not listened to any other of Kate Mulgrew's performances previously, but would not mind trying another. She seemed to have a good understanding of the characters, however sometimes her character voice delivery took away some of the creepiness factor.
This was beautifully written to incite a certain amount of chill with a wonderfully creative idea and plot. I think I may have found a new favorite author to follow in the future.
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.