I like edgy, offbeat books. All of my audiobooks are mysteries because I listen in the car. I prefer to read more literary works.
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Having just listened to Dr Sleep, I see a connection. There is even mention of the True Knot in this book. There is a need for suspension of disbelief, and once you accept that you can roll with the action and feel part of it.
Her voice was appropriate for both male and female voices. She exaggerated the voices of Bing and Charlie, but they came across as appropriately creepy.
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I am happy that Joe Hill has the skill to continue his father's amazing work and to give it his own personality. I look forward to reading much more of his work.
Joe wrote a good book and Kate did a excellent job of narration. It never got boaring I actually took the long way home a few times just to listen a little longer.
Yes, I would. The narration by Kate Mulgrew is great! She really brings life to the characters and pulls you into the story!
I don't think I have ever read a book like this book. The closest would be Stephen King's Salem's Lot. I think the parallel there is obvious. :) I plan to read more of Joe Hill and Stephen King after listening to this great book.
No, I haven't. After this though, she is a narrator I will keep my eye out for.
Triumph through the static.
This book definitely has it's share of twisted and creepy. It was also sad and funny and sweet in some parts too. It completely pulled me in. I normally only listen to audiobooks on my daily drive but I found myself listening to this at home when I did the dishes or the laundry. Any excuse to keep listening. I finished the last 3 hours in one sitting because I just couldn't stop! So worth it!
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Excuse the cliché, but Joe Hill didn't fall far from the proverbial tree. He writes action scenes that are so like his father's that you can barely tell the difference. His characters are also finely drawn, with believable foibles and failings. The pacing was excellent, especially given that he had to pause to show how Vic McQueen grew from "The Brat" of the first part, into the troubled adult of the second part. It was also refreshing to find "morbidly obese" Lou Carmody cast in the role of a fully realized, sympathetic hero. Of course all of that could easily have been ruined by a mediocre reading, but Kate Mulgrew is outstanding, giving each character an individual voice, as well as increasing the pace and urgency in her voice when the text called for it. If you're looking for horror, you can't do much better than this.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was good, the characters believable, and Kate Mulgrew's narration was excellent. There were few slow spots, so it kept my interest throughout. A few times I found myself sitting in my car in the driveway listening to see what happened next.
Joe Hill, maybe. Horns was OK. Kate Mulgrew, heck no. She was absolutely awful. Apparently everyone but the narrator is either a raspy old man OR a drunk Sarah Palin impersonator hopped up on ecstasy.
No. It's just not that good. It's weirdly written with the strange breaks, Vic isn't a character to root for and the plot is contrived. I just didn't like it, at all.
Anyone, dear God anyone. She was awful. Her narration voice is fine, pleasant in fact, but her characters were just atrocious. Her Bing was so bad I wanted to drive off the road.
It's scary, it's haunting, and Hill does a pretty good job with the imagery, especially the characterization of the children.
Not worth a credit.
I like a book that mixes horror and comedy - it's an awkward blend of suspense and release.
Very few novels get a second read from me. (or a second listen).
Even fewer get a third, or a fourth. I'm on my fifth listen of this story.
I wish I could put into words the ways that this book exceeded any expectations I've got in a horror book, but I can't. The best thing I can tell you is that I wish I could find more books of this calibre; not only in terror and darkness, but in storytelling style. The pacing is perfect, the writing is perfectly balanced between description and action, enough backstory to fill you in, but not so much that you lose track. The scares are sometimes expected, and sometimes come out of the blue. Hill hints at things to come, but still leaves you worrying.
I can not praise this book, and this narration enough!
The narration is above and beyond anything else I've heard on Audible! I hope that Ms. Mulgrew does more horror stuff; she makes the bad guy so slitheringly vile, and creates a heroine who is empowered and broken at the same time.
If you're still reading this review - here's some qualifiers, (I always wonder if this reviewer has the same tastes?).
I love pop-horror. My other five-star books from Audible include authors like Christopher Moore, David Wong and Chuck Palahniuk. Quirky odd stuff that's contemporary. This novel is probably one of my all-time favorite books; up there with It and The Stand.
If you're STILL reading this review, debating whether to get this book, why? Why are you waiting?
Kate Mulgrew did such a perfect job animating the characters in this very rich book, I have not experienced another audio book so fully.
I did not know who Mr. Hill's father was when I listened to N0S4A2. Dozens of times before, when I listen to or read something by Mr. Hill's father, I always would say, about 30 "pages" into it -- "Ha ha. He's got me again." Well -- In N0S4A2, Joe Hill had me as entranced as any of his father's works. Bravo.
Right after this, I listened to another of Kate Mulgrew's readings, The Son. The Son was a good book,and all of the presenters did a great job, but this was not as rich an audio palette as what Joe Hill has offered up. I will intentionally do another audible book if it comes in front of me and it has Ms. Mulgrew's touch on it.
I don't believe that I've ever reviewed another audio book, but, 6 months after I listened to this one, I still think of it regularly. I wanted to post out here in support of one of the best media experiences I've had. Curtain call!!
Absolutely. It is a well written, original story that is narrated almost to perfection.
The originality of the story. I can't say that I've read anything quite like it.
The main character, Vic. While I adore Kate's voice, she wasn't able to resonate the deepness needed for some of the male characters to truly come to life.
Most definitely, and had I the time, I would have.
Mr. Hill has gotten immeasurably better with every novel. I don't doubt that the next will be even better. However, I still feel that some of his dialogues don't feel quite right. Occasionally a character will say something that doesn't seem to fit them. However, it happens much less often in this novel than either of his previous ones.
Kate Mulgrew was just perfect! She brought life to the characters that made them.
If I had read the book, Im positive that the characters would have sounded different in my head. This may be the only time that I believe some one elses voices, may have beat the ones in my head.