King Horror satisfied
I liked the character development in the book, it was rich as one would expect from a latter day King novel. I liked the plot development because it was thorough and detailed enough to lend understanding and suspension of disbelief. But I really like the tight closure at the end, that tied the loose ends so effectively without stretching previously laid laws of existence. The ending was believable and real within the confines of the fiction narrative being told. Very satisfying to read, you are not left wanting, and it feels right to put it down after turning the last page, since both the reader and the writer agree that it is over.
She did a fantastic job. Versatile reader.
I wish I could. I took a couple days, at least, but was spell bound.
Joe Hill has a promising career ahead of him. I did not need to hear his views on life at the end. He was a little verbose and inconsequential.
I will never purchase another book read by this woman no matter how much I like the author. She makes every character sound like one of the Simpsons cartoons. I honestly don't think I can stand to finish it.
The reader was superb and added so much to the book. The book itself with its twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. It was really scary!
It's impossible not to compare Hill to his father. This book was right up there with King's and maybe even better. His attention to detail is awesome! The narrator is fabulous and does creepy voices better than any other I have heard! It is a story of the real world vs. the imaginative world of thoughts and how powerful that second world can be. If you are a fan of the King genre, you will love this!
I listened to NOS4A2 without any idea of who Joe Hill is but early on I thought how similar the story is to Stephen King's work. Not in a plagirisim way but in the tone that permeates the novel. For me, calling your child heroine "the Brat" for example, is pure King. I was very delighted at the end to find out that the author is in fact the son of Stephen King. I think he does King proud. Joe Hill is good writer in his own right. He is good at characterization and he writes with heart. By the end of the book you really care about the major characters which is no small accomplishment. I wasn't crazy about the plot and don't think it is completely original but it held my interest due to my caring for the characters and due to an incredibly good narration by Kate Mulgrew. This is one of the finest pieces of narration I have heard since I started listening to audio books twenty years or so ago. I don't know that I found the story that scary but it was a great listening experience all the same.
The narrator and the characters.
Couldn't say without a spoiler.
Voracious reader. Mom. Wife. IT Grrrl.
I haven't gotten to read the print version yet; I have it on hold from the library. When I get and complete it, I'll edit this to update.
I liked the story of Vic, because she was more than just a fluff filler character. Especially how she felt about Lou, and Wayne. She seemed more complex and fleshed out than you'd expect a character in a horror novel to be.
I haven't; and initially (based on the sample available from Audible) I wasn't sure I'd like her performance. However, her portrayal of Charlie Manx and Vic were *amazing*. Her other voices were good, but those two stuck with me. I am going to track down other titles she has narrated and give them a try, just based on her performance in this book. No spoilers, but at the end? Total chills based on the way she did it!
I am a Director of R&D living in SC. I love all kinds of books, having read everything from Terry Pratchett to Patton to I, Claudius.
I think the performance helped this story. It was like a campfire story. I listened straight through and kept finding reasons to drive more in order to listen to it.
The pounding sickness of Christmas Land and it's intent will make me think of this book for sometime to come. Child abductions are bad enough but this horror overtone really brings it out. The bad guys are truly loathsome and the good guys are true heroes. I saw a car like this one soon after finishing the read and took a wide berth around it.
Kate Mulgrew's performance was excellent. I had not heard her narrate before but knew her from other work.
Of course the main character. She is a genuine heroine - flawed, imperfect - but memorable and you pull for her throughout.
The pseudonym through me. I kept thinking this sounds just like Steven King, I wonder why he doesn't write anymore, then looked Joe Hill up on Wikipedia. Ha, I felt like a fool! But so what. What an AWESOME book. Thank you Joe!
yes, Story was captivating and creepy, like watching a train wreck!
Cant say it would give story away
I thought Joe Hill did a great job, well done.
I've heard Joe Hill compared to Stephen King so I had high expectations. While I don't feel this book measures up to King's it is a good story in its own right. When a mentally fragile woman claims son is taken by her childhood bogey man, the FBI wonders if she is the culprit. It doesn't help that they bogey man is dead and she can only tell a portion of the truth to avoid being carted off to the loony bin.
I loved, loved, loved listening to Kate Mulgrew.
Kate Mulgrew was the perfect narrator. She embodied all of the characters perfectly. This is an incredible, spooky, disturbing story with a great, flawed heroine. I listened every moment that I could; I intended to make my next selection something light or classic, but I just downloaded Joyland by Stephen King. Summer nightmares here I come.