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.
Enjoyable from beginning to end. Kate Mulgrew is exceptional at changing her voice for each character. Her portrayal of Charles Manx is chilling. For the last year I have been working my way through the Stephen King collection but saw this one pop up on the screen and noticed a couple of references from Stephen Kings books mentioned. Then I saw where they collaborated on a book. I like really long books that last me for a month. This one didn't but I listened to it twice. Great book and well worth the time.
The only thing is that the main character is female and the writer is male so I think the viewpoint of the relationships between the boyfriend, father, son and mother didn't quite have the female perspective.
Being a short story. There's not enough meat for 18 hours.
He likes to dwell on a scene, telling it from every vantage point possible, over and over. Just get on with it!
I think he's a very poor man's Stephen King. He's got some twisted ideas, but the delivery is lacking.
The story was compelling, fast paced, and not weighed down with boring color commentary like some authors do. I love how Joe Hill moves the story to keep you interested and, Kate Mulgrews narration is wonderful she really brought the characters to life for me !
Even though I shouldn't I'm gonna have to keep it in the family and say "IT" by his dad Stephen King, like this book it had a wonderful pace and great narration not to mention a super creepy villain.
Let's just say that I liked how bing redecorated his basement !
Christmas Land, A place all the kids are dying to go too !!
I highly recommend this book to any fan of a great story. While it is indeed creepy and suspenseful it is far more entertaining !!
If you like creepy stories, you're gonna love NOS4A2. I happen to think that there is nothing creepier than kids acting strange and evil. It's a combination with their innocence that really gives me goosebumps. I love the idea of accessing our imagination in a physical place and connecting it to reality. I also really enjoyed Joe Hill's commentary at the end of the book. It's always nice to hear an authors reason and perspective for his own book.
My favorite moment actually happened after reading it. A lady in a store was commenting on a soap that smelled like "Christmas" and asked "...and who wouldn't want to have Christmas all year around?" All I wanted to say was: "Christmas Land. We're gonna have fun in Christmas Land" [insert creepy voice here]
Kate Mulgrew differentiated her characters well, but I didn't always love her voice. There were moments when I thought about just reading the book myself. Once I finished the book, I talked to my husband about it, who read it on his kindle. We both had such a different perspective of the book. I would imitate Kate M's voice saying "Christmas Land" and find that it did leave a great impression on me and one that was way more positive than I originally gave it credit for.
I wouldn't rename it. I love the reference to the classic Nosferatu. What a great movie to name it after.
I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.
I listened to this story in December and over Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed the twist on a festive theme. The characters in the book were vivid and suffered real consequences despite the fantasy theme of the book. I enjoy Kate Mulgrew's narration of this story and felt that she did a nice job differentiating the characters from one another. Her slightly gravely tone offered an a nice touch to the antagonists character.
I let the story itself did a nice job of raising questions of morality despite it's seemingly obvious good guy/ bad guy premise. There were times when listening to this story when I found myself sympathizing with one of the "bad guys", but when it came to the conclusion I was left in no doubt as to the malevolence of that same character.
The world created in this story was well crafted and I found myself wondering if there would be more stories from this world as I felt it was rich ground for further exploration.
At times though the story did slow and I found myself wanting it to pick up the pace. That being said I enjoyed the conclusion and felt the pace picked up enough at the end to not only keep my interest but left me wanting more.