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.
I really enjoyed Kate Mulgrew's narration of this book. She certainly did it justice.
NOS4A2 is chilling, but not nail-biting, which is right on par for me. It's not physical fear/horror, but mental, which I usually find to be scarier anyway. If you liked Event Horizon, you'll probably like this (sans the sci-fi).
Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
It was set in Haverhill. I have family there so I know it pretty well. The characters were so wonderful as they were real. I loved Vic, Lou and Wayne. They were your almost untypical dysfunctional family.
Strong women. It was not a man charging to the rescue but a strong woman.
Kate Mulgrew did a great job, but should have asked someone in Massachusetts how to pronounce some of our city and town names. Kate is Hav-Rill, not Haver-Hill. It's Woobin not WoeBurn. Other than that, she did a great job.
NOS4A2, just when you thought it was safe to enjoy Christmas again.
Audiobook review. Initial observation is that this story is too long, close to twenty hours. Seems to be a legacy this author has inherited, a family trait as Joe Hill’s father is Stephen King. Fortunately, another element inherited is that Joe Hill can tell a good story. NOS4A2 is a page turner, albeit you’ll be tempted to fast-forward through some areas. If you look for meaning behind the title, it’s a stretch. There are no vampires. Just a really bad guy who drives a fancy antique car with the license plate NOS4A2. Synopsis: Victoria (Vic) grows into a troubled woman with the continued childhood ability to transport herself through a covered bridge to adventures that ultimately result in the abduction and eventual rescue of her son from the devious Charlie Manx. There is a credibility issue with regard to the number of times Vic is stabbed, beaten, broken, bloodied, etc., and in the next paragraph or chapter is again a super-wonder-woman. There is a bit of author-trying-to-hard to make the story and family legacy of ‘horror’ carry forth in NOS4A2, a bit over the top with purple prose meant to chill that I found myself rolling my eyes at…just me.The star of this production is the narrator. Absolutely bringing truth to the axiom that a good narrator can turn a so-so production into a true pleasure. Totally out of character for the captain of a starship, i.e., tsk-tsk with that potty-mouth, Janeway. But, boo-ya to Kate Mulgrew, great job.
Great story. Great reader. This question is like asking 'what is good about chocolate?'!
Maggie then Lou. If I weren't a man I would have cried. (I did but sssshhhhhhhh)
Not gonna say because it would spoil things.
Charlie because he's psycho
This is my first book by Joe Hill. He has jumped into my top 5 fave list if not top 3. Reading everything he has wrote. This book was that good. And more.