Ms. Mulgrew vocalizing the word "Wait" for a solid 3 seconds
One of the joys of reading, or of being told a story, is the workout your imagination gets translating words into images and sounds. I could not form an image of any of the characters in Nos4a2 because Ms. Mulgrew's comically over-the-top performance was so distracting. It was a bit like trying to focus each of your eyes on separate things - you can't really reconcile the respective imagery and wind up with a big fat head ache.
Nobody talks like that. Not even a little bit.
You know how you draw a mental image of characters in books? I was left with no choice but to visualize Simpsons characters, because that's exactly what the narrator sounded like. Manx was Mr. Burns, Bing was Nelson ("ha-ha!"), etc.
Oh, and the accents! The Indian characters vascillated between Irish and Spanish, and took little side excursions to Jamaica.
Just read the dialog with the appropriate inflection and get the hell out of my imagination's way. If you say, "He wailed dismally, 'Wait!'", I'll get it without you actually wailing, as Ms. Mulgrew does ad nauseum during this reading. I would be walking and listening and there were many times I stopped in my tracks and thought, "You gotta be f-ing kidding me."
"WAaaoOOaaaaaaiiIIITTttt, Mr. MAAannxx!"
I can safely say that I would have enjoyed this book significantly more if my eyes had taken in the words instead of my poor ears.
Creepy story, creepy narrator. The author, Joe Hill is Stephen King's son. Their writing style is similar. His father draws things out to the point of being boring. I have given up on Stephen King books.
NOS4A2 (Nosferatu, similar to a vampire)took a while for me to get involved in, but I eventually got hooked and wanted to know what is going on? Children being abducted? murdered? Children lured by the chance to go to "Christmas Land".
What's going on with the main female character? Is she crazy? or does she have special powers?
This tale has the creepiness of the clown in "It" by Stephen King. A clown should be a happy character, just as "Christmas Land" should be a Disney like place.
The narrator was perfect for this story. She has a raspy voice that added to all the creepiness.
probably from Kate, but I will wait a while to try Joe Hill
I don't like creepy bad guys; I prefer CIA action to psycho-, socio-, sleazeballs.
Her voices are good
wouldnt know, I didn't finish it.
If you like child killers and rapists, this is the book for you.
It did waste away my commute time but I often found myself wishing for a 15-second skip ahead button. Some of the descriptions are given over and over and over.
Yes. Generally I like his writing. I thought parts of this book were just too predictable.
Overall entertaining, A few. Minor annoyances aside it was a good book.
Just finished this one last night. I wasn't too keen on the narrator Kate Mulgrew. She's a little too over dramatic but otherwise the story was good. I found it to be a mixture of Christine and Salem's Lot. Considering he (Joe Hill) is Stephen King's son that's not surprising.
I think Joe hill is going t be one of my favorites, and this book was excellent. I found my self very wrapped up in the characters, excellent.
Probably in the top 20.
the children in Christmas town!!
She doesn't try to inject drama, and she does a great job on both men's and women's voices.
Oh, for sure Mr. Christmas!
I highly recommend this book to anyone--lovely to listen to, excellent story, and just plain edge of the seat!
Fear Christmas Land!
Wild imagination and what the worlds it can bring to life.
Kate did a wonderful job on this book, I have never heard her read an audio book and highly recommend her as a reader.
It is a good book, but I did find it tough to get through the whole thing... I'm not sure where but it could have used some trimming, pacing something... (why the 4 stars not 5.)
Books and music make my world go round, and I have 9 nieces and nephews and one chihuahua who rule my heart.
Christmas land of course
Lou. He reminds me of a lab puppy who doesn't know 60lbs is too big to sit on my lap. Loves his family beyond anything else.
I can't say enough about her. She put her whole heart into every character. I could imagine the spittle flying from her mouth during some really angry scenes and her actually crying during the emotional ones. Kudos Kate!!
No I needed breaks. Kate made this way more intense than if I were reading it myself. Some nights I was worn out!
Overall good book. I was entertained from beginning to end that's for sure. If you like creepy kids horror books, it's definitely worth your credit.
I couldn't enjoy this story with its underlying theme of abuse of children
don't think so
She was what made me listen as long as I did. Couldn't save it though.