Loved this book!! Pretty genuinely creepy in parts. I'm sure the author might hate this but it did rather remind me of some early Stephen Kings's. Just a feel to it perhaps. Good characters and the writing quality is good. Held my attention the whole way.
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fantasy gone wild
Hopeful, actually a little close to home i.e.; we all live in two worlds
Kate Mulgrew, her voice absolutely made the story. Her voice lures you in then the story sets your imagination on fire.
The characters were great, creepy when they needed to be and loveable in others.
No, but I am actively seeking her out, she could read the instructions on a match book cover and have me enthralled.
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I throughly enjoyed this, one I would consider listening to again.
Love to walk and listen. Commute and listen. I typically enjoy well developed characters mixed with a good mystery.
For me the narrator can destroy a great book and make a bad book better. In this instance it was the narrator more than the story that kept me listening.
When "Mr. Manks" is introduced. It set the tone for the entire book.
I can't say enough about how amazing Kate Mulgrew was. Her portrayal of Charles Talent Manks was, scary, funny, sincere and just off the charts. In fact the best scenes for me were between Charlie and Bing, another crazy character that never became annoying outside of the things that annoyed Manks. Absolutely amazing. Seriously.
Vics constant affection for Lou and her connection with Maggie.
For me the performance made the book. At times the book kinda dragged unnecessarily. It could have been cut down a bit. It's interesting how 23 hours can fly, and books half that size move at a slower pace. In the end, I just think it took too long to get to the inevitable. While I didn't dislike any of the characters, I didn't care nearly as much about them enough to spend the extra time with them. Manks and his dialogue was so eerie and humorous that I perked up when he was speaking, with the exception of Lou and Vic interacting and Vic and Maggie interacting the other characters sort of felt like bla bla. Because I did enjoy one of the main characters and anyone he interacted with i stuck with it. Bottom line. I'm neither happy or sad that it's over, but estactic I found another great narrator.
First off: Kate Mulgrew is an amazing narrator. She puts so much life and personality into every character. One nitpick: she clearly hasn't ever been to Haverall MA, where the story is set. It's pronounced "Have-rill" not "Have-er-hill" ;)
This story was interesting, with a lot of twists and turns, and deep character motivations. If you can forgive occasional clumsy exposition lines, this story is a treat. I don't think I'll ever listen to Christmas music the same way again...
I've been an audible subscriber for over two years now and have listened to roughly 50 volumes including The Outlander and Game of Thrones series along with everything in between from King to Roth to Green. I feel I can safely say, this is the best book I've ever had read to me.
The performance was superb and I couldn't believe at times that a single woman had created all these voices and brought all these characters to life.
I can only tip my hat to Joe Hill because never in my life did I ever cringe at the word Christmas. But most notably, Hill's ability to write flawless foreshadowing instills a feeling of creepiness and dread that left me both craving and fearing to hear that next chapter.
Great story but there were at least 2 unnecessary sentences for every significant one. I almost wanted to give up on the whole thing several times because of the pointless gory details.
This book caught me up and took me along the whole way! I wasn't particularly fond of the reader, the voices were different in my head lol, but she wasn't the worst, and she used different voices for different characters, so it was okay. I would recommend if you like Stephen King type books.
I prefer my fiction to be a bit less fictional...I just wasnt a fan of the over the top fictional situation and characters. I finished the book but I didn't think it would ever end. It would seem like the end was nearing and then we would be tossed into another fictional land...I was excited about this book but it was just too out of the realm of reality and too long...I'm sure there are alot of people that will enjoy this book, it just really wasn't my thing.
I think he is just not the writer for me. It was well written.
Very animated, believable multiple voices. She was the best part of my experience.