I only listened to this book because Kate Mulgrew was the narrator. I should have researched the novel and the author a little more before making the purchase. The novel was far too long for the plot aIthough I ended up finishing it because I wanted to know what would happen when the characters finally got to "Christmasland". If you are a Stephen King fan you will probably enjoy this novel. If not, you probably won't.
I believe that the author needs to develop his own special style. He definitely has talent but it is not original,
Not at all. I love remembering the monster under the bed feeling.
She was okay but I am not a fan of the imitation accents unless you are very good at it. The narrator was not.
Not really, except maybe get a little more impatient to get next months credit.
I hope this author continues to grow and I will look forward to hearing more from him.
I really want more positive votes, but people are mean. That's not about me; it's about you ha ha
Absolutely. Kate Mulgrew was an AMAZING narrator and the story was twisted, horrifying, and intense. I couldn't stop listening.
My favorite major character would be Vic, of course. She has so much depth that it's hard to pick anyone else. My favorite minor character was Maggie, the librarian. She was somebody I definitely felt sad for, even though she was spunky and didn't show how sad her life had been.
Two words: Charlie Manx. I have never been creeped out like I was when Mulgrew performed Manx's lines. Horrible, horrible voice.
The only reason I'd say no is because of the length. I don't think I could sit for 18 or so hours.
READ JOE HILL!! He's a much better writer than his father!!
The story itself is cleverly imagined supernatural thriller, w/ inventive elements, an engaging plot, and well-realized characters. The plot grabs and compels the listener along. It does run a bit long at points, and the hand of the author is obvious during some of the action. But mostly, the I found the reader a challenge to listen to.
It's a ripping story, and the action is engaging.
Mulgrew is obviously a talented reader; I understand that Joe Hill really likes her work. When she is reading the prose, I enjoy her voice and inflection. But she does that over-acting thing that some readers do that when interpreting character voices. Rather than just use a bit of timbre and inflection to represent different characters, many of these voices are performed in the most ham-fisted manner. This is especially true of the main villains and his minions; all so, so exaggerated and over-the-top, intended to signal Evil & Scary in the most obvious way. The prose itself doesn't suggest these characterizations. There is a banality to the evil described. That sad & seedy evil is betrayed by this ridiculous portrayal of the these characters. By the end of the book I almost dreaded it any time they spoke.
It's a clever world Hill builds. The manifestation of imagination is interesting, making literal what is not. But I really wish the audio producer had gotten the reader to crank down her need to go so over the top in character voices.
First of all, Kate Mulgrew did such a superb job. It was her narration that kept me going to finish the book. Her Charlie Manx was awesome. However... The book starts out well. The various capabilities of the characters is such a cool idea. I looked forward to a read that would capitalize on their abilities... so much more. Instead what I found was a story heavy with self denial with a set of characters that both physically and emotionally devolved to a point where I didn't enjoy the story anymore.
...I love listening!
I really enjoyed this book! The way it is written paints beautiful pictures in your mind... beautifully creepy anyway! Something about Christmas as a theme in a horror book is original in a good way.
This was not my first Joe Hill book, but as I was listening to it all I could think was how much it reminded me of Stephen King (plus he mentions some of his characters). After I found out he is Stephen King's son, I wasn't surprised at all! He has similar characters in this story, and that isn't a bad thing.
This was a great listen, Kate Mulgrew was outstanding in her development of each character and voice. The story kept you going and had many twists and turns. The whole experience was excellant.
There wasn't any character who didn't stand out, they were all distinct and critical to the story.
A true talent of any actor is to become the character without any resemblance to herself. She was outstanding and I hope Joe will continue using her.I wish more readers were able to distinguish between characters with different voices like she does.
I couldn't stop listening.
Definitely worth it.
awesome narrator! great characters that are easy to identify with. moments of intensity when I felt my palms sweating. gasped out loud a few times at work while coworkers gave me confused looks. awesome
I gave this 5 stars across the board. Kate Mulgrew did a phenomenal job narrating this story. When I started the book, I thought to myself "this guy (Joe Hill) could rival Stephen King"......only to find out it is his son. Excellent story!!