A great collection of some of his best stories. Haunting and dark. Still the reigning master of horror and the unknown that sits waiting at the edge of our dreams.
I nearly obtained NOS4A2 a year ago. After reading about "A girl that kind find things with a magic bridge" and "...a vampire with a Rolls Royce" who takes children to "Christmasland" I quickly went onto other books. The synopsis really sounded as though it had just randomly strung together far-fetched hokey characters with unreal mystical abilities so I moved on. I came back on a whim and had a change of heart quickly. Joe Hill seems to have a grounded realization of what makes up the mind. While real life mental powers like these clearly don't exist, everything in NOS4A2 is brought together in such a way where you won't mind suspending initial disbelief while things make more sense the further down the road.
As a bonus, The Raleigh Tuff Burner conjures up a perfect 80's/90's world that appeals especially to those born in the 60's & 70's and the mention to "The Knot" from Stephen King's "Dr. Sleep" always excite me than their brief appearance should.
This story was written by Stephen King's son. Its a timeline that follows Vick, a single mother, and her struggle with using her power of inscapes to find lost things....even her own son.
The Narrator, Kate Mulgrew. She could narrate a phone book and I would find it wonderful to listen to.
Whole book was amazing. I didn't want it to end
I bought this when it was on a daily deal as a lark, but this is worth a credit. This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard. Kate mulgrew is fantastic and the author really knows his horror. This is very reminiscent of the best of Stephen King. It will shiver your spine for sure.
Okay - this might be dumb, but I have to say it. For someone who probably spent a great deal of their life in Colorado (Hello, The Shining was about The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park), the fact that everything Hill was writing about this state was just incorrect is baffling to me. First of all, Gunbarrel is a small suburb of Boulder (less than 5 minutes outside of town), and it's north east of Boulder, so no, it's not in the mountains. There's no "above Gunbarrel". Gunbarrel is a yuppy town full of rich Boulderites, it's not a hick town full of trailers. There's no "above Longmont" (the town I grew up in that is close-ish to the mountains, but we're still about 20 miles from the foothills). And no, we aren't a bunch of hillbillies who live in trailers and speak with strange sort-of-southern accents. The story was pretty good, but every time Colorado was mentioned, I'd spend the next 30 minutes focused on how weirdly incorrect it was, and lost my focus on the actual story. It would be one thing for the story to be THIS wrong and not fact-checked if it was written by a new author who grew up as far from Colorado as you can get, but for Stephen King's son to write this and pay no mind to the details, I just couldn't get past it.
Much horror generated for the listener when they slowly begin to realize they have wasted so much time for so little return.
Narrator seems confused and gives New England ers upper mid-west accents.