The unfolding of the story, the characters and their enevitable final combat.
The visit of Wayne's grandmother coaching him to hang on
Late in the story it got a little hung up in family regrets, but recovered in Christmasland
Half way through the book I wanted to give it five stars right then and there. Then I found out that Joe Hill is Stephen King's son! Joe Hill is not Stephen King reincarnated - I think he's going to be better.
Like Audio books, love to be read to. Am retired, spend a lot a time at pool so listen to music, & audio books when have them, now I will have ones I like.
There was nothing not to like. I enjoyed the story, the narrator. Kate Mulgrew was awesome in the reading of this book. Will be looking for her in other books as well, whether horror or not.
Well like horror of all kinds. Short stories or a novel. Have listened to others that are not horror. I like Dean Koontz, Steven King, Ann Rice. Thrillers, Drama.
I like stories read to me, always have. I read & go to sleep. LOL
She brought the story to real life, like as it should be, as if you were there in the story yourself.
Really never seen a book or rather a film go as the book,which is hard to do, get more detail from books; so it would be hard to say.
Excellent Book, Writer, & Narrator.
I read Joe Hill's previous two books but stuck with the Audible for this one. I might have enjoyed reading this one more than listening to it. Joe Hill is quite a fan of Kate Mulgrew and I may be in another work, but her voice wasn't suited to some of the characters.
There really aren't many likable characters in this novel. The protagonist is flawed and it is sometimes difficult to muster sympathy for her. The antagonists are obviously supposed to be disliked. Lou is perhaps the most endearing character and you end up rooting for him.
I think the effort put into the performance was good, but that her voice was just not suited to some of these characters, especially Bing Partridge.
I did not laugh and there was never a reason to cry. However, I was entertained and am very much looking forward to Mr. Hill's next offering.
I think when people like a book they generally give it five stars. To me, five stars means it is among the best books you have read or listened to at least within a period of a year or two. This is a very good book and I can see Joe Hill's universe expanding as he develops as a storyteller. However, there were a couple of flaws that kept it out of the realm of outstanding. Based on what we are shown and told about Christmasland, the resolution didn't quite make sense, and the fact that we would eventually see Christmasland is a carrot dangled in front of our noses throughout the story. The time spent there went rather quick. The whole premise is supernatural, delving into the mind's power to create. The resolution was not at all supernatural. Imagine if in "It" Stuttering Bill had just simply thrown a bomb at Pennywise. I liked the journey but thought the ending was too convenient.
Although this book creeped me out in the beginning, the characters were so well developed and so believable that after I got over the yuck factor I was hooked.
I listen more to crime drama and thrillers, not so much to horror, but I am now looking at other Joe Hill books to listen to.
I was captivated by Kate Mulgrew’s narration. I have been listening to audiobooks for at least 20 years and I can comfortably say that this performance is among the best I have EVER heard. Unfortunately, she doesn't have a vast library of narrated books yet, I hope that changes as I would consider almost any book just for her narration.
I had to stop listening for a few days when I was alone in my house. After that, I couldn't put it down!
I was aware throughout the book of the quality of writing, and that made it even more enjoyable. Not sure how I will feel about Christmas this year, Charlie Manx will surly enter my mind....
By far one of the best books I have read and listen to in several years! The author's imagination was fantastic, he built the characters very well.
I enjoyed the story well enough, but it was the performance of Kate Mulgrew which made it so frightening and exciting.
It moved along very well. It was difficult to stop listening.
Kate Mulgrew was superb. I'm looking for more audiobooks performed by her.
After the first couple of chapters I was sure that Joe Hill was a pen name for Stephen King. I wasn't at all surprised to find they were so closely related. Stephen should worry. The king of horror may well be dethroned by the prince. :)
This book was great. The main character was a hot mess, but you still feel for her. The bad guy scared me. This story is about a girl with a taxing gift. She realizes that she isn't the only one with this taxing gift, and not all are nice. Between, this and her home life it takes a toll on her in every aspect.
If you are a King fan you will like the writing, if you are a Locke and Key fan you knew about him before me. his writing is comparable to his fathers but still very much his own voice
"Hard Magic" for the random magic and, because I have to, Salems Lot for Vampires
Lou. I love Lou
Probably not. I was not impressed with the narrator and the choice of a woman. I think this would've been much better had the narrator been male. Manx read as a female voice took away from the chill.
I loved Heart Shaped Box and would say NOS4A2 had the same unique edge.
I would've changed the narrator completely. Kate did a good job, but it was just not an accurate depiction. After a while, her portrayal of Manx really grated on my nerves. I found it annoying, not frightening.
No, mostly because of the narration.