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.
Fantastic from start to finish! The narrator was excellent! This book had so much excitement and determination I couldn't but it down!! Thanks Joe Hill for an awesome book and narrator. Please make more books with the same quality!
700 pages of this was almost as bad as what the characters went through. I agree we have two worlds, one in the mind and one in reality. We create the one in the mind and it can seem pretty real. This so reminded me of the nauseating stuff Stephen King wrote when addicted to drugs. Then I found out Hill was his son. Both men are good with words, but this book felt more like a contest to keep adding painful injuries, stupid division, sexual abuses, insane people not part of the plot, until after 700 pages his mind blanked. If you want real worlds of the mind read The Man Who Thought His Wife Was a Hat. If you like to be depressed but with something worth reading try The Road. I think you've figured I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
I've always loved her as an actor. Her reading is just as phenomenal. This story isn't what I thought it would be about which suppose is a good thing. Joe Hill brought to life the struggles of parenting and threw in some frightening paranormal for good measure. Lots of twists and surprises. Deaths of characters I didn't expect. The hero dying? Outrageous. A good listen even though it was sometimes scary to listen at night.
dog sports enthusiast
I wasn't sure I was going to be able to sit through this book. I had never liked Kate Mulgrew's voice in the Voyager TV series and expected it to be a turn-off here. I was quite wrong. What a wonderful reader! She brings every character to life seemingly effortlessly with a unique easily identifiable voice. I will definitely be looking for other books she reads.
As to the story - it's your basic Steven King'ish horror story. It's not great, thought provoking literature, but it will entertain and hold your interest with well defined characters (none that I really wanted to identify with though) and some unique plot details. It gets occasionally a bit gruesome and intense, enough so that I occasionally reached over and switched it off to find something else to listen to for a while (I mostly listen while driving). But always interesting enough to want to come back to.
Didn't think I could again be creeped out by a car since Christine. Joe Nailed It. Kate Mulgrew gave an astounding performance. I don't know if there are awards for outstanding voice performances for audiobooks, but she would win with this reading. I am now a fan of both writer and reader. Bravo!
Not many Audio books have a message from the author at the end and it has made me to want to read more of his writings. The Story was great, the performance was great and I was left, not wanting more of this story, but wanting more of Joe Hill's Stories.
Audiobooks Make Weed Wacking a Pleasure
When I first started listening to NOS4A2 I thought it was going to be an alternative universe kinda book like 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Then it turned into a Stephen King kinda plot, but by comparison Stephen King has incredible dialogue and character development and Joe Hill has stupid trite dialogue and characters that I didn't care about. Then finally, I thought it was like Lord of the Rings because it would never end. It just kept yapping past every likely ending.
Kate Mulgrew is good. She really gets into it, in a caffeine-like craze.
Overall, I don't think this audiobook was worth my time.
I have trouble not finishing a book. The story will haunt me if I leave one after I've started it.
This book, however, was awful. The narration was equivalent to a bad mother drawing her long, scraggly nails down a chalkboard while ignoring her screaming infant. I gave it a good try - listened for more than 4 hours. I just couldn't listen anymore.
The story was not much better. It was crude and vulgar, at least to me. It also jumped around a lot, which might all come together in the end. I will never know, as, even removing the performance from the equation, I will not be buying this book to finish it the old fashioned way.