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.
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.
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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.