At first I noticed myself drifting from listening to the book. I have a long commute and would find my mind drifting. Then, it seemed, all of a sudden, I couldn't wait to get back into the car to listen. Fabulous story. Gripping and held me until the end!
If, like me, you've been missing the real Stephen King, he's finally reincarnated in his son, Joe Hill. I don't know about you, but I loved Stephen King when he wrote supernatural thrillers many years ago. Sadly, in recent years he's been getting duller and duller. Although his writing is still masterful, his content is ho hum. It is astonishing that his son has developed into an equal craftsman - great characters, great dialogue, great plot. But Joe has great ideas for scary stories and we haven't had a good chiller from his dad in decades.
This story is fabulous and creepy and fast paced and wicked fun! Kate Mulgrew renders a stellar performance and you simply cannot shut it off. I listen as I commute and I find myself lingering in the car because I simply have to know what happens next. Hill can create a bagful of terrifying monstrous bad guys and keeps piling on the danger until you can't stand it anymore.
I must also recommend Hill's "Heart-Shaped Box" which is the ONLY horror novel that has actually scared me in three decades. Not kidding. Nothing scares me anymore. But Hill did it when no one else, including King, could.
I cannot wait for more Joe Hill. And I would listen again to anything Kate Mulgrew narrates.
The twists and turns. Easy to follow but not at all predictable
Maggie was one of my favorites. She was trying to help but the more she tried the more she sacrificed. A true friend, motherly yet not motherly at all
I was impressed by her vocal abilities. I must admit I avoid female narrators as they usually do not have the male voice down and just change the tone. Kate was excellent, her characters voices were easily identified by the accent or masking. She did an excellent job of Vic, Maggie and especially Wayne and Charlie. I would listen. To her again.
Yes, if I could have but then again, I didn't want it to end
We'll written but not surprised. Joe Hill was recommended to be years ago with Heart Shaped Box! Excellent read as well
Kate Mulgrew MADE this book. From the first moment I heard her voice I was hooked. I rarely listen to books outside of my car (I commute a lot) but I found myself listening to it whenever I had a free moment. Not only was the story unique and compelling, but Ms. Mulgrew breathed a life into each character that is rarely heard from other actors. I was quickly and eagerly fulled into Joe Hill's world of inscapes and dreams. It's hard to talk about the book without giving anything away, but if enjoy suspense, the supernatural, and strong willful characters then this book is for you.
This book was really out of my genre, so I can't recommend anything.
You can't ask that. It's like picking a favorite child!
Charlie. Yes he's a psychopathic killer, but there's something very moral about him in a sick way.
Kate really needs to do more voice work!!
I would. The story was really good, and the narrator was wonderful.
Vic. Who could help but like her? She was the best mom she could be and loved her son, very much.
The showdown in Christmas Land.
This book was over before I knew it. I have never read anything by Hill, but I'll definately look for other books.
suspenseful, engaging, dark.
Dr. sleep by King of course, as it mentions the antagonists from that book are remotely related to the villain in NOS4A2
No, but I will be looking for more of her work now!
No, just enjoyed it a lot.
This was one of my favorite books to listen to, the reader did a great job with voice change to match the scene.
This was a great book but parts were hard to listen to. It created the emotions that it intended to though and I guess that's the point. Without those unpleasant emotions, it wouldn't have been as good. There were parts that make me roll my eyes (at the characters antics) and parts that made me grip my steering wheel. I love when a storie is so well developed that it makes you actually feel sorry for the villains (at times). I was actually a little irritated with the ending ... until the actual ending, and my irritation, while not replaced with happiness, was at least calmed. Overall this is a really great book. One of the few I would actually listen to again.
This is my first Joe Hill book and I was struck by how tightly plotted the story is and how distinctive the various characters are. His writing reminds me a lot of his father's better work back in the 80s, and that's high praise.
However, I really wanted to write in praise of Kate Mulgrew's performance. Really fantastic. She is able to develop fairly distinct voices for each of the major characters, and she's not afraid to raise or lower her voice to better depict the mind-set of the speaker. Her narration here puts her at the top of my list of female narrators and I'm looking forward to hearing her in the future.
This was an engaging and compelling listening experience. Joe Hill creates a landscape of monstrous evil and heroic powers, connected at their origins, but differentiated primarily by their willingness to sacrifice for good, or exploit other for evil. Power doesn't always corrupt, but it does exact a price.
This is the first of Kate Mulgrew's performances I've listened to, but I've been a fan of hers since long before Star Trek: Voyager. In this instance she performs more than reads, and the results are electrifying. From innocent children to conflicted adults to the monstrous Mr. Manx, her voice characterizations are precise, and draw one deeper into these characters' lives and inner turmoil. I'll definitely be looking for more books with Kate's narration.
I'll admit it: This one was hard to put down, and I found myself listening to it whenever I could steal 5 or 10 minutes. Much different from my normal pattern, which is to listen for long stretches in the car.
I'm teetering between 3.5 and 4 stars. I don't know if it really deserves 4 stars, but it's definitely not as low as a 3. 3.75????
When I started this book, I immediately started thinking about how much it reminded me of all the Stephen King I read when I was younger. I prefer Hill's writing a bit more because a lot of the side characters and the chapters that somewhat feel like excess at the start, become relevant at some point later in the book. I'll never forget when I read "It" and there were chapters upon chapters just describing the town and the woods, which is nice, but not necessary. That book could have definitely been trimmed of some unnecessary fat. Hill is equally guilty with NOS4A2. This book was looooong, so long, but I never felt bored. Never felt the need to fast forward to get back to the meat of the story.
I felt for our heroine Vic the whole time. That poor girl just couldn't seem to get a break. But it was nice to see her take charge of her life in the end and do what need to be done to stop Manx and rescue her son. I was a tiny bit disappointed in the ending. SPOILER ALERT: It was explosive for sure, but I was hoping for a bit more of a one on one with her and Manx. I also wish that there had been some more explanation of what the police/Feds saw from their side of their investigation at the end. Their explanations/rationalizations for how Vic was able to get from one side of the country to another in the blink of an eye. Not to mention they must have seen her disappear towards the end when she was in the woods, but they never really address that later. What they had to say when her son showed up and said that he was abducted by Manx as she had claimed. After all the suspicion of Vic, they never really clear her name, which would have been nice.
Audiobook review: I liked Kate Mulgrew's voice. I thought she had a nice throaty sound to her voice that did both the menacing Manx and jaded Vic justice.