The last half of the book saved it, I kept waiting for it to get creepy - glad I held out. Wish the first half had been as good, thus 3 stars instead of 4. The ending is surprising, make sure to hear the epilogue!The narration was spot on, great job.
Kate Mulgrew's performance was flawless, except for one thing. All throughout the book, she mis-pronounces the name of Vick's hometown of Haverhill. It's actually pronounced: HAY-ver-il and she refers to it as Havver-hill. Being from the area, I have to say that it drove me a little crazy every time she said it. Other than that, though, I was really impressed with the way she brought this book to life.
As for the story, I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first. I was thinking that it was going to be another run-of-the-mill vampire story. Rest assured, that is not what you're getting here. It was a unique story with believable characters, a solid plot, and an unexpected ending. You can't ask for more than that, right?
And elegantly crafted her story with a superlative reader who manages to create a plethora of voices and personalities, I wouldn't have known it wasn't a Stephen King novel. I read them all and this is right in there. Corky characters, fantastic scenarios, and the glory found in fear, suffering, and victory.
Thought I would give Joe Hill a try. Glad I did. Lots of layers, great characters and was not slow in the beginning. Combine that with a great reader and this was a book I enjoyed very much! I hope you do, too!
Driving three hours a day for work, I listen to many audio books. Kate Mulgrew's performance has been the best I've heard, second only to Frank Muller performing the first few of Stephen King's Dark Tower books.
Yeah I guess.
The imagination of the author and the mystery.
Jane-way was awesome!
YES! I was expecting a story of a VAMPIRE, even tho I read the preview. The title is lost on me!!! Why not call it Christmasland or Charlie Manx or ... What was thing word they used to call their special talents??? They do call Charlie Manx a vampire, but not the kind were all used to.
A fantastic story of reality and the imagined. Kate Mulgrew's narration was incredible. She captured each of the characters essence and made my long commute something to look forward to.
The narrator really makes the story so worth it. She makes the characters pop, each with their own distinctive, captivating personalities. This is a great read, emotional, raw, captivating, suspenseful, everything about this will leave you wanting more.
I am usually not a fan of the horror/crime/suspense genres, but despite the creepiness and the graphic violence I really loved this story and the characters. It's interesting that I kept thinking how much it reminded me of Stephen King's best work, and only after finishing the book realized why. Kate Mulgrew was the reason I gave it a chance and she is brilliant, as always.