I apologize in advance to anyone reading this....but I love this book SO much, I am reviewing it with 4 hours left to the end. I have never reviewed an audiobook before, and this is my first Joe Hill I have read, but I just felt the need to share my excitement in this author. I quite accidentally came across him after devouring almost every single King book available on audio (a good portion for the second time), starting with all books related to the Dark Tower, the series itself, and any other book that would give me a nice lengthy listen...I was obsessed. I have a few left to go, but in a panic, have been trying to find any author comparable and within the genre of King's twisted tales that will take me to the outer reaches of this world and beyond (I am all about the escapism). Barker is out, I've read every single thing he's done (a few times) and even attempted to listen to McCammon's Swan Song, which I really liked years ago, but found the writing so subpar to King...I had to give up. And even am stuck in the middle of the Zombie Fallout series... Not sure who else to turn too that wouldn't be a total waste, (having not read this avidly since high school and currently have a library full of audiobooks that just aren't grabbing me lately) I came across Joe. So, yes....I picked this up not just because I liked the storyline ...I well, hoped him to be a chip off the old block. (I can't be the first to have done so) I've got to say.... WOW... While I find something in his writing that endears me to him the same way as to his father, I think he's definitely his own man. Fans of King's works will appreciate subtle mentions of elements from his stories (which is fun) but I found the story to be a hell of a ride (pun intended) and totally unique in many ways. The characters are broken, and oh so human. Especially the realistic way the effects of brushes with the supernatural have on the heroine....nobody could possibly come from the things she had and be a fully functioning member of society. And Kate Mulgrew's performance???? Pphhhhssshhh....shut the front door, she is INSANE!!! Seriously, she rocks it out and brings every character to excruciating life...becoming one of my all time favorite narrators, right up there with John Lee in the Commonwealth Saga and Steven Weber in IT...I have others (Sean Runette is pretty awesome), but those two always pop into my head when I remember great books. I know she is a badass actress (being my fav inmate in the OITNB series) and she does NOT disappoint.I guess what I'm saying is....at this point....I don't really care how it ends...its been WAYYYY worth the time and I will definitely be checking out more of his work.So seriously.....listen to this book....I am :)
Wow! This is Hill's first book that I picked up and initially, I couldn't get into it. I was feeling drowsy after a few lines. That was until I picked up the audiobook! If you have not listened to NOS4A2, you should! The narrator kept me drawn in. I couldn't put this novel down. I figured out the ending a couple of chapters before it happened, but I didn't expect it to end the way it did. The novel was slightly disturbing and my boyfriend constantly asked, "What in the hell are you listening to?!" He laughed at certain parts as well. Manx is sadistic and weird, but I loved him. Bing was a fool and annoyed me. Whining, Whining, Whining. Poor Maggie and Vic. I expected their lives to go better than it had, but it all came together. Hill kept me entertained, gasping, and laughing. He's awesome! I can't wait to read another book by him!
This was my first Joe Hill book and I couldn't get enough. Wonderful story that I was immersed in right away. Kate Mulgrew is probably the best reader I have heard, ever. Just captivating from beginning to end.
Kate Mulgrew's reading is, as always, wonderful, and the book itself is remarkably similar to the works of Stephen King in so many ways. The fact that the quality overall was so high is what makes its major blunder so incomprehensible. When you use real locations to bring the story into the believable world, you have to get it right. The town of Haverhill, MA is a key location, referred to dozens and dozens of times in the book. It turns out that ANYONE who has been there, or within 30 miles of it, knows that it's pronounced "HAY-vrill", not "HAV-er-hill". How is it possible that no one in the chain of author, publisher, director, producer, and actor managed to catch this? I know nobody from Seattle could care less, but to us from here, it's like having your knuckles bashed with a hammer every 20 minutes for 20 hours.
Otherwise, nice story.
loved it! I really loved the style that this book was written in and the performance was awesome. she really got in to every character and man can she do a great bad guy voice!!
Psycho child killer and the creepy gas mask man. This could give you nightmares.
When title was explained and Charlie Manx
As someone born in Haverhill I have long heard and tolerated "outsiders" who mispronounce it as have/er/ hill instead of hay/ver/ill . I have grown quite tolerant of it over the years. Joe "Hill" hails from Maine and lives in Exeter. its almost inexcusable to allow his very interesting and fast paced story to be dragged down with such a silly pronunciation error. It was really an irritating distraction at times when I would find myself unexpectantly jarred out of my reverie and right back to the thought..."shit... is that going to keep happening for the entire story...argh". Respect
With apologies for the comparison, but it's both inevitable and relevant. Stephen King infuses his writing with humor, a whimsy and an affection for his characters lacking in his son's work. Joe Hill seems to have characters solely to torture them. The premise was decent but the story dragged on and on and IMHO been far superior if shortened by a third.
After getting through this book as well as Heart Shaped Box, I find I'm left with a sort of mental haggardness and unlike many other novels,, no desire whatever to linger in their worlds or with their poor, shattered inhabitants.
Ms. Mulgrew's accolades baffle me. As an extremely experienced audiobook listener, I found her grating, many characters male and female sounding alike. She made most women sound like inebriated harridans, course, mean and irate. The men were little better and often juvenile sounding.
Seeing her name linked to other books would 👆 definitely give me pause. Most likely I would pass them by. I had been wanting to hear Locke and Key after this but no longer, as Ms. Mulgrew is prominently listed among the cast.
I struggled to get through this book at first, almost put it aside completely, but ended up loving it in the end. This is quite a dark and imaginative tale, and once the story really got going, I was hooked.
The first...probably third of the book had me struggling. I almost stopped 2 chapters in due to the butchering of New England pronunciations. That's what really killed me. As a native to Massachusetts, I was incredibly annoyed that the narrator would not take the time to learn the proper pronunciation of words like 'Haverhill' and 'Frappe'. It was very distracting, and took me completely out of the story. After putting it down and listening to another book first, I decided to give it another try. I almost put it down a second time, but pushed through. It's still quite grating, but thankfully the words show up less and less the further into the story you go.
Otherwise, I thought the narration was wonderful. I will definitely recommend it.
I'm only gonna talk about Kate's narration. The story creeped me out so bad I had nightmares.
Kate brought the characters to life in a way I never knew was possible. Mr. Manx haunted my dreams and even my day dreams.
Kate put so much life into the reading you really felt like they were there and you were watching the whole thing with your mind's eye.
I cannot make a recommendation either way but know that this book has violence and bad language to boot.
I'm glad I don't celebrate Christmas. *shudder*