Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
It was set in Haverhill. I have family there so I know it pretty well. The characters were so wonderful as they were real. I loved Vic, Lou and Wayne. They were your almost untypical dysfunctional family.
Strong women. It was not a man charging to the rescue but a strong woman.
Kate Mulgrew did a great job, but should have asked someone in Massachusetts how to pronounce some of our city and town names. Kate is Hav-Rill, not Haver-Hill. It's Woobin not WoeBurn. Other than that, she did a great job.
NOS4A2, just when you thought it was safe to enjoy Christmas again.
Audiobook review. Initial observation is that this story is too long, close to twenty hours. Seems to be a legacy this author has inherited, a family trait as Joe Hill’s father is Stephen King. Fortunately, another element inherited is that Joe Hill can tell a good story. NOS4A2 is a page turner, albeit you’ll be tempted to fast-forward through some areas. If you look for meaning behind the title, it’s a stretch. There are no vampires. Just a really bad guy who drives a fancy antique car with the license plate NOS4A2. Synopsis: Victoria (Vic) grows into a troubled woman with the continued childhood ability to transport herself through a covered bridge to adventures that ultimately result in the abduction and eventual rescue of her son from the devious Charlie Manx. There is a credibility issue with regard to the number of times Vic is stabbed, beaten, broken, bloodied, etc., and in the next paragraph or chapter is again a super-wonder-woman. There is a bit of author-trying-to-hard to make the story and family legacy of ‘horror’ carry forth in NOS4A2, a bit over the top with purple prose meant to chill that I found myself rolling my eyes at…just me.The star of this production is the narrator. Absolutely bringing truth to the axiom that a good narrator can turn a so-so production into a true pleasure. Totally out of character for the captain of a starship, i.e., tsk-tsk with that potty-mouth, Janeway. But, boo-ya to Kate Mulgrew, great job.
Great story. Great reader. This question is like asking 'what is good about chocolate?'!
Maggie then Lou. If I weren't a man I would have cried. (I did but sssshhhhhhhh)
Not gonna say because it would spoil things.
Charlie because he's psycho
This is my first book by Joe Hill. He has jumped into my top 5 fave list if not top 3. Reading everything he has wrote. This book was that good. And more.
The kept me listening, very entertaining and a great villain
the narrator was claearly not from new england. It drove me bonkers to hear her say "Haver-Hill Mass" which if you were just reading words might make sense, but the director or someone should have taken into account the region of the writer and location to adhere to common tongue. To pronounce haverhill correctly it is said more like "HayvRill". It is like when people say "Fah Kade " instead of "Fah Saad" for facade. nails on a chalk board
This will more than likely be my fave of the year 2014, and it's only just started! Chilling, I can't stop thinking about it. Kate's voices were the BEST! Joe Hill....bring on more!
This is a very fun, engaging story. You get sucked in very quickly, and it is a quick finish. My only complaint is Kate Mulgrew's voice for certain characters. I'm sure there is rhyme and reason for the choices. But dialog between certain characters can be audibly taxing.
Careful editing might have reduced the slow pace of the story. It dragged out needlessly, sometimes seeming to imitate Stephen King's style, but without success.
Gratuitous obscenities. Gratuitous vulgarity. Gratuitous violence. It was as though the author set out to decide what behavior and images would be most repulsive, sickening, offensive, disgusting, or distasteful and, then, put it all into his book. The fantasy was not fantastic--it was unrelenting nightmare.
Yes. The narrator was not the problem. The problem was the story and the author's conception.
The whole book is flawed, and so are the characters. Even the main character was not a particularly pleasant person. Normally, that would not bother me. I've read many dark books with dark characters. But this one offers no relief from ignorance and bad judgment.
This was in interesting approach to the vampire genre, but I can't really say I 'loved' any aspect of it.
The best part of the book is Milgrew's performance of the characters. They added a depth that was lacking for the most past in the book.
The narrator did a great job with this story that i find believable. This is a horror story definitely and it gave me chills with the children but enjoyable. This reminds of stephen king or dean Koontz. I will spend another credit this authors way for sure.
I would compare somewhat to Stephen Kings IT. The imagination of bridging into other worlds that are intertwined thru pure thought and childish horrific imaginations brings this comparison.
The scene nearer the end at the HERE library, and wayne trying so hard to warn adults but being unable to get thru the veil of un empathetic glee in the face of Maggie's pain.
I would like to take out VIck to see the Search engine books.
This was advertised as others have bought this. I took the chance and have a new favorite author:)
I haven't read the print version, but absolutely loved the audio version.
The description of Christmasland...Hill uses such rich, descriptive language, it's hard to not get a completely clear picture of it in your head.
Mulgrew is phenomenal. Each character has a unique way of talking/voice, and it added so much depth and richness to the story. Her voice for Charlie Manx was creepy, unnerving, and perfection.
It was a little slow at first, but after the first few chapters it really started moving. All the details Hill includes in the beginning is absolutely necessary and he really goes into a lot of depth in terms of character developments. In my opinion, not a single word was wasted in this book -- every sentence had meaning and impact to the story. About 1/4th of the way through, I was hooked, and truly did not want to stop listening...I pretty welcomed traffic at that point, since I listen to it driving to/from work.
Phenomenal story. What a treat for us horror fans who like something a little twisted and darker. Kate Mulgrew is amazing at the reading, and I would love to listen to more audiobooks done by her. I finished NOS4A2 about 2 weeks ago, and I still can't stop thinking about. Hill is a master at what he does, and I would love to see a film made out of this simply to see if the visuals translate into what I had in my head while I was listening.
Absolutely recommend this to anyone who lives for thrillers/horror/something a little darker. Flawless.