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.
I am a married 53 year old mother of 2 adult kids. I started listening to audiobooks for entertainment while driving to work. I am hooked!
It has been one of my favorites, I was on the edge of my seat listening to it.
It was so unique! it has such interesting characters.
every time they talked about the bridge. I liked that concept.
I like the title, I would not change it.
I really hope someone makes this into a movie, it was very good. Kate Mulgrew did an excellent job of narration.
I'm a Registered Nurse. I've been an avid reader all my life. I love Audible books. I'm able to enjoy books and still keep busy!
i like the development of the characters, the heroine comes to life as do her parents and husband, imagery is excellent, akin to King. i thought the plot line fizzled in the last ten minutes.
Kate has a mastery for reading, you can actually tell each character is different from her reading and not just the content of the narrative.
Im not sure. It would depend upon the publisher's summary and the reviews.
I cannot truly say that it wasn't enjoyable, as I am not a true horror fan. Not to give anything away, but the children in this story were creeeeepy! As creeped as I was, I must give the author credit for a truly unique story.
As I said before, I am not a true horror fan. However I do think NOS4A2 is a worthy listen, especially for horror fans.
Unbelievably good experience!
The characters were well developed to the point that I almost felt sorry for Manx. Bing was a very entertaining idiot. One of the most memorable moments was in hearing about what happened to Bing's parents.
The reading of this book was the best I've ever heard. I actually took my iPhone around the office to allow people the chance to listen to Kate Mulgrew. I had no idea she was the actress in Orange is the New Black. She is very talented.
This book chilled me to the core like no other horror book I've ever read. And I've read lots by Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Also, it's kind of strange but when I listened to Manx talk about the children and Christmasland, I couldn't help thinking about Michael Jackson's strange fascination with children.
I'd recommend this audiobook even if you aren't interested in horror or fantasy. It took me a long time to give this book a try because the flap copy makes the book sound too bizarre. It IS bizarre, but in a good way. It's impossible to tell someone what this book is about without making them furrow their brows.
the last thing i heard from hill was horns, which was pretty bad. This was great! good solid story, though i felt the ending was a little short/abrupt. over all if he keeps writing like this, he has a life long fan. the reader was excellent!
End user error. Thought I could enjoy a horror story because 1) I like fantasy, 2) I love Kate Mulgrew. I did enjoy Mulgrew's performance and hope to find another book she narrates. I couldn't connect with Vic on any level and just could not engage with the plot. But if horror is your genre, I'm sure you will rave like everyone else does.
I picked up this book after reading that it gave Dr. Sleep a run for best Audible of the year. I had just finished Dr. Sleep and had been satisfied. There were a few more "tidbits" that intrigued me enough try this book, including who the author was, who narrated the piece, that it was 19 hours long and that it might leave me feeling about Christmas the way Pennywise left me feeling about Clowns. Somehow this year, that seemed just right!
I'm a constant reader and I went into this novel with a fair amount of trepidation or at least reservation based on that fact alone. I admit now there was no need. 4 hours in I phoned a friend and said - "you must download this book. You may not google the author." Upon conclusion we both felt exactly the same way about the book.
I can't help but make the comparisons and, frankly I think they were all but invited. When the Author himself invokes pennywise and mid-world, (to name two of many) it is difficult to see how he can rebuff a review noting the obvious from a constant reader. My review is that this is a well crafted and spun story told in a style which felt very familiar and as beloved as my favorite pair of sneakers.
I'll go on to say that the attn to detail is as dead on - I think even greater perhaps than the early King. I feel as if no drop of blood went unaccounted for. I found myself on a couple of occasions wanting to take the headphones off for a particularly brutal scene, but was so compelled by the story that I could not miss a single moment.
I had listened earlier in the year to The Son, which Kate is one of three narrators of. I thoroughly enjoyed her reading there, and even more so here. She captured Manx perfectly and made him even more scary.
Kudos Joseph King, Kudos!