A different reader. I am sorry to say the reader really spoiled the story experience. She added too much of her own inflection in the reading of character parts, and her voices were horrible.
Great story, horrible reader.
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:)
This book would have been better if the heroine would have been at least a likeable person. As a child, she was terrific, but as an adult, she was a foul-mouthed, disagreeable individual with a huge chip on her shoulder. Yeah, yeah, she had to deal with Charlie Manx from the time she was a kid, but the author needed to give me somebody to root for. He did not.
No more Joe Hill. This is the second of his books I have read, and I just don't care for his characters. I don't like any of them as people, so I don't much care what happens to them.
Kate Mulgrew may be a fine narrator, but this book didn't prove it to me. I hated many of the characters' voices--from Charlie Manx to Bing to the stuttering librarian. I wondered every time I tried to get through another chapter if the narrator ended up damaging her throat by the last chapter. Nothing Charlie did to Vic was any worse than the torture inflicted on my ears listening to this.
Note to the author: You can only describe so many horrific, nightmarish scenes before they become routine, even boring. Suspense is the key, not gross.
It is the very rare occasion for me when I absolutely have no interest in finishing a book--particularly when I have paid for it. This was the first Audible book I did not finish; it just got to the point where I dreaded turning my iPod on to listen to it. It finally clicked with me that I was not reading (listening) for pleasure, so what was the point?
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!
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.
Just could not get into this story and hated the narration by Kate Mulgrew. Her voice and tone was just too irritating for me.
The best!..... by a country mile!
She absolutely nailed it! I immediately did a search to see what other books featured her extensive talent for voices. Her inflections and intonations has made her my favorite narrator.
I have listened to over 2 dozen books over the past year .... lots of King, Koontz, McCammon, Simmons and Due.... so Mr. Hill is in very good company... I have never written a review.. for anything!... however, I felt compelled to do so 4 NOS4A2! If you like any of the aforementioned authors you should purchase this audio book now!... no really... put whatever you're listening to now on hold and start this book! Kate Mulgrew "sleighed" the narration.
Im a good listener
Cool story, but the scariest thing for me was the pronunciation of Haverhill. Its HAY-vril. Was like hearing nails on a chalkboard every time it was said. Don't know how that made it past the production people.