NOS4A2 tells the story of two worlds; the real world we all know and the world that lives in our imaginations. The main characters in this book have joined their imaginative worlds with the real one, for good vs evil. It's a creative, gripping and creepy story. Well worth the read.
A different narrator. The screechy, gravelly voice of the narrator was too irritating to listen to. I finally had to drop the book about 4-5 hours in. The story was intriguing, once I accepted it was completely unbelievable
She reminded me of a heavy smoker on reality TV. Loud, obnoxious, screechy - when a deep smooth voice would have been more sinister and much easier to listen to.
Irritation. Curiosity about outcome, but couldn't finish listening.
SOMETHING! Sorry it was funny when I typed it.
This book was choppy. The flow was kind of strange. I enjoyed it but probably won't get any others by this author. If I want this kind of story I'd stick with King.
The narrator delivered an incredible performance. There was such a wide variety of quirky characters, accents, speech patterns, and even a stammer. The story was strange, but I knew that coming in. I grew to like it, and I appreciated how I could not anticipate what was coming next. Also, despite the abundant violence and brutality, there was love and tenderness too. I definitely enjoyed the book.
System and software engineer from the UK now living and working in Silicon Valley.
I'm sorry to say I skipped some of the dragged out parts that were supposed to be tense or dramatic. In the end they just went on and on and on. If this was a the paper version I'd probably have given it away, or taken it to a second hand book store and donated in. I have limited sympathy for books that wallow in self harm and mental illness. I just couldn't stand the way this dragged on an on in and endless decline. Most of the characters seemed to be decaying one way or another. You know our heroine has to get on with it eventually, so all the denial and BS about how she had learned not to believe in what you can know for certain she is going to have to use is just wasted pages. Was I supposed to believe that she wasn't going to work it out? Was I supposed to sympathize with her supposed but not real insanity? Blah blah blah. But it was well read. The end did not justify the means. Even the epilogue ran on and on. And in the end there's no redemption, it wasn't exactly all for nothing, but it was all for nothing much. The wrongs weren't righted and even the survivors don't really escape. This was a one time Joe Hill for me, I won't be coming back for more.
Kate Mulgrew was very good, many women do a terrible job of men's voices, just as many men do a terrible job of women's voices (one makes all the women sound like they are whining pathetically, for example, even when they are written as strong characters). I never had any problem with the voices, she didn't peel me out of the suspension of disbelief with questions about caricature transvestites or whatever. I would seek out her work the way I do with Nigel Carrington.
not a huge Christmas fan myself, so maybe this just solidified my distaste for the holiday. creepy undead dude stealing children. kinda dragged at parts, or I just felt certain things were overemphasized for little to no real reason. Maybe too long for what it was but it wasn't unpleasant. narrator was sufficiently creepy with the old man, and did good on voices otherwise. not bad for a daily deal but I probably would have been upset if I wasted a credit on it. if you like some thriller/mystery/semi-horror stuff then this is for you.
I am an avid reader who usually stays far away from horror novels. I still don't remember why I purchased this one, but it had been in my reading queue so long I just started reading it without giving it a second thought. I am giving it 5 stars because it is SO WELL done, but I am not sure I would use the word "enjoy" to describe how I felt about this book.
Everyone else is describing what happens in the book, so I will just try to explain how someone like me who has an aversion to horror novels ended up reading this book all the way through to the end.
This book hooks you in from the beginning & gives you characters you really care about. So when I tried to quit the book when it got really creepy and started making me feel nauseous ...I always came back.
Maybe it was the amazing job done by the narration of Kate Mulgrew. Maybe it was because I cared so much about Vic and the other characters that I just had to find out what happened to them.
Whatever the reason, I just couldn't pull myself away from this book for long, I listened every chance I could !
Make sure you listen ALL the way through to the end of the recording too, not just the book itself. There is a part after the end of the book where Joe Hill himself talks about the book, and his family, and about his becoming a writer...fascinating !
This is a great horror story in the style of some if the best. Very enjoyable listen. Great performance. Will look for more by thus author and also by this reader.
Kate Mulgrew does a wonderful portayal of all the characters in the story, however, she mispronouces Haverhill Massachusetts. It is not pronounced as it is spelled....not even close! It is especially annoying because Haverhill is mentioned numerous times in the story.
Worst audible ever down loaded! The story line sounded so interesting, boy was I wrong. I want my credit back.