This book was completely out of my genre ( have listened to a few Stephen king that i didn't mind) and I don't think this was a very good experience for me. I do not have sensitive skin and I usually don't get offended but the language mixed in with this story was to the point of disgusting me. I ound it borderline vulgar and I was starting the constant eye roll and hearing the voice in my head go..'seriously? How many times have we said that body part now? People don't really talk like that do they? ' It was just..gross. I thought it took an extremely long time to get thru this book and I have istened to some 30 hour long ones and it didn't hold my attention just made me want to get thru it. I did not find the narrator great or teriffic but nerve grating with her raspy overacting. Was not a pleasant experience for me.
When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!
Joe Hill has written an amazing story about a young Victoria with a talent to use her bicycle to find lost things. Unfortunately, Vic finds some things she really isn't looking for. Vic meets many memorable and well developed characters as she puts a child abductor in jail. I don't want to say too much about the story because I'm afraid that I'll spoil your enjoyment of allowing the story to unfold for you. Let me say that this is a riveting story. When you're finished I think you'll understand why I'm not giving out too many details.
Now, let me say that Kate Mulgrew is every bit as amazing and awesome as Joe Hill's story. If you don't care for the story, listening to Kate Mulgrew's performance alone is worth the credit. Bravo Ms. Mulgrew, bravo.
NOS4A2 is a great experience and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
A shorter version...it was to long in the middle, I personally did not like the profanity, dysfunctional families, pedophile suggestions, and the rape by Bing was gross. I struggled to get through this audible book...several times I was going to fast forward just to be done because, the story dragged on and on.
No. I am a fan of S.King have listened or read all of his books. I like this genre just couldn't wrap my head around where J. Hill was going with this story. In some parts holes were left in the story and in other parts holes were filled in to the point that it was overflowing and unnecessary.
Tone and diction were fine...but for me the male and female character voices were blurred Vic sounded masculine and Lou and Max were high pitched.
The redeeming qualities were seeing the results of bad parenting and dysfunctional families can lead to another generation of bad parenting and dysfunctional family.
Vic was clearly the hero, it was good to listen to her redeem herself at the end after years of a tortured life with drugs, sex, and demons. She admits to her part of over-reacting to her parents behavior towards her and that she wasn't a good mother when she abandoned her son (Bruce Wayne). This was my first Joe Hill book...I may try again.
I was going to give the over all story 1 star but after listening to the author at the end explain his rationale for writing the story I moved up to 2 stars. The preview I listen to sounded okay. Reading the comments...most were positive and only a few were negative so I made my purchase because the positive comments out-weighted the negative comments. However in this case the negative comments were on target with my thoughts on this audible book.
Not sure...any readers of Stephen King will probably pick it up since it's written by his son, Joe Hill. There are also a few Dark Tower references scattered throughout that makes it entertaining.
No, I'll continue to read horror and science fiction. It just wasn't a good book. And to have good perspective, it's always good to read excellent works, the classics, and also terrible books. This just happened to land on the terrible end.
Anyone who can get their accent under control. Kate's accent was way too northern, or mid-western for my liking. By doing that, it "regionalizes" the characters. I'd like to have Kate reading a book like "Fargo", but not something like this where the characters are all cross-country, yet they sound like they're all from North Dakota. It takes the reader out of the story when the narrator's accent gets the best of them.
Disappointment. I didn't know what the story was about; however I hoped it would at least be decent. It was terrible. See below for details.
I was not impressed with "NOS4A2" and it was no where good as I thought it would be. Maybe I went into it with high expectations, yet I didn't really know what it was about so I can't really blame myself for not liking it or holding it to a certain standard. All things considered, I've already read Joe Hill's other two works: "Heart-Shaped Box" and "Horns", as well as a couple of short stories, and I can say that there are now three distinct elements that are consistent in all Joe Hill novels:
1. Dead animals, or the killing of animals
2. Music/pop culture references
I would also add the supernatural element; however I think this has become the genre that Hill is sticking with. In regard to writing style, one of dislikes to "NOS4A2" was the overuse of similes. Every page was just about scattered with similes, like sprinkles on a cupcake, they were everywhere and really took away from the story.
Regarding the story, and in the words of Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons: Worst. Villain. Ever. The villain was terrible, unoriginal, lame, and had way too much dialogue. Imagine having a poorly scripted Bond villain that was inept at killing, terrorizing, or even being menacing, yet all he wanted to do was talk about all the "bad" things he was going to do or even worst: bore you with details from his own life.
The heroine wasn't much better. I'm not sure if it was from the poor excuses she made or if it was Hill's attempt at making her vulnerable and driven by regret, but she was certainly hard to root for. And I'm not talking about in an anti-hero kind of way. She was very unlikable and annoying.
Even the sidekicks were terrible. The heroine's sidekick was chocked full of comic book references that only made him seem too immature to do anything serious and the villainous sidekick was too cliche to expect him to do any harm. I can honestly say that there were no characters that kept my interest.
As for the plot, this was one of those books that you get half way through hoping it will get better. Spoiler alert: it didn't. Then you reach the point of no return and figure that if you've made it more than halfway means you might as well finish it. Like any B-movie, you have to at least see how it ends. And like any bad B-movie, "NOS4A2" did not disappoint.
If I were ever to re-read this book, I'd probably look back and think I was being a bit harsh in the review. Chances are, the only way I'd re-read this book is if they made it into a movie and I'd be curious to go back and see if the movie was any better than the book.
It's also worth pointing out that this book had way too many penis references. Not sure why they were needed because they certainly didn't add to the plot. Just saying - it was one too many for my liking.
There were also obligatory references made to his last two novels, as well as references made to his father's Dark Tower series. I failed to mention in my other reviews, that there was at least one DT reference made in each novel. This one had a handful. At some point I just wanted to roll my eyes and say "Joe, I get it. Stephen King is your dad and everyone loves his Dark Tower series. Just because you're related, you're allowed to do stuff like that, but lets not over do it."
Pros: not many...actually the last page was the only pro because I knew that meant that I was finally finished.
Cons: many. Way too many to bore with details.
Bottom line: bad story that was poorly executed with flimsy characters and cheap plot devices.
Only mildly creepy with a prolonged story almost as if it was originally a novella that was lenngttthennned to become a novel.
I struggled to get through it, finally quit it most of the way through.
I thought Kate Mulgrew was an excellent narrator, but I chose the story expecting it to be scary. It was far too long, dragging on with unnecessary descriptions, and the author seemed obsessed with giving overly literary and flowery descriptions of gore and injuries. There were dozens and dozens of people getting killed and injured in gruesome ways, and the main purpose for writing the book seemed to be for the author to be able to write bizarre metaphors for each injury and describe it in every gory detail. It became incredibly boring and really got in the way of the plot, which dragged on over 20 odd years. Wouldn't recommend it.
Definitely less cruelty.
This was my first purchase of a Joe Hill novel.......probably my last. I love frightening...I love mystery....I love scare my socks off. I do not love having my stomach churn and having to turn off my player for it to settle down. Describing cruelty for entertainment purposes is not my cup of tea. If you enjoy this sort of thing, that's your choice and this would be a good one for you. I, however, will not be listening to the second and third segments. The first third was enough for me. Also, the narration left a lot to be desired. Too many of his voices sounded alike. They all sounded like they had a severe mental problem.
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I tried and gave up......I tried very hard to believe in the characters but I simply found myself wanting to find a better book.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
It is so refreshing to come across a writer that writes to the, "smart reader". This was my first Joe Hill book and I was surprised and impressed by the caliber of his writing, he has definitely inherited his fathers, (Stephen King's), ability to spin a spooky yarn that takes you on a gripping roller coaster ride.
A fast pace, combined with well constructed characters provoked some thrilling and unexpected intensity. From the mystical heroine to the horrible villains, the characters have such depth that they draw you right into their dreadful altered reality. For the thriller/horror seeker this scary and suspenseful read will not disappoint.
A 115 year old convicted kidnapper/murderer, awakens from a 5 year coma,.. dies,.. gets embalmed, and then....walks out of the hospital...
As an act of revenge against the young girl who aided in his conviction years earlier, he and his creepy, murdering minion, snatch her young son with the intent of taking him into a bone chilling, fantasy world; "Christmasland". He would only be one of the many.
A brave, mystical, but also, damaged heroin must use all of her recourses and abilities to try to save her son from a dammed eternity.
The narrator did a great job with the up and down pace and the different character voices. I will be looking for Hills next book with the hope that he can keep up the highly exciting, first rate plot lines.
Haverhill is pronounced Have-rill ! I don't understand why the narrator isn't given help on the correct pronunciation.
I liked the book but it felt like a mashup of his father's earlier books. A little more originality is in order.
Aside from the incorrect pronunciations, the narrator was ok.
Strangely, nothing. As a survivor from the "Old Yella dog must always die and you must cry" movies, I was unmoved by the death of Boomer.