I am a long time audio book listener, but this is only my second review.. I picked this book based on the reader Kate Mulgrew, which I am familiar with from Star Trek as Captain Janeway and as Red on Orange is the new Black...I knew she would be a great reader, and was not disappointed , she was brilliant..nothing less.
I always have to remember that it is just ONE person doing all of these character voices, and when it's done right, for me, it's like watching a movie in my head.
At the end of this book, the Author..Joe Hill, comes on and talks for a bit about this book and his background...But he said something that I always experience but never stopped to give it any thought about WHY I enjoy audio books so much..he said..paraphrasing..that when you read a book, you are seeing it, reading it..but when you LISTEN to a book, it's a story being TOLD to you..a primal experience as it was done in ancient times.. I loved that , and it describes my enjoyment to a T.
This was a very different story, it actually took me a while to decide if I was liking the story, but as it went on, everything gets explained and the story builds and builds, just like a great story should.
I won't ruin or give anything away about the story, but this book was a great listen, a long one and it turned out to be one of those books where I end up sitting in my vehicle still listening even tho I had arrived at my appointment...and was happy to have a long drive home so I could get in a few more chapters..
So speaking just for me...In the end..I loved it and I hope that you will too
Right at the top. The story was mesmerizing, and the vocal performance was terrific.
It reminds me of early Stephen King (can't imagine why!).
No I haven't, but I will definitely be looking for her again. Have seen her on film but never knew she did audio performances as well.
Vic McQueen. She fought to overcome many demons - her own and those from an otherworldly source - and was wiling to risk it for those she loved.
I do not like horror, but thoroughly enjoyed The Historian. So not really knowing what I was getting into I began listening and became engrossed in another Vampire story. But this story had intriguing philosophies interwoven into the tale. It was a bit like a Michael Crichton novel with possibilities based on science that are terrifying. Despite the graphic and disturbing imagery I was hooked with excellent character development. Good story telling and interesting premise.
This is a very interesting horror fantasy story reminiscent of the author's father, Stephen King's, work. It is at times supernatural, gruesome, and thrilling. The narrator is very talented. Overall a great read for those who enjoy this genre.
Yes. It was a great book for a car ride. The plot was engaging but not so complicated as to be a distraction.
The best part was when Bing got nailed. Charlie Manx and Bing reminded me a lot of the Grinch and Max except Bing was funnier.
The voices were just great. She could really capture the emotions and idiosyncrasies of the characters, many of whom were crazy to begin with.
No I don't think it would make a good movie unless they lightened it up a bit.
Kate Mulgrew could probably read a math book and make it interesting!
The last half of the book saved it, I kept waiting for it to get creepy - glad I held out. Wish the first half had been as good, thus 3 stars instead of 4. The ending is surprising, make sure to hear the epilogue!The narration was spot on, great job.
Kate Mulgrew's performance was flawless, except for one thing. All throughout the book, she mis-pronounces the name of Vick's hometown of Haverhill. It's actually pronounced: HAY-ver-il and she refers to it as Havver-hill. Being from the area, I have to say that it drove me a little crazy every time she said it. Other than that, though, I was really impressed with the way she brought this book to life.
As for the story, I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first. I was thinking that it was going to be another run-of-the-mill vampire story. Rest assured, that is not what you're getting here. It was a unique story with believable characters, a solid plot, and an unexpected ending. You can't ask for more than that, right?
And elegantly crafted her story with a superlative reader who manages to create a plethora of voices and personalities, I wouldn't have known it wasn't a Stephen King novel. I read them all and this is right in there. Corky characters, fantastic scenarios, and the glory found in fear, suffering, and victory.