I enjoyed the story well enough, but it was the performance of Kate Mulgrew which made it so frightening and exciting.
It moved along very well. It was difficult to stop listening.
Kate Mulgrew was superb. I'm looking for more audiobooks performed by her.
After the first couple of chapters I was sure that Joe Hill was a pen name for Stephen King. I wasn't at all surprised to find they were so closely related. Stephen should worry. The king of horror may well be dethroned by the prince. :)
This book was great. The main character was a hot mess, but you still feel for her. The bad guy scared me. This story is about a girl with a taxing gift. She realizes that she isn't the only one with this taxing gift, and not all are nice. Between, this and her home life it takes a toll on her in every aspect.
If you are a King fan you will like the writing, if you are a Locke and Key fan you knew about him before me. his writing is comparable to his fathers but still very much his own voice
"Hard Magic" for the random magic and, because I have to, Salems Lot for Vampires
Lou. I love Lou
Probably not. I was not impressed with the narrator and the choice of a woman. I think this would've been much better had the narrator been male. Manx read as a female voice took away from the chill.
I loved Heart Shaped Box and would say NOS4A2 had the same unique edge.
I would've changed the narrator completely. Kate did a good job, but it was just not an accurate depiction. After a while, her portrayal of Manx really grated on my nerves. I found it annoying, not frightening.
No, mostly because of the narration.
I loved the originality of the story and the strength of the characters. Joe Hill took the joy right out of the festivities and innocence of Christmas and turned it into something to fear.
For fans of the horror genre this is a must read! The villain was creepy and unrelenting. The heroine was flawed yet smart and strong. The over all story was just different. I'm over vampires and zombies and was ready for something different and this satisfied my need for a different kind of scary.
The narrator, Kate Mulgrew, could not have been better! Her voices for the characters were spot on. Thank you Kate for "acting" out such a great story and bringing it to life.
This was my first Joe Hill book (got interested after reading about the King family in a recent NYTimes mag story). While I understand why he needed to shed his family name, it had nothing to do with his skill as a writer. He's every bit as gifted as his dad (and his mom as well, she's just not as well known) and has a very distinct voice.
The characters were nicely drawn (and the narration was perfect) and the story ticked by quickly, keeping me in my office chair long after I was ready to stop working (editing photos). And it's such a unique story line. After a lifetime of reading, I'm always happy to find something that feels completely different to me. And while you had a pretty good idea how things were going to turn out, guessing the twists and turns wasn't really the point of this story. It was the ride along the way and the outrageous nature of the situations people found themselves in.
Also, it wasn't classically horrific. It didn't keep me awake at night or have me looking over my shoulder. It was creepy at times, sure, but there was a cartoon quality to the characters that kept it more about the story and less about the fear. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this book.
It just has too much incredible stuff. There are too many departures from reality that become a distraction. Try Heart-Shaped Box for a much better story by the same author.
Loved the book, loved the narration. The book was creepy and dark. It kept me listening!
It definitely keeps you entertained from start to finish. If you like weird horror stories, this is definitely that, and a fairly well written, not ridiculously campy one at that.
The people I think are pretty well developed, which helps to soften the very fantastical plotline. I think the seriousness of the characters is the only thing keeping you from going, WTF the whole book. My fiance was in the car with me listening the last hour (he hadn't listened to the rest) and when it was finished he was like, 'what WAS that?!' I think the only reason I wasn't like that is because the character development was so strong.
Performer was fine. I thought there were times where she kind of wailed/whined but the characters voices were distinct and I was kept in the story.
Super long for one sitting, but I happened to get horrible food poisoning the day after I started listening to this book so I did basically listen to the whole thing in two days. Not recommended! But it helped keep it all going!
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It took me just a little bit to get really into the book, but after that it had me till the end. Imaginative and original. I am glad that I chose it. Worth the time and money, the narrator did a very impressive job. She made it even better!