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.
Elderly, bookish person, omnivorous reader, only bothers to review books she considered worth reading.
Not my kind of book. Already too
violent though haven't read beyond the fifth sentence. Not fair for me to review book.
This book could use some major cutting. Sometimes I was bored by description.
Also , after being bored by pages and pages that should have been cut, I noticed flaws the editor should have easily picked up.
An example is when Maggie lit the match with a flick of her thumb then sat a lighter down on the table. The match miraculously turned into a lighter.
Tell the story
The original story of a magical "Finder", embodied by a special girl who can somehow find things by riding across a magic bridge, would have been great! But the author chose to get sidetracked into what should have been a second book.
Not Joe Hill.
The gritty voice was less than endearing. i could not relate to her.
At first I thought it was a Poor Man's Stephen King. When I discovered (just before I quit listening) that Joe Hill is King's son, I was disappointed. The apple is too far from the tree; he does not have that "Voice" authors need.
This was way too long for one book, and as I said, lost the magic far too early on. I want to get to know that kid on the bike. Why and what happened to her? Hill left her as a prelude to the other book that the second half of this one turned out to be. I stopped listening when I realized she wasn't coming back.
A little freaky. Pretty good story with a lot of fantasy going on. Since it's December, and I already have my own distaste for the craziness of the season, probably not the best thing to listen to.
It reminded me of a Steven King type book
Her performance was unbelievable! She adds so much to the characters and this was probably the best narrated story I have ever heard! I will definitely be looking for the books she narrates.
Maggie because she added some dimension. Her character was a bit ambiguous.