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Heart-Shaped Box Audiobook

Heart-Shaped Box

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.
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Publisher's Summary

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals...a used hangman's noose...a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is widely known. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.

I will sell my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder.

For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts: of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more? But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door...seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang...standing outside his window...staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting - with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one hand.

A multiple award-winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.

©2007 Joe Hill; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award winner, Thriller/Suspense, 2008
  • Thriller Award, Best Novel, 2008

"Powerful....[Hill's] subtle and skillful treatment of horrors that could easily have exploded over the top and out of control helps make this a truly memorable debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mr. Hill elicits honest empathy for Jude, who turned his stage persona into a nightmare version of his fears and must now figure out what strength he has left for legitimate battles. This dynamic is both frightening and funny, and the book weaves together those two threads in clever ways." (The New York Times)

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    proffitt24 10-06-14
    proffitt24 10-06-14
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    "Good book, terrible reading."
    If you could sum up Heart-Shaped Box in three words, what would they be?

    Creepy, chilling, and creative!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book has some moments that are truly terrifying!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was terrible. Any normal human emotion or inflection simply does not exist in this reading. The narrator does not grasp the normal human emotion that comes through in a normal person's voice during the most difficult of situations. For narration, the reader has a very low, creepy voice but it carries through throughout the entire book. It is very difficult to 'feel' the characters as the are all so monotone.


    Any additional comments?

    The musical breaks were startling. Aside from that, they carried over into the narrator's reading of the story and were very distracting.

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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 09-29-14
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 09-29-14 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "A great one for Halloween"

    I was looking for a scary book for because it is the Halloween is quickly approaching. I have to admit this book was indeed scary. Joe Hill has a understands how to set the creepy factor high. This is a great book.

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    Melody EAST GREENWICH, RI, United States 08-14-14
    Melody EAST GREENWICH, RI, United States 08-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good enough"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book kept me interested enough though none of the characters were very likable.


    Would you recommend Heart-Shaped Box to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend it to friends who like easy thrillers.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

    Georgia


    Do you think Heart-Shaped Box needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


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    B. Legrand USA 07-31-14
    B. Legrand USA 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story"
    Would you try another book from Joe Hill and/or Stephen Lang?

    Joe Hill? YesStephen Lang? No


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator sounded like Alfred Hitchcock and was really flat. If the story hadn't have been so interesting I would've returned it.


    Was Heart-Shaped Box worth the listening time?

    In the end yes. The story idea was just too good not to listen to the end.


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    Miz Anthrope St. Louis, MO 06-18-14
    Miz Anthrope St. Louis, MO 06-18-14 Member Since 2015

    Miss Anthrope

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    "Creepy Scary and Suspenseful!"
    Where does Heart-Shaped Box rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of the scariest! Thanks for the great roller coaster ride!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Creepy and unexpected appearances from a very nasty ghost. There were times when I had to walk away and get some sunlight on my face. Best if listened to when sitting next to your dog.


    Who was the most memorable character of Heart-Shaped Box and why?

    Judas Coyne - the aging rockstar - he is not a very likeable character at first but as Hill peels away the layers and reveals more of Judas, you begin to root for him.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read! I started listening to Hill after reading Horns (another fantastic read!) Looking forward to more and more from him!

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    debbie seguin, TX, United States 05-03-14
    debbie seguin, TX, United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "very entertaining"

    a very engaging and entertaining book I loved and hated the characters all at the same time. , I could hear the King influence all through this book and I expect he will only get better . well worth the credit .

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    Richard 04-30-14
    Richard 04-30-14
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    "Eh...not that impressed"
    What did you like best about Heart-Shaped Box? What did you like least?

    I like the premise of the story, but it seemed to be dragged out longer than it needed to be. There seemed to be a lot of 'filler'.


    If you’ve listened to books by Joe Hill before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good. I enjoyed Horns much more.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was average, but what really brought it down as a whole was the unnecessary techno musical interludes placed randomly throughout the reading.


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    Randy 04-25-14
    Randy 04-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite from Joe Hill"
    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book, although it solidified my growing suspicion that he's a big misogynist, not that I really care, he just consistently writes weak female characters. The first thing I ever listened to from him was NOS4A2, which was pretty okay, even though I hated the narration on that one. Then I read Horns, which I enjoyed a lot more than NOS4A2, and finished with this, which I had the least amount of hope for, but ended up enjoying it more than any other.

    The performance was good, although the southern girl accents were a little wonky, it wasn't bad enough to pull me out of the story. Overall, 5/5, I hope his next book is something more like this being more grounded in reality instead of leaning on harder fantasy like NOS4A2. I'm not saying there isn't a lot of fantasy in this book, but not a lot compared to his later works.

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    Jordan Fowlerville, MI, United States 02-25-14
    Jordan Fowlerville, MI, United States 02-25-14
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    "Not horrible."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Overall the book left me unimpressed. Mr. Hill is good with descriptions, but this book lacks realistic dialogue and believable characters. It was not worth the money for me, but I wouldn't have been angered had I gotten it from the library. I'm glad I didn't stop with this novel because Mr. Hill has definitely learned from past mistakes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Hill again?

    Yes.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Nothing bad or good struck me about the narration. Which is a plus, because it allowed me to concentrate more upon the story and not the voice that was reading it. At the same time, the narrator added nothing to the experience.


    Could you see Heart-Shaped Box being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not. If they did, it would probably star Martin Sheen's washed up brother, Joe Estevez.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I read this book because it allows me to see how much Mr. Hill has progressed in his skill to date. It also shows that, while natural talent is required to be an accomplished author, you still need to hone your craft.

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    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 01-29-14
    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 01-29-14 Member Since 2009

    Look upward and see the wonders I've seen

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    "Watch out dad, your son is racing in behind you.."
    Would you listen to Heart-Shaped Box again? Why?

    No, but I loved it. The only other author who ever gave me nightmares was Joe's dad Stephen King. His book 'Salem's Lot gave me nightmare and so did Heart Shaped Box.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Judas Coyne. He was a good man who didn't know he was a good man. I'm a little bit prejudiced against musicians (I was with one for 16 years) but Judas reminded me of my musician. He was also a good man who didn't know he was a good man until he met me. I saw Jude and Georgia go this route, although their route as a lot more bloody and scary than mine was.


    What about Stephen Lang’s performance did you like?

    I would listen to Stephan Lang read the phone book. I love his performances.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Heart Shaped Box, killer insider.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my second Joe Hill novel. I read NOS4A2 first and he pretty much ruined Christmas for me. ;) I will be reading his next book and if it's like this, during the day on my commute.

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