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Heart-Shaped Box Audiobook

Heart-Shaped Box

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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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    TN Woman 07-14-15
    TN Woman 07-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good, not great"

    So far, I have read three books by Joe Hill. He's definitely got his own voice, no matter what anyone says. It is apparent he has been trained by the master, his stories are original. I would recommend NOS4A2 to someone trying one of his books for the first time. All in all, this book was bleak, and a bit hard to follow at times, but creepy, entertaining and at times even funny.

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    kymberly 06-30-15
    kymberly 06-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Kept me listening"

    Overall this book was good. It kept me listening and wondering what would happen next.

    The narrator was great. I wished there was a little more "spook" but there was enough anticipation built with each turn.

    I didn't like the music that was played in between the chapters though. I think that was a little bit much. But overall a good listen.

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    emily 06-23-15
    emily 06-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A strange tale..."

    I found myself trying really hard to like this book, and I struggled to continue listening to it. The narrative is well read, but the story itself is slow.

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    J. Hulett 06-22-15
    J. Hulett 06-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. The characters were complex and well developed.

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    Critter Mama Huntsville, Al USA 06-21-15
    Critter Mama Huntsville, Al USA 06-21-15 Member Since 2013

    Married "mom" of 3 crazy dogs and 1 cat! I developed a love for reading just after college & only recently for audio. Loving it so far!

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    "Errrr.... Huh??"

    I just finished this book and I am still not entirely sure what the heck happened!!?!? The story was interesting, even if confusing, and the narration was great! I may just have to either listen again or read this one to fully understand.

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    Cherie Monterey, United States Minor Outlying Islands 05-21-15
    Cherie Monterey, United States Minor Outlying Islands 05-21-15
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    "Very Good"

    It's not terrifying just really good and keeps you listening. This is my second or third Joe Hill audiobook and liked them all.

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    Sally Ann Columbus OH USA 05-21-15
    Sally Ann Columbus OH USA 05-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed the audible book..."

    The story and characters were enjoyable; the narration was very good. I'd purchase another book from this author.

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    spencer andrew snell 05-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Dark and creepy."

    The book wastes no time getting you right into some creepy goings-on. Joe hill lives up to his father's legacy well. It was a novel that had me staring around my apartment looking for the restless dead. A must read for any horror novel fanatic.

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    ralph 05-06-15
    ralph 05-06-15
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    "Good book, better listen"

    Good book, the story telling is better than the plot. the narrator was great and overall an enjoyable listen.

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    Sday157 04-16-15
    Sday157 04-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"

    Great book! Hope they make a movie! Loved it! Great book! Hope they make a movie! Loved it! Great book!

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