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
"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)
The narrator's voice sent chivers down my spine multiple times throughout the story. The different voices used for the different characters fit so perfectly with the persons I made up in my mind it is spooky. The intonations, pauses, and fluctuation gives life to an excellent story.
I was looking for a really spooky, can't turn off the lights type of book. There was not one moment that scared me. The writing was good, story okay, narration was good but kind of reminded me of a one-man play, a bit distracting with all the acting. Wouldn't recommend.
Prolific reader, who always wished I could find a way to read and drive. Then, I found Audible. Wish granted!
I struggled to finish this. Really struggled. The narrator was excellent, but the story just fell flat for at least the first half. Eventually Mr. Hill pulled out some gorgeous imagery that somewhat kindled my interest, but even that couldn't hold it for long.
The development of the relationship between the two main characters was one of the things that I felt like I was supposed to be interested in, but... nope. Not even a little bit.
Would only recommend this book to Stephen King fans, and even then, with caution.
Decent book. Narrator had accent problems. I thought one of the characters was a leprechaun there for awhile. What is with the terrible music as an seg way to another chapter? Dude! It's not even metal. ...it's crap. The music kinda killed it for me.
Maybe. But this book doesn't make me a Joe Hill fan.
Yes it did turn me off from other books by Joe Hill.
Stephen Lang is ok. Just that I didn't like the story,
The first part was creepy and I feel that Joe Hill has a way with words. It's just that the story deteriorated into some car chase, action type of story.
I expected something dark and creepy, instead I got a fist-fight between man and ghost.
The story is original and moves along at a good pace, but it is the characters, and how the author develops them that has me downloading more Joe Hill books. I just wanted to sit and listen to the conversations between the characters.
Georgia. She seems like a stereotype when first introduced but as her story is revealed she is a sweetheart, someone who has had a rough life that hasn't changed who she truly is.
Stephen Lang did a great job of moving between the characters, both male and female, as well as interjecting a Southern accent when needed.
Judas Coyne. His motivation, his perseverance, his desire.
With regard to the plot and performance, I was very pleased with this audiobook. I'm a Joe Hill fan and I hadn't yet read this so I was pleased to see it was available. And Stephen Lang does a great job in the performing of it. The only issue I had was that between a few of the breaks in the story, there is this ridiculous electronic music that has zero to do with the story at all. Your lead character is a metal singer; if you're gonna have music at breaks, make it metal. Anyway, not a huge gripe but I did find myself baffled by this addition.
Hill is a solid writer. He's able to tell an interesting and creepy story without it running all over the place. His characters have depth and he drops in little details that both flesh out the story and foreshadow coming events.
This is the first of Lang's performances I've heard but I was impressed. He shows a hell of a range and manages to make the various character voices distinguishable and engaging.
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