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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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    tonyaroy10 03-17-15
    tonyaroy10 03-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Kept me listening!!!"

    I'm a Stephen King fan, but this book really hit home it's a lot like Stephen King never boring always something going on and ending was fantastic will read more of his books

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    Kevin Harris 03-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    great story. narration was incredible. story started off very interesting with good atmosphere and creepiness. turned into more of an action story. great writing.

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    Sarah J. Kindermann 02-28-15

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    "I don't know if I love it or hate it!"

    This was my first Joe Hill novel and while it was a decent listen I just don't know if I like this style. The story was predictable but it kept my interest throughout. The tone of the book seemed to be monotone and the narrator was very good at being monotone. Almost so much that I would be falling asleep. The horror genre is not something I have read in so long that maybe it just isn't my cup of tea anymore or maybe I should stick to actually reading them instead of listening. I have another Joe Hill book on my library of listens so I will give both Joe Hill and the horror genre another shot. I listened to the whole book but have very mixed feelings about liking it or hating it.

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    amber mueggenberg 02-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "5 stars"

    Excellent storyline
    narrator does a wonderful job
    you can tell great things will be coming from Joe Hill

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    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 02-05-15
    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2013

    Audible is better than TV

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    "The Kid Can Write"

    This is the second book I have read of Joe Hills, and I think it is very good. A very unique ghost story. The characters were alive, and I cared about what happened to them. The story and pace were fantastic.

    It took me a chapter or two to understand the rhythm of the narrator, but once we were dancing to the same song he was great.

    On the downside, the music between chapters needs to be deleted because it is very annoying.

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    Jean-pierre 02-05-15
    Jean-pierre 02-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent reading"

    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.

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    Mrs.Coffey 01-31-15
    Mrs.Coffey 01-31-15
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    "addicting"

    love love loved this book!! Joe Hill gets it honest for sure. Mr. King should be very proud!!!

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    |Olivia 01-31-15
    |Olivia 01-31-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Eh..."

    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.

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    Sci-Fi and Scary 01-28-15

    Prolific reader, who always wished I could find a way to read and drive. Then, I found Audible. Wish granted!

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    "I liked... the narrator"

    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.

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    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 01-14-15
    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 01-14-15
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    "What the crap?"
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    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.

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