We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Heart-Shaped Box Audiobook

Heart-Shaped Box

Regular Price:$31.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (3622 )
5 star
 (1320)
4 star
 (1345)
3 star
 (633)
2 star
 (219)
1 star
 (105)
Overall
4.0 (2383 )
5 star
 (940)
4 star
 (836)
3 star
 (422)
2 star
 (118)
1 star
 (67)
Story
4.3 (2382 )
5 star
 (1187)
4 star
 (798)
3 star
 (286)
2 star
 (70)
1 star
 (41)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    James 11-20-14
    James 11-20-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What's with the music?"
    Where does Heart-Shaped Box rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Lang’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dubyados 11-17-14
    Dubyados 11-17-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Listen to With the Lights On!"
    What did you love best about Heart-Shaped Box?

    The story just kept going and going...had to take breaks to slow my heartbeat!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked the dogs. :-)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All scenes great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I shivered, trembled, got anxiety and high blood-pressure, can't stop jumping when I hear a bump in the night...


    Any additional comments?

    The book is so much fun! I highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 11-15-14
    Rebecca Seattle, WA, United States 11-15-14 Member Since 2016

    Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    79
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    172
    60
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Southern Gothic"

    I really love the choice of narrator here. Stephen Lang perfectly captures the Southern growl of the main character, the slow evil drawl of the bad guy. ..Perfect!
    Cool premise, good action, suspenseful story arch...
    If you enjoy King/ Koontz style horror, you'll enjoy this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kathryn Casey 11-14-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Absolutely Amazing Must Read"
    If you could sum up Heart-Shaped Box in three words, what would they be?

    Horrifying, Entertaining, Thrill-ride


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgia was my favorite character. Her character was wonderfully developed, like an onion. Layers being peeled back revealing more and more facets of personality as the book unfolds.


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

    Stephan Lang performed the Dead Man wonderfully. Very creepy, his voice haunted.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a nack for predicting the outcome of plot lines in horror stories - but this kept me on my toes the entire time. The plot twisted and turned, blurring the lines between reality and non-reality. You felt the entire ride with the characters. I can't tell you how many times my jaw dropped in horror as Stephan Lang wove images of creepy events taking place. I was sad when it was over it was so good. What a thrill ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Carl Ryan Stemple 11-13-14 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Almost a Classic"

    Hill's freshman novel does something that countless aspiring horror novelists dream of doing and yet so frequently come just short of accomplishing - it channels the spirit of his father, while speaking in a voice all its own.

    At the book's strongest moments, that voice is the gravely baritone of Judas Coyne as he slowly changes from a grizzled and septic ex-rock-god into a grizzled yet tendered ex-rock-god. It's a slow and trudging arc, and it costs Judas and his loved-ones more than most would be able to bear, but it's a fulfilling evolution from someone we immediately disdain to someone we can at least be happy for. That he is spiritually redeemed (so to speak) by the strength and will of two women he learns he's loved too little is also a slow, quiet thing that at times ventures into the realm of objectification, though that's just another hurtle that Judas must confront in his fight for salvation from his haunting - both by his literal ghost and by his own inner ghosts. It's also worth noting that those women don't need Judas to save them from anything, even though he couldn't save them even though he wants to.

    I wouldn't say that the book was at any point "frightening." More like "unnerving" and "uncomfortable," which is a fine thing for a horror novel to be, especially when, as is the case with Heart-Shaped Box, the foul things that are most unnerving are not paranormal in nature, but horrifically human. Abuse. Deceit. Deep, plummeting regret and the fear of harming another unwittingly. These are repugnant and all-too real in our world, and they pull at our gut just as they pull at Judas'.

    What brings this particular presentation of Hill down a peg for me is purely in the narration. Not that Lang doesn't do a satisfactory job at reading the general prose - I found his voice quite soothing and level, actually. That was part of the problem in parts, though - he was far too level, especially when the story calls for the characters to be terrified, or in reeling pain, or an inch from death. He picked a voice for each character, and then stuck to it unflinchingly, in all but one case. His voice of the ghost Craddock is all over the place, beginning as a low, rumbling Right-Wing Televangelist's Georgia-drawl and ending with a wispy, old prospector's bark. Again, it's a slow transition, but one that was never warranted or earned. It felt like he simply forgot how he began recording that particular voice by the end of the novel.

    There are other minor quirks I have that keep this from being a full-fledged classic in my heart - the too-neatly-wrapped-up ending, the reasoning behind the survival of a particular character, a few inconsistencies of paranormal rules and expectations - but on the whole, a book that is almost a classic is far and away better than most books published.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    RF 11-11-14
    RF 11-11-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    85
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The least best of Joe Hill."
    Would you try another book from Joe Hill and/or Stephen Lang?

    I would like to


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

    This isn't my favourite, but it is still a good story.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, good narrator. But N0S4A2, and Horns are better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kim Cunningham 11-07-14 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    234
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Tired of the hate"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    His political use of evil main character as a "Rush Limbaugh"" talk radio"" religious" right winger. Sick and tired of the hate.


    What does Stephen Lang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Enjoyed his characters he did a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    Deeply sad about the author making the main evil character a political pawn to express his dislike of people who do not follow his liberal views. Not buying anymore of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    proffitt24 10-06-14
    proffitt24 10-06-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    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.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    317
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    263
    94
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    54
    16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Melody EAST GREENWICH, RI, United States 08-14-14
    Melody EAST GREENWICH, RI, United States 08-14-14 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    60
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.