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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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    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 04-25-14
    Randy 04-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite from Joe Hill"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Christian Loganville, GA, US 01-15-14
    Teri Christian Loganville, GA, US 01-15-14
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    "The story is spooky. The reader is very good."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, for those who like ghost stories.


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

    Yes, because you never knew what was going to come next. Don't want to give anything away.


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

    Jude


    If you could take any character from Heart-Shaped Box out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mary Beth


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 01-12-14
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    "Sick, twisted, and enjoyable"
    Where does Heart-Shaped Box rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 for sure!


    What other book might you compare Heart-Shaped Box to and why?

    Any Steven King book-- for obvious reasons. This is my 2nd Joe Hill book and I loved it just as much as I did Horns. His writing style is superb. Hill’s character development is well thought out and it shows in his writing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Very creepy book about revenge from beyond the grave. How can you stop an enemy who isn’t even alive? How can you stop an enemy when they can control your mind?


    Any additional comments?

    Judas Coyne is a big rock star jerk but I loved him as well as his weirdo girlfriend, Georgia. It was hard not to fall in love with this old-rock star/bad boy/gothic-chick-defiler. Craddock was a sadistic bastard with an evil step-daughter. I was glad they both got what they deserved in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Pike Cincinnati, OH 11-13-13
    Andrea Pike Cincinnati, OH 11-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Poor narration"
    Would you try another book from Joe Hill and/or Stephen Lang?

    Probably not. The story started to get very muddled 3/4 into the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character was interesting enough, but not to carry the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    First, there was horrible music that played between parts (I'm just glad it wasn't between chapters!) and the narrator spoke over some of it, making it hard to understand. As for the narrator, it just felt like he was trying too hard in some parts, but not at all, in others.


    Did Heart-Shaped Box inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 11-04-13
    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Started out good"
    What would have made Heart-Shaped Box better?

    Removing the horrible, jarring music that came between some chapters/parts of the story. Why did the last 10 or so 'chapters' have to consist of one or two sentences??? Just end the story... why drag it on??


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

    the ghost


    Any additional comments?

    The story had potential. I was intrigued by the manner in which it began with the heart shaped box, but I think after a time, the story became chaotic. I would not recommend it to someone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 10-31-13
    E LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good scare"

    There were parts of this book that scared to heck out of me. I was so creeped out at times I had to stop listening for a bit, I listen a lot while I am running, alone, yep, could not do that with this book, at least not my early morning in the dark runs.

    My only wish for this book, a better ending. I will not elaborate on that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Carmel, NY, United States 10-29-13
    Amazon Customer Carmel, NY, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2011

    Book Glutton

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    "This book is not scary but it will haunt you"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will recommend this book to a friend ONLY if I knew my friend had HIGH tolerance to gore.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to pick a favorite character. That being said the main protagonist had many (pleasantly surprised) layers


    What about Stephen Lang’s performance did you like?

    Good accents. Great female voices


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

    Almost every single chapter of this book gave me a extreme reaction. And by reaction I mean gore, discuss and severe head shaking


    Any additional comments?

    Even though this book is a good work of fiction I cannot say I enjoyed it. Rough book to get thru. I read other reviewers opinions on how gory this book was and boy they weren't kidding. Lots of sexual violence and profanity. Read under your own risk

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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