But the rest of his collection doesn't make the house feel cold. The bones don't make the dogs bark; the movie doesn't make Jude feel as if he's being watched. And none of the artifacts bring a vengeful old ghost with black scribbles over his eyes out of the shadows to chase Jude out of his home, and make him run for his life....
©2007 Joe Hill; (P)2007 HarperCollinsPublishers
Natasha R Zar
I would and I have!!! Since purchasing Heart-Shaped Box over a year ago, I have listened to it over 5 times.
The book lures you in from the very first sentence. It is atmospheric and creepy without trying too hard. Stephen Lang is an excellent narrator, particularly in this book. His voice is gravelly and emotive, able to reflect the main character's feelings into every word and adding to the overall ominous feeling of the book.
The storyline is frightening and heart breaking and no matter how many times I listen to the book, I it grabs my attention 100%.
There are so many memorable moments in Heart-Shaped Box!
One of the most memorable moments that stuck with me were Jude's memories of "Florida". His selfish, aloof love for her and then the disintegration of his love to revulsion as she descended into deep depression. Joe Hill's depiction of depression was not trivialised in an emo-teen way, nor was it gratuitously dark and graphic. He managed to describe Florida's mental decline gracefully, and in a way that made your heart ache for her as he described her trying so hard to be "normal" and the woman Jude had once loved.
Again, there are many scenes that are my favourite, but the one that really sticks with me and sets my teeth on edge every time is the moment that Jude is on the phone with the woman who sold him the suit, only to find out it is the sister of his ex-girlfriend... who had killed herself shortly after they broke up. The phone call goes from politely mundane to tension filled shock so fast, it is jarring to the senses. It feels as though you are hearing the news in real life.
I think Florida was the most memorable character of Heart-Shaped Box even though her character only resided in memories. As the story unfolds and the pieces all come together, all you can feel is the same regret and sorrow that Jude feels, knowing that he could have helped her if he had only known what had been going on.
I just love this book!!! <3
Loove horror stories, also like misteries.
He combined various elements of horror that I have never thought possible. It was scary, but at the end gave you a satisfactory feeling about all the troubles the characters endured through out the book. He is definitely my favorite writer
fenomenal, fantastica, cautivadora, llena de suspenso y excelente personajes, Joe Hill es el Stephen King de esta nueva generación, digno heredero del talento de su padre.
I am an hour and a half in and struggling to keep going.
Talk about the dead dragging the living down, thats what the narration is doing to me. I find it slow and dreary and hard to concentrate on the story.
The first description of the ghost.
Jude. He's not your typical nice guy, but he is believably human with his flaws.
The dead drag the living down.
I loved the book; both the story and the performance. An unbelievable story is made believable by the author's fine attention to detail and descriptive abilites. After I finished the book, I immediately purchased and started listening to Joe Hill's 'Horns'. I'm officially a fan!
I first came across Joe Hills second book, Horns. I decided to read Heart Shaped Box first for some reason. Maybe it was the nostalgia of reading the first novel produced by the son of the "king" of all horror novels.
The story grabbed me from the very first few pages. This book is not a slow burner. Hill quickly and effortlessly draws you into the world of Judas Coyne, an aging rock-star who has a collection of very strange things.
All in all this book is a very easy read. I would recommend it to anyone who likes fast paced, supernatural thriller.
I have read Horns and really enjoyed that book so thought I would try another one by Joe Hill, I loved it! Even though it is a horror it was not full of cheese and at points was scary. I love that I got the audio book, it made the story seem real. Give it a go I found it great.
"Not bad! Not great either! "
Starts well. Great premise. Nicely paced story. Loses its way towards the end.
Like a lot of these books, they need to find a way to tie it all up to a conclusion. That's where things often become more laughable than scary.
"Just Brilliant *****"
This is the third Joe Hill story I've purchased in as many months and right now I'm very much a huge fan of his work.
This is just a fantastic premise for a story. You'll be gripped from the beginning and stay until the wonderful end. I loved this just as much as Horns and Nos4r2. My only regret is that I didn't get around to listening to this years ago and feel somewhat left behind.
Great performance by Stephen Lang, not as truly awesome as Nos4r2 performance by Kate Mulgrew but then I've never heard a performance as good as that in any audiobook I've listened to.
stop reading this, purchase this book and thank me later.
"Just as good as his comic work"
Unlike other people I read Joe hills comics unaware he was the son of Stephen King. I like both but i like more fantasy and humour in my books. This is more like his fathers books than his comics are but i still thoroughly enjoyed it. It is genuinely scary is some places and hats off to the narrator for that. Looking forward to Horns as it sounds more like his comic work.
I liked this story, you were given insight into the characters and all is not what it seems. It deals with some pretty difficult stuff but does so well. This is good, I recommend, Horns is now on my wish list.
great concept fantastic belivable characters which engage and draw empathy i read about a dozen books a month and listen to the same on audio and this is the best ive experianced in a long time
"Gothic Horror Lite"
If you do any research about Joe Hill at all, you’ll quickly realise that he is none other than Joseph Hillstrom King, son of horror master, Stephen King. I had no idea about this when I picked the audiobook out. Honestly, what drew me in was the cover art, followed by the summary. Buying a ghost on Ebay? Sounded right up my street.
If you go into this book expecting Joe to follow in his father’s footsteps you’ll be disappointed. This is not Carrie, or The Shining. However, if you’re prepared to set aside expectations, you may be very pleasantly surprised and more than a little creeped out by this book, which takes a peculiar premise and follows it through to it’s dark conclusion, via the scenic route.
I loved it. It is, for me, less of the ‘psychological horror’ that I am used to being an avid reader of King, and more a traditional gothic ghost story. There is nothing overt or gory, it is all subtly done, in passing. The theme of abuse (psychological, physical and spiritual) runs through the novel but is rarely spoken of outright. It is alluded to but there are few explicit details, the reader is left to surmise what happened.
The fact that it happened to combine three things I absolutely love - Ghost, Goths and German Shepherds - was icing on the cake.
Another thing that intrigued me was the twist, because it is at the beginning of the story. Just when you think you have a grasp of what’s going on and how it’s all going to pan out, everything get’s turned on its head and all of a sudden you realise you’ve been lulled into a false sense of security. It is very subtly scary throughout; one of those books that you don’t realise it was creeping you out until you realise it went dark and you suddenly feel the need to close all the curtains and put the light on.
Overall, it’s good, I enjoyed it, I’d read it again, but it fell shy of 5 stars because of the confusing layout of the audiobook. Bookmark your spot or you'll get lost very quickly!
"A good listen!"
I have read several books by this author, and I really like him! His books can be very raw- touching nerves that you didnt know you had. Sometimes I have felt offended other times sickened- but I have not been able to stop listening to them.
Initially I hated the main character, he is shallow and undeveloped as a soul- however half way through I got to like him and I wanted him to win through.
An author that can still surprise you and you dont anticipate the spins or thrills until you are gasping out loud!
"A very enjoyable horror story"
The story is well told, convincing and nicely paced. The characters are interesting and believable, I certainly cared about their fate.
A quick and easy listen with a nice, refreshingly different story.
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