Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first, Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.
Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside.
Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge. It's time the devil had his due.
©2010 Joe Hill (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
I would recommend this audio to someone because it was so well written. I was really freaked out most of the time and I even had to stop reading at bedtime! Unheard of for me as I am a lover of the horror genre and can normally hang with the best of em. This book just hit me in a place I haven't gone before. Like cold in the pit of your stomach, you've heard of it but probably have never actually felt.
I was on the edge of my seat at some points, heart thumping, gripping the arms of my chair. Then slumped down, defeated almost in tears at others. Whadda ride!
Fred Berman did a fantastic job on all the characters. He is now my favorite narrator after hearing his work on Horns. I think that he really shined by being able to make all the female characters sound different from each other. Giving them their own actual "self" in the book and not just another high pitched generic female voice.
Now You See Me
I'm going to buy the book because it has to be in my library right next to Saul,King,and Koontz.
Yes, it just draws you in and I couldn't stop listening ! Joe hill has a knack for grabbing your attention and keeping it. The end was not what I was expecting but I loved it!
The main character makes you feel bad for him and you feel his love for Marin. Iggy brings the story alive with his horns.
A must read by joe hill
Darkly funny, sad, and horrific. How can one book combine all those elements successfully ? I think Joe Hill accomplished it.
I didn't love his narration ( especially his attempt at female voices ) but he was quite chilling as Lee Torneau
Yes, there were scenes of "I can't believe he/she said that" humor, and scenes of poignancy too. ( I don't want to get specific because it would be spoiling the story)
Yes! It is creepy with a new twist! What would you do if you had sprouted Devil horns on your head?
At anytime Ig explores his inner demons - which actually manifest as his outer demons. I love a good revenge tale and but this was SUCH a good exploration of the evil and the good contained within the human heart, and our ongoing struggle as humans to determine which side is going to win
Anytime Ig heard what people really thought about him, broke my heart.
It's a crime story, a horror story, a love story - it is awesome. Horns was everything I wasn't expecting, in addition to that which I was. For every sinister act of the devil, there eventually shines the light of God. It's a fascinating, brilliant, saddening, glimmer-of-hope examination of all humanity's faults and what it means to truly achieve redemption.
I haven't' read the print version but the audio version was great!
Did a great job between characters without cheesy phony accents.
Say something about yourself!
I love both Joe Hill and Frank Berman, so yes.
I love his books, however Horns was a low point for Mr. Hill.
Berman's outstanding narration made this book tolerable.
Definitely worth my time. Just like Stephen King's books I love the "ride" of Hill's stories. His writing style is much like his father's and there is something great about listening to their stories. I love how this story is presented with all the flashbacks to the past.
For some reason although I liked how the story was written I didn't care for some the story itself. I think it had a lot to do with how the antagonist was creepy. I think I've just seen too much of people like him either in the news or on the TV cop shows that I hate. I think this this just a personal thing and I do believe others would enjoy it more than I did.
His performance made the book come alive for me. I never once felt like I was listening to a narrator, but rather just heard each of the characters play their part.
I'd watch the movie, even a miniseries. If they made a TV show I wouldn't be interested. It would probably be a disappointment just like Under the Dome.
Im some guy in Oshkosh, WI that walks to work and has found the joy of listening to good books and values good narrators :).
I picked up this book because I heard a movie was being made of it with Daniel Radcliff. After listening to the book I have lost all interest in watching the movie and wish there was some sort of return policy. (sigh) To be fair, it was well written, I cannot fault the author, the book just wasn't my cup of tea. I enjoy light fun books to read. I like books that I'm pretty sure there will be characters (at least one) I like and leaves me in a good mood. This book gave me none of that. Ignatious is pretty much a jerk throughout the book and about 1/2 the way through it I was just hoping it would hurry up and be over. I kept expecting it to get better but it didn't.
The narrator did a great job and if your into literature and symbolism then you will probably enjoy this book but if your a listener like me and want a fun read then pass this one up.
Willy Wonka of it
Idiot's love tale -- and only because I feel the protagonist is an idiot. The tale really revolves around his love, but he's such an idiot you can only shake your head.
There really was no one to TRULY like in this tale, and I found myself pitying the protagonist.
On the whole, probably Merrin, but (and this is a credit to how well Hill crafted the story) you'll even hate her at times.
The performance was decent, though nothing spectacular. On the plus side it didn't get in the way of the story.
There were several parts of the tale that elicited emotion -- good and bad.
To maybe help folks navigate the content a bit:
For those queasy about religious matters, this may not be a good listen. Hill doesn't get preachy, but he definitely takes a few liberties and shots at the church.
For those worried about vulgarities, violence and sexual tones: while there isn't a LOT in here, what IS here can be a bit graphic and disturbing (rape, burning people alive etc).
For those who hate that sort of thing, this book does employ the whole "tell a bit of the present, then tell a bunch of the past" technique that can be a bit annoying. I'll admit, he got me hooked in the beginning, but the first flashback was slow and initially hard to get through.
On to my take of the story...
I'm not sure if Hill just didn't like his protagonist or if it was intentional, but Iggy is an idiot. He can't fight, he's overly idealistic and slow on the uptake. I suppose crafting him this way lent to the exposition of the story, but it sure was hard to get through at times. The guy basically stumbled his way through the pages -- his girlfriend is the true champ.
Overall, it was a good tale. While I did not find myself rooting for the idiot of a main character, I did find myself fascinated with how Hill wove various bits of the tale together to form the ending that -- while I should have -- I didn't see coming until it was right in my face.
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