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NOS4A2: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, May 2013 - Christmasland is a place where every day is Christmas morning and every night is Christmas Eve. This might not sound like fertile ground for a horror novel, but rest assured; just as there's nothing funny about Pennywise the Dancing Clown in Stephen King's It, there's nothing merry about Christmasland in NOS4A2. Joe Hill tells the story of decrepit child thief Charlie Manx, who travels the country in his Rolls Royce Wraith taking mistreated kids to Christmasland, where they live happily forever playing games like "bite-the-smallest" and "scissors-for-the-drifter". The only girl who managed to escape his clutches and put Manx in prison for life finds that even Manx's death can't keep him from his quest to make sure every mistreated child is taken to Christmasland. As eerie as a Bing Crosby album played at half speed, NOS4A2 is a thoroughly creepy and compulsively readable supernatural thriller. Kate Mulgrew shines as narrator, turning in a spot-on performance as Victoria McQueen, a tough-as-nails if emotionally frail heroine. —Michael, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Female, 2014

Joe Hill, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the New York Times best sellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, plunges you into the dark side of imagination with a thrilling novel of supernatural suspense that will have you flinching at shadows and checking the rearview mirror again and again....

NOS4A2

Don't slow down

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble...and finds her way, inevitably, to Charlie.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie's unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget.

But Charlie Manx hasn't stopped thinking about the exceptional Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won't slow down until he's taken his revenge. He's after something very special - something Vic can never replace.

As a life-and-death battle of wills builds her magic pitted against his - Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all...or die trying....

Joe Hill's acclaimed works of fiction, Horns, Heart-Shaped Box, and 20th Century Ghosts, have already earned him international acclaim. With NOS4A2, this outstanding novelist - "one of America's finest horror writers" (Time magazine); "a major player in 21st-century fantastic fiction" (Washington Post) - crafts his finest work yet. Disturbing, mesmerizing, and full of twisting thrills, Hill's phantasmagoric, devilishly playful masterpiece is a terrifying high-octane ride.

©2013 Joe Hill (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Quite simply the best horror writer of our generation, Joe Hill’s masterful storytelling is on full display in NOS4A2. It is by turns terrifying and hilarious, horrifying and full of heart, and relentlessly compelling." (Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of The Prophet)

"Fascinating and utterly engaging, this novel is sure to leave readers wanting more. One thing is for certain, however. After reading this book, readers will never hear Christmas carols in quite the same way again." (Library Journal, starred review)

"[A] new take on the fantasy-horror genre...Highly recommended." (The Sun Herald Sydney, Australia)

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    LORI A DAVIS 01-26-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Just no"

    I have trouble not finishing a book. The story will haunt me if I leave one after I've started it.

    This book, however, was awful. The narration was equivalent to a bad mother drawing her long, scraggly nails down a chalkboard while ignoring her screaming infant. I gave it a good try - listened for more than 4 hours. I just couldn't listen anymore.

    The story was not much better. It was crude and vulgar, at least to me. It also jumped around a lot, which might all come together in the end. I will never know, as, even removing the performance from the equation, I will not be buying this book to finish it the old fashioned way.

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    Barry 01-26-16
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    "Great story and narration, 4.5 stars"

    this was a really interesting premise with very engaging characters. great narration by Kate Mulgrew. the book was a bit reminiscent of Stephen King

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    Gary P Parnham Vernon, CT 01-25-16
    Gary P Parnham Vernon, CT 01-25-16
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    "Haverhill ... Haverhill ... Haverhill"
    Would you listen to NOS4A2 again? Why?

    No. I can't get by the mis-pronounciations of Haverhill


    What was one of the most memorable moments of NOS4A2?

    The bridge.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Mulgrew?

    Anyone


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    It's a two-syllable word ... Hayve-rill. Not Have-er-hill for pete's sake. Constantly mis-pronouncing it was distracting and very annoying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen L Doherty 01-24-16
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    "In the same league as the Shinning"

    Wow. Amazing. Thrilling. Scary. Imaginative. Original. You feel the tension along with the characters and their families.

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    MutantMonster 01-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Joe Hill only gets better."

    This book is by far the best story about a bad-ass biker mama fighting to save her son from a innocence-draining immortal maniac that you'll ever read.
    This isn't damning with faint praise, simply a statement on what a wonderful, unique, literally and figuratively fantastic adventure this novel is. And read in a way that moved me, frightened me, and kept me anxious to get my headphones back on.
    This cannot be over stated: Kate Mulgrew is PHENOMENAL. Her voice is so nimble, her characterization so complicated and complete, that Charles Talent Manx came so alive as to make my blood run a little colder. Everyone else is read great too, but her reading of Charlie deserves an award.
    Read this book. Listen to it. Live with these beautiful, flawed, compelling characters for a while. Share their ups and downs, their tragedy and eventually- their Triumph.

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    Ross Gibson 01-22-16
    Ross Gibson 01-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "an unfocused mess."

    the story itself is a bit of an unfocused mess, far too many ideas half thought out and only half finished. There are definite areas where the authot could have researched further in orded to keep up the suspension of disbelief (ie calling a .38 a big gun, the various numbered weights of people etc.) there are definitely parts that seemed needlessly cruel, which gave the impression that the author is less moralizing with the characters and more just peeling the wings off of flies.

    of the actual reading, I found some of the voices a little harsh and the languid pace left me frustrated, but hat could have just simply been the style of writing more so than the reader.

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    LAURA MCCAIN BLOOMINGTON, IN USA 01-21-16
    LAURA MCCAIN BLOOMINGTON, IN USA 01-21-16 Member Since 2012
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    "New Favorite"
    Would you consider the audio edition of NOS4A2 to be better than the print version?

    The reader was wonderful. I wouldn't have experienced it the same way if I had read it myself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Victoria was my favorite character. She was strong yet flawed.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Mulgrew – was your favorite?

    Kate's Charlie was nice and creepy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I'm calling it my new favorite!

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    Oldengrey 01-21-16
    Oldengrey 01-21-16 Member Since 2012
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    "really good read and performance."

    The story and characters hold you from the first page until the very last. Could not put it down.

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    Elizabeth 01-19-16
    Elizabeth 01-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Kate Mulgrew rocks!"

    Joe Hill wrote a wonderful, chilling book, and Kate Mulgrew gave a vivid, engaging, and frequently heartbreaking performance. If you haven't listened to any of Joe Hill's books, I highly recommend adding this to your list.

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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 01-19-16
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 01-19-16 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "A HORROR STORY. BUT I DID NOT LIKE IT TOO MUCH."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    IT WAS OK, ENTERTAINING BUT STUPID.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Hill again?

    I WOULD REALLY HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THAT. I DON'T KNOW.


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    SHE DID A FINE JOB READING THE STORY.


    Was NOS4A2 worth the listening time?

    IT WAS MEDIOCRE. I MANAGED TO FINISHE THE BOOK.


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