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NOS4A2 Audiobook

NOS4A2: A Novel

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.
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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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    RF 10-22-14
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    "Cap'n Jane For The Win (as the kids say)"
    What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?

    Kate Mulgrew's performance was great!


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

    Charlie and Bing were some creepy dudes. Very effective.


    Any additional comments?

    Joe Hill certainly has a similar style as his dad, but he retains his own voice. Good stuff, I say!

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    MissSweet 10-09-14
    MissSweet 10-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "NOT a Vampire Book (to my delight)"
    What did you like best about this story?

    There is so much to like about the story... Joe Hill's characters seemed like real, flawed people. AND the little easter-egg nods to his father were fun!


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    She seemed to understand the characters. Perhaps it is the actress in her, but she is able to differentiate characters for the listener just with an accent or tone so that you can tell who is speaking. Sometimes dialogue between characters can be confusing and I don't know who is saying what, but Kate Mulgrew made it much easier to follow. My only minor criticism was the way she used the word "Dude." One of the characters uses the word frequently and the way it is read is not how I would imagine it being used in a conversation... but like I said, it is a MINOR criticism. Overall I think she did a terrific job!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Take a trip to Christmas Land! Be sure to pack your gas mask!


    Any additional comments?

    Be sure to listen all the way through to the credits or you will miss the hidden ending. Or is it a new beginning???

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    Roger Schroppe Lexington, SC USA 09-30-14
    Roger Schroppe Lexington, SC USA 09-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "His dad should be proud."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Joe Hill, who as it turns out is the son of Stephen King, has outdone dear old dad in this one. I have always loved King books and this rivals the best. Joe has a real talent for creative imagery much like his father and this story is a nailbiter and real treat. Even if you are not a King fan this is one of the best reads around.


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    Ally Argent 09-15-14
    Ally Argent 09-15-14
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    "I'm blown away"
    If you could sum up NOS4A2 in three words, what would they be?

    Chilling, heart-pounding gold


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kate Mulgrew has a way of changing her voice with each character, changing even the tone of the narration until you're deep in that character's mind, feeling their pulse pounding in your veins with every moment that passes.


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

    I have not, but I love her acting. She's phenomenal as Captain Janeway in Star Trek Voyager, as Red in OITNB, and as Jane Lattimer in Warehouse 13. I knew I had to listen to this story and I don't regret it for a second.


    If you could take any character from NOS4A2 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tabitha Hutter. I love that despite her status as an FBI agent, she was able to sense that there was truth in Vic and Lou's story and tried to give them a chance. She's a geek, she's smart, and she seems pretty awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    I knew I wanted to read this, based on the summary and the reviews, but the second I saw that Kate Mulgrew was reading it I had to listen. The story is compelling on its own but I don't think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much as I did, would not have been as immersed in the story as I was, without her voice in my ears, telling it to me. It's a screwed up, terrifying horror story, I knew it would be, but every moment of adrenaline pounding anxiety was worth it.

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    Brittany 07-28-14
    Brittany 07-28-14
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    "Beautifully written and goose-bump producing"
    If you could sum up NOS4A2 in three words, what would they be?

    Candy-land meets hell


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

    I have not listened to any other of Kate Mulgrew's performances previously, but would not mind trying another. She seemed to have a good understanding of the characters, however sometimes her character voice delivery took away some of the creepiness factor.


    Any additional comments?

    This was beautifully written to incite a certain amount of chill with a wonderfully creative idea and plot. I think I may have found a new favorite author to follow in the future.

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    Marcos Portland, OR, United States 06-23-14
    Marcos Portland, OR, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic narration, great tale"
    What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?

    Kate Mulgrew's talent in coming up with distinct voices, and the great characters she got to use them with.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Some of the characters felt incredibly real, and they weren't just the good guys. Lou grew on me much more than he had a right to, and I was glad to find him evolving throughout the story. The Gas Mask Man, on the other hand, started out gross and creepy, and ended positively scary.


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    In my experience, most female narrators try too hard when acting male voices. As a consequence, I'm pulled away from the story to cringe at the result. Her acting, however, felt subtle, effortlessly convincing, even with all the screaming she had to do. Every major character was unique, and in spite of it, I was never reminded that this was a woman acting out the male characters' voices. I have to say she changed everything I thought about female narrators, and I look forward to hear more stories narrated by her.


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

    Quite a bunch, mostly by the last quarter of it. The tale of Nathan Demeter (the real horror story in this book, as far as I'm concerned), the attack on Vic by the lake, Maggie, Lou's struggles, Vic's encounter with her father, and the ending.


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    computer asset Sacramento CA 05-23-14
    computer asset Sacramento CA 05-23-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Nos4A2 a novel"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nobody! it was terrible due to poor writing. I kept trying to get into it but it was hopeless!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness


    What didn’t you like about Kate Mulgrew’s performance?

    she was fine it was the lousy story that turned me off.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None!


    Any additional comments?

    I was so disappointed to have wasted my credit on this book

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    David COLTON, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-08-14
    David COLTON, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "creepy bad guy, 2 stories, when do they link up"
    Would you try another book from Joe Hill and/or Kate Mulgrew?

    probably from Kate, but I will wait a while to try Joe Hill


    What was most disappointing about Joe Hill’s story?

    I don't like creepy bad guys; I prefer CIA action to psycho-, socio-, sleazeballs.


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

    Her voices are good


    Do you think NOS4A2 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    wouldnt know, I didn't finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like child killers and rapists, this is the book for you.

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    Amazon Customer southaven, MS, United States 04-27-14
    Amazon Customer southaven, MS, United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2015

    Books and music make my world go round, and I have 9 nieces and nephews and one chihuahua who rule my heart.

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    "Creepy kids"
    What did you love best about NOS4A2?

    Christmas land of course


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lou. He reminds me of a lab puppy who doesn't know 60lbs is too big to sit on my lap. Loves his family beyond anything else.


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

    I can't say enough about her. She put her whole heart into every character. I could imagine the spittle flying from her mouth during some really angry scenes and her actually crying during the emotional ones. Kudos Kate!!


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

    No I needed breaks. Kate made this way more intense than if I were reading it myself. Some nights I was worn out!


    Any additional comments?

    Overall good book. I was entertained from beginning to end that's for sure. If you like creepy kids horror books, it's definitely worth your credit.

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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 04-26-14
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 04-26-14
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    "Modern day adult Grimm's fairy tale!"

    The only reason I didn't give this book a 5 star is that I several times stopped listening to do other things and really didn't want to come back to it. The supernatural just isn't my cup of tea and I didn't care much how it ended. That said, Kate Mulgrew's performance was so outstanding that I did keep coming back to it and she got me through it. The story was good, I guess, for the subject matter. Well written but even better performed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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