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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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    Tracy Naples, Fl United States 12-20-15
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    "Extremely strange"

    I read the reviews so knew this book would be odd but that's an understatement. Way beyond the realm of reality, dark, and twisted. It will leave an impression but not really a good one. I personally wouldn't recommend it. I enjoy odd tales but this ones goes a bit too far.

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    debbie 12-20-15
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    less than what I expected after reading the posted reviews. The story seemed to remain in a stall pattern, not quite moving anywhere. Stephen King has been a favorite author of mine, his son has far too go before he will compare.

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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 12-19-15
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 12-19-15 Member Since 2012

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    What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was superb. Story was scary.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story unraveled from childhood to adult abd then back. The car that never quit and all the scary events. It was a very strong story.


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

    She is the link to the story. She takes on every character and brings them to life. No read could capture the intensity that she brings to the story.


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

    The way that the ornaments control events. It is a fantasy with teeth.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book. Joe Hill is an amazing author.

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    sleepymum Los Angeles, CA 12-19-15
    sleepymum Los Angeles, CA 12-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Better on +1.5 speed"

    Overall an ok creepy book. But it was moving so sloooooowly. I enjoyed it more once I sped up the narration.

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    Eric Warren 12-18-15
    Eric Warren 12-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story. Excellent narrator."

    I liked the story quite a bit. I thought was well paced. Kate Mulgrew's performance made it way better.

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    Amazon Customer 12-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Joe Hill is crazy good!"

    This book is scary, crazy, sinister and good! The apple didn't fall too far from the Stephen King tree. Joe Hill (King) knows how to weave a web of terror and take something innocent and beautiful and make it dark and hideous. He may have ruined Christmas music for me, forever! Stephen King has always had some trouble ending a book but Joe wraps everything up nicely and leaves you wanting to sleep with the lights on.

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    William Garland 12-17-15
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    "Outstanding"
    Where does NOS4A2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performance.


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


    Any additional comments?

    If I were to ever write anything, I would want Ms. Mulgrew to record it. What talent!

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    brittany 12-16-15
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    this has nothing to do with the story itself as i love the author, however the voice reading it annoys me.


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    saleemah 12-15-15
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    "Didn't want it to end"

    Flawless performance, thrilling story will be looking for more from this author,and narrator. story draws you in from the first chapter.

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    Sherri Parsons, KS, United States 12-15-15
    Sherri Parsons, KS, United States 12-15-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great narration!"

    This book reminded me of a Stephen King novel. I love Stephen King books, but felt this book fell a bit short at the end. We spent a lot of time becoming invested in our heroine - and only a footnote about her exit. The narration was great!

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