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....
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
"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)
A fantastic story of reality and the imagined. Kate Mulgrew's narration was incredible. She captured each of the characters essence and made my long commute something to look forward to.
The narrator really makes the story so worth it. She makes the characters pop, each with their own distinctive, captivating personalities. This is a great read, emotional, raw, captivating, suspenseful, everything about this will leave you wanting more.
I am usually not a fan of the horror/crime/suspense genres, but despite the creepiness and the graphic violence I really loved this story and the characters. It's interesting that I kept thinking how much it reminded me of Stephen King's best work, and only after finishing the book realized why. Kate Mulgrew was the reason I gave it a chance and she is brilliant, as always.
Loved this book!! Pretty genuinely creepy in parts. I'm sure the author might hate this but it did rather remind me of some early Stephen Kings's. Just a feel to it perhaps. Good characters and the writing quality is good. Held my attention the whole way.
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fantasy gone wild
Hopeful, actually a little close to home i.e.; we all live in two worlds
Kate Mulgrew, her voice absolutely made the story. Her voice lures you in then the story sets your imagination on fire.
The characters were great, creepy when they needed to be and loveable in others.
No, but I am actively seeking her out, she could read the instructions on a match book cover and have me enthralled.
I don't know
I throughly enjoyed this, one I would consider listening to again.
Love to walk and listen. Commute and listen. I typically enjoy well developed characters mixed with a good mystery.
For me the narrator can destroy a great book and make a bad book better. In this instance it was the narrator more than the story that kept me listening.
When "Mr. Manks" is introduced. It set the tone for the entire book.
I can't say enough about how amazing Kate Mulgrew was. Her portrayal of Charles Talent Manks was, scary, funny, sincere and just off the charts. In fact the best scenes for me were between Charlie and Bing, another crazy character that never became annoying outside of the things that annoyed Manks. Absolutely amazing. Seriously.
Vics constant affection for Lou and her connection with Maggie.
For me the performance made the book. At times the book kinda dragged unnecessarily. It could have been cut down a bit. It's interesting how 23 hours can fly, and books half that size move at a slower pace. In the end, I just think it took too long to get to the inevitable. While I didn't dislike any of the characters, I didn't care nearly as much about them enough to spend the extra time with them. Manks and his dialogue was so eerie and humorous that I perked up when he was speaking, with the exception of Lou and Vic interacting and Vic and Maggie interacting the other characters sort of felt like bla bla. Because I did enjoy one of the main characters and anyone he interacted with i stuck with it. Bottom line. I'm neither happy or sad that it's over, but estactic I found another great narrator.
First off: Kate Mulgrew is an amazing narrator. She puts so much life and personality into every character. One nitpick: she clearly hasn't ever been to Haverall MA, where the story is set. It's pronounced "Have-rill" not "Have-er-hill" ;)
This story was interesting, with a lot of twists and turns, and deep character motivations. If you can forgive occasional clumsy exposition lines, this story is a treat. I don't think I'll ever listen to Christmas music the same way again...
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