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)
Kate Mulgrew's performance was great!
Charlie and Bing were some creepy dudes. Very effective.
Joe Hill certainly has a similar style as his dad, but he retains his own voice. Good stuff, I say!
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!
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!
Take a trip to Christmas Land! Be sure to pack your gas mask!
Be sure to listen all the way through to the credits or you will miss the hidden ending. Or is it a new beginning???
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.
Chilling, heart-pounding gold
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.
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.
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.
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.
Candy-land meets hell
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.
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.
Kate Mulgrew's talent in coming up with distinct voices, and the great characters she got to use them with.
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.
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.
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.
Nobody! it was terrible due to poor writing. I kept trying to get into it but it was hopeless!
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
she was fine it was the lousy story that turned me off.
I was so disappointed to have wasted my credit on this book
probably from Kate, but I will wait a while to try Joe Hill
I don't like creepy bad guys; I prefer CIA action to psycho-, socio-, sleazeballs.
Her voices are good
wouldnt know, I didn't finish it.
If you like child killers and rapists, this is the book for you.
Books and music make my world go round, and I have 9 nieces and nephews and one chihuahua who rule my heart.
Christmas land of course
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.
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!!
No I needed breaks. Kate made this way more intense than if I were reading it myself. Some nights I was worn out!
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.
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.
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