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)
Please don't ever make this into a movie.
Mr. Hill has a talent equal to his father's. I wanted the listening to go faster, but I never wanted it to end. His visualizations are clear and, at times, terrible. I've been looking for a long long time for someone "now" to tell a horror story as well as Stephen King used to. Joe Hill is that someone.
A good friend told me about Audible. It is Awesome! Now I am hooked.
This is the first book I have listened to and it has set the bar very high.
It was creepy, funny, and scary all at the same time. Joe Hill has done another superb job with this novel.
This is my first experience with audio books. I couldn't believe how much Kate got into reading the story. The various voices she used for the characters were awesome and it brought a great story to even fuller life. I definitely hope there are more books I am interested in where Kate is the narrator.
Definitely! I couldn't wait to commute to work in the morning, and it kept me totally awake and engrossed on the way home. By the time it got towards the end of the book I couldn't wait any more and had to finish right away by listening while doing laundry :-)
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co
Joe hill has a way of getting into your childhood brain and pushing those childhood fears! It's interesting to me that even though the narrator had a voice that I did not like at all, it added to the harsh environment of the story and I can't imagine anyone else giving voice to this. I was kept interested all the way through.
I thought the story was good, although there were definite times that it seems to drag on and on. I thought that the editing pen could have been used more to bring a bloated story with many useless scenes into a more streamlined telling.
Lou. Funny guy with a heart of gold. Dude.
Kate nailed the characters. She made me laugh when certain characters made an appearance. However. There is ONE thing that drove me mad. SO mad that I did not give her a 5 star performance. I am from Massachusetts and Vic's childhood town of Haverhill, MA is NOT pronounced Ha (short a) -ver-Hill. It is correctly pronounced HAY-ver-ill. The second H is not pronounced and the A is long, not short. DROVE. ME. INSANE.
Could We Please Just Get to Christmasland Already?
Definitely a cerebral twister. It had a bit of a rough start. I am probably one of the few with this problem, but, if you're not really paying attention to the dates and places at the start of each new chapter it's easy to get a bit confused and lost. I had to rewind a couple times to find out exactly what year and where the events were unfolding.
The story was un-nerving. It pulls you in about half way though and I found myself looking for any chance to listen to what would happen next between Charlie and Vic. It reminded me a lot of an old movie called "Dreamscape."
Kate Mulgrew did a good job reading and her children's voices are a bit chilling in the middle of the night.
All in all it wasn't horrible but not the greatest ever, it is a good one though over all though.
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
It was a bit of a slow starter but onve I got started I could not stop..
Joe Hill is proving to me that it is in the blood..
Unique and interesting,
I did not care for Kate Mulgrew, She gave them all a bit of a southern accent and I hate her man voice but the book is worth it.
I have varied taste in books but almost always avoid formula genres. Some romance is good in a story but a romance story is not for me
a different narrator
the plot is great
a different voice - most irritating voice EVER
this lady needs a different career
Loved the book - you'll think you're listening to a Stephen King novel. This kid can write. Buy it, you won't be disappointed!
Mr. Hill is a very good storyteller, no doubt there. I'm sure Mr. King is quite proud. The reader was also really good. The story itself was interesting enough and kept my interest for the most part. The characters were well rounded and it ended with a little something extra. Would definitely recommend.
I would listen again. The narrator was fabulous, as was the story.
I thought NOS4A2 was very well-written and the best of Joe Hill's novels so far. It was also amusing that he had some subtle references to Stephen King's stories in a couple of spots. I definitely recommend it. It's still early in the year, but I'm sure that visions of Christmasland will run (silently) back through my brain in December when it's time to put up the tree.
She is infinitely talented. I intend to see what other books she has narrated.
Scissors for the drifter? Christmasland? Nah...why mess with perfection? NOS4A2 is a perfect title.
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