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)
When I saw that Kate Mulgrew was reading this story I was unsure. I mean she can pilot a starship and deal with Max Remo but narration?
My concerns were unfounded and I have found another narrator who will be added to my list of favorites who I know will do a story justice.
The story was great, the villains have created a whole new level of WTF I may start comparing others to. I look forward to more books by Mr. Hill and think if he is looking for a voice he has found it.
Best Christmas story of the year!
Another reviewer wrote, "This book was completely out of my genre ... and I don't think this was a very good experience for me. I do not have sensitive skin and I usually don't get offended but the language mixed in with this story was to the point of disgusting me. I found it borderline vulgar... Was not a pleasant experience for me." I agree and shoulda read her review before getting this.
Since some say Mr. Hill is a great Horror Story writer, I guess I am not a great Horror Story reader. i will not reveal any spoilers as I quit about half way through. I have been an Audible listener for 10 years and this is the FIRST time I have done that. This genre is not for me, for sure.
I'm excited to read/listen to the next Joe Hill novel. I'm loving his style and characters.
I'm normally reluctant with female narration, but Kate Mulgrew did a superb job. I highly recommend this audiobook.
I live a quiet, simple life. Audio books are my favorite entertainment.
This story has a fantastical element that was hard to wrap my head around in combination with the crude language, disturbing content & potential for innocent child & emotional harm. The magic of creative potential was confusing when put in scary actual circumference. I liked this book a lot after struggling through the first 3/4. the last 1/4 pulls it all together & makes it worth it.
I'm surprised that Kate Mulgrew has any voice left after bringing some of these characters to life.
Joe Hill is always a great read and he doesn't disappoint with this one!
The suspension of disbelief is imperative to enjoy this book. The story certainly is whacky. What I enjoyed most about the author's writing was the excellent use of original metaphors and humor. The thing I enjoyed most about listening to this book was Kate Mulgrew's performance.
Ms Mulgrew played Captain Janeway on Star Trek Voyager. I remember hearing an interview with fellow actor Tim Russ about how flawless Kate was on the set, never missing a line, being spot-on with her delivery in confusing plots when it wasn't yet clear where the alien storyline was taking them, as well as her stamina. Everyone messed up a line once in a while, he said, but not Kate.
NOS4A2 highlights this A-list actress's enormous talent. I had not heard of Joe Hill before, and am not a fan of vampire fiction, so I passed this one by several times until I noticed Kate Mulgrew's name as the narrator. I thought: Well, how bad can it be, if such a talented star is willing to put her name on it?
As it turns out, the villain in this book is not a typical vampire, so I didn't have to endure any Dracula or sparkling teenagers. There were times I thought that the plot was pretty ridiculous, but I had fun with it due to the phenomenal reading. The characters came to life, became likable companions on my drive to work, and I was rooting for the heroine, even though I felt the world she traveled in was unlikely. Sit back, have fun with it, I decided. It's fiction after all. Why not?
My take away from this listen is that I'll be checking to see if Kate Mulgrew has narrated any other books. I really enjoyed listening to her. I'm not sure I would have liked this book with a different reader, but this version sure was fun. Captain Janeway swearing and referring to a man's mustache as a "pussy-tickler?" LOL funny.
The story and narration were both gripping. Every single adventure with problem and solution were riveting and unexpected even to the very end.
NOS4A2 definitely ranks #1 of the books that I've listened to so far. There aren't many books that hold your attention from the beginning to the end and you can imagine my surprise with this one. I didn't want it to stop. After listening I started searching more about the author and this book, in particular. I was ecstatic to see that AMC is possibly working on a NOS4A2 show. I know it will be amazing because The Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows, so I know that AMC won't hold back on the gore or violence in this story!
Bing is definitely the MOST memorable character. From his creepy singsong and gingerbread gas to the gas mask and more. He is not a person you would want to be alone with. He may come off as a weird little guy, but he is as dangerously sneaky as it gets.
It's strange because he seems to have the innocence of a child. He does whatever he thinks would please Mr. Manx. Oh boy, and the things he would do to the parents of the children are unspeakable.
He does whatever he has to do to get to Christmasland and that's all he's ever wanted.
The story line itself was interesting and kept me entertained.
I don't think so
The narrator was distracting to me and I stopped listening at one point because of her voices she chose to use for some of the characters.
I am not sure why I avoided this book for so long when it always came up as a "recommended for me" from all the Stephen King stuff that I love... maybe from the cover, it seamed cheesy, a vampire car?? Anyway, after I downloaded and started listening, I was hooked! It was a really suspenseful and deep story, with characters that are both likable and unlikable in a very realistic way that I feel like is missing from so many books. I will absolutely read more from Joe Hill.
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