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)
Hill plays with some interesting ideas but it never gets that, on the edge of your seat sense of desperation he achieved in "Heart Shaped Box". Its still worth a listen, but I keep hoping he will get back there.
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I think it rates an 8.
Yes. She read one of Ray Bradbury stories. She has an ability of really making you believe you're actually seeing the children.
Same as the book.
I don' tknow if you can ever top 'Heart shaped Box' Joe. But this was a winner also!
I love Joe Hill's writing but I cannot recommend any books narrated by Kate Mulgrew. There was no characterization beyond Charlie Manx, with all females sounding the same and all males sounding like a bad John Wayne imitation.
I am very torn as to whether the narration or the writing was the better part of this recipe, but the fact is that they are both so darn good,that they make one of those things where the " is greater than the parts". Unbeatable job on both ends.
Even if I had no idea who the authors were, I would clearly see that NOS4A2 has really strong parallels to The Talisman, by Stephen King. They are both dealing with double worlds, a gifted young person on an inner and outer quest. NOS4A2 is definitely much darker and scary as heck, though!
She has such a talent, a good narrator can take an okay story and make it really good, but in this case, we got a great narrator and a great book and they made each other really something much more than you could get by reading alone.
Really, Hills characters are vey well realized and he got a remarkable gift from dad in the way he can make you really FEEL a situation. I'd have to say that I'd pick Charlie Manx as most memorable though. He was creepy as hell, and Mulgrews voice for him just gouged out a place in my brain for him. Scary dude! (The Wraith HAS to go along with Manx as part of his character, as they are really inseparable when thinking of one or the other!)
Where are you the most safe in this world? I would say in your own mind. Joe Hill took this thought and shook us all up with his newest book NOS4A2.
From the beginning of the book to the very end I was spellbound by this young girl that grew into a woman who traveled the world of her mind to the real world using a bridge that was long gone. After her son is kidnapped by a man who sucks the life out of children and keeps them in his own world inside his mind called Christmas Land, this woman struggles to keep her grip around reality while using her bridge one more time to find her son and bring him home.
This book is full of characters you will love on many levels and even identify with. I think on some level we would all love to escape inside our minds...we all long for a " shorter way " if you will.
NOS4A2 Is not a book I would compare with any other. It truly is an original. ( or at least to me it is )
Hands down Maggie Leigh. You can't help but to love her stammer and all.
Absolutely, I am actually listening to it again now
If you are wondering about this book, take me advice. TAKE A CHANCE. Worst case scenario you can always return it...but I dont believe you will. I believe you too will find your bridge...your shorter way. Can you find the Wraith?
When I started listening I was afraid I would be too frightened to continue. Instead I got sucked into the story. I found myself wishing I could listen at work or when there were other things I had to do. I chuckled at times, laughed out loud and I even cried. Great book with an amazing narrator!
Absolutely.. It's a long book, but it was so enjoyable and I love, love. love the reader- Mrs.Kate Mulgrew.
The story made me love, care, and hate the characters- just the right amount of information and backstory - the emotions came out of the reader's words - I found myself longing to hear more, hating to have to stop the story and looking forward to listen again.
The way her voice carried the emotion and painted a perfect picture of the cast of characters, the way she transitioned locations- perfect reader for this story.
YES!!!! It's quite a book to listen to- almost twenty hours- but it never left me cold or wanting the story to pick up.
It's been a while since an audio book has grabbed me and satisfied me the way this have. It has restored a lull in my love for audio books.
I will definitely listen to NOS4A2 again. It's a great story, and Kate Mulgrew nails every single character perfectly.
Kate Mulgrew voices all the characters differently, and perfectly captures each of them. I'm still freaked out by her Charles Manx.
I don't usually shout while I'm listening to audiobooks, but I was on the edge of my seat for most of this listen. I had two or three very loud "Oh no, no no no!" moments.
I feel like this was a real team effort. Joe Hill wrote an excellent, engaging story and Kate Mulgrew did a masterful reading.
The genius of this book is in its characters. They are all flawed, some of them broken, most beyond repair. Joe Hill is an absolute GENIUS at creating despicable characters and then insidiously forcing you to like, sympathize with, and even sometimes root for the villains. Also, it's clear that the author has a deep understanding of mental illness, and that makes his characters all the more believable.
When I began listening I was (a) really turned off by the narrator's shrill voice, and (b) annoyed by the seemingly cheesy stereotypical villain and his completely, disgustingly repulsive sidekick. However, when I got further into the book I got used to the narrator's voice and began to appreciate her dramatization skills, and realized that Charlie Manx is NOT what he seems. The "theory" behind this book - "inscapes" - is endlessly fascinating and I wish the story had explored that aspect more, but i hear that Hill has explored it in his other works.
The heroine of the book begins as a girl, but when she grows up, the story really takes off. For the last 2/3 of the book, I didn't want my commute to end because I wanted so badly to keep listening. For what it's worth, if I was to do it again I would buy the PDF because there are parts of the book I would have liked to refer back to, and some excellent artwork and other fun style choices.
Right after I finished reading the book I felt like I was emerging from a movie theater. I immediately went out and bought Heart-Shaped Box - which I didn't like as much as NOS4A2. It's a very different vibe, and it really shows the versatility of Hill's abilities.
I listen during my work commute. It was better than news, disasters, and politics...
Joe always starts off strong, and has some interesting story ideas. His work just always finishes flat for me.
Decent narration. The characters could get rather annoying at times, but that was a function of repetition from the author and not the fault of the narrator.
It inspired me to stop buying Joe Hill books, and just reread 20th Century Ghosts every few years instead.
This book seemed like a hodgepodge of ideas pulled from the shelf of his father's writing. To me it just came off as mashup of Pennywise, Christine, and the Dark Tower -- with some more vintage King tossed in to try to make Christmas creepy. I love a good scary story, but this one just had me shrugging my shoulders and rolling my eyes.
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