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NOS4A2: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, May 2013 - Christmasland is a place where every day is Christmas morning and every night is Christmas Eve. This might not sound like fertile ground for a horror novel, but rest assured; just as there's nothing funny about Pennywise the Dancing Clown in Stephen King's It, there's nothing merry about Christmasland in NOS4A2. Joe Hill tells the story of decrepit child thief Charlie Manx, who travels the country in his Rolls Royce Wraith taking mistreated kids to Christmasland, where they live happily forever playing games like "bite-the-smallest" and "scissors-for-the-drifter". The only girl who managed to escape his clutches and put Manx in prison for life finds that even Manx's death can't keep him from his quest to make sure every mistreated child is taken to Christmasland. As eerie as a Bing Crosby album played at half speed, NOS4A2 is a thoroughly creepy and compulsively readable supernatural thriller. Kate Mulgrew shines as narrator, turning in a spot-on performance as Victoria McQueen, a tough-as-nails if emotionally frail heroine. —Michael, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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....

NOS4A2

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Luna Rossville, Georgia United States 05-10-15
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    "Highly Recommend!"

    The story was amazing and the performance by Kate Mulgrew was phenomenal! Truly creepy fun!

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    Stephanie Partridge 05-06-15
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    "Good, not Joe Hill's best"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think it was really drawn out. It could have ended a lot earlier than it did and still be a decent book.


    What does Kate Mulgrew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is amazing. She really embodies all of the characters in a way I would not have thought to read it


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, I think it would be a little too intense


    Any additional comments?

    The summary given about the book (pre-purchase) was not very indicative of the story itself, I was expecting something very different

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    Joshua 05-01-15
    Joshua 05-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Epic"

    If you are a fan of his Dad then you will love this book. Simply put, damn good horror novel.

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    alan dunkley 04-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "worth the money"

    good story and the narrators voice was different but I enjoyed her . got a lot of story fitting into one good book.

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    Ali M. Fitzgerald Anchorage, AK United States 04-29-15
    Ali M. Fitzgerald Anchorage, AK United States 04-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Phenomenal!!!"

    This story is incredible. As I understand it, Hill had definite designs on who would read this book, and his narrator is perfect: Mulgrew is probably the best reader I've ever listened to. I don't know what it is about her voice, but every scene sentiment shines through with perfect clarity the way she reads it. She had me laughing out loud at times, and listening attentively at all times. The story - awesome. The characters - real, gritty, human, not perfect, believable. The bad guy - utterly creepy. The storyline - captivating, unpredictable, will require your attention to follow. Highly recommend this book.

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    Natasha AUCKLAND, New Zealand 04-17-15
    Natasha AUCKLAND, New Zealand 04-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Scary as hell"
    If you could sum up NOS4A2 in three words, what would they be?

    Scary As Hell


    What other book might you compare NOS4A2 to and why?

    Some of Stephen King's scariest.. Joe Hill can paint a creepy scene much like his Dad.


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    Great character work - good with suspense filled scary moments.


    If you could take any character from NOS4A2 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I loved the character of Lou - it was refreshing to read about an obese character who wasn't comical or written with a tone of disgust or pity - he was a dude with a great heart and I thought he was very realistic and genuinely likeable despite his failings.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reads like some of my worst nightmares in places - scary kids and creepy Xmas carols.. I only listened to it in the day time! Great work by Joe Hill.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Dunham Middle of Texas 04-16-15
    Sarah Dunham Middle of Texas 04-16-15

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    "a true joy"

    if you don't love this book, I worry about you. so many joyful references and visualizations. I may get the paper book as well.

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    Anna 04-09-15
    Anna 04-09-15
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    "Loved it!"

    I really liked this book great story and great narration it was hard to stop listening too it just always kept u on the edge.

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    Andrew 04-01-15
    Andrew 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Like a satanic ice cream man meets santa"

    This book definitely had it's creepy moments. I found myself shuddering at the thought of this creepy old man (i was picturing "the gentlemen" the episode "Hush" of Buffy) riding around kidnapping kids and taking them to Christmas land. Definitely not as kid friendly as the nightmare before christmas.

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    "Not so much a fan of this book....but"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I didn't give up on the book, just wasn't a big fan of it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Joe Hill before, how does this one compare?

    Never listened to Joe Hill


    What three words best describe Kate Mulgrew’s voice?

    Hmmm "not something memorable"


    Was NOS4A2 worth the listening time?

    I would say any book is worth reading or listening to.


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