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)
Although main heavy Charlie Manx is creepy enough, the much mentioned Christmasland where he takes his child victims never really comes to life (or death, if you will). Heroine Vic McQueen can travel between this world and Manx's dimension by riding a bike or motorcycle at high speed across an imaginary bridge. Well, that's too much of a Stephen King gimmick for my taste. The story may interest you from time to time, but it's never truly scary or suspenseful. At 19 hours, it gets tedious.
One word about narrator Kate Mulgrew. While she does a mostly fine job, especially in bringing the Manx character to life, her reading of some characters who find themselves in deadly situations can border on the shrill.
No and no
I love this genre. I don't like un- interesting characters, vulgar language, convoluted plots and stories where pedophiles are the main character.
Absolutely not. She needs to stay in her current career and never Narrate another book
Just about everything related to pedophiles
The biggest mistake I made was reading and believing the four and five star reviews for this book.
Love to read and listen to audiobooks! Want books/audios to take me away into the story.
Yes. Loved the story ... author has a way of making you feel you are there! Narrator was perfect. She makes each character have a unique personality, fitting to the story!!
The narrator is so good at making you feel part of the story!
Want more of the same from Joe Hill and Kate Mulgrew, please.
I will never purchase another book read by this woman no matter how much I like the author. She makes every character sound like one of the Simpsons cartoons. I honestly don't think I can stand to finish it.
No for neither - but especially not Kate Mulgrew she was the worst reader I have ever heard!
Don't waste your time or credit
I haven't read a horror novel for maybe 20 years (am more a literary fiction type now), but I chose this on a whim, and because I like Kate Mulgrew's voice. I did not regret my choice! Joe Hill's writing is vivid and strong; he can create truly frightening images and wickedly funny lines, often in the same scene, and the narration is rich and nuanced -- a truly great performance.
Make sure you listen all the way to the very end! There's a key bit of information in the production credits that you won't want to miss, and then Joe Hill talks about writing and his rather famous family of writers.
The serious factual errors ruined the book for me. The anesthetic Sevoflurane plays a major role in the plot. Sevoflurane is non-flammable, but yet the book insists its flammable and a major plot twist is dependent on a sevoflurane related fire.
Once the impossible non-flammable compressed gas cylinder of sevoflurane is turned into a flame thrower, the flame magically is sucked into the cylinder and blows it up. another physical impossibility. There is no oxygen inside the cylinder, so no combustion will occur within it. As the flame approaches the cylinder, the upper flammable limit is exceeded and the flame will not propagate closer to the cylinder. The author has no idea how a BLEVE cylinder explosion occurs.
Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil (ANFO) is a very insensitive explosive. Even a blasting cap will not set it off. It needs a class 1.1 detonator. Yet in this book, a timer from home depot is used to set it off.
Why was the author so lazy as to not research some simple basic facts related to compressed gases, explosives, and fire? I have read a lot of his father's book and never ran into similar problems. Even in those books I disliked. If the author is so ignorant and cannot be bothered to do basic research, then the author should just make up fake names for substances, to make it slightly believable.
Kate Mulgrew should narrate another book- as in a different book, not this one. I enjoyed Heart Shaped Box, and I thought Horns was a great read, but NOS4A2 was disappointing. I don't understand all the glowing reviews. I didn't think the novel was anything more than mediocre at best. I expected better, and I was let down. We all know Kate Mulgrew is a talented actress and her narration is top notch. I think it was wasted on what, to me, was not as good as a clearance rack paperback.
Do not waste your time on this book. I could only stand to get through the first three hours before giving up. Not worth the credit I bought it with. Very disappointing.
Joe Hill surpasses his father in storytelling. Despite a few plot points that I didn't feel were adequately explained, I really enjoyed this book. The story never felt like it was dragging and there are few wonderfully creepy passages that gave my jaded ear a start. I thoroughly enjoyed Kate Mulgrew's narration, although I do understand why others may not like it. If you listen to the sample and are put off, spring for a print version. This story is definitely worth a credit.
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