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)
Excellent all around. A classic in the making. Kate Mulgrew's narration is fantastic. I'm very excited to read more of Joe Hill, who is a unique and yet familiar storyteller. I am a big King fan, and appreciated all the references to his father's and Hill's own works.
Like others I tried this because of who his father is. He clearly is his father's son and I hope like his father his books are mostly hit with the occasional miss. To me this was a miss. I am one of the few who really enjoyed the narrator, I just didn't care for the story. I couldn't relate with the protagonist and just didn't care for her at all. I had a hard time staying focused which made the story even more convoluted. I felt like the magical and mystical moments were just too plentiful and the real horror wasn't there.
I love the personalities of the main characters. They are so different but the same in some ways. That makes for a good relationship. I love the story of the imagination coming to life as it does for children all the time, we normally forget about that as we come to adulthood, it's still there just different and we don't give it the thoughts we did. But some are evil as well as good. As in this book.
Everything about it was awesome! The story is scary, the characters flawed and realistic and the narrator brings them all to life in a unique and interesting way.
i found this book to be very scary and i don't scare easily. not sure i would recommend to the faint of heart. Kate Mulgrew did an excellent job with the narration. The story line was creepy and it took me over 2 months to finish it and it has never taken me that long to finish a book
anyone else - her male voices are terrible - overall I'm going to be avoiding Kate Mulgrew
I've given Joe Hill a try only because of who his father is, but after two books I'm convinced that he's NOT worth my time at all. If his father is capable of genius, it did not get passed down, there is NO comparison whatsoever.
I admit the narrator didn't effect my decision to buy this book, but Kate Mulgrew's performance greatly enhanced my enjoyment of it! I'm so impressed with this book on all fronts.
The "Bad Guy" is all that - a horrible, sinister character. I wish there was more of an explanation behind the Rolls, though.
Not at this time. I'd have to read more reviews, do some more research. I'm not into this genre, I bought more to hear Kate and get an idea of the story / genre.
Kate makes a point to try to bring each character to life. She does a good job showing you, by her performance, the differences. Kate does have a distinctive voice, though, and it works for this story.
Yes - this book inspires me to delete it from my library!
If you really like horror, and evil character stories, you would most likely really like this book.
Kate Mulgrew does an amazing story such justice with her emotional and enigmatic reading. Truly wonderfully done, I've even listened to it several times.
I've been doing a lot of reading and listening lately (59 books over the last 8 months) and NOS4A2 ranks pretty high in my growing catalog. The story is sagacious, imaginative and astutely envisioned. NOS4A2 surges to life in the first few pages and careens ahead at a mercurial pace to an epic finale. The story never slows or wanes from its nimble advance while deftly shaping an escalating tale of Gothic tension, horror and suspense.
Ok, let me first say that I might be biased. I love Mulgrew and have since she was installed in the captains chair of the Starship Voyager. Her warm, knowing tone and gravelly voice are like coffee and cigarettes. In NOS4A2, she doesn't disappoint. Her Performance is astounding. She owns the story and pours life into each character cultivating sentiment and evoking anxiety and suspense. Her thoughtful performance constructs a sympathetic heroine and loathsome villain, while enriching and ameliorating an enchanted, macabre odyssey.
If I could rename NOS4A2, I think id title it Wrath.
So many novels and movies in the Horror genre these days are wan fables that adopt abundant gore and carnage to garner their Horror classification. NOS4A2 however, is a true tale of Horror in ever sense of the word. If you enjoy well crafted fright, you'll likely appreciate NOS4A2.
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