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NOS4A2 Audiobook

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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    ROCHELLE 12-31-15
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    "annoying characters with annoying narration"

    I have no idea why I completed this book.
    the characters were some of the most annoying people in the world much less the make believe world or Christmas Land.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Ravve Chicago, Illinois, US 12-30-15
    Ruth Ravve Chicago, Illinois, US 12-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping, imaginative story"

    NOS4A2 tells the story of two worlds; the real world we all know and the world that lives in our imaginations. The main characters in this book have joined their imaginative worlds with the real one, for good vs evil. It's a creative, gripping and creepy story. Well worth the read.

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    Catherine Kovacs 12-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The most irritating narrator I've come across"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator. The screechy, gravelly voice of the narrator was too irritating to listen to. I finally had to drop the book about 4-5 hours in. The story was intriguing, once I accepted it was completely unbelievable


    Has NOS4A2 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Probably...


    What didn’t you like about Kate Mulgrew’s performance?

    She reminded me of a heavy smoker on reality TV. Loud, obnoxious, screechy - when a deep smooth voice would have been more sinister and much easier to listen to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation. Curiosity about outcome, but couldn't finish listening.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Joseph Springfield, VA, United States 12-29-15
    Joseph Springfield, VA, United States 12-29-15 Member Since 2013

    SOMETHING! Sorry it was funny when I typed it.

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    "choppy"

    This book was choppy. The flow was kind of strange. I enjoyed it but probably won't get any others by this author. If I want this kind of story I'd stick with King.

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    C 12-29-15
    C 12-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Narration"

    The narrator delivered an incredible performance. There was such a wide variety of quirky characters, accents, speech patterns, and even a stammer. The story was strange, but I knew that coming in. I grew to like it, and I appreciated how I could not anticipate what was coming next. Also, despite the abundant violence and brutality, there was love and tenderness too. I definitely enjoyed the book.

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    samantha Hackettstown, NJ, United States 12-28-15
    samantha Hackettstown, NJ, United States 12-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Dark read around christmas."

    not a huge Christmas fan myself, so maybe this just solidified my distaste for the holiday. creepy undead dude stealing children. kinda dragged at parts, or I just felt certain things were overemphasized for little to no real reason. Maybe too long for what it was but it wasn't unpleasant. narrator was sufficiently creepy with the old man, and did good on voices otherwise. not bad for a daily deal but I probably would have been upset if I wasted a credit on it. if you like some thriller/mystery/semi-horror stuff then this is for you.

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    Pamela 12-28-15
    Pamela 12-28-15
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    "Really Creepy"

    I am an avid reader who usually stays far away from horror novels. I still don't remember why I purchased this one, but it had been in my reading queue so long I just started reading it without giving it a second thought. I am giving it 5 stars because it is SO WELL done, but I am not sure I would use the word "enjoy" to describe how I felt about this book.
    Everyone else is describing what happens in the book, so I will just try to explain how someone like me who has an aversion to horror novels ended up reading this book all the way through to the end.
    This book hooks you in from the beginning & gives you characters you really care about. So when I tried to quit the book when it got really creepy and started making me feel nauseous ...I always came back.
    Maybe it was the amazing job done by the narration of Kate Mulgrew. Maybe it was because I cared so much about Vic and the other characters that I just had to find out what happened to them.
    Whatever the reason, I just couldn't pull myself away from this book for long, I listened every chance I could !
    Make sure you listen ALL the way through to the end of the recording too, not just the book itself. There is a part after the end of the book where Joe Hill himself talks about the book, and his family, and about his becoming a writer...fascinating !

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    Erin Sullivan Grass Valley, CA 12-28-15
    Erin Sullivan Grass Valley, CA 12-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like Stephen King ..."

    This is a great horror story in the style of some if the best. Very enjoyable listen. Great performance. Will look for more by thus author and also by this reader.

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    Marianne Withington Plymouth, MA USA 12-28-15
    Marianne Withington Plymouth, MA USA 12-28-15

    broadway babe

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    "Great narration except for one thing"

    Kate Mulgrew does a wonderful portayal of all the characters in the story, however, she mispronouces Haverhill Massachusetts. It is not pronounced as it is spelled....not even close! It is especially annoying because Haverhill is mentioned numerous times in the story.

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    Julie United States 12-28-15
    Julie United States 12-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Disgusting"
    What disappointed you about NOS4A2?

    Worst audible ever down loaded! The story line sounded so interesting, boy was I wrong. I want my credit back.


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