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)
Overall this is the best book from Joe Hill that I have read. The characters are interesting and the story grabs you quickly. The narration is mostly done well but on a few occasions the voices seemed to all sound the same. That being said the quality of the writing and the story were enough to cover for the slight issues with the narration. This is by far one of my favorite Joe Hill books and one of my favorite stories from any author.
Excellent story, and an even better performance from the narrator Kate Mulgrew. This was my first Joe Hill read, although I've read many of his fathers works.
Kate Mulgrew her voices of creepy little kids and the main bad guy will send shivers down your spine.
It's originality it has a lot of elements that represent horror and thrillers but with a unique take on them all.
Actually all of them seriously she was one of the best narrators I have ever listened to.
Vic or Hunter they seems sexy as hell.
This book was amazing. If they made it into a movie and did it correctly this would be the scariest/creepiest movie ever made.
I think it was really drawn out. It could have ended a lot earlier than it did and still be a decent book.
Her voice is amazing. She really embodies all of the characters in a way I would not have thought to read it
No, I think it would be a little too intense
The summary given about the book (pre-purchase) was not very indicative of the story itself, I was expecting something very different
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.
Scary As Hell
Some of Stephen King's scariest.. Joe Hill can paint a creepy scene much like his Dad.
Great character work - good with suspense filled scary moments.
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.
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.
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