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)
Involving. Original. Emotional.
Very original and very creepy. You can't help but like the characters, they are flawed and seem very real.
My First time listening to Kate. Excellent, excellent, excellent!
I'll look for more from Kate Mulgrew. She is by fare the best I've every heard. 10 Stars to her. Nos4a2 was a good read. Kept me interested the whole time. Places in peoples minds that are really there. Cars and bikes that can take you to these places. Good vs evil and many many twists. Vic can find things when she rides her bike over a bridge . She find trouble when she meets Charles Manx. Manx a 100 year old sick-o has his own means of travel, an old 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith. The Wraith is the source of Manx's power. It keeps Manx alive by sucking the life out of children. Vic must save her son, destroy the Wraith and free hundreds of children that Manx's has kidnapped over his life time. All n all a very good book. Again Kate is fantastic. What a talent.
The story was very entertaining and for the most part, the narrator's voice was pleasant. When the characters in the story yelled or screamed out words or sentences, the narrator sounded more like a screech owl and it was very annoying.
The other problem I encountered was the b ame of the main town in th es story. I have lived in this town and it is Haverhill, Massachusetts, pronounced, "hay-ver-ill". The narrator continuously called it "haver-hill "....it is supposed to be a long "a" , not a short "a". This i would have expected to have been researched.
Overall, it was a good horror story. It wasnt an epic story by any means but if you enjoy Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or John Saul, you will appreciate this story.
I listen while driving,(alone), and while on break at work. I used to read several books a week. I belonged to Science Fiction Book Club.
3 stars all around, because I couldn't finish it.
I accidentally started listening to this book in a later part,(the middle of the story), realizing my mistake, I started at the beginning. I had enough. Don't need that kind of evil floating around in my head. No thanks.
New Blues Gal
This book was good and I enjoyed it but it took me a little while to get hooked. Usually takes me awhile to get into Joe Hill's books but it was very good, The narrator was also good. Very entertaining listen!
This was a great listen! Loved the reader. Kate did a fabulous job. The story was intense. I will now read everything he writes.
Lover of books with a good plot, strong characters, lots of action, no whiners allowed, and only a small amount of well placed cheese
It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
This book is a true horror story and to me it was really really scary. I listen to a lot of zombie/monster/alien books that most people think are scary, but to me they are just 'regular' books. I could only listen to this book during the day. After I found out who Joe Hill is related to it doesn't surprise me at all because I could only read some of his Dad's books during the day too.
She did a good job, sometimes she over did it a bit.
Christmas Land, where all the kids go to.....
I loved the creativity of concept and the realism of the characters. All people have flaws, and so should characters.
Maggie the scrabble diviner.
I just loved how different the character was. How she reflected real life's oddity person we see in everyday life.
Voice! I was amazed at how well she portrayed different voices. How she could slide from the voice of a teen girl to the voice of ancient Charlie Manx and the voice of Lou and many more characters. I was never wondering who was speaking.
Would have loved to see Tabitha Hutter's reaction to Vic disappearing onto the Short Way...
I liked this story well enough, and the bad guy was super creepy in that appealing way that other-worldy bad guys should be creepy, but (although perhaps it would have been different if I'd read the story as opposed to listening to it [Kate Mulgrew's awesome, though!]) it seemed a lot longer than it needed to be. I'm not opposed to reading lengthy tomes, but, at several points in the story, it seemed as if a conclusion could have been drawn, but I knew I still had hours left.
The cast of characters is also not diverse, save for some tokenism, and I do prefer more relatable stories in that sense.
She was great overall, but she performed the creepy voices the best!
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