Summer. Massachusetts. An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business. Anyone could be next. We're going to Christmasland…
NOS4A2 is an old-fashioned horror novel in the best sense. Claustrophobic, gripping and terrifying, this is a story that will have you on the edge of the seat while you read, and leaving the lights on while you sleep. With the horrific tale of Charles Manx and his Silver Wraith, Joe Hill has established himself as the premiere horror and supernatural thriller writer of his generation.
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NO BODY THAT I KNOW
I HAVE BEEN TRTING TO RETURN THIS BOOK FOR A CREDIT BECAUSEB I TOOK IT WHEN I WENT INTO HOSPITAL IN MAY IT IS NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE ABOUT .I WOULD LIKE TO RETURN FOR A CREDIT .I GOT OUT OF HIGH CARE UNIT ON SUNDAY THE 2/06/2013
I couldn't even get 5 minutes into this. Very odd. Maybe just me but disappointed
Didn't getto know any
"Just losers lost in a parody of horror."
Here is a book I should have liked but it is such soulless creation I could not care for any of the characters. They all live in a vacuum of morality or love, everything is staged for a movie clip and reminiscent of other sets nothing has logic or is likeable.Just losers lost in a parody of horror, waste of money and time.
This is my first Joe Hill book after my friend recommended him as a good author,i agree this story was very long and great,i have to give it to the narrator though she was amazing probably the best I have listen to the voice changes she does very creepy sometimes,a good narrator makes the book and she certainly did that,its a good little story a little disturbing in parts,you could imagine his dad actually doing a book like this if you like vampire fantasy stories then this is for you.
More music in the language. Better characters. Better writing in general I feel.
Story has alot of potential.
It was soooo long and droopy and I just wanted it to end. Not enough twists and turns.
The narrator makes me cringe!
The character of Bing. He was nice.
Skip this one if you are not interested in a complete mediocre teen "horror story"..
I actually wanted this one to be good.
love love loved this book. what made it extra special was it being read by Kate Mulgrew
real conviction in her voice. too much love for this book.
"Not just for vampire fans!"
I assumed (wrongly) this was a vampire story and I put it off. It's not, this is a supernatural tale that has nods to his father's work and in itself is engaging. I really enjoyed this book, it was disturbing and intense and kept you wanting to find out what happened next. Well done Mr Hill I really, really enjoyed this.
I was surprised how deranged one of the secondary characters was and enjoyed that for something that was deemed to be a mainstream book (see no spoilers)
Amazing voices, omg just brilliant. I recognised her voice in one particular scene and had to check and just wow, her voice as Mr Manx is perfect. I really loved her narrating this and hope she collaborates with Hill and King in the future since they are my favourites on audible :)
A magical bridge to wherever you want, but at what toll will you pay?
The story is gripping and tense, and easy to get lost in, and the narrator is so gifted at dragging you into the story, with superb voices that bring life into each character.
If you enjoy horror and pass this up, you are a fool.
"A Pleasant Surprise"
Ok so maybe 'pleasant' isn't the appropriate word for this genre, but it works. Let's be honest, I picked up this book because of who the author's father is. I also am a fan of Kate Mulgrew as an actress so thought it would be an interesting listen
I started it a few months ago, had a bit of trouble getting into it, both story and narration. After buying because of who was reading it, I now wasn't sure if I liked Kate Mulgrew as a narrator (she was my first female narrator and my previous couple of books were narrated by Will Patton). I don't think I even finished the first chapter.
Anyway, I set it aside, listened to a couple of autobiographies, then had a few long car journeys coming up so decided to give it another try.
2nd time was the charm. I LOVE this book. Forget who the author's father is, the book stands up well without needing that. The characters were excellent, flawed, human. The story well written and executed. No shortcuts here. Everything had a place. Creepy, scary, frustrating, sad. The full gamut of emotions was run here. I couldn't stop listening. I looked for excuses to drive (most of my audiobook time is in the car) so I could listen. I was absolutely hooked!
And my worries about Kate Mulgrew as narrator were completely unfounded. My initial interest in her as narrator wasn't misplaced and the story was enhanced by her reading of it. So I'm not quite sure why it didn't work for me on the first try. I'm very glad I persevered, and would be interested in hearing something else read by her.
I also appreciated the afterward where the author shared some autobiographical info as well as some insight behind the writing of the book. Personal touches like that are always interesting to me.
Anyway, I have purchased one of his other books based on this one, and I would absolutely recommend this book if you are a fan of the genre. Give it a shot, you'll be glad you did. Just beware, Christmas may never be the same!
Great story, reminiscent of Stephen King but with a style of it's own. Fantastically read by Kate Mulgrew.
This was a great book with a brilliant storyline. The narration was superb! I would definitely recommend it.
"Draws on classic horror tropes, but reinvents them"
Excellent. At first I found the narrator's voice a little annoying, but after about 15 minutes I got used to it and was able to appreciate how well she read the different characters. The intonation she gave certain characters, such as Bing, really made it much easier to imagine them as they are intended to be pictured, which made the 'horror' aspect a whole lot more scary.
When the basic plot became clear, I was a little skeptical- having read a lot of horror, I feel more than a little jaded toward the overused 'creepy children' trope. However, Joe Hill manages to reinvent this stereotype into something far more terrifying, and I soon forgot about my apprehension as I was drawn into this fast paced, unpredictable, and wildly thrilling story.
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