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NOS4R2 Audiobook

NOS4R2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Joe Hill (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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  • mygeeklifesofar
    1/13/14
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    "A must for King fans"
    What made the experience of listening to NOS4R2 the most enjoyable?

    Great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot felt like a return to Stephen King.


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    I didn't think I would be able to enjoy the reading but it was masterfully done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best audio books I have listened to !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    1/3/14
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    "Story was fantastic held interest"
    If you could sum up NOS4R2 in three words, what would they be?

    Dark frightening fab


    What other book might you compare NOS4R2 to, and why?

    I can't, the story was completely unique and stood on its own


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Her voice was a bit irritating


    Any additional comments?

    I would buy another of Joe Hill books no question

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dawn
    cleethorpes, United Kingdom
    12/27/13
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    "The wrong narrator ruins it"
    What disappointed you about NOS4R2?

    The narrator had a really irritating voice - and the put on 'creepy' voice just grated. I have tried for a couple of months to get into it, but can't. I suspect it would be a book I'd enjoy as a paperback, but I'm giving up on the audio and will return it.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Mulgrew?

    A male narrator would have done the mainly male voices better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline Marks
    NEWPORT, Gwent United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "Christmas just got scary!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of NOS4R2 to be better than the print version?

    This is an awesome reading of the most genuinely frightening novel I've read for many years. A child rides her bike over a magical bridge to find things that are lost. A classic Rolls Royce roams the highways of America and children vanish, never to be seen again. Those are the ingrients and they've been turned into a perfectly-paced horror story: a quest to save a missing child, with an unlikely heroine so well-drawn you feel you know her.

    Vic McQueen is unsympathetic in places, but she's a damaged character and her behaviour always makes sense even when you want to yell at her to do something differently. She's an ordinary person destined for an ordinary live, until a life-changing encounter with the villain of the story sends her into a tailspin of addiction and mental illness. She's strong enough to pull through it all, and has a good life. But then the villain resurfaces and no one will believe her crazy story of a dead serial killer.

    But he's very real and he's not dead. Charlie Manx is not the pedophile everyone believes him to be, but a kind of vampire who has created 'Christmasland' - a kind of twisted Narnia for demonic children where Christmas is every day. He abducts children from the real world to populate his 'Christmasland', aided by Bing - the latest in a long line of henchmen who take care of the parents of the targeted children. Only Vic knows the truth, and now Manx has her son.

    The thing I found outstanding was how sympathetic even the worst of the characters are. I expect to identify with a protagonist, but there's no character in this with whom I don't empathise at some point in the story. The good guys have their faults. Vic herself becomes the villain a few times, but even the villains have moments when it was easy to understand them. Bing, too trusting and so desperate to get to 'Christmasland' that he'll do anything Manx wants. Manx himself - undoubtedly evil, yet justifiably angry that the world thinks him a pedophile and you can see - just - that his 'Christmasland' began as a father's love for children.

    It has all the elements of a fantastic listen. Kate Mulgrew has the perfect voice for this story and I can't fault her narration at all. Usually when listening to audiobooks there are places where I 'zone out' and miss a bit; in this one I caught every word, caught up an involved in the story every step of the way. It's a race against time, it's full of suspense and peril; you genuinely don't know which characters - if any - are going to make it to the end. For fans of the genre there are little 'easter eggs' scattered throughout - mostly references to Stephen King's novels but there are others, too - a character listening to the Cloud Atlas sextet, for example. It gives the narrative an interesting slant, as if the author knows that in the most terrifying moments, we need that small reassurance that this is indeed fiction.

    Christmas will never be quite the same again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glenn
    Dorking, United Kingdom
    12/6/13
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    "Spooky original horror"


    Loved the premise of the 'two worlds'. It allowed a 'supernatural' element while keeping a foot in the real world, and not going off into bizarre fantasy. The main villain and his sidekick are most wonderful characters, and I felt I could actually see them in my mind at times - really nasty (but also victims?). Lots of lovely twists and turns.

    Kate Mulgrew's narration is awesome, I would look out for her as a narrator again.

    My only negative is that I think some judicious editing might have moved the story on with yet more excitment. No matter, I'm glad I heard it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S
    CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom
    12/4/13
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    "Terrifying,well-crafted story&firstclass narration"
    Would you listen to NOS4R2 again? Why?

    Absolutely. It was full of rich description, colourful and multi-layered, complex characters, and had the ability to terrify me, even when I listened in broad daylight (I couldn't listen to it in bed, for fear that Charles Talent Manx would find his way into my dreams!). It was a brilliant story, and one that - even though i now know the ending - I would listen to again and again (although with quite long breaks in between - it was an emotional journey, listening to NOS-4R2, and I need a bit of time to recover!)


    What other book might you compare NOS4R2 to, and why?

    I have only just started getting into horror films and - by extension, horror books - and so I have little in the way of frames of reference to compare with NOS-4R2. That said, I have read Stephen King's 'The Shining', and I would say that there were similarities between the two in that both had me cowering in fear, such was the power of the story the authors both created, and their ability to make a fictional character a real fear.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Mulgrew’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I definitely would seek her out - I have nominated her for Narrator of the Year, because I thought the range of voices/accents she used, the emotion and energy she put into the story, really made it come to life. My only issue was that some of the accents - particularly the English and the Indian ones - were a tad ropey, although the majority were spot on. I can still hear Kate in my head, speaking as as Charlie Manx, imploring me to Christmasland, and it sends a shiver of terror through me - *that*, surely, is the mark of an excellent narrator!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to! I seriously had trouble putting this book down - I was glad I was driving so much for my work, as it gave me an excuse to listen to it for hours on end!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/1/13
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    "Joe Hill is a worthy Heir!"
    What made the experience of listening to NOS4R2 the most enjoyable?

    Joe Hill is absolutely one of the best story writers in the genre, which is not surprising considering his parentage. I am absolutely in love with his books, and this performance was perfect: creepy and fascinating. and wonderfully twisted!


    What does Kate Mulgrew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Her vocal performance is absolutely wonderful and brings the story to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stephen
    United Kingdom
    11/21/13
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    "Incoherent"

    I'm probably a quarter way through and have just realised that this is a child's book, I had my doubts from the first few chapters but it's now confirmed.
    This is the sort of book 'Grownups' used to read to the kids to keep them close.
    Some reviews have said 'creepy' and 'scary' really? where?.
    Yes, the narrations ok but as far as I can see that's it and another book beckons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lesehest
    norway
    11/16/13
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    "thank god there are more good writers born everyda"
    Where does NOS4R2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    5


    What was one of the most memorable moments of NOS4R2?

    the shortcut bridge


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    a girl with a bike that gets to a place where her mother lost something


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    xtmas land is a nightmare


    Any additional comments?

    I was so happy I found a writer who can actually write....so I looked on the net to learn who he or she (actually I thought "this must be a she-Joe, so clever to describe women`s feelings...) is (but I wish I didn`t, you`ll understand why). Please, if you don`t know who Joe Hill is, wait until the end to search about his/her where-how-who-abouts. Congratulations to the author, I`m sooo glad I met you and yr books! I will read all I can find and hope for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    HULL, United Kingdom
    11/16/13
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    "Good story, some very strong language"
    What made the experience of listening to NOS4R2 the most enjoyable?

    Took me a while to really get into the story, but well worth it. The story has depth and once hooked I just wanted more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of NOS4R2?

    Meting Maggie Lee in the library


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Those with Maggie Lee, she was a strong well defined character for a supporting role.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Intrigue


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, well written and narrated

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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