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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"More silly than scary"
It's very slow paced in places, yet in other sections it is gripping, so I would recommend editing it down to keep the pace and interest throughout.
No, it is an okay listen but more silly in the plot than scary. Vic rides her cycle over an imaginary bridge to find lost things. She uses it to find Charles Manx who kidnaps children and takes them to an imaginary place in his mind. I thought it was going to be a regular horror thriller but the story switches to when Vic is an adult, with mental health problems. It's an interesting idea but not well executed.
When Vic is a child and goes to find Charles Manx and instead finds a child in the car, it was very gripping. I think the sense of fear as she's a child herself makes this scene work. Once the story switches to her being an adult I lost interest.
Not my usual genre so maybe I'm being harsh, but I was expecting a Stephen King/ James Herbert horror mystery and this didn't deliver for me. The narrator did a good job to try and retain my interest. Her narration was clear and varied to engage the reader as best she could.
"Chilling to the end"
NOS4R2 is well up there as one of my favourite books. It was not one I thought I would enjoy as spooky stories are usually a bit of a hit or miss, but this one is definitely a hit.
The Christmas Land theme sparks a chilling tone, so when I read this book in February I thought I had left Christmas well behind me, so when a late Christmas gift arrived in the post, I actually got a little fright and immediately thought of the book and maybe looked over my shoulder once or twice!
A really enjoyable book and well narrated, I would most definitely download another of Joe Hills books.
"I simply love this story."
Ok so the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree has it. Even if I did not already know that Joe Hill was the son of King would have noticed the similarities on the first chapter.Joe Hill changed his name he says so that he would not be compared to his father. but then he mimics his fathers writing style so closely that if I was not already aware of the family connection I would have thought this was King writing under a pseudonym. like when he wrote under the pen name Richard Bachman.
If he wanted to make his own mark and not be compared to his father, he would have done better to do things the other way around. keep his own name and developed his own writing style.
Having said that the book was fantastic and he seems to lack none of the skill his family of writers is famed for.
The narration was first class and really made this a book to remember one of my favorite audio books so far. Kate Mulgrew A.K.A Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek Voyager was a fantastic choice for this story I would defiantly buy more book narrated by her
This book was a wonderful surprise and revelation. I was sure what to expect especially being named after a car. Suspending a little belief allowed me to get totally absorbed in the book. The characters were well rounded and believable whilst Joe Hill's grip on evil and tension building terror was truly remarkable.
"Chilling and gripping"
It was a very eerie story which was exactly what I was looking for.
It's difficult to pick one but I think the children in Christmasland are very striking, leaving you with a feeling of pure dread.
Charlie Manx was a great and terrifying character, he kept me on edge throughout the entire book. He was very sinister and mysterious, a character who kept creating more unanswered questions and more anticipation.
"Chip off the old block"
Cannot comment as did not read the print version, but would consider doing so in the future when story is not fresh in the mind!
The resurrection of Carl Manx himself. A gripping part of the story read so brilliantly by Kate Mulgrew
No but certainly will seek out her other performances based on this one. Excellent!
I would love to listen to all audio books in one sitting but unfortunately this would never be possible due to work and play!
Would recommend the book not only if fantasy fiction genre is your thing but to anyone looking for a good read by a quality narrator.
"The future of horror is safe."
This is the best Stephen King book King never wrote - and I don't say that to take anything away from Hill's incredible achievement here - it's just so clearly a tribute to his father.
The whole book is amazing - it must be one of my all time top 10 - but the most memorable bit for me was probably the two villains; Charlie Manx and Bing Partridge :) they were creepy and scary but also a hilarious double act. A lot of what they were came from Kate Mulgrew's amazing characterisation. She was absolutely brilliant.
Every time Mulgrew did Bing Partridge it made me smile :) 'Mr Manx Mr Manx!' I actually laughed out loud at least three times.
Everything. It's a tremendous horror novel and pretty scary at times.
I wouldn't dream of making any comparisons, it's an excellent novel in it's own right.
Excellent. Brilliant voices and particularly for the nasty guy, pretty scary actually. Would definately listen to others by her again.
If you love the horror genre, you've probably already read this.....well recommended.
"Fantastic story, superlative performance"
This is Joe Hill's best book yet, and they've all been pretty darned good. He's really got into his stride now, though, and the characters in NOS4R2 are all beautifully crafted: good guys you'd like to meet some day and maybe share a beer; the bad guys you're glad are just a figment of Joe's twisted imagination.
It didn't need making any better, but Kate Mulgrew's performance is as close to perfect as you can get. I listen to a lot of audiobooks read by a lot of talented people, but this one stands out nonetheless. I sincerely hope that Ms Mulgrew reads more in this vein in the future.
In all, if you like good scary stories well told, do yourself a favour and get this one.
"Original and clever"
It's unusual to have such an original story which is so enjoyable. It's a great listen which is very hard to stop once started. The characters are excellent and gel perfectly into the story.
Charles Manx was perfect as the evil presence in the story and brilliantly read by Kate Mulgrew.
Christmas is the new Halloween!
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