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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"An amazing listen"
My first Joe Hill book and not my last (I'm halfway through the equally good Horns). Loved the way the book was structured, especially in the beginning and loved the main characters . A large step away from typical horror stories which is no bad thing.
What really sets this audiobook apart is the amazing Kate Mulgrew. An Amazing performance, the best I've heard on an audiobook. Stop reading this and purchase the book right now, you'll not be disappointed in your nightmare journey to Christmasland.
"love Love LOVE it"
I was expecting good & disturbing but I got amazing & terrifying. Characters are well formed & the dialogue outstanding. Like Stephen King ramped up by 10o - sick, scary but also very funny at times (particularly the exchanges between mother & daughter).
Kate Mulgrew's performance is brilliant. She was scary, vulnerable, terrifying & vulgar. Will definitely look for other books she's narrated to add to my library. The only thing she struggled a bit with was some accents but we non-Americans expect that from Americans so it's only a minor annoyance.
This is a must listen to.
Although I did enjoy this book I found myself getting distracted in parts. The narrator is great and the multitude of characters are voiced incredibly well however I found some of the scenarios a little too far fetched.
Joe Hill's superb NOS4R2 is read by Kate Mulgrew (probably best known for her portrayal of Captain Janeway on ST:Voyager) and this has to be one of the best audiobooks I have ever heard.
Mulgrew's delivery is outstanding with her gravelly voice perfect for this dark sinister tale (especially the stuttering librarian Maggie Lee) and the way she performs the story instantly drags you in.
Joe Hill is a real chip off the old block, a true word slinger, if you can suspend your beliefs and let the tale take you to a dark far away place this book with absorb you in ways other audiobooks never quite seem to manage.
Clocking in at over 18 hours (three downloadable sections) this is brilliant value for money as it is a story that can be listened to more than once.....
"Brilliant narration and an excellent story"
Most definitely - it's not something I thought I would like but it actually turned out to be a really good read (or listen). The narration by Kate Mulgrew really helped I think - she puts a lot of effort into it and I think she is the perfect narrator for this story.
The whole thing - a great read, gripping build up.
She is excellent! Used different voices for different characters and really put a lot of effort into the narration which can make all the difference to an audiobook.
Even if you think this might not be your 'thing' it's actually worth the read - I was pleasantly surprised as this is not the sort of genre I normally go for. At the end there is an interview with the author which was actually really interesting - he didn't mention it but he is actually Stephen King's son, which sort of makes sense now I have listened to the book! Don't let that put you off (if you aren't a Stephen King fan) as Joe Hill is a great author in his own right.
"The wonder of a children's book but grown up"
Unique Fantastical Imaginative
Other books by Joe hill as he gives a little nod to characters or places items etc mentioned in each of his books so even though they are all completely different there is a thread running through them however I cannot think of a book with a plot that follows this book and I don't want to spell it out and ruin it .. Maybe Herbie meets Freddie Cruger meets nightmare before Christmas with a bmx film too but trust me it works
Going to where and asking where am i ? Where. Your here where. Where? ...you get the idea
When her husband who was very ill did all he could to help even though he wasn't sure it was right
I'm sure I'm making this book sound awful hence why I read and don't write but its great one of my most appreciated purchases
"You can see the family resemblance"
It was a good story - wasn't sure how it would turn out and there were lots of twists and turns along the way.
Charlie - he was super evil and scary.
She was a great delivery style - a really professional voice talent. I would look out for other books read by her.
I have read a couple of Joe Hill books and like his style. I do see echos of his fathers writing which is to be expected.
"Brilliantly written & read."
The engagement with the main characters of the story makes NOS4R2 a chilling & gripping ride. The very concept of different worlds internal & external to a person is interesting, and lends itself well to the horror genre.
Maggie Lee, a really well rounded character with whom the reader will feel a true sense of empathy.
Maggie Lee. To perform such a interesting stuttering character so well is impressive.
Scissors for the drifter.
Kate Mulgrew is one of the most talented readers I have had the pleasure of listening to. Her voice acting and timing is fantastic.
"A bit weird."
It is a good story. If you like Cthulhu, you may even be a little inspired. I just get a little uncomfortable sometimes with listening to lots of description of discomfort and suffering, especially when it is all entirely made up. A lot of this book made me feel uncomfortable and I'm not sure, but perhaps that is what people like in a 'horror' story. It never seemed to me like much of it was necessary so I was patient for many parts of the story. But then, I felt my patience was rewarded because the main character travels so well through the story. So do the bad characters. I suppose what I don't like about this story is that the bad characters were not believable. They just had 'chance' on their side too much. To a certain degree, we all make our 'chance' but like I say, it was always just on the bad guys side, and I couldn't believe it because it was so one sided.
If this story gave the non-bad guys some challenge to the bad guys to thwart throughout, then it may have been something more than a rather predictable trail.
From reading the write up and reviews of other readers I was really looking forward to listening to this book. I was also intrigued to hear Kate Mulgrew's reading style as people have raved about it. The book itself I honestly felt was dull. I didn't particularly dislike it but equally didn't particularly enjoy it. It didn't jump out at me, wasn't frightening at any point and just left me rather flat. As for Mulgrew's reading, I felt she was a great deal better than some and put real feeling into it but most of her voices sounded the same and I didn't feel it lived up to the reviews I have read.
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