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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Brilliant story that gets you hooked from beginning to end. Some bits are are shockingly evil and some very funny
impressive story full of depth and some very tense moments, would recommend this to any suspense junkie
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.
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.
"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.
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