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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"Go on, buy this!!!"
This is a great novel from Joe Hill, it's a little uncomfortable in places (ok, I'm a bit prudish and the unnecessary sexual usage made me squirm a bit) but overall it's a great book. It takes you right into Vic McQueen’s life from 8 to 34, it really in depth without waffle which can sometimes happen even from the best writers.
It's one of the most engaging scary stories I have read in a long long time and I was really wondering what was going to happen, I felt the end was a little too tidy - it was wrapped nicely and left with an opening for a second novel and the thing that lost it one star; one of the characters which was built up (like all the others) layer by layer to give you the whole complete, damaged person suddenly doubled in intelligence and made a great play which really really bugged me, big time, if you write a character, they are that character, you don't get to add in s**t like that just because you can, it's not right. It was even more annoying because it is such an in depth, engaging story that this almost booted me out of story, also it felt lazy, the scene worked really well but that character just could not have pulled it off like that, he could not and it could have been done 'right'.
But I'm emphasising the negative, this is a great story, as I've said completely engaging and enthralling, I'm been deliberately finding reasons to listen to it from making trips out to going to bed early.
Oh and the reader, Kate Mulgrew, she is just - well I won't use my favourite expression just in case - but she is incredible, absolute incredible, blew me away. She’s got an amazing voice, it was so well suited to this story and the characters, considering the range, she has an angry girl, who becomes an angry, trouble woman, a chilled fat guy, children, a deranged child stealer, an incredibly stupid but dangerous guy, cops and she’s gives them all distant personalities and does a great job with each and every one. I would consider listen to something purely based on the fact she is reading it because she is that good.
So go on, buy this!!!
"Back to Brilliance"
I loved Heart Shaped Box, Horns was very disappointing, this story is fantastically gripping and Kate Mulgrew has to be the best narrator ever. She could narrate the telephone directory and it would be worth listening to! In all seriousness, NOS4RS cannot be compared to any other car horror story, it is unique, clever, has twists and turns and doesn't disappoint. Best horror story since 'Meat'
"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?
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.
well written and read wonderful. The story is wonderfully spooky, perfect for a stormy winter night.
Loved the book. Another hit from Joe Hill. I'll be listening to this and my other Joe Hill books again.
"Fantastic narration and an incredible story"
Kate Mulgrew and Joe Hill are a match made in Christmasland. This is probably the best audio book I have listened to this year and I have listened to many. I think Joe Hill may almost be a better author than his father, Steven King....almost. Kate Mulgrew is without a doubt the best narrator I have listened to. I urge you to listen to this now. What better time of year to listen to it than Christmas after all.
"Very good story, read superbly!"
I thoughly enjoyed this audio.
I was impressed with the characters, concept and world Joe Hill has created in NOS4R2, but what made this story so imersive for me was the excellent narration of Kate Mulgrew.
I will be looking out for more of the respective works from this talented pair!
Didn't live up to my expectations. A good story, maybe I'd built it up to be more from the rave reviews I read. I found Kate Mulgrew's narration a bit annoying. Seemed like a lot of the adult characters had the same whiny high pitched voice as the children.
A touch slow to begin with but excellent once it gets going. I found the narrator's voice a touch harsh to begin with but she does a good job with the different characters.
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