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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"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!
"Like father, like son..."
Creepy, exciting, original
Kate Mulgrew's narration was fantastic. There are a lot of characters in the book and she voiced them all brilliantly. Each voice was easily identifiable. It was a pleasure to listen to this book and I would search out other Mulgrew narrations.
I listened to this book with a sense of dread.You never quite know what is going to happen and which characters are going to be "safe!"
Its hard to write about Joe Hill's books without mentioning the fact that he is Stephen King's son. There are a lot of similarities between the two writers. There work deals with talented but damaged people who are affected by something they don't understand and protecting people they love from harm. But he is now beginning to mention his fathers book in his own so he can't be bothered with people comparing the two. And to be honest when his writing is as good as this as well as Horns and Heart Shaped Box. He has no need to be worried. I've read all of Hill's books and this as good if not better than the others. I couldn't recommend it highly enough!
"What a story!"
A good narrator can make an average story better so imagine what a great narrator like Kate Mulgrew can do to an absolutely stonkingly good read like this. Joe Hill writes with such imagination and verve. I was gripped from beginning to end.
The book is crammed with memorable moments and characters. There's a great opening, which hooked me instantly and I would also mention "scissors for the drifter", a game played in Christmasland made all the more disturbing by the fact that it's never really explained so the reader/listener's imagination probably invents something far more horrific than if the author had described it.
I like Kate Mulgrew as an actress but her skill as a narrator is something else. She breathes so much life and individuality into the myriad of characters from the twisted henchman, Bing Partridge, to the stuttering Maggie Lee, to the ever reliable Lou. Charlie Manx seeps out of your headphones, putrid and vile, as one listens
A good book only works when there is a strong emotional connection between author and reader/listener. I cared deeply for Vic McQueen. Her flaws made her all the more human. Her story grabbed my attention from the get-go and did not lose it till the author interview at the very end of the recording had finished. I listen to audiobooks a lot - usually when I'm walking my dog. My dog also loved this book as it meant he got even longer walks than usual - once more round the block so I could listen to a little bit more.
Just downloaded a Ray Bradbury tribute book that Joe Hill recommends at the end and I shall be adding more of Joe Hill's work to my wish list.
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