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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"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.
The title, an old car, I casually thought this might be a rehash of Steven King's 'Cristine'. But previously knowing and liking Heart-Shaped Box, I didn't take much time to decide to get this after listening to the sample, and I'm glad I did.
What a superb book.
An interesting story that hooked from right from the start, Mr Hill has crafted a wonderful tale, thrilling, tender and laugh out loud funny. A lot of time I had a tight throat listening to this, and when it was finished that all too familiar feeling of satisfaction mixed with loss and regret, like missing an old friend. Excellent.
And great narration too.
Good work. More please.
Scary and engrossing
As the author is Stephen King's son it is tempting to compare but I think it is closer to Dracula and classic horror/thrillers.
She managed to keep each character distinct without resorting to too many cheesy accents.
Yes, I sat in the car after I parked a few times, even pleased to be stuck in a traffic jam once.
I am eagerly awaiting Jo's next novel, first day purchase for sure.
"A must for King fans"
The plot felt like a return to Stephen King.
I didn't think I would be able to enjoy the reading but it was masterfully done.
Absolutely couldn't put it down.
One of the best audio books I have listened to !
"Story was fantastic held interest"
Dark frightening fab
I can't, the story was completely unique and stood on its own
Her voice was a bit irritating
I would buy another of Joe Hill books no question
"The wrong narrator ruins it"
The narrator had a really irritating voice - and the put on 'creepy' voice just grated. I have tried for a couple of months to get into it, but can't. I suspect it would be a book I'd enjoy as a paperback, but I'm giving up on the audio and will return it.
A male narrator would have done the mainly male voices better.
"Christmas just got scary!"
This is an awesome reading of the most genuinely frightening novel I've read for many years. A child rides her bike over a magical bridge to find things that are lost. A classic Rolls Royce roams the highways of America and children vanish, never to be seen again. Those are the ingrients and they've been turned into a perfectly-paced horror story: a quest to save a missing child, with an unlikely heroine so well-drawn you feel you know her.
Vic McQueen is unsympathetic in places, but she's a damaged character and her behaviour always makes sense even when you want to yell at her to do something differently. She's an ordinary person destined for an ordinary live, until a life-changing encounter with the villain of the story sends her into a tailspin of addiction and mental illness. She's strong enough to pull through it all, and has a good life. But then the villain resurfaces and no one will believe her crazy story of a dead serial killer.
But he's very real and he's not dead. Charlie Manx is not the pedophile everyone believes him to be, but a kind of vampire who has created 'Christmasland' - a kind of twisted Narnia for demonic children where Christmas is every day. He abducts children from the real world to populate his 'Christmasland', aided by Bing - the latest in a long line of henchmen who take care of the parents of the targeted children. Only Vic knows the truth, and now Manx has her son.
The thing I found outstanding was how sympathetic even the worst of the characters are. I expect to identify with a protagonist, but there's no character in this with whom I don't empathise at some point in the story. The good guys have their faults. Vic herself becomes the villain a few times, but even the villains have moments when it was easy to understand them. Bing, too trusting and so desperate to get to 'Christmasland' that he'll do anything Manx wants. Manx himself - undoubtedly evil, yet justifiably angry that the world thinks him a pedophile and you can see - just - that his 'Christmasland' began as a father's love for children.
It has all the elements of a fantastic listen. Kate Mulgrew has the perfect voice for this story and I can't fault her narration at all. Usually when listening to audiobooks there are places where I 'zone out' and miss a bit; in this one I caught every word, caught up an involved in the story every step of the way. It's a race against time, it's full of suspense and peril; you genuinely don't know which characters - if any - are going to make it to the end. For fans of the genre there are little 'easter eggs' scattered throughout - mostly references to Stephen King's novels but there are others, too - a character listening to the Cloud Atlas sextet, for example. It gives the narrative an interesting slant, as if the author knows that in the most terrifying moments, we need that small reassurance that this is indeed fiction.
Christmas will never be quite the same again.
"Spooky original horror"
Loved the premise of the 'two worlds'. It allowed a 'supernatural' element while keeping a foot in the real world, and not going off into bizarre fantasy. The main villain and his sidekick are most wonderful characters, and I felt I could actually see them in my mind at times - really nasty (but also victims?). Lots of lovely twists and turns.
Kate Mulgrew's narration is awesome, I would look out for her as a narrator again.
My only negative is that I think some judicious editing might have moved the story on with yet more excitment. No matter, I'm glad I heard it.
"Terrifying,well-crafted story&firstclass narration"
Absolutely. It was full of rich description, colourful and multi-layered, complex characters, and had the ability to terrify me, even when I listened in broad daylight (I couldn't listen to it in bed, for fear that Charles Talent Manx would find his way into my dreams!). It was a brilliant story, and one that - even though i now know the ending - I would listen to again and again (although with quite long breaks in between - it was an emotional journey, listening to NOS-4R2, and I need a bit of time to recover!)
I have only just started getting into horror films and - by extension, horror books - and so I have little in the way of frames of reference to compare with NOS-4R2. That said, I have read Stephen King's 'The Shining', and I would say that there were similarities between the two in that both had me cowering in fear, such was the power of the story the authors both created, and their ability to make a fictional character a real fear.
I haven't, but I definitely would seek her out - I have nominated her for Narrator of the Year, because I thought the range of voices/accents she used, the emotion and energy she put into the story, really made it come to life. My only issue was that some of the accents - particularly the English and the Indian ones - were a tad ropey, although the majority were spot on. I can still hear Kate in my head, speaking as as Charlie Manx, imploring me to Christmasland, and it sends a shiver of terror through me - *that*, surely, is the mark of an excellent narrator!
I would have loved to! I seriously had trouble putting this book down - I was glad I was driving so much for my work, as it gave me an excuse to listen to it for hours on end!
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