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Heart-Shaped Box Audiobook

Heart-Shaped Box

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Publisher's Summary

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals...a used hangman's noose...a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is widely known. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.

I will sell my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder.

For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts: of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more? But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door...seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang...standing outside his window...staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting - with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one hand.

A multiple award-winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.

©2007 Joe Hill; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award winner, Thriller/Suspense, 2008
  • Thriller Award, Best Novel, 2008

"Powerful....[Hill's] subtle and skillful treatment of horrors that could easily have exploded over the top and out of control helps make this a truly memorable debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mr. Hill elicits honest empathy for Jude, who turned his stage persona into a nightmare version of his fears and must now figure out what strength he has left for legitimate battles. This dynamic is both frightening and funny, and the book weaves together those two threads in clever ways." (The New York Times)

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    Dan United States 08-28-15
    Dan United States 08-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Decent Modern Gothic Horror"
    What did you like best about Heart-Shaped Box? What did you like least?

    I really liked the characters. Jude, Georgia and Florida were fairly developed by the end of the book. I think the thing I liked the least was when we finally figured out who the ghost was. It sapped some of the scariness out of the novel. There was also a part that was a little too like Beetlejuice towards the end that made me roll my eyes.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

    Jude, of course. He was one cool dude.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure. It actually reads a bit like a screenplay. I think some good editing would make the film better than the novel


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a bad read. My biggest problem is that they never explain how the ghost was tied to the suit. I also felt the ending dragged. There were a couple of false endings too.

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    Angelique LaFontaine 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting characters...."

    I really enjoyed this story...it was interesting and had a unique plot...the only thing that I thought needed some work was the accents and verbiage used to indicate southern accents...but that's really insignificant

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    Tanya 08-04-15
    Tanya 08-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring"

    Boring book hard to keep listening. Last hour was the most interesting. Not really recommended.

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    Greg Lhamon Waterloo, IL USA 07-31-15
    Greg Lhamon Waterloo, IL USA 07-31-15 Member Since 2016

    bobadoodang

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    "Can't Get Past the Narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator. It's as if the narrator doesn't understand the pivotal parts of the story. He sounds as if he's trying to sound ominous throughout the entire recording. But if everything sounds ominous then nothing does. His reading of the words didn't match the meaning of the words. All one level. It became monotonous.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Honestly, it's hard to tell. I switched to a different audiobook because of the drone of the narrator. I may need to buy the Kindle version because I think the story is good.


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    amanda 07-25-15
    amanda 07-25-15
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    "Yup"

    This was the kind of ghost story I have been looking for. It is all the right forms of creep.

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    Katherine San Diego, CA, United States 07-17-15
    Katherine San Diego, CA, United States 07-17-15 Member Since 2010

    Katapult

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    "Started strong..."
    Would you try another book from Joe Hill and/or Stephen Lang?

    possibly, if the recommendation came from a good source


    Any additional comments?

    Premise started strong. Same with the book and there were some genuinely creepy moments. Then I thought the writer decided to the change gears and go for more of a Peter Straub "Ghost Story" Vibe which didn't fit with what had been set up at all. I thought he broke his own rules for the haunting and that turned me off.

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    Xander C. 07-16-15
    Xander C. 07-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A breath of fresh air"

    The story presented here is unique in that in a dangerous supernatural situation the characters still act like human beings. They react in ways you can identify with. Gone are the obnoxious skully-esque acrobatics to remain skeptical that are the hallmarks of the horror genre. This is one of the best horror novels I've experienced in recent times. The only downside is the narrators southern accent on one of the characters gets a little grating.

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    TN Woman 07-14-15
    TN Woman 07-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good, not great"

    So far, I have read three books by Joe Hill. He's definitely got his own voice, no matter what anyone says. It is apparent he has been trained by the master, his stories are original. I would recommend NOS4A2 to someone trying one of his books for the first time. All in all, this book was bleak, and a bit hard to follow at times, but creepy, entertaining and at times even funny.

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    kymberly 06-30-15
    kymberly 06-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Kept me listening"

    Overall this book was good. It kept me listening and wondering what would happen next.

    The narrator was great. I wished there was a little more "spook" but there was enough anticipation built with each turn.

    I didn't like the music that was played in between the chapters though. I think that was a little bit much. But overall a good listen.

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    emily 06-23-15
    emily 06-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A strange tale..."

    I found myself trying really hard to like this book, and I struggled to continue listening to it. The narrative is well read, but the story itself is slow.

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