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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Original Work, 2016

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill (NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

A brutal and tragic event drives the Locke family from their home in California to the relative safety of their ancestral estate in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, an old house with powerful keys and fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. As siblings Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke discover the secrets of the old house, they also find that it's home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all....

Featuring performances by Haley Joel Osment (Entourage, The Sixth Sense), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is the New Black, Star Trek: Voyager), Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Stephen King (The Stand, 11-22-63), as well as a cast of more than 50 voice actors, this audio production preserves the heart-stopping impact of the graphic novel's astounding artwork through the use of richly imagined sound design and a powerful original score.

*Locke & Key contains explicit language and adult situations.

©2014 Joe Hill (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The concepts in this production, based on a graphic novel, are perfectly executed by a full cast.... Kate Mulgrew leads the way with her perfect portrayal of an ancient grandmother with an evil streak." (AudioFile)

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I am a Huge Joe Hill Fan

So, Please Hear Me Out
I believe I have bought and read every Joe Hill book on the market. I love the guy. It will take more books, before I know if I like him better then his dad, but he has a good start.

FREE
Right now this is free and it might not stay that way, so by all means get it.

The Graphic Version is Better.
This is a full cast with music and sound effects and that is all good. Stephen King even does a walk on. For me doing this book this way, made it sound more young adult then it is meant to be. Yes, graphic novels are not for old guys like me, but they audio version comes off as a little silly and over done. At times during the screaming (which is blood curdling) it is easy to get lost on who is doing what. Since it is not done in a novel version, there is a lot that seems missing. A novelization of this would probably work out great. Gabriel Rodriguez does the art work and it is art. The art adds a lot or is the whole story. After listening, see if you can find the book, you will see what I mean. Having the graphic novel also gives you the ability to take your time and admire the art and the story. I just feel the graphic novel is more fulfilling.

82 of 91 people found this review helpful

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awesome

book gets better every time I listen, just draws you in, during every scene. amazing

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A fantastic s oundscape adventure!

This was an amazing performance and Ive never heard an audio book like it. Joe Hill's writing really shines through. I found myself wanting to laugh out loud, cry, and punch things in frustration as the characters went through their intense struggles. a fantastic audio production!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Dark stories told with different voices

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The experience of the different voices helped keep the people separate as the dark story unfolds in unexpected ways.

Any additional comments?

This was most definitely an interesting listen. I enjoyed all the different voices as the story unfolds. There are many secrets in this house, and following the Locke family through many dangers and unusual situations kept me listening. Having the different actors helped keep the people straight. This set consists of several books though none truly end as the story focus just changes and characters resurface. There are a few moments when I felt that a visual was needed, but it did not take away from the story. Be prepared for the dark nature of this story.

I received this as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Dramatic, imaginative, and enjoyable

I enjoyed these voice performances tremendously. This audio drama kept my attention and gave me a significant amount to ponder about our choices, life, fantasy, and the imagination.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Like Old Time Radio

This was more like listening to old time radio shows. The cast was fun to listen to and the story kept me interested throughout although the ending was a little too Disney. Highly recommend if you are looking to listen to something a little different.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great narration

I love the narration of this book, and I also love the intrigue and drama of the storyline. The author does a really good job of keeping you cooked, and really making you feel like you're inside the story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Story and Performance!

I've read the comic and was thrilled to find this Audible studio recording. It's so much better than I had imagined. The acting isn't on par with a good movie, but it's definitely done well. The writing is great and the sound effects are top notch. Highly recommended!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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this was perfect!

Like I said, this was perfect and better than I had ever hoped. Please do yourself a favor and go for it!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Amy
  • Plato, MO, United States
  • 06-08-17

Best multiple narrator cast

Any additional comments?

I read some comments that this book lost readers in the middle and I agree that it started to lose my interest a little but it was worth sticking through to the end. It was my first graphic novel turned audio book and I was impressed. They did a terrific job keeping the story moving and there was never any question which character was who. It was definitely a book I wanted to listen too all at once. And the story was great. Classic horror/ghost story/evil vs. good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen MacNulty
  • 10-10-15

Amazing!

A great twisted tale. Enjoyed this brilliant story from story from start to finish. Highly recommended to anyone who likes graphic comic audio books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Rsh
  • 11-01-15

Like Listening to a High Budget Film

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook but there was little in way of actual storytelling, more of characters speaking with high drama and lots of special effects. The result was dramatic and engrossing. I'm not sure I would always go for this type of audiobook, as it lacks the intimacy of a one narrator tell. But it certainly gave me an idea of what can be done with sound.

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  • Paul
  • 10-09-15

what a FANTASTIC book !

why can't we have more fully dramatised books like that? I work on site most of the time...this book brought me to tears at the end...not a good look on site :)

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  • markyb
  • 10-14-15

Good stuff

Very well put together . great story line and would recommend to anyone . will be listening to more of Joe hills books .

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  • nnn63
  • 10-14-15

OH MY GOSH! Amazing! Just BRILLIANT! I LOVE IT!

What made the experience of listening to FREE: Locke & Key the most enjoyable?

The full cast. The audio book lifted audio experience to a new level.

What was one of the most memorable moments of FREE: Locke & Key?

Can't say...a few great memorable moments playing in my head.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Audio drama performed by full cast, only thing I will say is that I'm going to listen to it AGAIN!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Emotional rollercoaster indeed! I really feel for the Mother as much as the other main characters.

Any additional comments?

A great fantasy horror thrill for me.

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  • Nigel
  • 10-14-15

An emotional rollercoaster.

Locke and Key is bought to life by a superb cast and there's also ambient noise to really put you as a fly on the wall as your mind constructs the image.

I thoroughly enjoyed the listen, it was a turbulent rollercoaster of emotions all the way through. Picture this, I'm a 6'4, 33 year old, gym loving male, I'm also foreman where I work and after 10 clock tea break, most of my delegation and other duties are pretty much done. So its around this time I pop my head phones on and work preying I won't get disturbed ( fat chance).

Now, three times this audio comic has had me fighting back tears. Its not exactly the look you wanna go for when you've 9 men to look after.

Our hero, Tyler, is a level headed young man for an 18 year old, looking after his mum and siblings in the abscense of his father, as past events spiral their life out of control in the magical Locke household that belongs to their Uncle Duncan.

The story twists and turns and comes to a conclusion you find yourself asking how you never saw it coming.

10/10. Now to treat my lovely lady to a new graphic novel I know she is gonna love.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Karole
  • 10-13-15

Excellent, amazing and original!!

Loved the plot with twists and turns and incredibly absorbing. There are some books which have captivated me and meant I would read and read and read as desperate to reach the end of it. This is the first audio book that is equally compelling! Loved the cast and dramatic presentation. The only negative found was that sometimes I struggled to understand who was who mainly because it packs so much in and jumps a little plot wise. STILL AMAZING!

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  • Matthew
  • 10-06-15

A Masterpiece

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I will recommend this to friends as it takes audio fiction to a new level. Narrated audio books are great, but dramatised stories offer so much more, and this one was executed brilliantly. From the writing and acting, through to the music, soundscape, and production - everything is first class.

What was one of the most memorable moments of FREE: Locke & Key?

The acting in some of the intense scenes is brilliant, the cast worked extremely well together and did a fantastic job.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

As Joe Hill himself said, you can't get scared reading a comic. I think he said that anyway...

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The tension building and suspense has been done very well, it's an emotional rollercoaster for sure.

Any additional comments?

Amazing job all round, and can't believe this is being given away for free. I'd have paid about £25 for it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Rory
  • 10-14-15

Wow!

This was my first experience of a graphic novel of this type/genre and also the first time I'd tried an audio book that wasn't read by one person. I struggled at first and wondered if this was for me but after around 45 mins I was hooked. superb story, interesting characters and the score/actors really brought it to life. Thoroughly enjoyed it and am now hunting for something similar. ....would definitely recommend it :-)

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Christopher
  • 12-14-15

Gripping from start to finish!

this book gripped from the start, the characters were played so well.
I've recommended this book to many people I know & also highly recommend to anyone reading these review's wondering whether to try or not

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  • Chean
  • 01-07-16

Horror, Family, Humour, Mystery in equal measures

I expected a narrative reading but was pleasantly surprised by the high quality drama performance extravaganza.

More enjoyable after reading the graphic novel first. Well done production with well thought out sound cues for going through doors... Excellent vocal performances - got me really involved in the drama.

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  • Servelan
  • 12-22-15

Enthralling!

The music and sound effects were great. The voice actors were fantastic. This story brought me to tears.

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  • Samantha McDermott
  • 11-23-15

riveting

great story, great characters, kept me involved till the end. couldn't stop at the end of each chapter

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  • tony
  • 11-19-15

blody awsome

great story thrilling good plots loved every minute of it thank you for this audable

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Erik
  • 11-11-15

Brilliant audio drama

great story presented in an amazing fully created sound scape with a full character cast

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Adam Hodgkiss
  • 11-05-15

Enjoyable

Great story - great voice performances. There were a couple of occasions things became unclear without the aid of the visual medium (originally this was a graphic novel). Enjoyable though - worth your time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • sally
  • 10-26-15

caaol story

it was a little hard to hear sometimes and to understand what some of the noises were

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tilly Hopper
  • 07-10-17

Food for the Soul

Deeply moved and decidedly impressed! Beautification combination of old school Radio Play and Audible reading.
Storytelling comes of age with this superb rendition of a Modern Fairytale.
The contradiction inherent to the concept of an Audible version of a Graphic Novel is part of what makes this tale SO compelling.

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  • shae
  • 03-11-16

Like listening to a TV show in the next room

to be fair I didn't get very far into this... I gave up trying to figure out what was happening as for the 1st 5-10 minutes there was no narration.. just talking and sounds like how do I know what is happening or who is talking..?

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  • Jonathan Crane
  • 06-29-16

not worth it

wasn't well described to me it left me feeling I was missing something every scene

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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