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NOS4A2: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, May 2013 - Christmasland is a place where every day is Christmas morning and every night is Christmas Eve. This might not sound like fertile ground for a horror novel, but rest assured; just as there's nothing funny about Pennywise the Dancing Clown in Stephen King's It, there's nothing merry about Christmasland in NOS4A2. Joe Hill tells the story of decrepit child thief Charlie Manx, who travels the country in his Rolls Royce Wraith taking mistreated kids to Christmasland, where they live happily forever playing games like "bite-the-smallest" and "scissors-for-the-drifter". The only girl who managed to escape his clutches and put Manx in prison for life finds that even Manx's death can't keep him from his quest to make sure every mistreated child is taken to Christmasland. As eerie as a Bing Crosby album played at half speed, NOS4A2 is a thoroughly creepy and compulsively readable supernatural thriller. Kate Mulgrew shines as narrator, turning in a spot-on performance as Victoria McQueen, a tough-as-nails if emotionally frail heroine. —Michael, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Female, 2014

Joe Hill, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the New York Times best sellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, plunges you into the dark side of imagination with a thrilling novel of supernatural suspense that will have you flinching at shadows and checking the rearview mirror again and again....

NOS4A2

Don't slow down

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble...and finds her way, inevitably, to Charlie.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie's unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget.

But Charlie Manx hasn't stopped thinking about the exceptional Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won't slow down until he's taken his revenge. He's after something very special - something Vic can never replace.

As a life-and-death battle of wills builds her magic pitted against his - Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all...or die trying....

Joe Hill's acclaimed works of fiction, Horns, Heart-Shaped Box, and 20th Century Ghosts, have already earned him international acclaim. With NOS4A2, this outstanding novelist - "one of America's finest horror writers" (Time magazine); "a major player in 21st-century fantastic fiction" (Washington Post) - crafts his finest work yet. Disturbing, mesmerizing, and full of twisting thrills, Hill's phantasmagoric, devilishly playful masterpiece is a terrifying high-octane ride.

©2013 Joe Hill (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Quite simply the best horror writer of our generation, Joe Hill’s masterful storytelling is on full display in NOS4A2. It is by turns terrifying and hilarious, horrifying and full of heart, and relentlessly compelling." (Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of The Prophet)

"Fascinating and utterly engaging, this novel is sure to leave readers wanting more. One thing is for certain, however. After reading this book, readers will never hear Christmas carols in quite the same way again." (Library Journal, starred review)

"[A] new take on the fantasy-horror genre...Highly recommended." (The Sun Herald Sydney, Australia)

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    suffrin' bastid 05-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "One very irritating flaw in a very good work..."
    What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?

    Kate Mulgrew's reading is, as always, wonderful, and the book itself is remarkably similar to the works of Stephen King in so many ways. The fact that the quality overall was so high is what makes its major blunder so incomprehensible. When you use real locations to bring the story into the believable world, you have to get it right. The town of Haverhill, MA is a key location, referred to dozens and dozens of times in the book. It turns out that ANYONE who has been there, or within 30 miles of it, knows that it's pronounced "HAY-vrill", not "HAV-er-hill". How is it possible that no one in the chain of author, publisher, director, producer, and actor managed to catch this? I know nobody from Seattle could care less, but to us from here, it's like having your knuckles bashed with a hammer every 20 minutes for 20 hours.
    Otherwise, nice story.


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    Adrina13 05-06-16
    Adrina13 05-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    loved it! I really loved the style that this book was written in and the performance was awesome. she really got in to every character and man can she do a great bad guy voice!!

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    F. Delaney 05-06-16
    F. Delaney 05-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A great horror by Stephans Kings Son. Not a Vampir"
    What did you love best about NOS4A2?

    Psycho child killer and the creepy gas mask man. This could give you nightmares.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of NOS4A2?

    When title was explained and Charlie Manx


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    nony mUS 05-01-16
    nony mUS 05-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "perfect except for repeated mispronunciation"

    As someone born in Haverhill I have long heard and tolerated "outsiders" who mispronounce it as have/er/ hill instead of hay/ver/ill . I have grown quite tolerant of it over the years. Joe "Hill" hails from Maine and lives in Exeter. its almost inexcusable to allow his very interesting and fast paced story to be dragged down with such a silly pronunciation error. It was really an irritating distraction at times when I would find myself unexpectantly jarred out of my reverie and right back to the thought..."shit... is that going to keep happening for the entire story...argh". Respect

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    Elfy 04-29-16
    Elfy 04-29-16

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    "Strident narration, too long by a third"

    With apologies for the comparison, but it's both inevitable and relevant. Stephen King infuses his writing with humor, a whimsy and an affection for his characters lacking in his son's work. Joe Hill seems to have characters solely to torture them. The premise was decent but the story dragged on and on and IMHO been far superior if shortened by a third.

    After getting through this book as well as Heart Shaped Box, I find I'm left with a sort of mental haggardness and unlike many other novels,, no desire whatever to linger in their worlds or with their poor, shattered inhabitants.

    Ms. Mulgrew's accolades baffle me. As an extremely experienced audiobook listener, I found her grating, many characters male and female sounding alike. She made most women sound like inebriated harridans, course, mean and irate. The men were little better and often juvenile sounding.

    Seeing her name linked to other books would 👆 definitely give me pause. Most likely I would pass them by. I had been wanting to hear Locke and Key after this but no longer, as Ms. Mulgrew is prominently listed among the cast.

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    Shaun McCarthy Boston 04-27-16
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    "Dark and imaginative tale"

    I struggled to get through this book at first, almost put it aside completely, but ended up loving it in the end. This is quite a dark and imaginative tale, and once the story really got going, I was hooked.

    The first...probably third of the book had me struggling. I almost stopped 2 chapters in due to the butchering of New England pronunciations. That's what really killed me. As a native to Massachusetts, I was incredibly annoyed that the narrator would not take the time to learn the proper pronunciation of words like 'Haverhill' and 'Frappe'. It was very distracting, and took me completely out of the story. After putting it down and listening to another book first, I decided to give it another try. I almost put it down a second time, but pushed through. It's still quite grating, but thankfully the words show up less and less the further into the story you go.

    Otherwise, I thought the narration was wonderful. I will definitely recommend it.

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    Tiffany 04-27-16
    Tiffany 04-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Intense. Creepy. Captivating."

    I'm only gonna talk about Kate's narration. The story creeped me out so bad I had nightmares.

    Kate brought the characters to life in a way I never knew was possible. Mr. Manx haunted my dreams and even my day dreams.

    Kate put so much life into the reading you really felt like they were there and you were watching the whole thing with your mind's eye.
    I cannot make a recommendation either way but know that this book has violence and bad language to boot.

    I'm glad I don't celebrate Christmas. *shudder*

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    Eileen 04-23-16
    Eileen 04-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This book and Kate Mulgrew rock!"
    What did you love best about NOS4A2?

    The story was great from beginning to end, very well thought out. The writer is gifted in the manor of Stephen King in that the descriptions are so good you can "see" them! Kate Mulgrew is an awesome narrator and really gave life to the characters!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I really had a hard time turning this one off, grabs you by the ears!!


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    Heather M Leal Houston, TX 04-19-16
    Heather M Leal Houston, TX 04-19-16
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    "WoW! Great Listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Kate Mulgrew's performance was stellar. Each character in the book had a unique sound and style and her voice was just perfect for the story. The story itself was well-imagined and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.


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    Talara 04-19-16
    Talara 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome."

    Best book I've heard yet. Has a Stephen King feel with it's own fresh flavor.

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