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NOS4A2 Audiobook

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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    "Loved it!"

    Thought I would give Joe Hill a try. Glad I did. Lots of layers, great characters and was not slow in the beginning. Combine that with a great reader and this was a book I enjoyed very much! I hope you do, too!

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    "Great book with an incredible narrator"
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    Driving three hours a day for work, I listen to many audio books. Kate Mulgrew's performance has been the best I've heard, second only to Frank Muller performing the first few of Stephen King's Dark Tower books.

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    Tamossa 02-12-16
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yeah I guess.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagination of the author and the mystery.


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    Jane-way was awesome!


    If you could rename NOS4A2, what would you call it?

    YES! I was expecting a story of a VAMPIRE, even tho I read the preview. The title is lost on me!!! Why not call it Christmasland or Charlie Manx or ... What was thing word they used to call their special talents??? They do call Charlie Manx a vampire, but not the kind were all used to.


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    Puk 02-12-16
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    "Damn fine piece of fiction..."

    A fantastic story of reality and the imagined. Kate Mulgrew's narration was incredible. She captured each of the characters essence and made my long commute something to look forward to.

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    amber perez Idaho 02-11-16
    amber perez Idaho 02-11-16

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    "Great narration. "

    The narrator really makes the story so worth it. She makes the characters pop, each with their own distinctive, captivating personalities. This is a great read, emotional, raw, captivating, suspenseful, everything about this will leave you wanting more.

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    "Great story, great performance."

    I am usually not a fan of the horror/crime/suspense genres, but despite the creepiness and the graphic violence I really loved this story and the characters. It's interesting that I kept thinking how much it reminded me of Stephen King's best work, and only after finishing the book realized why. Kate Mulgrew was the reason I gave it a chance and she is brilliant, as always.

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    Erin Buxton Lynnwood, WA 02-11-16
    Erin Buxton Lynnwood, WA 02-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book"

    I really loved listening to Kate Mulgrew narrate the story. The story is riveting and I wanted to hurry and finish the story!

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    michael c. hughes 02-11-16
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    "Was not a big fan until now"

    Loved this book!! Pretty genuinely creepy in parts. I'm sure the author might hate this but it did rather remind me of some early Stephen Kings's. Just a feel to it perhaps. Good characters and the writing quality is good. Held my attention the whole way.

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    Julie 02-10-16
    Julie 02-10-16

    Tell us about yourself! A dedicated "bookie", on the constant search for a good read!

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    If you could sum up NOS4A2 in three words, what would they be?

    fantasy gone wild


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hopeful, actually a little close to home i.e.; we all live in two worlds


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

    Yes


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    CJ LUCAS, TX, United States 02-10-16
    CJ LUCAS, TX, United States 02-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Like honey spike with habanero"
    What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?

    Kate Mulgrew, her voice absolutely made the story. Her voice lures you in then the story sets your imagination on fire.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were great, creepy when they needed to be and loveable in others.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Mulgrew’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I am actively seeking her out, she could read the instructions on a match book cover and have me enthralled.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't know


    Any additional comments?

    I throughly enjoyed this, one I would consider listening to again.

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