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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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The apple doesn't fall far from the tree...

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If the cat wasn't already out of the bag about Joe Hill's semi-secret parentage, this book would have freed the feline for sure as this could easily have been one of his dad's mid-80s books. "NOS4R2" particularly channels "Christine", with a hint of "IT" (which it even references).<br/><br/>So, if you're a fan of King's, or of Hill's for that matter, whether to pick this up or not is an easy choice.<br/><br/>Oh, and I was surprised to find that this Audio-version actually contains an epilogue (hidden in the audio-book production-credits) not found in my e-book version - and it's also very well read by Kate "Janeway" Mulgrew, so if you're wondering which version to get, Audio is it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 06-23-13

I enjoyed this story very much

The narrator did a great job and the story had enough action and "nastiness" to keep you interested. The idea of teeth shaped like fish hooks has stayed with me. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in this genre.

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This was fantastic

Kate Mulgrew works well with this book. Its so creepy and dark and she captures all of it. I didnt want to turn it off. Easily one of my favorites.

AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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excelente historia, excelente narración

ha sido de los mejores libros que he escuchado, se los recomiendo! si eres fanático de Stephen King esta historia Té va a encantar!

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  • Sean
  • Freshwater, Australia
  • 11-14-13

I Loved It - Great Story and Wonderful Characters

Would you listen to NOS4R2 again? Why?

I would listen again. A horror story where the villains and heroes are all characters and the story is a great listen. Bing and Mr Manx are despicable people who I almost liked.My first and hopefully not my last Joe Hill book. He's taken over where his father left off with horror some years back. Thank you Joe!!! The narrator was just brilliant - unlike some other books that I've heard recently, she was able to give the male and female characters - character plus.

What other book might you compare NOS4R2 to and why?

I've recently listened to Doctor Sleep (by the authors father). Both books reference each other once and the stories have a similar main stories of vampires after special children. I'm afraid they are different classes of books - Joe's book beats his dad's by a country mile. The narration of the female characters in King's Doctor Sleep reminded of a drag queen in full cry. NOS4R2 was made even better by Kate Mulgrew. With Doctor Sleep I ended up caring less if the protagonist (Danny) lived, died or went to Tahiti. I have 'known' Danny for about thirty years now, and I wanted know about the man. <br/><br/>Every character in NOS4R2 I had some likeness for - even the bad ones. Danny's badies were just crap baddies.

What does Kate Mulgrew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator was just brilliant - unlike some other books that I've heard recently, she was able to give the male and female characters - character plus. She made the story so much better and was able to lend even the male characters authenticity.

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

It made me cry a bit (no spolier) and laugh a lot - all in the appropriate places.

Any additional comments?

Thanks Joe and Audible. Worth the time listening.

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  • Alex
  • Lier, Belgium
  • 08-19-13

A bit long in the tooth, great narration

What did you love best about NOS4R2?

Kate Mulgrew's performance has to be the best thing about NOS4R2. Mulgrew has a distinctive sound and gives each character its own personality. Her performance of Charlie Manx and Bing Partridge were particularly excellent, in my opinion.Hill has a knack for setting up and describing the imaginary world he has created. At first I was sort of put off by the Christmas obsession, but it grew on me over time. While the story itself was so-so, I absolutely loved Joe Hill's story *telling*. He's a good writer, and I may pick up some of his other stuff.

If you’ve listened to books by Joe Hill before, how does this one compare?

No, this was the first one for me. Unsurprisingly, his style is reminiscent of his father's, Stephen King. He largely employs the same recipe: deep character depictions, interwoven with the supernatural, and some gore. It was a bit long in the tooth, however (like many of King's books), and it was slow to get going after the initial build-up (Vic's first encounter with Manx). The novel could have been redacted by a quarter without doing the story any injustice, especially the middle part.

What does Kate Mulgrew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her understanding of the story and the subsequent depiction of the the characters. If you just read the book, you would miss the profound "evilness" she creates for the Manx character.

Who was the most memorable character of NOS4R2 and why?

There aren't a bunch of characters in this book, which makes it easier to keep track of them . But obviously the two main characters, Vic McQueen and Charlie Manx stick around in your mind. The disgusting Bing Partridge was also quite enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I ended up liking this book quite a lot. As I mentioned earlier, Joe Hill drags his feet a bit in the middle part of the story, stretching certain concepts a bit too much. The story may come across as a bit juvenile at first, in part because the main character starts out as a child/teenager. In addition, the Christmas-thing keeps that theme alive throughout the book. It bothered me too, at first.<br/><br/>In NOS4R2, Hill introduces us to his two-world concept, which includes the world of stuff and the world of thought. NOS4R2 is about intermingling the two, and more notably, bringing Manx' sick imaginary world of eternal Christmas into the real world, and his revenge on Vic McQueen for finding him and getting away. <br/><br/>All in all, this was a good read. If you like Stephen King's earlier works, or like Mulgrew, it's a no-brainer. Otherwise, it's not too bad either, you won't feel like you wasted a credit (you may struggle with the middle part a bit, but it gets better).<br/><br/>Oh and, don't let your kids listen to this. Christmas would be ruined forever.

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Marvelous performance by Mulgrew

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

While I found the story only slightly better than average, Mulgrew's performance blew me away. I could not stop listening. She gives each character a distinctive and very convincing voice. I get the feel she at times know the text better than the author, giving it dimensions that are not there for most readers of the book. Please, employ Mulgrew to record Heart Shaped Box as well! The existing recording by Stephen Lang is pitifully off the mark.

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

Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to listen to Mulgrew's other audiobook recordings, but I definitively will.

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  • Jane
  • West Gosford, Australia
  • 06-27-13

Scary but riveting

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

Yes but only if I knew they liked thrillers

What was one of the most memorable moments of NOS4R2?

The bridge scenes

Which scene was your favorite?

cant name a favourite

Who was the most memorable character of NOS4R2 and why?

The car

Any additional comments?

The narration was very good

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another 5 star book from Joe Hill

Joe Hill is a master storyteller and he doesn't disappoint. It is a long story and it takes a bit to get into it but give it a chance you wont regret it! All hail Joe Hill!!

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  • Geoffrey
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • 05-25-13

Ghost written by Stephen King perhaps?

I loved Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box and maybe that excellent debut somewhat influenced my expectations of his latest offering. It felt as though this story was lifted from one of his father's notebooks for stories he might wish to write in future. And then written by either of the Kings. There was even King's obligatory reference to the Dark Tower hidden in the story; which was really one of several things including the tone of the story which had me questioning the origins of the story.

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  • Claudia Duncan
  • 06-29-15

Not just for vampire fans!

What did you like most about NOS4R2?

I assumed (wrongly) this was a vampire story and I put it off. It's not, this is a supernatural tale that has nods to his father's work and in itself is engaging. I really enjoyed this book, it was disturbing and intense and kept you wanting to find out what happened next. Well done Mr Hill I really, really enjoyed this.

What did you like best about this story?

I was surprised how deranged one of the secondary characters was and enjoyed that for something that was deemed to be a mainstream book (see no spoilers)

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

Amazing voices, omg just brilliant. I recognised her voice in one particular scene and had to check and just wow, her voice as Mr Manx is perfect. I really loved her narrating this and hope she collaborates with Hill and King in the future since they are my favourites on audible :)

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A magical bridge to wherever you want, but at what toll will you pay?

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  • charlie
  • 01-07-17

spooky treat

well written and read wonderful. The story is wonderfully spooky, perfect for a stormy winter night.

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  • Johnbear67
  • 12-23-16

Loved it

Loved the book. Another hit from Joe Hill. I'll be listening to this and my other Joe Hill books again.

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  • B. Webb
  • 12-21-16

Fantastic narration and an incredible story

Kate Mulgrew and Joe Hill are a match made in Christmasland. This is probably the best audio book I have listened to this year and I have listened to many. I think Joe Hill may almost be a better author than his father, Steven King....almost. Kate Mulgrew is without a doubt the best narrator I have listened to. I urge you to listen to this now. What better time of year to listen to it than Christmas after all.

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  • emma lane
  • 12-04-16

Enjoyable listen.

Didn't live up to my expectations. A good story, maybe I'd built it up to be more from the rave reviews I read. I found Kate Mulgrew's narration a bit annoying. Seemed like a lot of the adult characters had the same whiny high pitched voice as the children.

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  • MsRanPan
  • 07-21-13

Go on, buy this!!!

This is a great novel from Joe Hill, it's a little uncomfortable in places (ok, I'm a bit prudish and the unnecessary sexual usage made me squirm a bit) but overall it's a great book. It takes you right into Vic McQueen’s life from 8 to 34, it really in depth without waffle which can sometimes happen even from the best writers.
It's one of the most engaging scary stories I have read in a long long time and I was really wondering what was going to happen, I felt the end was a little too tidy - it was wrapped nicely and left with an opening for a second novel and the thing that lost it one star; one of the characters which was built up (like all the others) layer by layer to give you the whole complete, damaged person suddenly doubled in intelligence and made a great play which really really bugged me, big time, if you write a character, they are that character, you don't get to add in s**t like that just because you can, it's not right. It was even more annoying because it is such an in depth, engaging story that this almost booted me out of story, also it felt lazy, the scene worked really well but that character just could not have pulled it off like that, he could not and it could have been done 'right'.
But I'm emphasising the negative, this is a great story, as I've said completely engaging and enthralling, I'm been deliberately finding reasons to listen to it from making trips out to going to bed early.
Oh and the reader, Kate Mulgrew, she is just - well I won't use my favourite expression just in case - but she is incredible, absolute incredible, blew me away. She’s got an amazing voice, it was so well suited to this story and the characters, considering the range, she has an angry girl, who becomes an angry, trouble woman, a chilled fat guy, children, a deranged child stealer, an incredibly stupid but dangerous guy, cops and she’s gives them all distant personalities and does a great job with each and every one. I would consider listen to something purely based on the fact she is reading it because she is that good.

So go on, buy this!!!

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  • Anfi
  • 12-16-16

Very good story, read superbly!

I thoughly enjoyed this audio.

I was impressed with the characters, concept and world Joe Hill has created in NOS4R2, but what made this story so imersive for me was the excellent narration of Kate Mulgrew.

I will be looking out for more of the respective works from this talented pair!

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  • Mr C.
  • 11-14-16

Excellent story.

A touch slow to begin with but excellent once it gets going. I found the narrator's voice a touch harsh to begin with but she does a good job with the different characters.

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  • david
  • 10-18-16

great Villain

loved it.. great characters,interesting story and well read
will definitely be enjoying more from Mr Hill

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  • ReayFish
  • 10-15-16

Good book, Great narration!

If you could sum up NOS4R2 in three words, what would they be?

Creepy Dark Engaging

Who was your favorite character and why?

Manx, how dark and takes most of the book to know what he is.

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

Character and engagement. Narration was the best part.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Always when the good guys die.

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  • Betsy
  • 03-08-15

Utterly fantastic

This is a fantastic read. I tried to limit how much I listened but it was impossible. The story, like Mr Hill's other stories, kept me entranced from the beginning to the end. Excellent.

And oh my goodness, I have never been a Kate Mulgrew fan but she is a perfect narrator for this story. Her Manx voice inspired me to scare my adult children - truly perfect.

Joe Hill is certainly more than Stephen King's son, he is an awesome writer in his own right!

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  • Linda
  • 06-06-15

Welcome to Christmasland!

This was a great book. It had the lot - imaginative story line, captivating characters, thrills, suspense and the narrator, Kate Mulgrew was absolutely incredible. She is perfect for this book and has the ability to change from creepy to compassionate in one sentence! Her Charlie Manx voice was simply hair-raising.
It also has humour - the scene where Bing Partridge (The Gasmask Man) was in the church fending off the pigeons has stayed with me and still brings a smile to my face.
The only negative I have is that it flattened out in the middle and became a chore to read some of the chapters, but it picked up again in time for the ending. Overall I enjoyed the book immensely and recommend it to anyone who likes an imaginative, thrilling storyline.

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  • PiratePete
  • 04-10-17

Clever horror/thriller

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My first Joe Hill book and I was a little sceptical being an original King fan. However, I certainly wasn't disappointed.<br/><br/>The book is clever and somewhat complex. I won't give away any spoilers but the interplay of the world of thought versus the real world and its emotional impact on the main character is riveting.<br/><br/>It is a long book and the pace slows a bit in the mid section but stay with it until the end. It's worth it.<br/><br/>Kate Mulgrew provides a fine performance with a good range of voices and great expression throughout.

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  • Brendan
  • 02-06-17

Nos4A2

For my first Joe Hill experience, I have to say it was pretty amazing. The immense detail was something that impressed me. Nos4a2 was not only gripping but a very fun and terrifying read as well.

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  • Kate Mancini
  • 12-04-16

absolutely amazing!

this is one of the best stories I have experienced in a long time! it kept me on the edge of my seat in true horror and fascination! an absolute must for everyone!

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  • Miss Jennifer J Lyle
  • 10-30-16

Brilliant story and narration

Brilliant story. Joe Hill has produced a perfectly creepy story with inscapes, escapes, villains and heroes - I really enjoyed the blend of crime thriller and the fantastic. The narration is top notch.

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  • graeme
  • 09-07-16

amazing narration. great idea. great characters.

joe hill. the apple dosnt fall far from the tree. kate mulgrew is the best.

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  • K Fletcher
  • 07-18-16

Love the narrator hated the book. Refund given.

Love the narrator hated the book. Refund given. It's just not for everyone. Moving on.

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  • computerone
  • 07-05-16

Excellent reader.

What an amazing reader Kate is. She does voices brilliantly and is by far my favourite narrator.

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  • Julia
  • 11-09-15

Great Book

My first Joe Hill, but it wont be my last, I think he learnt from one of the master's and has surpassed him in this book.

Great narration as well.