Regular price: $31.93

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.

"One of America's finest horror writers" (Time magazine), Joe Hill has been hailed among legendary talents such as Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman, and Jonathan Lethem. In Strange Weather, this "compelling chronicler of human nature's continual war between good and evil" (Providence Journal-Bulletin), who "pushes genre conventions to new extremes" (New York Times Book Review), deftly expose the darkness that lies just beneath the surface of everyday life.

Snapshot, performed by Wil Wheaton, is the disturbing story of a Silicon Valley adolescent who finds himself threatened by The Phoenician, a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid Instant Camera that erases memories snap by snap.

A young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute jump...and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero's island of roiling vapor that seems animated by a mind of its own in Aloft, performed by Dennis Boutsikaris.

On a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails - splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. Rain, performed by Kate Mulgrew, explores this escalating apocalyptic event as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world.

In Loaded, performed by Stephen Lang, a mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun rights movement. But under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it. When an out-of-control summer blaze approaches the town, he will reach for the gun again and embark on one last day of reckoning.

With an afterword from Joe Hill, read by the author.

Masterfully exploring classic literary themes through the prism of the supernatural, Strange Weather is a stellar collection from an artist who is "quite simply the best horror writer of our generation" (Michael Kortya).

©2017 Joe Hill (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,068
  • 4 Stars
    586
  • 3 Stars
    232
  • 2 Stars
    64
  • 1 Stars
    29

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,285
  • 4 Stars
    439
  • 3 Stars
    93
  • 2 Stars
    20
  • 1 Stars
    12

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    970
  • 4 Stars
    510
  • 3 Stars
    250
  • 2 Stars
    75
  • 1 Stars
    39
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely Brilliant Work.

Strange Weather: Four Novellas is superbly written and so close to the razor's edge that it should come with a warning label. By now, or even by three of four books earlier, it doesn't matter a fig about the writer's lineage as this is the newest blockbuster contemporary horror writer of our time. Each story, brilliantly narrated, is haunting and grabs you by the front of your shirt and scares the bejesus out of you. This is writing about real people that live and breathe and experience terror in the beautiful landscape of modern day America. We touch on political hotspots but they need to be examined, but the author never dwells. He takes you to the graveyard and lets you see for yourself why it's scary as hell. Joe Hill is a master, and good grief, for a kid that's been writing since he was 13, he's earned a seat at the table with some of the greatest horror writers before him. These four Novellas, each one vastly different than the other are just long enough to leave you begging for more. Best value I've spent here at Audible after more than 10 years. Fasten your seatbelts, this is not your dad's horror writer, this is what extraordinary horror writing looks like and I for one, can't wait to see where else Joe Hill is taking us.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Cameras, Guns, Clouds and Nails...Oh my!

Typically, I wouldn’t star individual stories and just rate the overall body of work, but decided since these were kind of all over the place I would do some math to arrive at my final star rating. Math! This could get ugly…

Snapshot – Nothing spectacularly original and fairly predictable, but an entertaining story nonetheless. 4 Stars

Loaded - Despite its politically charged agenda, this was my favorite in the collection. Very well done with a perfectly brutal ending. 4.5 Stars

Aloft – A lot of my friends dug this one. I thought it was just better than ok. It started out great and then I don’t know what the hell happened. I still enjoyed it though. 4 Stars

Rain – This one was probably the one that I was looking forward to the most and perhaps the most disappointing for me. Good premise, lackluster execution. 3 Stars

Not a bad collection. It’s just I was reeaallly looking forward to it, so my expectations were extremely high. That may have had a lot to do with my overall enjoyment of this one. Reviews and opinions are all over the map for this one. Looks to be hit or miss with a lot of folks as far as the individual stories go. The math is solid at 3.875 Stars.

26 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

3 out of 4 Novellas were good

I am a huge fan of his dad's, having read or listened to everything he has ever written. I decided to give Joe Hill a try back in 2016 when I read NOS4A2, which started slow but ended with a flourish and ended up one of my favorite novels in 2016 from any author. Also read Heart-Shaped Box, which also was decent. So I was looking forward to Strange Weather, and I think after the first story I was a bit disappointed. Each story has a central theme, and each one is pretty action-packed.

I"ll rank the stories below along with a few comments on each (in order of how I liked them):

1) Snap. This one started great and flowed very well. Will Wheaton did an outstanding job of narrating this. I do think it went on a little longer than it needed to, but it was my favorite one of the bunch. An old polaroid camera that a man possesses is able to steal memories of whoever has their picture taken. The theme - Alzheimer's Disease - really struck home for me because I have a family member who has it. 4.5 out of 5 stars

2) Aloft. This one followed up Loaded, and I think Joe Hill did a great job of putting a novella like this after the the way Loaded ended. This tells the story of a 23 year old college kid named Aubrey who has a crush on Harriett, a long time friend but never a lover. In honor of one of their friends who died, they try sky-diving, only for Aubrey to be stuck in a weird cloud at 12,000 feet elevation, where he struggles with memories and other flashbacks which may have a clue to his survival. The theme in this one I can relate to. In my early twenties I also was in love with a girl who only considered me a friend and nothing else. It's not easy. A very uplifting novella and 4 out of 5 stars.

3) Loaded. Let's just say this had my attention similar to the way Snap did. A mall security guard - who has his own past demons to wrestle with and whose wife has served him a restraining order on not just her, but their son as well - becomes a hero when there is a shooting in a mall and he kills the shooter. His status of hero is short-lived though, as the facts start to come out and casts serious doubts on his story. The theme - gun violence and gun control - are pretty much one that everybody can relate to in light of all the mass shootings. I liked this a lot until but the ending just was too much for me to stomach. Because of that, it only gets 3.5 out of 5 stars. Stephen Lang narrated this and did an incredible job.

4) Rain. I think I was most disappointed in this one because it focuses on a rain event in which instead of raining water, it rains nails that kills people and wrecks havoc on the entire city and much of the country as well. While there were some funny parts - the President of the United States happened to respond to the weird event via twitter (sound familiar), but overall this lacked the substance I was hoping for. The theme - global warming and the wacky weather that we've seen over the past decade - is good, but the novella lacks execution, didn't really seem to flow as well as the others, and even the impeccable Kate Mulgrew didn't seem to have the passion in her voice like past novels she has narrated. 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Overall, if you are familiar with Joe Hill, I think you will probably like 2 or 3 of these novellas. His writing style is similar to his dad, and he does a great job of creating real characters. Unfortunately, after a strong start with Snap, I don't think any of the other novellas were all that great.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Joe Hill-some writer!

And Mr Hill also has the benefit of 4 excellent narrators to bring life into his novellas.

A good listen-and a good collection of short novellas-quite enjoyable.

I had a hard time deciding which narrator did the best job! Kate Mulgrew is superb, Will Wheaton is always great, Dennis Boutsikaris is one of my favorites!

Like a box of yummy candy.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

2 out of the 4 ain't bad

I found Loaded depressing in a good way it touched on a lot of the things we are seeing in America currently and I found it enjoyable to listen to. Rain was the most interesting and entertaining. If a book or story holds my interest I've binge on it otherwise I listen in bursts. Rain was definitely one I stayed up all night to listen to. I found myself really engaged in it and hanging on every word. My favorite in this book for sure. The other two I didn't care for it at all unfortunately, but two out of four isn't bad. Can't wait for whatever he has next.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Joe’s best - and that’s tough to say

So good. Each story is unique and is only highlighted by the four narrators. Loaded is so terrifying and only highlighted by the very end. The other 3 and just as different and just as good. Love Hill and love this book. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

One out of four

I really, really wanted to like this book. I waited for it, a bit impatiently, I might add, hoping for my next great read. This was not it. At least not for me. Though unusual and well-written, I found the stories boring. The only one that managed to hold my attention was Rain, which by far had the more interesting characters and another perfect performance from Kate Mulgrew. If you heard The Fireman, you'll know what I mean. And even then I was disappointed in the ending. I will say that Wil Wheaton did a great job reading Snapshot. Actually, all the narration was above par. Just, for me personally, nothing about the stories really drew me in. I zoned out through a lot of it. Still, I won't give up on Joe Hill and would read whatever he comes up with next.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Best Joe Hill Yet

I think Joe's strongest writing is at the short story/novella length. I think, like his father, he will eventually raise his novel game to this level...I will be here for the ride. (I like how Yamada keeps showing up in his writing!)

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Meh

I’m hot and cold on Joe Hill’s work. Sometimes I love em, sometimes they’re just too bizarre.

In this collection, Snapshot was well conceived and well done. Phonecian was also pretty good.

But then along came Aloft, and I felt like I was in a cloud of the author’s drunken or drug addled LSD trip..

Then Rain... too iffy, I couldn’t bring myself to finish it...meh

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Ok at first.

This book’s first story was decent. The second story was so bad I just can’t bring myself to the third or fourth story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful