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Night Vale is a small desert town where all the conspiracy theories you've ever heard are actually true. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked 'KING CITY' by a mysterious man in a tan jacket. She can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City before she herself unravels.

Diane Crayton's son, Josh, is moody and also a shape-shifter. And lately Diane's started to see her son's father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.

Diane's search to reconnect with her son and Jackie's search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: 'KING CITY'. It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries and their futures...if they can ever find it.

©2015 Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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fell in love

My understanding of the town grows deep, my love for the people also grows deep. I feel bad for the tarantula, but that is besides the point.

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I really wanted to like this

Being an avid listener of the podcast I was coming at the bit to hear this, however it was a let down. I think the combination of a relatively dull plot and the format in which it was presented just didn't capture the charm of Welcome to Nightvale. I thought having the narration done by Cecil Baldwin would be the icing on the cake, but having him read as an outsider to the story, rather than as a key character, just made this Nightvale feel even more disconnected from the podcast. Still worth a listen, but don't get your hopes up about the quality

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  • Beccameriel
  • 01-24-16

For the fans really

If you already love Nightvale then you will love this as a hugely extended episode. If you don't already love Nightvale then you will be confused and possibly angry. It's very, very surreal and does assume your previous knowledge and acceptance of, for instance, faceless old women who secretly live in your home, dog parks, sentient houses, and angels (who don't exist).

It's funny and weird and charming and disturbing as ever. If you're not already fully immersed in the world of Nightvale I would suggest you go and listen to a few of the podcasts and, if you like them, listen to all of them and then listen to this. If you dislike the first episode of Nightvale, then stop listening imediately and do not buy this book.

To be honest, the plot of the story is almost irrelevant to the world building and atmosphere so it loses a star from me.

Cecil Baldwin is obviously brilliant and no one else would be an acceptable narrator.

Oh, and Steve Carlsberg isn't such a bad guy, whatever Cecil says.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr C.
  • 09-26-16

Good, but slow at times.

A good story if you're into Night Vale as a show, but it does take quite a while to get going. Once it found a decent pace I was hooked.

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  • Adrienn Berci
  • 09-01-16

Goodnight, Nigh Vale, goodnight

i have relistened to a lot of parts, because this was my go to sleep guide. Cecil's voice is amazingly soothing. The story was much more than I thought, and exactly what i dreamed it to be. TL;DR Mandatory for thoso who listen to the podcast

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-15

Welcome to Nightvale the book

If you love the podcast, you'll love this. I will say that it is not the best place to get started with nightvale but it does try to get newcomers up to speed.

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  • Emily Mayo
  • 01-25-18

Brilliant

Already a fan of the podcast, loved Cecil, loved the story. Good references for those already fans but stand alone story that means you don't need to know anything about nightvale to enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-18

great listen even if you don't know night vale

great fun. great performances. not recommended for listening while driving at night as its a bit soporific in places

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  • Tom Jensen
  • 01-19-18

Mostly void partially stars

The sheriffs secret police recommends you do not enter the library to obtain this book.

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  • michael
  • 01-12-18

Hypnotising and beautiful

Sleepy and beautiful and bizzare and wonderful. At times I wanted it to end and when it ended I wish it would go on forever

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  • Alexandra
  • 01-04-18

Perfectly Night Vale

Beautifully written and magnificently narrated. Non-stop wonderful weirdness, just as you'd expect from Night Vale Presents.

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  • Ged Byrne
  • 01-01-18

Less entertaining than the podcast

Night vale was a very entertaining pod cast. Consumed in short episodes with musical interludes it was enjoyable.

Unfortunately it doesn’t work so well as a novel.

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  • Dean
  • 11-09-15

TOP SECRET

I could tell you that this book was the most interesting, fun, and different book I have ever, ever, ever come across ever, but I won't because it is illegal, in fact it is illegal for me to say anything about it. It also mentions angels, though let's pretend you did not know that since it is illegal to talk of angels also.
So in conclusion you could say I may or may not have thoroughly enjoyed this book. I did. but go check with a scientist who will hook me up to a machine, write something on his clipboard then indicate the answer to you using actual words.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-17

good book

without context, it is weird, with context, it is also wierd, Welcome to night vale.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-17

absolutely loved it, weird wonderful and horrific

I absolutely loved this book, the narrator was our own wonderful Cecil baldwin. recommend heartily

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  • Suzi
  • 08-06-17

Brilliant!

Brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable to listen to! It really adds to amd elaborates upon the world of the nightvale podcast.
Thoroughly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-17

Amazing!!!!

So good I loooove Cecil 's voice it made the whole book 10 better I brought the hard Cover then the audio just to listen along with him

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-17

Profoundly Profound

An amazing book teetering on the cusp of insanity and genius, the voice was spectacular!

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  • Kirra
  • 03-31-17

A wonderful welcome.

This book was different to the podcasts since it's a real, full story all in one so it had the lulls in action and plot that the podcasts don't. The story was also a little disjointed sometimes but overall I loved it very much and it was so wonderful to listen to the book the same way we listen to the podcasts. Diane and Jackie were awesome main characters and Cecil's shows in between the story was such a nice surprise!

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  • Rory
  • 03-08-17

The Definitive Welcome to Night Vale Experience

This book is for fans, in short. If you love the podcast and want to enjoy a far longer experience, or really if you just want to understand the lights seen in the sky above Arby's and the Man in the Tan Jacket, this is for you. Please note though, this book takes place between episodes 75 and 76 of the podcast, and consequently features spoilers for everything before episode 75.

I cannot recommend it enough, and if you have yet to listen to the podcast, I highly recommend you give it a go.

Cecil Baldwin continues to be an incredible actor, and the cameos from Dylan Marren (Carlos) and Retta (Old Woman Josie) as well as the *ahem* DEFINITELY NOT ANGELS were welcome and happy appearences.

I cannot wait for the next Night Vale novel, as well as the next episode of the podcast.

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  • Deborah Hoad
  • 12-25-16

Hit and miss, but good overall

Fans of the podcast are likely to enjoy this audiobook. There's certainly a lot of Night Vale goodness (read: weirdness) in there and the magical balm that is Cecil's voice. But the story felt slow at times, with a lot of repetition (at least 10 instances of failing to talk to someone or find someone could have been edited out without losing anything from the story). The characters of Diane, Jackie and Josh were strong, though, and it was nice to finally solve the mystery of the man in the tan jacket with the deerskin suitcase.

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  • Rod
  • 11-19-16

As quirky and entertaining as expected

Those not inducted into the off-kilter world of the desert town Night Vale are in for an awakening with the release of the first novel centred around the quirky happenings of this global phenomenon.

Beginning life as a free, fortnightly podcast in 2012, the Welcome to Night Vale series has resulted in world tours of live stage versions – including a tour to Australia earlier this year – and now a novel. The book is a complete story from start to finish, told from an omnipresent perspective, unlike the podcast which is told through a string of community radio announcements and updates by fictional radio host, Cecil.

WelcomeToNightValeAudioPart abstract comedy, part supernatural drama, part science fiction, the Welcome to Night Vale podcast explores the isolated community where there is a museum of forbidden technologies, all angels are called Erica, librarians are dangerous, and the dog park is a gateway to another realm.

The novel is a mystery told with all the quirky humour expected from writers Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Their unique ability to turn everyday observations on their head is reminiscent of Douglas Adams’ unique gift to do the same – think Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy where Adams described spacecraft which “hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.”

The story introduces a raft of new characters, with a few cameos by familiar names from the podcast. It follows three people: John is a 15 year old shape shifter who is desperate to find his father; his mother, Diane, is realising that people are vanishing from existence and she’s the only one who remembers them; and pawnshop owner Jackie, who has refused to age beyond 19 for the past forty years, is in search of a man in a tan jacket that everyone knows but no one can recall anything about.

This trio of Night Vale normality come together in search of answers that may be linked to King City, a place impossible to reach but whose name is beginning to appearing on anything written.

With a number of genuine mysteries warping the supernatural haven of Night Vale, it’s near impossible to predict how the story will end.

The audiobook is narrated by the podcast’s central radio announcer Cecil Baldwin with his exaggerated enunciation that adds to the idiosyncrasy of the storytelling. Baldwin knows the Night Vale world inside out and, for the past 4 years, has made it his narrative home. He knows the characters, old and new, and he knows just how to deliver the inspired text. The unabridged audiobook runs for 12 hours and 2 minutes and works particularly well given the audio origins of the Night Vale universe.

As a stand-alone feature, Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel works nicely as an introduction to this highly bizarre world although, as always in this kind of situation, those who continue to follow the podcast will find many pleasing salutes to what has gone before.

Read my full review and other audiobook reviews under the Entertainment section of glamadelaide dot com dot au.