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Welcome to Night Vale Audiobook

Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Performed by Welcome to Night Vale podcast narrator Cecil Baldwin and special guests Dylan Marron, Retta, Thérèse Plummer, and Dan Bittner, with music by Disparition.

From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves...no matter where we live.

"Hypnotic and darkly funny.... Belongs to a particular strain of American gothic that encompasses The Twilight Zone, Stephen King and Twin Peaks, with a bit of Tremors thrown in." (The Guardian)

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. 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 holding a deerskin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.

Night Vale PTA treasurer 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, when they were both teenagers. 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 and Jeffrey Cranor (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Hypnotic and darkly funny.... Belongs to a particular strain of American gothic that encompasses The Twilight Zone, Stephen King, and Twin Peaks, with a bit of Tremors thrown in." (The Guardian)

"Audio is THE way to experience the Night Vale novel.... For fans, it's a must-listen." (AudioFile)

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    Vernon D. Burt 08-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Suddenly Preachy"

    its funny for a while, but then suddenly starts preaching on political topics and then goes back to funny. keeps repeating.

    22 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 03-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "IMAGINE A 15 YEAR OLD BOY. NOPE THAT WAS NOT RIGHT"

    LAUGHINGLY HE SAID THAT'S NOT FUNNY. AND THAN HE DIED. WHEN HE COME BACK TO LIFE, HE SAID THAT'S FUNNY.

    THIS HOUSE HAS THOUGHTS. THIS HOUSE IS NORMAL BECAUSE OF IT'S SHAPE. THIS HOUSE IS NOT NORMAL, BECAUSE OF IT'S SHAPE.

    I made it 47 minutes through this book. Whoever decided this book should be a top 50 horror needs to go back to washing cars. I bet this book set a record for people asking for their money back. I will join that massive group.

    The narrator was not bad, but the mere fact that he read this, makes me hate him.

    126 of 159 people found this review helpful
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    Baby Jane 06-09-16
    Baby Jane 06-09-16
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    "?!?!?"

    Not familiar with the podcast. Wasn't aware that I should've been, in order to "get" this book. Couldn't get past chapter 4, and to tell you the truth, I don't know why I even listened THAT long. waste of time for me.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Deep Reader 01-27-16
    Deep Reader 01-27-16
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    "Really wanted to enjoy this"

    As a fan of the podcast, I truly wanted to enjoy this book. As it stands, this cannot stand up to the podcast. Maybe 30 minute segments are better to the narrator than a 10+ hour book.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Christina FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, United States 10-21-15
    Christina FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, United States 10-21-15
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    "Interesting, But Slow Going and Full of In-Jokes"

    I've enjoyed listening to Welcome to Night Vale (the podcast) up until recently, when it just stopped being about a cooky town and started being about them trying to tell us how weird the town is just so we don't forget. Not the point, though.

    If it wasn't for the title of the book, I would have mistaken this for some high schooler's attempt to write a story for English class: full of in-jokes that only his buddies would understand and kind of bland either way.

    The first few chapters are pretty slow going. Cecil Baldwin's monotone but relaxing voice is a welcome sign, but hearing him go on and on about one thing for a few sentences was exhausting and pretty aggravating, especially since it rarely had anything to do with the subject at hand. I found myself yelling at my radio (I was listening to it in the car), telling him to "GET ON WITH IT, CECIL!"

    It doesn't talk too much about the characters at first, but more about the environment. Normally, not a bad sign, but when your book is based on a podcast that probably not everyone listens to, some of the jokes might go over a few heads. It felt like the authors were trying to emphasize the weirdness of the environment the two women were at than the two women themselves.

    It just felt like the authors were trying to say "HEY THIS TOWN IS WEIRD! ISN'T IT WEIRD! THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM YOUR TOWN! DID I TELL YOU IT'S WEIRD?!" instead of letting the reader come to that conclusion gradually. Night Vale's strangeness is not subtle which itself is not a bad thing when presented in the right way, but at times it can just be aggravating.

    Overall, it's an okay book. It had it's moments, once the story actually started going, the characters were relatable (to an extent).

    Would I recommend it? Ehh, if the other person had listened to the podcast, yes. If not, then no, no I wouldn't. In the end, it's pretty much up to you if you want to listen.

    45 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    nailo 05-15-16
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    "I expected more from this story"

    I've been listening to the WTNV podcast for years now, and I love it. It's wierd, and exciting, and funny, but mostly wierd.
    this book, however, was not what I expected. for the most part of the book, barely anything happens. the same questions are being posed to different people who make little to no narrative progress.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ian 04-28-16
    Ian 04-28-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Some Things Aren't Scalable"
    What was most disappointing about Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor ’s story?

    I had heard a lot about Night Vale, and was really interested in diving into a different style of storytelling. This is a case where what may be great as vignettes just does not translate well to a book. I still want to listen to the shorts, but unless there is a massive repository of inside jokes that I am just not cueing in on, I am not sure why this received such a massively positive response.

    Listening to this book was how I imagine I would feel if I wallpapered my house with Dali paintings. Surrealism is great, but more so in small doses as a contrast to reality. Welcome to Night Vale as a book spends most of its energy on reinforcing the idea of how quirky it is, like a trope of a college performance art piece. And like those pieces, I feel like the implied response to this complaint is that I just don't "get it".

    I developed no empathy for the characters, and spent most of the book hoping more time would be spent on the news updates or strange happenings. Will still try out the shorts, but probably not anything that requires serious plot/character development from this author.


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    Brenda E. Fischer 04-06-16
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    "Awful"

    How did this get so many stars? Story confusing and boring. Quit listening a few hours in. It never got better.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Amburn 12-15-15
    C. Amburn 12-15-15
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    "An exploration of parenthood via absurdist fiction"
    What did you like best about Welcome to Night Vale? What did you like least?

    Very well narrated, but as a non-initiated listener the book did not hold my interest all that well. If you have ever read an absurdist work before I don't think this has much to offer you unless you are deeply enamored with the source material.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Schumacher Columbus, OH USA 08-05-16
    Daniel Schumacher Columbus, OH USA 08-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Cecil Palmer is What God Must Sound Like"

    Middle is a bit slow but this book has the best ending I've ever heard or read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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