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Full Throttle

Stories
By: Joe Hill
Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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The number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman and Strange Weather returns with a dark and ingenious collection of 13 compelling short stories that showcase his ability to “push genre conventions to new extremes” (New York Times Book Review), performed by a stunning multi-cast featuring Zachary Quinto, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, Neil Gaiman, Ashleigh Cummings, Joe Hill, Laysla De Oliveira, Nate Corddry, Connor Jessup, Stephen Lang, and George Guidall.

In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in 13 relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including “In The Tall Grass”, one of two stories cowritten with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix.

A little door that opens to a world of fairy-tale wonders becomes the blood-drenched stomping ground for a gang of hunters in “Faun”. A grief-stricken librarian climbs behind the wheel of an antique bookmobile to deliver fresh reads to the dead in “Late Returns”. In “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain”, two young friends stumble on the corpse of a plesiosaur at the water’s edge, a discovery that forces them to confront the inescapable truth of their own mortality...and other horrors that lurk in the water’s shivery depths. And tension shimmers in the sweltering heat of the Nevada desert as a faceless trucker finds himself caught in a sinister dance with a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in “Throttle”, cowritten with Stephen King.

Featuring two previously unpublished stories and a brace of shocking chillers, Full Throttle is a darkly imagined odyssey through the complexities of the human psyche. Hypnotic and disquieting, it mines our tormented secrets, hidden vulnerabilities, and basest fears and demonstrates this exceptional talent at his very best.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Joe Hill (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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A collection you don’t want to miss!
"Christmas must be in October this year because in the spooky spirit, Joe Hill has spun and gifted me with thirteen genius tales of horror that have been audibly amplified by a spectacular cast of performers from Zachary Quinto (*internally screams*) and to another favorite narrator of mine, Neil Gaiman. Joe even pairs up with the king of horror himself, Stephen King, to gift us with the short story “Throttle,” where one truck driver must defend himself against a motorcycle gang gone rogue in the middle of the desert. If that doesn’t entice you enough, Hill includes never-before-published stories, just in time to get you into the Halloween spirit."—Nicole R., Audible Editor

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Just in Time for Halloween

Audiobook Review: Full Throttle by Joe Hill
Oct 04, 2019
by Victor Dima in Audiobook Reviews


Joe Hill is the Best-selling author of Nos4a2, The Fireman and other novels. He has just released a short stories collection, called Full Throuttle, and I listened to it for the last two days.

I can tell you from the begining that all of them are excellent! Filled with Hill’s trademarked chills & thrills, this collection has arrived just in time for Halloween. Ranging from Thrillers, to Dramas and from Fantasy to Horror, there’s a story or two in Full Throttle for each of us.

Written with passion by the author and delivered with talent by the great narrators, Full Throttle delivers a more immersive narrative experience as an audiobook than if you were to read it in print.

Household names like Zachary Quinto, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, Neil Gaiman, George Guidall, Ashleigh Cummings, Joe Hill, Laysla De Oliveira, Nate Corddry, Connor Jessup and Stephen Lang bring each of the stories to life with their unique voices and accents.

If you pick up Full Throttle prepare yourself to be scared, horrified, terrified, haunted, hunted, but more important of all, you’ll be filled with adrenaline and entertained to the max!

Two of the stories in this collection are co-written with the author’s father, the amazing Stephen King, but all Joe’s works are proof enough that this particular good apple didn’t fall far from the tree. I enjoyed each and everyone of them, but you should be warned, these adventures are not for the faint of heart!

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Trick... or Treat?

Anthologies are almost always a mixed bag of hit or miss, so it sometimes makes it hard to rate them on a whole. Especially with a writer like Joe Hill whose stories have such a wide array of themes and ideas. On top of that, you have the fact that every story is read by a different narrator, and suddenly its success relies largely on personal preference. Not only do you have to rate the written word, but one bad performance can ruin the entire experience.

You also cannot delve into any anthology with the mindset that every story should feel like a novel. They're not meant to. Luckily, Joe Hill is a skilled enough writer to give us a beginning, a middle and an end that is short and sweet and to the point. And I feel like in this case, he mostly pulled it off. I was, however, thoroughly unsatisfied with Wolverton Station, which I had read a while back on my Kindle when it first came out. I had also physically read a few of the others, but listening to them is a different experience, so I wasn't too disappointed with the repetition. I had also already read Twittering from the Circus of the Dead, which is by far my favorite, as it's exactly the right kind of dark and creepy that I hope for. I'm glad they included it in print only, because let's face it, audio could never do it justice.

Hats off to the narrators, too. They were well chosen, except for George Guidall whom I personally cannot stand. (I can already imagine the boos I'll be getting for that one since he is so highly regarded... but like I said it all boils down to personal preference. Give me RC Bray any day!!)

All in all I think it was better than I expected, but not quite as good as I had hoped for. Still, its worth a credit if you're looking for something different, or if you need an escape from that 700 page novel you've committed yourself to.

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Good book

The book is good and I enjoyed the new stories I wish that he would not have ended the book with two old stories but ended with a new one.

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Full on Fun

Joe Hill has always been a favorite read of mine. This collection doesn't disappoint. I felt grabbed from the opening monologue til the literal end story of you are released.
The stories flow like fine wine without the hangover. Being in the Library biz myself I really appreciated Late Returns. I hope someday I might find myself working on a similar bookmobile. I am a huge Kate Mulgrew fan and her narration was spot on sinful. The one story I was a little dissatisfied with was his collaboration In the Tall grass. I felt it had a similar pace and tone to another one of his earlier stories about something sinister at a road side restaurant out by the highway. But overall this whole collection was a fun distraction, and I would recommend it.

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Magic

Joe Hill is magnificent.

Every performance in this book is as close to perfection as I am able discern. Don’t just read this book, read everything Mr. Hill has written, you won’t be disappointed.

To conclude this man is some kind of Word-wizard from a lineage of such, and has made a portal for you into his twisted mind in the shape of this book. Of course I realize this is a digital audio book and there is no physical book but you just imagined one in your mind and that doesn’t make it any less real, in fact now it is the perfect size for you to fit through.

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Leaves your mind reeling...but in a good way!

These stories are wonderfully shocking yet entertaining! Joe Hill nails it and demonstrates his gift of intertwining the disturbing and the profound. (Neil Gaiman is also a nice addition.)

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An Audible Box of Bonbons

So good, I listen to one every few days, interspersed with other books. Each of these is polished and perfect in its own marvelous way. This particular apple fell right next to the tree. And a very fine tree it is! What King and Son have done for American literature...and my long car rides...is dazzling!

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Fantastic collection of Narrators

I enjoyed most of the stories here. Just a few misses for me. But the collection of narrators used here is fantastic. They all did an incredible job and added to the stories. Also, any chance to have Neil Gaiman narrate something is a bonus.

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All and More

A truly exciting book, wonderful stories, writing and narration!
Highly recommended!!
This book is a KEEPER

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Joe Hill Does it again

While I didn't enjoy this collection quite as much as 20th Century Ghosts, it was a fun ride. A great collection of stories. 'Late Returns' is one of the best pieces of short fiction I've read.

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