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Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first, Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside.

Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge. It's time the devil had his due.

©2010 Joe Hill (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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It had promise, but it left me underwhelmed

The narrator was great. I don't know why I didn't like this book more except to say I just didn't enjoy the feelings I had while listening. I felt depressed and sometimes guilty, but rarely ever thrilled or interested. The author takes a very cynical view of people and especially faith. I found it frustrating and unbelievable that when people were talking to Ig they were all bad and all had negative feelings about him. As the book went on, I never saw any reason people would not have liked Ig, yet to hear his entire family, friends, and church members talk, not one had anything positive to say about him. It was unbelievable that a"perfect" girl like Merrin would love someone everyone else thought so unloveable....and what was his biggest flaw? Asthma? Really?

Later in the book Glenna and Terry had a bit more depth to their characters and I appreciated that, but the rest were just one dimensional. For some reason, this book made me just feel sad and glad it was over.

I loved Nos4a2, so I know j like Joe Hill sometimes. This one was just one I hope to forget soon.

37 of 41 people found this review helpful

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Zero likeable characters

I kept waiting for some character to stand out and be interesting or likeable, but they all kept getting more and more terrible.

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

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Bad Ending

The narrator did great and probably the only reason I finished the book. The ending sucked. This book left me feeling depressed. Totally not my kind of book.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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curse of his father

Joe Hill (son of King) is on his way to being a great supernatural writer as long as he can conquer the curse handed down from his father. The novel itself contains a little supernatural thriller, a little romance, and a lot of mystery. Unfortunately, he can't hold the tensions together which blends the three together like a bad cocktail.
In this regard he follows his father's curse of having a, great beginning, decent middle, and a lackluster ending.

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Boring and slow

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

When I bought this audio book I had just finished reading Heart-Shaped Box which I loved. I thought It would be a scary history but it’s more like a murder story with a devil in it. So this is not for horror lovers.

Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Hill again?

Yes, I still think he great author.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I didn't like the narrator at all and he just made the book worse.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Horns?

There was a lot of parts in this book that was not necessary and also the way the story keeps going back in time annoyed me more than anything.

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for scary book, this one is not for you.

35 of 39 people found this review helpful

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the movie is actually better. what a shock.

I bought this because I enjoyed the film, which is so bad it's good. The performance for me killed it. It was cheesy and almost too put on. The story feels like a knockoff of Stephen Kings work. I liked it, but I wouldn't buy it again.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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violent, twisted story

I wanted to like this book but it was IMPOSSIBLE. Too much pointless, repetitive horror.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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I expected more

What did you like best about Horns? What did you like least?

I found this book to be very slow paced. Much slower than I had expected.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was good. It was well wrapped up.

Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

He really did well on the female characters.

Do you think Horns needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Things are tied up nice and neat

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Cheese fest

Would you try another book from Joe Hill and/or Fred Berman?

I love both Joe Hill and Frank Berman, so yes.

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

I love his books, however Horns was a low point for Mr. Hill.

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

Berman's outstanding narration made this book tolerable.

Was Horns worth the listening time?

No way.

33 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Not a favourite

This story turned out pointless for me. I understand the deeper meaning of it all but I really wanted to be able to enjoy the journey. The justice served in the end was so empty for me that I left the book glad it was over with and I could grab a new listen. Narrator fit the story and did a great job though.

33 of 37 people found this review helpful