Horns

A Novel
By: Joe Hill
Narrated by: Fred Berman
Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (4,401 ratings)

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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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Started out good, BUT...

This is my second listening of this book and just like the first time, it started out okay, but then the story spiraled downhill. Joe Hill, adds more profanity and vulgarity than is necessary. He seems to be trying to compensate for his general lack of .... There are plenty of excellent writers out there that don't need such a large amount of objectionable material in their stories. His father Stephen King is just one example of that. He writes interesting stories without the crutch of relying or overdoing the trash language.

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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.

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Meh.

I struggled to finish this book. So much of it seemed like forced blasphemy and terrible obvious devil references. The male characters were awful people and the female characters were flat and one sided tropes.

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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.

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I'll take a refund, please. 2 stars for slight humor

What disappointed you about Horns?

The summary gives you no clue this book is a diatribe on satanism and porn. I believed it was a murder mystery with a unique twist. It was simply too offensive and seriously depressing. Too bad Joe Hill is leaning towards his Dad's later work for reference. In the last 5 yrs I've given up on King writing anything relevant.

What could Joe Hill have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Zero.

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

No. I enjoyed his narrative.

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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.

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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.

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Hard to get into

Narrator doesn’t read, but gives a performance.

The story is actually not that easy to get into.

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Don't bother...

I want a refund! Completely disconnected and down right silly. So sorry I wasted my hard earned cash on this bomb. Too bad too, since I did enjoy his other book. Joe Hill, what happened???

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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

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