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Locke & Key Performance

Locke & Key

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Original Work, 2016

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill (NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

A brutal and tragic event drives the Locke family from their home in California to the relative safety of their ancestral estate in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, an old house with powerful keys and fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. As siblings Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke discover the secrets of the old house, they also find that it's home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all....

Featuring performances by Haley Joel Osment (Entourage, The Sixth Sense), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is the New Black, Star Trek: Voyager), Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Stephen King (The Stand, 11-22-63), as well as a cast of more than 50 voice actors, this audio production preserves the heart-stopping impact of the graphic novel's astounding artwork through the use of richly imagined sound design and a powerful original score.

*Locke & Key contains explicit language and adult situations.

©2014 Joe Hill (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The concepts in this production, based on a graphic novel, are perfectly executed by a full cast.... Kate Mulgrew leads the way with her perfect portrayal of an ancient grandmother with an evil streak." (AudioFile)

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    Stephen MacNulty 10/10/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing!"

    A great twisted tale. Enjoyed this brilliant story from story from start to finish. Highly recommended to anyone who likes graphic comic audio books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rsh 01/11/2015
    Rsh 01/11/2015

    I enjoy reading thrillers, mysteries and contemporary in any medium, Kindle, paperback or audio.

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    "Like Listening to a High Budget Film"

    I enjoyed listening to this audiobook but there was little in way of actual storytelling, more of characters speaking with high drama and lots of special effects. The result was dramatic and engrossing. I'm not sure I would always go for this type of audiobook, as it lacks the intimacy of a one narrator tell. But it certainly gave me an idea of what can be done with sound.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 09/10/2015
    Paul 09/10/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "what a FANTASTIC book !"

    why can't we have more fully dramatised books like that? I work on site most of the time...this book brought me to tears at the end...not a good look on site :)

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    markyb 14/10/2015
    markyb 14/10/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Good stuff"

    Very well put together . great story line and would recommend to anyone . will be listening to more of Joe hills books .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    nnn63 Shropshire 14/10/2015
    nnn63 Shropshire 14/10/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "OH MY GOSH! Amazing! Just BRILLIANT! I LOVE IT!"
    What made the experience of listening to FREE: Locke & Key the most enjoyable?

    The full cast. The audio book lifted audio experience to a new level.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of FREE: Locke & Key?

    Can't say...a few great memorable moments playing in my head.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Audio drama performed by full cast, only thing I will say is that I'm going to listen to it AGAIN!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Emotional rollercoaster indeed! I really feel for the Mother as much as the other main characters.


    Any additional comments?

    A great fantasy horror thrill for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nigel 14/10/2015
    Nigel 14/10/2015
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    "An emotional rollercoaster."

    Locke and Key is bought to life by a superb cast and there's also ambient noise to really put you as a fly on the wall as your mind constructs the image.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the listen, it was a turbulent rollercoaster of emotions all the way through. Picture this, I'm a 6'4, 33 year old, gym loving male, I'm also foreman where I work and after 10 clock tea break, most of my delegation and other duties are pretty much done. So its around this time I pop my head phones on and work preying I won't get disturbed ( fat chance).

    Now, three times this audio comic has had me fighting back tears. Its not exactly the look you wanna go for when you've 9 men to look after.

    Our hero, Tyler, is a level headed young man for an 18 year old, looking after his mum and siblings in the abscense of his father, as past events spiral their life out of control in the magical Locke household that belongs to their Uncle Duncan.

    The story twists and turns and comes to a conclusion you find yourself asking how you never saw it coming.

    10/10. Now to treat my lovely lady to a new graphic novel I know she is gonna love.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karole 13/10/2015
    Karole 13/10/2015 Member Since 2014

    I have been an avid reader of books forever. I also grew up listening to BBC Radio 4 which I loved. Now I can combine both. Win -win!!

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    "Excellent, amazing and original!!"

    Loved the plot with twists and turns and incredibly absorbing. There are some books which have captivated me and meant I would read and read and read as desperate to reach the end of it. This is the first audio book that is equally compelling! Loved the cast and dramatic presentation. The only negative found was that sometimes I struggled to understand who was who mainly because it packs so much in and jumps a little plot wise. STILL AMAZING!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Thornton, United Kingdom 06/10/2015
    Matthew Thornton, United Kingdom 06/10/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "A Masterpiece"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will recommend this to friends as it takes audio fiction to a new level. Narrated audio books are great, but dramatised stories offer so much more, and this one was executed brilliantly. From the writing and acting, through to the music, soundscape, and production - everything is first class.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of FREE: Locke & Key?

    The acting in some of the intense scenes is brilliant, the cast worked extremely well together and did a fantastic job.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As Joe Hill himself said, you can't get scared reading a comic. I think he said that anyway...


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The tension building and suspense has been done very well, it's an emotional rollercoaster for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing job all round, and can't believe this is being given away for free. I'd have paid about £25 for it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rory 14/10/2015
    Rory 14/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!"

    This was my first experience of a graphic novel of this type/genre and also the first time I'd tried an audio book that wasn't read by one person. I struggled at first and wondered if this was for me but after around 45 mins I was hooked. superb story, interesting characters and the score/actors really brought it to life. Thoroughly enjoyed it and am now hunting for something similar. ....would definitely recommend it :-)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 14/12/2015
    Christopher 14/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping from start to finish! "

    this book gripped from the start, the characters were played so well.
    I've recommended this book to many people I know & also highly recommend to anyone reading these review's wondering whether to try or not

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    08/10/15
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    "I am a Huge Joe Hill Fan"

    So, Please Hear Me Out
    I believe I have bought and read every Joe Hill book on the market. I love the guy. It will take more books, before I know if I like him better then his dad, but he has a good start.

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    Right now this is free and it might not stay that way, so by all means get it.

    The Graphic Version is Better.
    This is a full cast with music and sound effects and that is all good. Stephen King even does a walk on. For me doing this book this way, made it sound more young adult then it is meant to be. Yes, graphic novels are not for old guys like me, but they audio version comes off as a little silly and over done. At times during the screaming (which is blood curdling) it is easy to get lost on who is doing what. Since it is not done in a novel version, there is a lot that seems missing. A novelization of this would probably work out great. Gabriel Rodriguez does the art work and it is art. The art adds a lot or is the whole story. After listening, see if you can find the book, you will see what I mean. Having the graphic novel also gives you the ability to take your time and admire the art and the story. I just feel the graphic novel is more fulfilling.

    44 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Rick
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    06/10/15
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    "OMG - This production surpasses all expectations!"
    What made the experience of listening to FREE: Locke & Key the most enjoyable?

    Aside from the amazing story, which I was already familiar with, being a fan of the graphic novel series, the production values for the audio are akin to a blockbuster film... but without the visuals. The acting is superb, a stellar cast; sound design is rich and full, with exceptional music score; and the recording sounds like each scene was actually placed in the physical space in which it occurred... rather than a studio.

    I've only finished Books 1-3 in a couple of sittings. Books 4-6 await!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters, as performed by this cast, are mesmerizing. But for me, my favorites are the mom, Nina, and the 'Echo' in the well (played by the ever so talented Tatiana Mislay!).

    Nina has so much depth and realism to her character, and the trials she goes through are so uncomfortably real. I hear "Every Mom" whenever she appears.

    Tatiana Mislay plays the thing in the well with the most enticingly sultry voice, but that allure is tempered with a chilling danger. We're talking' the Sirens luring young ones to their doom!

    Oh yeah, and Stephen King (!!!) plays a little role. He's hilarious!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They're not really "narrators", but actors playing characters. They were all fully invested in their roles... not a false note among them (so far - I have the other half to get through!). It's truly like listening to a movie with a blindfold.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to The Starling Project, and I loved it.

    Locke & Key is heads and shoulders above that excellent production! Kudos to Audible for producing this audio feast for the ears and imagination (and to Joe Hill, as well)!

    42 of 57 people found this review helpful
  • Cynthia
    Monrovia, California, United States
    10/11/15
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    ""Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places""

    I'm not a comic book/manga reader. It's probably an age thing. I don't remember any good comic books at the corner drug store that I could walk to in the small Midwestern city I grew up in. Archie, Jughead and Richie Rich just didn't do it for me. The last "comic book" I bought was Stephen King's "Creepshow" (1982), with its fantastic artwork by Bernie Wrightson - and yes, it was published before George Romero's mediocre movie of the same name was released.

    With writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Ramirez "Locke & Key" (2008 - 2013, limited series comic books, IDW publisher; 2015, Audible Studios performance), Audible actually created a new genre: Audible Comics. At least, I think that's what they are planning to call it. Right now, it's 'uncategorized' in the book index. Whatever genre it is, it works quite well as a listen.

    According to the Wikipedia entry for "Locke & Key", the director of the Audible performance is voice actor William Dufris. Wikipedia can be hit-or-miss, but the "Locke & Key" entry spawned footnotes like bunnies, and it looks credible - although I can't find a second source to confirm the director. Whoever did direct the performance did an astounding job. There are a bunch of really talented actors (about 45, plus the three top billed stars); great sound effects; and specially commissioned music.

    It took me a while to get through "Locke & Key" because it demands careful attention. Miss a few important lines, and you'll miss a plot twist. It should be listened to at night, when the imagination can run wild and scared, and without the distraction of smart phones and television. Have a cup of hot herbal tea, or a glass of red wine to go with the listen. It is, after all, Lovecraft, Massachusetts, where the line between worlds is just a hidden door deep within a drowning cave; locked with key after key forged from metaphysical metal; and guarded by the echoes of loved ones, daemons from ghastly other worlds, and teenagers who ease into the supernatural like easing into driving. They'll tell you it's an awesome and frightening responsibility, but you get used to it.

    "Locke & Key" is really a new form of storytelling. It relies heavily on the imagination, which makes the experience different for every listener. The production quality - the actors, the music and the effects - is so high (and probably so expensive) it will be hard for future performances of other works to meet the standards this performance sets. Enjoy the scare - it's well worth the time to listen.

    The title of the review is a quote from "The Picture in the House" (1920, 1921) by H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937).

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    60 of 82 people found this review helpful
  • E. Davis-Varellas
    California
    05/10/15
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    "Awesome"
    Would you consider the audio edition of FREE: Locke & Key to be better than the print version?

    Both versions are great I am sure. Personally, I like Audio Versions that allow me to travel and listen at the same time.


    What other book might you compare FREE: Locke & Key to and why?

    If you enjoy thrillers, horror, or any of Joe Hill's past work, you will enjoy this audio book.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Both Tatiana Maslany from OB and Kate Mulgrew from OITNB?! I am so in.


    Who was the most memorable character of FREE: Locke & Key and why?

    Joe Hill creates such memorable characters it is hard to pick one out of the bunch.


    46 of 65 people found this review helpful
  • Kristopher Ames
    Marysville, WA
    19/06/17
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    "Like Old Time Radio"

    This was more like listening to old time radio shows. The cast was fun to listen to and the story kept me interested throughout although the ending was a little too Disney. Highly recommend if you are looking to listen to something a little different.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    16/06/17
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    "Great narration"

    I love the narration of this book, and I also love the intrigue and drama of the storyline. The author does a really good job of keeping you cooked, and really making you feel like you're inside the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Designer Joe
    Bay Area, CA
    16/06/17
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    "Amazing Story and Performance!"

    I've read the comic and was thrilled to find this Audible studio recording. It's so much better than I had imagined. The acting isn't on par with a good movie, but it's definitely done well. The writing is great and the sound effects are top notch. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Juan Hernandez
    12/06/17
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    "this was perfect!"

    Like I said, this was perfect and better than I had ever hoped. Please do yourself a favor and go for it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    Plato, MO, United States
    08/06/17
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    "Best multiple narrator cast"
    Any additional comments?

    I read some comments that this book lost readers in the middle and I agree that it started to lose my interest a little but it was worth sticking through to the end. It was my first graphic novel turned audio book and I was impressed. They did a terrific job keeping the story moving and there was never any question which character was who. It was definitely a book I wanted to listen too all at once. And the story was great. Classic horror/ghost story/evil vs. good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Woinich
    29/05/17
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    "Dark stories told with different voices"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The experience of the different voices helped keep the people separate as the dark story unfolds in unexpected ways.


    Any additional comments?

    This was most definitely an interesting listen. I enjoyed all the different voices as the story unfolds. There are many secrets in this house, and following the Locke family through many dangers and unusual situations kept me listening. Having the different actors helped keep the people straight. This set consists of several books though none truly end as the story focus just changes and characters resurface. There are a few moments when I felt that a visual was needed, but it did not take away from the story. Be prepared for the dark nature of this story.

    I received this as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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