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.
"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)
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.
I enjoy reading thrillers, mysteries and contemporary in any medium, Kindle, paperback or audio.
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.
A great twisted tale. Enjoyed this brilliant story from story from start to finish. Highly recommended to anyone who likes graphic comic audio books.
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 :)
The full cast. The audio book lifted audio experience to a new level.
Can't say...a few great memorable moments playing in my head.
Audio drama performed by full cast, only thing I will say is that I'm going to listen to it AGAIN!
Emotional rollercoaster indeed! I really feel for the Mother as much as the other main characters.
A great fantasy horror thrill for me.
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!
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.
The acting in some of the intense scenes is brilliant, the cast worked extremely well together and did a fantastic job.
As Joe Hill himself said, you can't get scared reading a comic. I think he said that anyway...
The tension building and suspense has been done very well, it's an emotional rollercoaster for sure.
Amazing job all round, and can't believe this is being given away for free. I'd have paid about £25 for it.
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 :-)
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
"OMG - This production surpasses all expectations!"
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!
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!
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.
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)!
"An excellent story."
An excellent story with some great performances. However, because this is a dramatization it lacks narration and sometimes the characters grunts, moans and thrashing sounds leave you temporarily unaware of what's going on.
"Wish there were more stories like this love"
Love The story it was well perform The actors put their heart into it would recommend it nowadays it's not often that you find a theater audio and it's wonderful to hear The how work to bring The story to life Wish they were more stories like this
Yes. It was incredibly entertaining and kept me engaged the whole time.
I'm not sure. I loved the entire Locke family so much.
The whole thing was intriguing and just great. There were a few parts that were deeply emotional and some that were downright funny!
"Great story, very well preformed."
absolutely loved it . I'm not a big audio drama person. I bought it by mistake, but I loved it.
"Graphic novel for the ears"
LOVED IT! A fantastic production; a real pleasure to listen to. What a great way to enjoy the original storytelling of a fine graphic novel during times when your eyes are busy doing something else. Makes me want to go out and buys the books so I can enjoy the art, too!
"Loves this book! Was really creative!"
The story was such a great concept I feel like it should be a long series! I would read them all.
"First Audio Comic"
It must be a challenge to translate comic to audio play. I thought it was well done.
Disclaimer: I don't know what this would be like to listen to if you have not already read the comics. However, ever since I first read Locke and Key I have wished I could go back in time and re-read it for the first time. Listening to this production was like reading it again in an entirely fresh and invigorating way. The actors were outstanding, the sound and music were amazing, and I was on the edge of my seat even more than I had been when reading the comics. I walked about 7 miles a day this past week just to keep listening.
The cast was superb! I was already a huge fan of Locke & Key and was a little apprehensive about an audio drama for a comic book. This completely blew me away. It brought all of my favorite characters to life, made me cry, made me laugh and definitely gave me goosebumps several times. This production and cast selection was just perfect! The music was fantastic and I couldn't stop listening. Way to go Audible and AudioComics! Excited to hear more!
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