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NOS4R2 Audiobook

NOS4R2

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Publisher's Summary

Summer. Massachusetts. An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business. Anyone could be next. We're going to Christmasland...

NOS4A2 is an old-fashioned horror novel in the best sense. Claustrophobic, gripping and terrifying, this is a story that will have you on the edge of the seat while you read, and leaving the lights on while you sleep. With the horrific tale of Charles Manx and his Silver Wraith, Joe Hill has established himself as the premiere horror and supernatural thriller writer of his generation.

©2013 Joe Hill (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    MsRanPan 21/07/2013
    MsRanPan 21/07/2013 Member Since 2014

    I really enjoy reading but don't have the time so audible is a perfect solution, listen while doing boring tasks.

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    "Go on, buy this!!!"

    This is a great novel from Joe Hill, it's a little uncomfortable in places (ok, I'm a bit prudish and the unnecessary sexual usage made me squirm a bit) but overall it's a great book. It takes you right into Vic McQueen’s life from 8 to 34, it really in depth without waffle which can sometimes happen even from the best writers.
    It's one of the most engaging scary stories I have read in a long long time and I was really wondering what was going to happen, I felt the end was a little too tidy - it was wrapped nicely and left with an opening for a second novel and the thing that lost it one star; one of the characters which was built up (like all the others) layer by layer to give you the whole complete, damaged person suddenly doubled in intelligence and made a great play which really really bugged me, big time, if you write a character, they are that character, you don't get to add in s**t like that just because you can, it's not right. It was even more annoying because it is such an in depth, engaging story that this almost booted me out of story, also it felt lazy, the scene worked really well but that character just could not have pulled it off like that, he could not and it could have been done 'right'.
    But I'm emphasising the negative, this is a great story, as I've said completely engaging and enthralling, I'm been deliberately finding reasons to listen to it from making trips out to going to bed early.
    Oh and the reader, Kate Mulgrew, she is just - well I won't use my favourite expression just in case - but she is incredible, absolute incredible, blew me away. She’s got an amazing voice, it was so well suited to this story and the characters, considering the range, she has an angry girl, who becomes an angry, trouble woman, a chilled fat guy, children, a deranged child stealer, an incredibly stupid but dangerous guy, cops and she’s gives them all distant personalities and does a great job with each and every one. I would consider listen to something purely based on the fact she is reading it because she is that good.

    So go on, buy this!!!

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne BrightonUnited Kingdom 10/05/2013
    Yvonne BrightonUnited Kingdom 10/05/2013
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    "Back to Brilliance"

    I loved Heart Shaped Box, Horns was very disappointing, this story is fantastically gripping and Kate Mulgrew has to be the best narrator ever. She could narrate the telephone directory and it would be worth listening to! In all seriousness, NOS4RS cannot be compared to any other car horror story, it is unique, clever, has twists and turns and doesn't disappoint. Best horror story since 'Meat'

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia Duncan 29/06/2015
    Claudia Duncan 29/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Not just for vampire fans!"
    What did you like most about NOS4R2?

    I assumed (wrongly) this was a vampire story and I put it off. It's not, this is a supernatural tale that has nods to his father's work and in itself is engaging. I really enjoyed this book, it was disturbing and intense and kept you wanting to find out what happened next. Well done Mr Hill I really, really enjoyed this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was surprised how deranged one of the secondary characters was and enjoyed that for something that was deemed to be a mainstream book (see no spoilers)


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

    Amazing voices, omg just brilliant. I recognised her voice in one particular scene and had to check and just wow, her voice as Mr Manx is perfect. I really loved her narrating this and hope she collaborates with Hill and King in the future since they are my favourites on audible :)


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A magical bridge to wherever you want, but at what toll will you pay?


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Wras 09/02/2015
    Wras 09/02/2015 Member Since 2016

    Kildonan by the sea

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    "Just losers lost in a parody of horror."

    Here is a book I should have liked but it is such soulless creation I could not care for any of the characters. They all live in a vacuum of morality or love, everything is staged for a movie clip and reminiscent of other sets nothing has logic or is likeable.Just losers lost in a parody of horror, waste of money and time.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Glasgow, United Kingdom 21/05/2013
    Richard Glasgow, United Kingdom 21/05/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "fantastically dark and creepy"

    The perfect narrator for a fantastically dark and creepy book.
    Christmas will never seem quite so magical again.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    bohobo 02/10/2013
    bohobo 02/10/2013

    bohobo

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    "Creepy as f*ck"
    What made the experience of listening to NOS4R2 the most enjoyable?

    It's an audio page turner. I listened to it on a long drive through the night. I was wary of stopping in a service station in case there were monsters waiting for me. THAT'S how scary it is!


    What other book might you compare NOS4R2 to, and why?

    As good as Joe Hill's other books.


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

    Kate Mulgrew has the strangest voice, passing between biker chick, fat, bear-like dad, teenage son, ancient evil, downtrodden rapist and stammering librarian seamlessly. She's either is one very talented or one very mentally ill individual.


    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Bedford, United Kingdom 20/06/2013
    Tara Bedford, United Kingdom 20/06/2013 Member Since 2014

    3hrs in the car a day = lots of listening time!

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    "Yes! Loved this Audiobook in every way!"
    What made the experience of listening to NOS4R2 the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was superb, fantastic gritty voice which really matched the atmosphere of the novel. Great characters, fantastic descriptive writing. Perfect!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all of the characters because they were just so well written.


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    Wow, she has a fantastic gritty voice which matched the novel perfectly. I always say that a narrator can make or break an audiobook and she really did make this come alive for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I have a long journey to work and this book made it bearable!


    Any additional comments?

    As you may be aware Joe Hill is Stephen King's son, this novel really has all the best elements of some of my favourite King novels- I didn't know when listening to it that there was a connection but kept thinking this guy could give Stephen King a run for his money. Great audiobook, pleasure to listen!

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer alfreton, United Kingdom 01/09/2013
    jennifer alfreton, United Kingdom 01/09/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "NOS4R2"

    This is my first Joe Hill book after my friend recommended him as a good author,i agree this story was very long and great,i have to give it to the narrator though she was amazing probably the best I have listen to the voice changes she does very creepy sometimes,a good narrator makes the book and she certainly did that,its a good little story a little disturbing in parts,you could imagine his dad actually doing a book like this if you like vampire fantasy stories then this is for you.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    fiona Ireland 08/05/2013
    fiona Ireland 08/05/2013 Member Since 2014

    librarian, bibliophile

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    "amazing"

    great narration, such a wonderful voice.
    Great story, nice twists. Very creepy, well paced action. A good piece of work

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jo GREAT YARMOUTH, United Kingdom 02/12/2013
    Jo GREAT YARMOUTH, United Kingdom 02/12/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it"

    From the first 5 minutes to the last word, I was totally entertained. I had never read any of Joe Hill books before and to be honest this was an impulse buy but I didn’t regret it in the slightest.

    This book is so descriptive that it takes you to the characters highs and lows. This leads to the only negative point in the book – that is the main characters are created in such a way that it takes little imagination to visualise them in front of you. A bit like a Victoria sponge, easy to identify and enjoyable to eat but can be slightly boring as there is no surprises.

    Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable listen. I love the way that Vic McQueen is the heroine but is still human, a mother who tries her hardest even when there is so much staked against her. The author has managed to cram in so many twists and turns that it keeps you totally engaged. Just as you think that you could turn it off the story takes a dark turn and begs to be listen too for just another 10 mins (that turns into the next 30 mins).

    There is a theory that everything in this world originates in our thoughts and feelings and this novel takes this idea to a whole new level. The author builds delicate and sinister inner worlds called inscapes and transports you there. Christmas Land a place all children would love to go but all parents fear.

    The narrator was fabulous as well. She is easy to listen to and not once did I have to rewind. She brings the characters to life and it is easy to work out which personality is speaking.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • Fredrik Pettersen
    Florida, United States
    16/05/13
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    "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree..."
    Any additional comments?

    If the cat wasn't already out of the bag about Joe Hill's semi-secret parentage, this book would have freed the feline for sure as this could easily have been one of his dad's mid-80s books. "NOS4R2" particularly channels "Christine", with a hint of "IT" (which it even references).

    So, if you're a fan of King's, or of Hill's for that matter, whether to pick this up or not is an easy choice.

    Oh, and I was surprised to find that this Audio-version actually contains an epilogue (hidden in the audio-book production-credits) not found in my e-book version - and it's also very well read by Kate "Janeway" Mulgrew, so if you're wondering which version to get, Audio is it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Brisbane, Australia
    23/06/13
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    "I enjoyed this story very much"

    The narrator did a great job and the story had enough action and "nastiness" to keep you interested. The idea of teeth shaped like fish hooks has stayed with me. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in this genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • bienmexicano
    06/09/16
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    "excelente historia, excelente narración"

    ha sido de los mejores libros que he escuchado, se los recomiendo! si eres fanático de Stephen King esta historia Té va a encantar!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    Freshwater, Australia
    14/11/13
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    "I Loved It - Great Story and Wonderful Characters"
    Would you listen to NOS4R2 again? Why?

    I would listen again. A horror story where the villains and heroes are all characters and the story is a great listen. Bing and Mr Manx are despicable people who I almost liked.My first and hopefully not my last Joe Hill book. He's taken over where his father left off with horror some years back. Thank you Joe!!! The narrator was just brilliant - unlike some other books that I've heard recently, she was able to give the male and female characters - character plus.


    What other book might you compare NOS4R2 to and why?

    I've recently listened to Doctor Sleep (by the authors father). Both books reference each other once and the stories have a similar main stories of vampires after special children. I'm afraid they are different classes of books - Joe's book beats his dad's by a country mile. The narration of the female characters in King's Doctor Sleep reminded of a drag queen in full cry. NOS4R2 was made even better by Kate Mulgrew. With Doctor Sleep I ended up caring less if the protagonist (Danny) lived, died or went to Tahiti. I have 'known' Danny for about thirty years now, and I wanted know about the man.

    Every character in NOS4R2 I had some likeness for - even the bad ones. Danny's badies were just crap baddies.


    What does Kate Mulgrew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was just brilliant - unlike some other books that I've heard recently, she was able to give the male and female characters - character plus. She made the story so much better and was able to lend even the male characters authenticity.


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

    It made me cry a bit (no spolier) and laugh a lot - all in the appropriate places.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks Joe and Audible. Worth the time listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    Lier, Belgium
    19/08/13
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    "A bit long in the tooth, great narration"
    What did you love best about NOS4R2?

    Kate Mulgrew's performance has to be the best thing about NOS4R2. Mulgrew has a distinctive sound and gives each character its own personality. Her performance of Charlie Manx and Bing Partridge were particularly excellent, in my opinion.Hill has a knack for setting up and describing the imaginary world he has created. At first I was sort of put off by the Christmas obsession, but it grew on me over time. While the story itself was so-so, I absolutely loved Joe Hill's story *telling*. He's a good writer, and I may pick up some of his other stuff.


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

    No, this was the first one for me. Unsurprisingly, his style is reminiscent of his father's, Stephen King. He largely employs the same recipe: deep character depictions, interwoven with the supernatural, and some gore. It was a bit long in the tooth, however (like many of King's books), and it was slow to get going after the initial build-up (Vic's first encounter with Manx). The novel could have been redacted by a quarter without doing the story any injustice, especially the middle part.


    What does Kate Mulgrew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her understanding of the story and the subsequent depiction of the the characters. If you just read the book, you would miss the profound "evilness" she creates for the Manx character.


    Who was the most memorable character of NOS4R2 and why?

    There aren't a bunch of characters in this book, which makes it easier to keep track of them . But obviously the two main characters, Vic McQueen and Charlie Manx stick around in your mind. The disgusting Bing Partridge was also quite enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I ended up liking this book quite a lot. As I mentioned earlier, Joe Hill drags his feet a bit in the middle part of the story, stretching certain concepts a bit too much. The story may come across as a bit juvenile at first, in part because the main character starts out as a child/teenager. In addition, the Christmas-thing keeps that theme alive throughout the book. It bothered me too, at first.

    In NOS4R2, Hill introduces us to his two-world concept, which includes the world of stuff and the world of thought. NOS4R2 is about intermingling the two, and more notably, bringing Manx' sick imaginary world of eternal Christmas into the real world, and his revenge on Vic McQueen for finding him and getting away.

    All in all, this was a good read. If you like Stephen King's earlier works, or like Mulgrew, it's a no-brainer. Otherwise, it's not too bad either, you won't feel like you wasted a credit (you may struggle with the middle part a bit, but it gets better).

    Oh and, don't let your kids listen to this. Christmas would be ruined forever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andreas Henriksson
    Sweden
    07/07/13
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    "Marvelous performance by Mulgrew"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While I found the story only slightly better than average, Mulgrew's performance blew me away. I could not stop listening. She gives each character a distinctive and very convincing voice. I get the feel she at times know the text better than the author, giving it dimensions that are not there for most readers of the book. Please, employ Mulgrew to record Heart Shaped Box as well! The existing recording by Stephen Lang is pitifully off the mark.


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

    Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to listen to Mulgrew's other audiobook recordings, but I definitively will.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    West Gosford, Australia
    27/06/13
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    "Scary but riveting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes but only if I knew they liked thrillers


    What was one of the most memorable moments of NOS4R2?

    The bridge scenes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    cant name a favourite


    Who was the most memorable character of NOS4R2 and why?

    The car


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was very good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sarah
    nedlands, Australia
    14/05/13
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    "another 5 star book from Joe Hill"

    Joe Hill is a master storyteller and he doesn't disappoint. It is a long story and it takes a bit to get into it but give it a chance you wont regret it! All hail Joe Hill!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Geoffrey
    Pretoria, South Africa
    25/05/13
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    "Ghost written by Stephen King perhaps?"

    I loved Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box and maybe that excellent debut somewhat influenced my expectations of his latest offering. It felt as though this story was lifted from one of his father's notebooks for stories he might wish to write in future. And then written by either of the Kings. There was even King's obligatory reference to the Dark Tower hidden in the story; which was really one of several things including the tone of the story which had me questioning the origins of the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lars
    Laar, Belgium
    23/07/13
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    "It started great but then..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea.


    What was most disappointing about Joe Hill’s story?

    The story got a great start and a great build up but it just got boring closer to the end, I did not even finish the last 8 chapters


    Which character – as performed by Kate Mulgrew – was your favorite?

    The father


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    i expected more from this

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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