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Locke & Key

Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (716 ratings)
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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.

Critic reviews

"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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Absolutely incredible

I was unsure how this would work (being a graphic novel) and haven't listened to a book with so many voice actors for years but it worked amazing well. Occasionally, clearly, extra dialogue had been added as this would not usually be needed in the original format but it was never forced. Really interesting story and loveable characters, it worked really well as an audio book. Good pace and a little different. The reason it lost a star was there is a character who has Downs Syndrome and is both impacted by his condition as expected but is also very insightful to it (in a negative way) and a little extra sensory which I dislike in books, I like to see such people normalised as everyone else is and I didn't like this combination. That said it was really good to see such a character included as there is a real lack of 'different' characters existing in books I just would have liked him to just be.

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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.

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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.

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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 :)

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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 .

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  • nnn63
  • Shropshire
  • 14-10-15

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.

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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.

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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!

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  • Matthew
  • Thornton, United Kingdom
  • 06-10-15

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.

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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 :-)

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  • Randall
  • 24-10-15

I WANT MY MONEY BACK!

This book was just a comic book that drags on and on and on. It is very difficult to follow because of all the different readers, some of which put me to sleep as soon as they started reading.

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  • azaleasmom
  • 24-08-16

Hated it

This story was too hard to follow. Too many character voices all over, and horrible acting. Not for a second was this a believable story.

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  • Queentwig
  • 14-10-16

Couldn't get through the first couple of chapters

What would have made Locke & Key better?

When a full cast recording is made there should be a narrator. Don't make narration internal dialogue. This can be very annoying. Especially if those characters are children. A good example of a full cast recording would be that of American Gods. Or World War Z. This recording Was too irritating to even get through so I can't even tell you if the story was good or not. I got to the part, very early on, where a 6 year old was pushing a chair up to a shelf to grab something. That child becoming breathless in his struggle to move the chair and describing that battle was more than I could bear.

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  • Gail
  • 26-07-16

Very Disappointed

Mr. Hills previous book, "NOS4A2" was so good and I wrongly expected a good book. For me it was predictable, lacked imagination and I would have to say adolescent. The problem is I wouldn't allow my adolescent child or grandchild to read it because of the language, story line and violence. I do not recommend this book.

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  • Stu
  • 25-09-16

poor story and performance

this is more of a radio performance of a play than an audio book. the sorry drags out and is convoluted. couldn't finish listening to it which is VERY unusual for me, I can usually force myself to at least finish an audible hoping it will get better.

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  • Shawn Holman
  • 14-06-18

It's a mess

Ihave a feeling I'd really like the graphic novel. But the audiobook is a mess. There's very little direction or narration of who is saying what. So it's just kind of a guess sometimes as to who is speaking and what is happening. There's lots of sound effects but I often couldn't tell by the sound effect what was happening. At one point a character changes gender and then I was completely lost as to who it was that was speaking. Overall I found the audiobook to be so confusing that I finally stopped listening. Maybe if I listened to it as I read along with the graphic novel I'd enjoy it more.

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  • Phyllis
  • 09-08-17

Couldn't finish this!!

The story started out pretty good but soon fell apart. The sound effects were irritating and hard to follow. Too unbelievable even for a ghost story. I will be getting my credit back for this one.

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  • Carol Fink
  • 03-08-17

Locke & Key

This is performed as s play. Doesn't work in an audible book format. Horrible story. Everybody screaming, you cannot tell who is doing what. Forget it!'

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  • Thaddeus Brzycki
  • 07-10-16

Don't bother

Would you try another book from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez and/or the narrators?

no way

What do you think your next listen will be?

JD Rob

Any additional comments?

I thought that the characters were too cliche and didn;t fit with the ages of the character

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  • Rick C Partain
  • 05-10-16

Confusion?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, not as an audio book anyway.

Would you recommend Locke & Key to your friends? Why or why not?

Again, not as an audio book.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

I am not sure that the problem is the group of narrators.

Do you think Locke & Key needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Difficult to tell.

Any additional comments?

I am old enough that "graphic novels" were not a part of my early reading experience and maybe that is why I had such trouble. I am sure they are trying to depict what is seen in the frames, but I found the CONSTANT sound effects and noise incredibly distracting, mostly because often I could not tell what those sounds were supposed to be. Without visuals they were frequently lost on me.

I feel like the narrators did a decent job, but with such a variety of characters I often got lost as to whom I was listening. Overall the story may have been fine, but even though I struggled through the entire book, I am not sure I could give you a very accurate synopsis of what happened. Very confusing. Not only do I not recommend this book, I am afraid I would not recommend ANY graphic novel be converted to audible form.

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