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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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    Rsh 01/11/2015
    Rsh 01/11/2015
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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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    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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    MsRanPan 05/12/2015
    MsRanPan 05/12/2015 Member Since 2014
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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.

    3 of 3 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
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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
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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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  • 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.

    FREE
    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.

    87 of 96 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Frae
    Wonderland
    03/08/17
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    "Echoing the Past."

    This story is a coming of age tale of a family who are haunted by the demons of their parents (like so many of us are). This story is good for anyone and everyone, but I highly recommend it for fans of the scifi and fantasy crows. It feels almost a might Lovecraftian in nature.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    01/08/17
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    "Locke and Loaded"
    What made the experience of listening to Locke & Key the most enjoyable?

    This is entertainment at it's finest. The full cast and producers have completed an astounding, movie quality production which tantalizes the imagination. Every piece to this puzzle is another piece of the whole thriller cake. Top notch.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David Valentine
    Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
    24/07/17
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    "Outstanding"

    I really enjoyed this production, great story, great production quality. My only complaint could be that some additional detail to set the scenes, such as when it's winter - would have been helpful. A very rich experience, and I really enjoyed it

    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • DYAN D THOMS
    05/05/17
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    "Interesting Listen"

    It was like one of those old radio shows. A play without the stage. I really liked it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Silverlyn
    DC
    02/05/17
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    "One of the Best"

    If you enjoy a well performed story that has a share of twists, turns, heartache, love and hope, you will truly enjoy this story. Kudos to the author and narrators. Awesome work!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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