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Welcome to Night Vale

A Novel
Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin
Series: Welcome to Night Vale, Book 1, Night Vale, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (471 ratings)

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Summary

Night Vale is a small desert town where all the conspiracy theories you've ever heard are actually true. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked 'KING CITY' by a mysterious man in a tan jacket. She can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City before she herself unravels.

Diane Crayton's son, Josh, is moody and also a shape-shifter. And lately Diane's started to see her son's father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.

Diane's search to reconnect with her son and Jackie's search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: 'KING CITY'. It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries and their futures...if they can ever find it.

©2015 Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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For the fans really

If you already love Nightvale then you will love this as a hugely extended episode. If you don't already love Nightvale then you will be confused and possibly angry. It's very, very surreal and does assume your previous knowledge and acceptance of, for instance, faceless old women who secretly live in your home, dog parks, sentient houses, and angels (who don't exist).

It's funny and weird and charming and disturbing as ever. If you're not already fully immersed in the world of Nightvale I would suggest you go and listen to a few of the podcasts and, if you like them, listen to all of them and then listen to this. If you dislike the first episode of Nightvale, then stop listening imediately and do not buy this book.

To be honest, the plot of the story is almost irrelevant to the world building and atmosphere so it loses a star from me.

Cecil Baldwin is obviously brilliant and no one else would be an acceptable narrator.

Oh, and Steve Carlsberg isn't such a bad guy, whatever Cecil says.

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Good, but slow at times.

A good story if you're into Night Vale as a show, but it does take quite a while to get going. Once it found a decent pace I was hooked.

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  • 01-09-16

Goodnight, Nigh Vale, goodnight

i have relistened to a lot of parts, because this was my go to sleep guide. Cecil's voice is amazingly soothing. The story was much more than I thought, and exactly what i dreamed it to be. TL;DR Mandatory for thoso who listen to the podcast

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Welcome to Nightvale the book

If you love the podcast, you'll love this. I will say that it is not the best place to get started with nightvale but it does try to get newcomers up to speed.

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The strange wold of night vale

my new favourite book, combines fantasy, comedy and perfect anecdotes. The writing style is so unique and beautiful I haven't read anything like this at all

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Loved it!

The story was gripping, frightening and funny with a wry sense of humour. Narration was perfect. An excellent addition to the Night Vale canon.

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Fantastic

loved it
couldn't put it down looking forward to more from Cranor and Fink. having the voice of night vale narrate was a treat

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💜

The voice of Nightvale is the very best of chilling reading for a good weekend reading chill.

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Amazing

So good, as you could expect from the welcome to night vale team. Cecil's voice is absolutely fantastic, as usual, and I'm delighted of having heard that great story from his voice

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superbly strange <3

The narration by Cecil Baldwin was as enigmatic and entertaining you'd expect if you listen to the podcast. The writing itself was typically WtNV-levels of bizarre, funny, and yet strangely reassuring. The absurdity of Night Vale blended beautifully with truly touching and vivid storytelling. The characters are tangible, fully developed, and so insightful that I feel like I know them. Their interactions are so masterfully constructed that even when scenes involve all kinds of Night Vale-esque weirdness and horror, they also seem real and familiar as if these are interactions I'd have every day. This book was both exciting, witty, mysterious, and comforting in all kinds ways, and I actually feel wiser for listening to it. And now, onto It Devours! :D

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  • Louise
  • 16-06-19

An excellent accompaniment to the podcast

This book is a perfect way to get more Nightvale when you have caught up with the podcast. m Cecil's voice is soothing to listen to and the story is exciting and surreal.

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  • MStratton
  • 17-03-16

fell in love

My understanding of the town grows deep, my love for the people also grows deep. I feel bad for the tarantula, but that is besides the point.

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  • Jenna
  • 13-11-15

I really wanted to like this

Being an avid listener of the podcast I was coming at the bit to hear this, however it was a let down. I think the combination of a relatively dull plot and the format in which it was presented just didn't capture the charm of Welcome to Nightvale. I thought having the narration done by Cecil Baldwin would be the icing on the cake, but having him read as an outsider to the story, rather than as a key character, just made this Nightvale feel even more disconnected from the podcast. Still worth a listen, but don't get your hopes up about the quality

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