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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.

Critiques

"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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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 08/10/2015

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.

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  • Corinna Steele
  • 29/09/2017

I hated this production

The story may be good. I cannot listen to enough of this to know how it turns out. This is the most juvenile sounding recording I have ever endured. The music adds nothing to it and the folks saying this is an old time radio production, which made me want to listen, must have never actually heard one. I listened for an hour and gave up.

Mind you, I like Joe Hill's writing, but this production reminds me of a high school project that pulled a D.

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  • William L. Prusak
  • 29/04/2016

terrible!

I purchased this for a long plane ride. Very disappointed! Disjointed and confusing story, bad acting, and not entertaining overall.

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  • Nils
  • 14/04/2016

I want my time back.

Struggled to finish. Boring. This is like listening to a movie rather than a book.

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  • C. Idryo
  • 08/04/2016

Insufferable acting and an overall mess

I don't know why I bought this, but even if it was free, it's not worth the time invested in listening to it.

The first problem is that the voice acting is all muddled and over the top at the same time. The director mistakes chaos for tension - a scene with heightened tension is played instead with lots of shout-acting, people talking over one another, and still with exaggerated emotions.

Scenes are also not fully described. A lot is meant to be picked up from the dialogue, but that's usually too sparse. This is obviously a radio play rather than a performance of a book. I suspect the source material is a comic book and we're getting an exact reading of the dialogue with very little added narration to help set the scenes.

All of this might be sufferable if the story were interesting, but it's trite and unsurprising, gratuitously violent, and full of flat, uninteresting characters. Plus? The main town where it all takes place is called "Lovecraft, MA." Nothing about this feels original.

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  • CakeNurse
  • 02/04/2016

Couldn't stand it

This was so bad I couldn't get past chapter 2. Not my cup of tea. I would have enjoyed it more if it had just been narrated. I would not recommend this at all

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  • Cynthia
  • 10/11/2015

"Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places"

I'm not a comic book/manga reader. It's probably an age thing. I don't remember any good comic books at the corner drug store that I could walk to in the small Midwestern city I grew up in. Archie, Jughead and Richie Rich just didn't do it for me. The last "comic book" I bought was Stephen King's "Creepshow" (1982), with its fantastic artwork by Bernie Wrightson - and yes, it was published before George Romero's mediocre movie of the same name was released.

With writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Ramirez "Locke & Key" (2008 - 2013, limited series comic books, IDW publisher; 2015, Audible Studios performance), Audible actually created a new genre: Audible Comics. At least, I think that's what they are planning to call it. Right now, it's 'uncategorized' in the book index. Whatever genre it is, it works quite well as a listen.

According to the Wikipedia entry for "Locke & Key", the director of the Audible performance is voice actor William Dufris. Wikipedia can be hit-or-miss, but the "Locke & Key" entry spawned footnotes like bunnies, and it looks credible - although I can't find a second source to confirm the director. Whoever did direct the performance did an astounding job. There are a bunch of really talented actors (about 45, plus the three top billed stars); great sound effects; and specially commissioned music.

It took me a while to get through "Locke & Key" because it demands careful attention. Miss a few important lines, and you'll miss a plot twist. It should be listened to at night, when the imagination can run wild and scared, and without the distraction of smart phones and television. Have a cup of hot herbal tea, or a glass of red wine to go with the listen. It is, after all, Lovecraft, Massachusetts, where the line between worlds is just a hidden door deep within a drowning cave; locked with key after key forged from metaphysical metal; and guarded by the echoes of loved ones, daemons from ghastly other worlds, and teenagers who ease into the supernatural like easing into driving. They'll tell you it's an awesome and frightening responsibility, but you get used to it.

"Locke & Key" is really a new form of storytelling. It relies heavily on the imagination, which makes the experience different for every listener. The production quality - the actors, the music and the effects - is so high (and probably so expensive) it will be hard for future performances of other works to meet the standards this performance sets. Enjoy the scare - it's well worth the time to listen.

The title of the review is a quote from "The Picture in the House" (1920, 1921) by H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937).

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  • Global
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  • Rick
  • 06/10/2015

OMG - This production surpasses all expectations!

What made the experience of listening to FREE: Locke & Key the most enjoyable?

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!

Who was your favorite character and why?

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!

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

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.

Any additional comments?

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)!

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  • Mary
  • 28/09/2017

Painful

Painful to listen to. I keep waiting for it to get better but it's just not happening.

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  • Carolina Minton
  • 23/09/2017

Don't like this book.

I have not gotten past chapter 3. I prefer one talented performer doing all the voices and the props & sound effects are time consuming & distracting. The storyline is boring too.

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  • C. Rink
  • 13/10/2015

Die Sprossen der englischen Hörspiel-Szene

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Als eines der wenigen englischen Hörspiele wurde Locke & Key von Fred Greenhalg (Radio Drama Revival, The Cleansed), produziert. Dieser ist ein Vertreter der Hörspiel-Produzenten die am liebsten "Vorort" aufnehmen, bei der die Sprecher also nicht steril in einem kleinen Kämmerchen und Isoliert ihre Sätze einsprechen - denn hier werden die Aufnahmen an einem dem Schauplatz-ähnlichem Ort aufgenommen, genauso wie die Bewegungen, Handlungen und Interaktionen der Charaktere. Dies spiegelt sich wunderbar in den Stimmen der Sprecher wieder. Das Hörspiel gewinnt durch diese Technik eine sehr erfrischende Dynamik und wirkt um einiges realer als die meisten deutschen Produktionen, welche überwiegend in Studios produziert werden.
Auch die Story ist ungemein fesselnd. Locke and Key basiert auf dem original script von Joe Hill, welches bislang nur als Graphic Novel umgesetzt wurde. Die Story ist sehr gut ausgeklügelt und komplex, alle wie nebensächliche erwähnten Details finden am Ende noch den Weg zu ihrer Bedeutsamkeit. Die Charaktere sind komplex und divers.
Bei einigen der Sprecher sind die Stimmen leider etwas zu nah beieinander, aber die meisten kann man sehr gut auseinander halten.
Alles in allem eine sehr solide Hörspielproduktion, und wer gerne englische Hörbücher und deutsche Hörspiele hört wird an diesem Hörspiel seine rege freude haben :)

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  • Kerstin
  • 18/12/2016

Story OK, but bad production quality

Especially in action sequences you just have no clue what happens, because of bad audio design. There are too few audio clues that make sense. Many characters just sound alike.