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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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Pas enchantée

La lecture était absolument géniale. L'histoire m'a franchement déçue, les personnages sont très bien construits mais l'intrigue en elle-même était decevante.

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  • Fredrik Pettersen
  • 16/05/2013

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.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Sharon
  • 23/06/2013

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.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • sarah
  • 14/05/2013

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!!

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  • Sean
  • 14/11/2013

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.

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  • Alex
  • 19/08/2013

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.

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  • Alexander Christie Malmedal
  • 06/06/2018

Spooky

Pretty good story.
Good performance, but I must admit some of the more dramatic voice acting took me out of the moment. Not for the lack of trying thought.
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  • Mrs.Olson
  • 13/11/2017

This was fantastic

Kate Mulgrew works well with this book. Its so creepy and dark and she captures all of it. I didnt want to turn it off. Easily one of my favorites.

AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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  • bienmexicano
  • 06/09/2016

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!

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  • Andreas Henriksson
  • 07/07/2013

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.

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  • Jane
  • 27/06/2013

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

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  • Randolph Carter
  • 17/03/2015

"It" reloaded....

The longer you listen to the story the more you'll get the feeling of deja vu.
NOS4R2 is a mixture of "It" with a good measure of "Christine". A Rolls-Royce, running on the fear and pain of children, providing for it's owner? Instead of Pennywise now Mr. Manx is abducting children. The sewers of It are Christmasland now. The bunch of Losers don't congregate but are more widespread and fewer in numbers, nevertheless, it's hard to miss.
In addition to that, the author has a weakness for being repetitive in his storytelling. I actually can enjoy listening or reading about the same incidence from different points of view. A lot of authors use this tool. But only the mediocre ones tell the same thread from different angles without changing the perspective.
If Stephen King would have written and published this very few people would not think in terms of self-plagiarism and "same old same old in new clothes". I am surprised that his son not only gets away with this but is praised much for his (not so novel) novel.

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  • Global
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  • gerald1975
  • 08/07/2013

Joe Hill wird nicht wirklich besser

War ich von Heart-Shaped Box noch beeindruckt und konnte ich der Geschichte mit den Hörnern noch einiges abgewinnen so bin ich von No4r2 einfach nur enttäuscht. Die Geschichte ist schlichtweg unaufregend. Immer wenn es mal zu langatmig wird, werden rasch ein paar Leichen gestreut und alles wälzt sich so dahin.

Da hilft es nicht, dass die Charaktere toll entwickelt sind, die Figuren bis ins letzte Quentchen durchdacht und ausgearbeitet, dass wir in aller Leute Psyche blicken dürfen und die Geschichte dabei am Rande dahintröpfelt.

Stephen King kann ich fast nicht mehr lesen weil seine Geschichten in der dichten Charakter-Atmosphäre zu verschwinden drohen - sein Sohn ist auf dem selben Weg, auch wenn dieses Buch tatsächlich noch als unterhaltsam durchgeht. Wenn die Sache sich so weiterentwickelt, wars das Herr Hill. Die Familie King versucht meiner Meinung nach anstatt einen durchdachten Rahmen gut zu beschreiben, sich immer mehr auf die Charaktere zu beschränken. Chraraktere und Figuren sind wichtig, keine Frage - aber es reicht ab und an einfach zu erklären warum jemand etwas tut, ich muss nicht unbedingt auch noch verstehen, warum er 10 andere Dinge nicht tut, und mit welch traumatischem Erlebnis aus der Kindheit das alles begründet ist - wobei letzteres ja ohnehin nur angedeutet wird... Wenn man einen Charakter zu krude macht und dass auch noch so detailliert beschreibt, bleibt die Fantasie beim Lesen leider auf der Strecke.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Petra Urban
  • 03/06/2016

great

the story is great and Kate mulgrew was the best choice for narrator, she really is able to give you the creeps with her voice