The spine-tingling, bone-chilling novel of supernatural suspense from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman and Horns—now an AMC original series starring Zachary Quinto, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Ashleigh Cummings.
"A masterwork of horror."— Time
Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be.
Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. The journey across the highway of Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.
Then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble...and finds her way to Charlie. That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie's evil is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx hasn't stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won't slow down until he's taken his revenge. He's after something very special—something Vic can never replace.
As a life-and-death battle of wills builds, Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all—or die trying.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Joe Hill’s supernatural thriller raises a bumper crop of gooseflesh on its own, but this audio adaptation doubles down on the shivers. That’s thanks to an expert reading by Star Trek: Voyager actress Kate Mulgrew, whose husky, resonant voice is a perfect match for Hill’s characters, from gutsy Vic McQueen to the book’s sinister, sepulchral villain Charlie Manx. And Mulgrew’s no-nonsense narration keeps Hill’s complex, decades-spanning plot entirely clear. Stick around for a charming closing talk by Hill himself—he pays homage to both Mulgrew and the audiobook format while discussing the origins of his story.
Good story, terrible narrator
First experience with Joe Hill, very talented, though I prefer his father. Kate Mulgrew threatened to ruin the listening for me with her high pitched screeching, but the story is worth the sub-par read.
A great ride. A GREAT narrator.
Kate Mulgrew, the narrator, played the captain on Star Trek Voyager in case you're a nerd that will need to know why her voice sounds so frackin familiar. She reads the book VERY WELL with intention and emotion, even when not doing a "voice." I listen to a lot of audio books and this one has been one of my favorites to listen to because she did a great job with inflection and voice. The story is wildly imaginative and I enjoyed the characters. It was creepy and entertaining and there was an edge of classic good vs evil with a jacked up Alice and wonderland twist. Joe Hill's vision is at once fantastical and grotesque. Not for the squeamish! This audiobook is a great ride!!!
Exceptional writing, character development and narration. I'm a big Stephen King fan, but enjoyed this book immensely. If you like Stephen King you'll thoroughly enjoy this book. Joe Hill is just getting better and better. His style is a lot like King, but a edgier. I am sure Joe's dad is very proud that he can be topped by such a prodigious writer. I bet Joe's licence plate say 8RT 6SR.