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Heart-Shaped Box Audiobook

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3.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 5 3.82 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Hill Narrator: Stephen Lang Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The remarkable debut novel by a new master of dark fantasy...Heart-Shaped Box

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals...a used hangman's noose...a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is widely known. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.

I will “sell” my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder....

For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts—of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more? But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door... seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang...standing outside his window...staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting—with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one hand....

A multiple-award winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wild, mesmerizing, perversely witty…A Valentine from hell.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] cardiac hazard of a first novel.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • Heart-Shaped Box is a fine mix of psychological terror and gruesome horror…Remarkable, moving, a well-crafted.”

    Denver Post

  • “Erupting out of mundane surroundings, the shocks in Hill’s riveting debut novel can be lurid and blood-drenched, or as quietly chilling as a casual phone call from an old, dead friend.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2007 Bram Stoker Award
  • Winner of the 2008 International Thriller Writers Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 British Fantasy Award Finalist
  • A 2008 Macavity Award Finalist for Best First Mystery

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Steven | 1/30/2011

    " Duel by Matheson is a classic short story that was the basis for Steven Speilberg's first movie. King and his son Hill take their own shot at the same plot with Throttle. The contrast is amazing. What a neat writing exercise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Jessica | 5/7/2010

    " Two great stories by two of my favorite authors, Richard Matheson and Stephen King, and Joe Hill (who is Stephen King's son), who I am just now "getting to know." The stories were short, edge-of-your-seat, OMFG, wide-eyed misadventures of road raging truck drivers. Good stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Tom | 7/2/2009

    Stephen King and son Joe Hill's [named after THE JH:] nod to Matheson is most excellent. Bikers, rather than Matheson's salesman, give us a less subtle - but very effective - message. The irony in the ending is twistier than both deadly roads combined. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Betsy | 7/8/2008

    " Fantastic!!! What a wild ride!! "

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About the Author
Author Joe Hill

Joe Hill, author of the critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Box, is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award and a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year’s Best collections. He calls New England home.

About the Narrator

Stephen Lang is a Tony Award–nominated actor who has made a name for himself on stages both at home and abroad. Perhaps most well-known for his role in James Cameron’s Avatar, his other film credits include The Men Who Stare at Goats, Public Enemies, Tombstone, and many more.