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Author: Joe Hill Narrator: Kate Mulgrew Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9780062237743
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Joe Hill, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, plunges you into the dark side of imagination with a thrilling novel of supernatural suspense that will have you flinching at shadows and checking the rearview mirror again and again. . . .


Don't slow down

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. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

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. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble . . . and finds her way, inevitably, to Charlie.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie's unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget.

But Charlie Manx hasn't stopped thinking about the exceptional 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—her magic pitted against his—Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all . . . or die trying. . . .

Joe Hill's acclaimed works of fiction, Horns, Heart-Shaped Box, and 20th Century Ghosts, have already earned him international acclaim. With NOS4A2, this outstanding novelist—"one of America's finest horror writers" (Time magazine); "a major player in 21st-century fantastic fiction" (Washington Post)—crafts his finest work yet. Disturbing, mesmerizing, and full of twisting thrills, Hill's phantasmagoric, devilishly playful masterpiece is a terrifying high-octane ride.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Quite simply the best horror writer of our generation, Joe Hill’s masterful storytelling is on full display in NOS4A2. It is by turns terrifying and hilarious, horrifying and full of heart, and relentlessly compelling.”

    Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author

  • “NOS4A2 is a masterwork of horror.”


  • “Hill imbues the pitter-patter of little feet with a terror you won’t soon forget.”

    USA Today

  • “Throat-grabbing…Hill envisions an epic battle between real and imaginary worlds, makes this fight credible and creates a heroine who can recklessly crash from one realm to the other…NOS4A2 is full of chills and cliffhangers, but it never turns needlessly grotesque.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Horror fiction at its most ambitious…A road novel, a horror novel, and—most centrally—a novel of character…Like the best of its dark breed, it offers visceral narrative pleasures while never losing sight of the human element that lies just below the extravagantly imagined surface. The result is a frightening, ultimately moving novel that speaks directly to the plight of abducted children. At the same time, it presents a deeply empathetic portrait of a damaged woman struggling to recover her lost, best self.”

    Washington Post

  • NOS4A2 and its story of a heroic biker chic going up against an old vampire should grab you by the lapels and give you a few good shakes before setting its hooks in—and deep....Hill...puts together a riveting tale.”

    St. Louis Today

  • “Hill’s well-stocked bag of narrative tricks keeps the pages moving at a steady clip, and his characters are sufficiently melodramatic to make the book’s scale feel both intimate and operatic. In fact, if you’re an impressionable reader, stick to reading NOS4A2 during the day.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Fascinating and utterly engaging, this novel is sure to leave readers wanting more. One thing is certain, however. After reading this book, readers will never hear Christmas carols in quite the same way again.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “In Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, Hill showed hints of an enlarging literary toolbox. With this seven-hundred-page opus, the tool set is complete, and Hill has indeed built something very big…Hill is omnivorous in his appetite for story and character, and here he has created his best.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Hill is so skillful that we don’t know till the very end whether he’ll get away with it…Hill’s story is quite original and, for horror fans of a certain ironic bent, it’s an unqualified delight.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “With this novel, riveting from beginning to end, Joe Hill has become a master of his craft.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Writer Joe Hill has proven to be as adept at writing horror as his father, Stephen King, and this may be his best work yet. It’s made even better by the performance of narrator Kate Mulgrew…It takes a special talent to sustain suspense over such a long novel, and Mulgrew is more than equal to the task. She doesn’t read; she performs. With many voices, she carries the listener through this story of horror, love, and inspiration. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Selected for the May 2013 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • A 2013 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Best Female Solo Narration
  • A 2013 BookPage Best Book
  • An NPR bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A 2013 Time Magazine Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2014 Locus Award Finalist

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About the Author

Joe Hill, author of the critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Box, is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship, and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Fireman. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year’s Best collections.

About the Narrator

Kate Mulgrew is an accomplished film and television actress, most noted for her lead role as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. Other television credits include Ryan’s Hope, Murphy Brown, Cheers, and the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black. She has won numerous awards for her performances, including an Obie Award, Golden Satellite Award, Saturn Award, and a Golden Globe nomination. Her audiobook narrations have won her four AudioFile Earphones Awards.