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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor Narrator: Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta , Thérèse Plummer, Dan Bittner Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9780062351456
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From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves … no matter where we live.

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked “King City” by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deerskin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can’t seem to get the paper to leave her hand and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.

Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton’s son, Josh, is moody and also a shape-shifter. And lately Diane’s started to see her son’s father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.

Diane’s search to reconnect with her son and Jackie’s search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: “King City.” It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures … if they can ever find it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Welcome To Night Vale brings its eponymous desert town to to vivid life…It is as weird and surreal as I hoped it would be, and a surprisingly existential meditation on the nature of time, reality, and the glow cloud that watches over us.”

    Wil Wheaton

  • “Brilliant, hilarious, and wondrously strange. I’m packing up and moving to Night Vale!”

    Ransom Riggs, New York Times bestselling author

  • “They’ve done the unthinkable: merged the high weirdness and intense drama of Night Vale to the pages of a novel that is even weirder, even more intense than the podcast.”

    Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author

  • “All hail the glow cloud as the weird and wonderful town of Night Vale brings itself to fine literature…A fantastic addition with a stand-alone tale of the mysterious desert town that also offers loyal listeners some interesting clues about the nature of the place.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Cocreators of the popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast, successfully expand the mythology of their strange desert town. Fans will find it refreshing to see Night Vale from different perspectives…but knowledge of the podcast isn’t required to follow the story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of the wildly popular “Welcome to Night Vale” podcast—and anyone else seeking a suitably spooky tale for Halloween—will relish this extended trip to a strange desert town…Fink and Cranor take their fantastical realm to the next level in a hilariously surreal story.”


  • “Hypnotic and darkly funny…Belongs to a particular strain of American gothic that encompasses The Twilight Zone, Stephen King, and Twin Peaks, with a bit of Tremors thrown in.”

    Guardian (London)

  • An October 2015 LibraryReads Pick
  • A BookPage Top Pick of Fantasy for October 2015
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 confused | 11/14/2015

    " Nonsense makes sense if your senseless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chaloney | 11/8/2015

    " like the podcast, but a book! weirdly fun, creepy and hilarious "

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About the Narrators

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audio narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles, and, as counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.

Dan Bittner is an actor and voice talent and winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards for audio narration. His acting credits include appearances on Law & Order, Bored to Death, and Person of Interest, among others. He has also starred in such films as Law Abiding Citizen, Adventureland, and The Producers.