by Joe Hill
Published by: HarperAudio
Narrator: Wil Wheaton, Stephen Lang, Dennis Boutsikaris, Kate Mulgrew
Length: 14 hours and 35 minutes
Genres: Anthologies, Horror
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Narration Rating: 4
A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.
"One of America's finest horror writers" (Time magazine), Joe Hill has been hailed among legendary talents such as Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman, and Jonathan Letham. In Strange Weather, this "compelling chronicler of human nature's continual war between good and evil" (Providence Journal-Bulletin), who "pushes genre conventions to new extremes" (New York Times Book Review), deftly expose the darkness that lies just beneath the surface of everyday life.
Snapshot, performed by Wil Wheaton, is the disturbing story of a Silicon Valley adolescent who finds himself threatened by The Phoenician, a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid Instant Camera that erases memories snap by snap.
A young man takes to the skies to experience his first parachute jump...and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero's island of roiling vapor that seems animated by a mind of its own in Aloft, performed by Dennis Boutsikaris.
On a seemingly ordinary day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails - splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. Rain, performed by Kate Mulgrew, explores this escalating apocalyptic event as the deluge of nails spreads out across the country and around the world.
In Loaded, performed by Stephen Lang, a mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun rights movement. But under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it. When an out-of-control summer blaze approaches the town, he will reach for the gun again and embark on one last day of reckoning.
With an afterword from Joe Hill, read by the author.
I loved NOS42A which was my first Joe Hill book, so I was excited at the chance to review Strange Weather a collection of four short stories on audiobook. With a stellar cast of narrators, I quickly became caught up in these haunting and disturbing tales.
- Snapshot performed by Wil Wheaton. A creepy tale about a Polaroid camera that takes more than just your picture. Classic horror tale with a Hitchcock vibe, I listened to this in almost one sitting. A man known as the Phoenician takes photos with an old Polaroid that steals your memories and an eleven-year-old boy takes him on. Will Wheaton is a favorite narrator and perfectly matched to Hill. -4 cups of coffee
- Loaded performed by Stephen Lang. This story could have been taking from today’s headlines regarding gun-control. Mass shootings, police brutality, racism, gun fanaticism, and hate. Randall Kelloway works as a mall cop, he’s tried to join the Police force but keeps being rejected for good reason. Randall is mentally unfit and has issues in his personal life begin with an order of protection against him from his ex-wife. After a mall massacre, he is seen as a hero, but when a reporter begins investigating Randall’s story quickly crumbles. With brilliant characters, disturbing truths and Hill’s clever storytelling this was one of my favorites. The middle dragged a little keeping this from a five cup rating, but the ending wowzers! Stephen Lang’s voice is made for storytelling and gave me chills. – 4.5 cups of coffee
- Aloft performed by Dennis Boutsikaris. Unidentifiable flying objects, Aloft wasn’t very scary but delivered readers to the Twilight Zone. This intriguing story shares events that occur when protagonist Aubrey Griffin joins his friend Jane as she full-fills items on her bucket list. Which is how he finds himself sky-jumping. Everything goes wrong, and he ends up stuck in the clouds. Dennis Boutsikaris is a new to me narrator with a pleasing voice. – 3.5 cups of coffee
- Rain performed by Kate Mulgrew. Hill shares the beginnings of an apocalyptic world when rain falls in the form of sharp needle-like crystalline. It kills protagonist, Honeysuckle’s girlfriend and neighbors. Honeysuckle sets out to inform her father-in-law of his daughter and wife’s passing. Along the way, she encounters cult members of a hate group. Set in Denver, this tale has a political message similar to Loaded. Relevant, captivating, and chock full of both sad and humorous moments, I got a kick out of Honeysuckle. 5 cups of coffee
Joe Hill is brilliant and the Strange Weather collection is perfect for those wanting a sampling of his works. For fans, it is the perfect appetizer as we wait for his next release. With subtle political messages relevant to today’s headlines Hill pulls the reader in with his addictive and thought-provoking, horror-laced tales.With a fantastic cast of narrators, Strange Weather by Joe Hill is a must listen #audio Click To Tweet
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