by Joe Hill
Narrator: Stephen Lang
Length: 11 hours and 3 minutes
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Narration: 4.5 cups
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 as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude cant 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 band-mates 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, no benign conversation piece. 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 bony hand...
I used to think only good things came in heart-shaped boxes. Things like chocolates or jewelry. That all changed when I listened to Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill during the #Fraterfest Readathon earlier this year. Nope, I will forever hesitate when I open those boxes.
Reasons to grab your earbuds and listen to Heart-Shaped Box
- Jude Coyne, an aging rocker buys a ghost on a whim to add to his macabre collection. When his package arrives it’s a black heart-shaped that contain a suit. He laughs, and tucks it away but soon he begins seeing the ghost on an old man. The tale that unfolds develops into a creeptastic haunting that will send shivers down your spine.
- Jude and his goth rocker girlfriend, Georgia (Marybeth) are both a little rough around the edges and fairly cliché, but Hill will surprise you as he peels back their layers. My opinion of both of them changed as the story progressed, and I actually became quite fond of them.
- You love a good scare. This got dark with some disturbing moments. The tension and suspense built and I soon found myself holding my breath and turning on a few extra lights. Sometimes when I close my eyes those scenes come to mind. Eek! Never let it be said that Hill doesn’t have a twisted imagination and his skill with a pen brings it all to terrifying life. Animal Lovers warning: View Spoiler »a scene involving animals was painful for me as an animal lover. You have been warned. « Hide Spoiler
- Hill explores the human psyche from Jude to the women who love him. He allows the reader to get them, connect and become invested in their outcome.
- The whole premise surrounding the ghost was fantastic!! The ghost himself was a powerful and frightening character. From Hill’s vivid description of him to the things this ghost appears to be able to do and in fact does! I thought his history was rather clever and gave plausibility to the story for those prone to believe in the supernatural.
- The ending wrapped up really well, leaving the reader in a good place and even contains an epilogue.
- Stephen Lang offered a stellar narration from the characters individual voices to the way he aided in intensifying scenes and emotions. Hill’s books lend themselves perfectly to audio and Lang delivered.
While NOS42A is still my favorite Joe Hill book, Heart-Shaped Box was another clever listen. Now turn on the lights and grab your headphones.Turn on the lights, grab your headphones and listen to Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, narrated by Stephen Lang. This is one ghostly tale you won't soon forget. #iloveaudiobooks #horror Click To Tweet
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