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The Fireman

A Novel
Auteur(s): Joe Hill
Narrateur(s): Kate Mulgrew
Durée: 22 h et 19 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 évaluations)

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From the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she's discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: They would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob's dismay, Harper wants to live - at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine, too...if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads - armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn't as alone as she fears: A mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow firefighter's jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as the Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted...and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman's secrets before her life - and that of her unborn child - goes up in smoke.

©2016 Joe Hill (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Au global
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Kate Mulgrew takes an amazing book and makes it stellar.

I loved the story and concept of the novel. I bounced between the electronic, audible, and paper version depending on where I was.

I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to connect with the story because Ms Mulgrew was reading it, but I was pleasantly surprised. As a result, I will now go out of my way to find something she has read for audible and purchase it. Her intonations. Her changing inflections. Her different voices all made the story so much better.

  • Au global
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    5 out of 5 stars

I loved this so much

This was such a good listen, I wish it would have never ended. The story went places I didn't see coming, there were characters I loved and despised. I had not read anyrhing about this audiobook before starting it, and knowing Joe Hill I thought it would be horror. It is post apocalyptic, but also so much more than that. Give this a listen, you won't regret it!

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  • WM
  • 2018-09-15

What a great story!

Kate Mulgrew is so good, I want her to have my children, seriously, I have four of them she’s welcome to them. Not one of them reads aloud like her or cleans up after themselves for that matter, it’s ridiculous, dishes and socks everywhere, I’m constantly stepping on lego, of course none of them know whose socks or dishes these are or who broke the you name it... all that to say, Kate Mulgrew is one honey of a story teller!
What a great story indeed I enjoyed it so much, the characters were very believable, there was no shortage of conflict and the Fireman was awesome. I wish that I had Dragon’s Scale, then... I’d finally be above the law. And I guess I’ll keep my children for the time being, they’re pretty great too.

  • Au global
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Amazing story

Loved this book from start to finish. Can't wait for his next book. Narrator was good as well.

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great!!

Listening to this book was best at making house cleaning go faster because I didn't want to stop listening

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  • Jeremy
  • 2016-10-19

Gave Up

Sounded like a great story premise, but just could not get into it. Extremely slow moving plot and very little tension. At 1/3 of the way through the book when the main storyline was focused on the mystery of someone stealing a bag full of worthless personal items, I decided this one wasn't really going anywhere.

Written by anyone else, I doubt this title would have been published, or at least would have been drastically edited to focus the plot.

Fans of Stephen King will probably appreciate the references to his works, and maybe that will be enough to carry the story for them. But this book fell really flat for me. Very disappointing.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Clayton
  • 2016-06-25

The longer it dragged on, the less I cared

As many have said, this book started out great. Even as I approached the last third, it had me. However, as it started to go way too long, things really went off the rails. The last few hours (100ish pages) could have been condensed down. Totally killed the story for me and finishing it seemed like a chore. Very disappointing.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Jason
  • 2016-08-13

Senseless injection of politics

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe. If the person really like Joe Hill I'd recommend it but otherwise not much would be missed by skipping it.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Skip the senseless injection of politics. It served no purpose other than apparently to offer the author a chance to insult 50% of his audience.

Have you listened to any of Kate Mulgrew’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I first heard Kate Mulgrew's narration in NOS4A2 which I enjoyed. She's just as good in this one although the material is weaker.

Could you see The Fireman being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I can see this being made into a movie or TV series. I'll leave the casting to somebody else.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the basic premise of the novel as well as the narration. The main characters were fleshed out enough to care about and I thought they were all pretty sympathetic. The "disease" was novel enough to be interesting and I thought well detailed.

The constant yet needless hammering of his liberal political view was annoying. If it contributed something to the story that would be one thing but it doesn't. It's simply self-gratification. Joe Hill doesn't like conservatives. I get it. His smug self-superiority shines through very brightly though just in case you would miss it. Not sure why he feels the need to alienate half of his perspective audience though.

Another thing... Apparently Joe Hill thinks every rifle is a Bushmaster. That's kind of like referring to every car on the road as a Chevy. Not just on this point but on a few others, Joe Hill demonstrates that he isn't willing to do the simplest research on some of the things he writes about.

Despite the many negatives, I am on the fence about this one. Annoyances aside, I found the story interesting enough that I'd probably check out a sequel if there was one. I really enjoyed NOS4A2 so I know that he can turn out a good book but unfortunately this one was only kind of meh.

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  • Richard Mueller
  • 2018-10-09

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The book is awful and the worst book I ever started to read from audible. After 34 chapters I gave up.

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  • adam
  • 2017-01-19

turds on wheels

please stop writing the same crap. S. king should sue his son for plagiarism. loved the stand, hate most new King work. only a young teenager would buy this cheeseball writing, however no teenage could with stand the length of this drivel.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Book Hoarder
  • 2016-08-15

rambling boring

I got to chapter 5 I kept waiting for action to start and it never did just random dribble with no point that I could be bothered to wait on anymore

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • David Ford
  • 2016-07-22

Save your money

What would have made The Fireman better?

Shorter, more believable, etc.

Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Hill again?

Probably not

What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

It was OK

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fireman?

All of them

Any additional comments?

1. Lousy story

2. Far too long

3. Waste of a selection

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Laura
  • 2016-06-25

Possibly the worst book I've read.

I cannot understand how this got good reviews. I read ALOT, all kinds of books and this may be one of the worst I've read and/or listened to. The plot is extremely juvenile, it's like when you talk to a 4 year old and they keep adding ridiculous details to a tall tale. I can't even
believe this actually got published. I feel like I've wasted hours of my life listening. It's only sheer stubbornness that prevented me from deleting it after an hour and I wish I would have. Characters are unrealistic and there is no real development. Plot is basically a horrible plagiarism of the stand.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • James
  • 2016-06-14

What the hell was this?

I am an avid audio book listener. I have read good books and bad ones. This book takes the take. I want my credit back. The last few hours were torture. They only reason I finished it was I hoped it would get better. It's like the author had an idea of a story, started it and the a bunch of evil kids took over. It's like he was trying for Steven Kings the stand. No character depth at all. The heroine is 26 but she is written as if she is twelve. The hero gets hurt more than a wwe wrestler. You go from Mary Poppins to sexual connotations in the same breath. Do yourselves a favor do not waste time or money on this crap.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Dan Taylor
  • 2017-09-06

garbage book.

hated every moment of this stupid book. Joe Hill is such an obvious dweeb. Giving your characters a pop culture reference every 3 minutes is his idea of character development. hope you like classic rock.

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