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Full Throttle

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Written by: Joe Hill
Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
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The number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman and Strange Weather returns with a dark and ingenious collection of 13 compelling short stories that showcase his ability to “push genre conventions to new extremes” (New York Times Book Review), performed by a stunning multi-cast featuring Zachary Quinto, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, Neil Gaiman, Ashleigh Cummings, Joe Hill, Laysla De Oliveira, Nate Corddry, Connor Jessup, Stephen Lang, and George Guidall.

In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in 13 relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including “In The Tall Grass”, one of two stories cowritten with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix.

A little door that opens to a world of fairy-tale wonders becomes the blood-drenched stomping ground for a gang of hunters in “Faun”. A grief-stricken librarian climbs behind the wheel of an antique bookmobile to deliver fresh reads to the dead in “Late Returns”. In “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain”, two young friends stumble on the corpse of a plesiosaur at the water’s edge, a discovery that forces them to confront the inescapable truth of their own mortality...and other horrors that lurk in the water’s shivery depths. And tension shimmers in the sweltering heat of the Nevada desert as a faceless trucker finds himself caught in a sinister dance with a tribe of motorcycle outlaws in “Throttle”, cowritten with Stephen King.

Featuring two previously unpublished stories and a brace of shocking chillers, Full Throttle is a darkly imagined odyssey through the complexities of the human psyche. Hypnotic and disquieting, it mines our tormented secrets, hidden vulnerabilities, and basest fears and demonstrates this exceptional talent at his very best.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Joe Hill (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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"A terrific cast of narrators lend their voices to 13 stories by Joe Hill, two of which are cowritten with his dad, Stephen King.... Listeners will find their own favorites. However, booklovers may agree that 'Late Returns,' narrated by Wil Wheaton - about a librarian slipping through time to offer the dead one last great read - is the gem of this collection." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Good Collection of Stories

i really enjoyed some of the stories, other's not as much but overall really help get me through early morning drives, looking forward to the next one

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 2019-10-03

Just in Time for Halloween

Audiobook Review: Full Throttle by Joe Hill
Oct 04, 2019
by Victor Dima in Audiobook Reviews


Joe Hill is the Best-selling author of Nos4a2, The Fireman and other novels. He has just released a short stories collection, called Full Throuttle, and I listened to it for the last two days.

I can tell you from the begining that all of them are excellent! Filled with Hill’s trademarked chills & thrills, this collection has arrived just in time for Halloween. Ranging from Thrillers, to Dramas and from Fantasy to Horror, there’s a story or two in Full Throttle for each of us.

Written with passion by the author and delivered with talent by the great narrators, Full Throttle delivers a more immersive narrative experience as an audiobook than if you were to read it in print.

Household names like Zachary Quinto, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, Neil Gaiman, George Guidall, Ashleigh Cummings, Joe Hill, Laysla De Oliveira, Nate Corddry, Connor Jessup and Stephen Lang bring each of the stories to life with their unique voices and accents.

If you pick up Full Throttle prepare yourself to be scared, horrified, terrified, haunted, hunted, but more important of all, you’ll be filled with adrenaline and entertained to the max!

Two of the stories in this collection are co-written with the author’s father, the amazing Stephen King, but all Joe’s works are proof enough that this particular good apple didn’t fall far from the tree. I enjoyed each and everyone of them, but you should be warned, these adventures are not for the faint of heart!

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  • Bree Salyer
  • 2019-10-02

Trick... or Treat?

Anthologies are almost always a mixed bag of hit or miss, so it sometimes makes it hard to rate them on a whole. Especially with a writer like Joe Hill whose stories have such a wide array of themes and ideas. On top of that, you have the fact that every story is read by a different narrator, and suddenly its success relies largely on personal preference. Not only do you have to rate the written word, but one bad performance can ruin the entire experience.

You also cannot delve into any anthology with the mindset that every story should feel like a novel. They're not meant to. Luckily, Joe Hill is a skilled enough writer to give us a beginning, a middle and an end that is short and sweet and to the point. And I feel like in this case, he mostly pulled it off. I was, however, thoroughly unsatisfied with Wolverton Station, which I had read a while back on my Kindle when it first came out. I had also physically read a few of the others, but listening to them is a different experience, so I wasn't too disappointed with the repetition. I had also already read Twittering from the Circus of the Dead, which is by far my favorite, as it's exactly the right kind of dark and creepy that I hope for. I'm glad they included it in print only, because let's face it, audio could never do it justice.

Hats off to the narrators, too. They were well chosen, except for George Guidall whom I personally cannot stand. (I can already imagine the boos I'll be getting for that one since he is so highly regarded... but like I said it all boils down to personal preference. Give me RC Bray any day!!)

All in all I think it was better than I expected, but not quite as good as I had hoped for. Still, its worth a credit if you're looking for something different, or if you need an escape from that 700 page novel you've committed yourself to.

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  • Celeste
  • 2019-11-05

A Strong Collection

Vary rarely do I review the audio of a book. Though I’m a big audiobook reader/listener, I tend to swap between the physical and audio versions of I’m reading and generally just review the actual book itself, not the audio production. There have been a few notable exceptions, most especially Daisy Jones & The Six, but those exceptions are few and far between. Today, I have another exception to add to the list with Joe Hill’s most recent short fiction collection, Full Throttle. And it was such a strong collection! There were only two stories that I really didn’t care for and two that I felt were just okay, as opposed to the nine stories that were either 4, 4.5, or 5 star experiences.

In my opinion, short stories are the fictional form most well suited to an audio format. A short story on audio is often the perfect length for a long walk or a traffic jam or chores on a Saturday morning. And there is something about being read to that brings me right back to childhood, even if the stories I listen to as an adult are far removed from those that my mother once read to me. There was only one aspect of this particular collection that drove me crazy; a lack of information on which reader narrated which story. There is of course a list of narrators, but I couldn’t find a breakdown of stories paired with their readers ANYWHERE. Amazon, Audible, AudioFile Magazine, Harper Collins’ website, and even Goodreads reviews got me nowhere. And I read every single review! So I took it upon myself to research and match up the narrators with their stories to the best of my ability. Seriously, this is the most research and legwork I’ve ever put into a review. If you happen to notice any errors in my pairings, please message me and I will correct said mistake posthaste.

Below you’ll find micro reviews for each short story. But before I get into the tales themselves, I’d like to say a bit about Hill’s opening. I absolutely adore the forward of this book: Who’s Your Daddy? Getting some background on Hill’s relationship with his famous author parents and how he grew up to be a writer himself. How could he not be compared to the King of modern horror when that King is his dad? And honestly, how both he and his father handled rejection is so inspiring. I love that Hill decided to follow in his father’s footsteps but didn’t want to get there riding said father’s coattails. And now, without further ado, here are my thoughts on the stories in this collection.

Throttle (with Stephen King), read by Stephen Lang: 3 stars

Not super original, but a story well told. I found it an interesting departure from the relationship Hill described having with his own dad in the forward. There was nothing wrong with this story, but it felt decidedly more King than Hill. While the trappings were different, this is a story I’ve heard before.

Dark Carousel, read by Nate Corddry: 4.5 stars

I really loved this one. I don’t think a scary story involving a carousel can exist without making me think of Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and I was glad Hill gave him a nod with the mention of The October Country. There was also a quick reference to NOS4A2 that was fun to catch. The story itself was engaging and tense, and I didn’t fully predict the outcome. There were a couple of horrifying moments that I could actually visual, and they totally creeped me out in the best way. This is a story I’ll happily read every October.

Wolverton Station, read by Neil Gaiman: 4 stars

Honestly, that fourth star is for Gaiman. The man has an exquisite reading voice. The story itself was as tense as the previous story, but had an absurdity to the concept that was almost funny. I love the thought of dapper werewolves, and sports bro werewolves, and other classes of werewolf all sharing a train.

By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain, read by Kate Mulgrew: 4.5 stars

This little story was sweet and heartbreaking, and it’s easy to see that Hill can write compelling and tangibly real children just as well as his father. I wish I could adopt Gail. She’s insanely smart and creative and has an imagination second to none. I would’ve come to see your find, Gail. I promise.

Faun, read by Zachary Quinto: 4.5 stars

This gave me serious “The Most Dangerous Game” vibes, but the fantasy edition. It was inspired by Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder” but managed to never feel derivative. It also paid homage to fantasy tales like Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but with a very dark twist. In my opinion it was one of the most original and least King-ish of the stories in the collection. Also, don’t hunt what you don’t understand. And don’t be a dick, because sometimes it’s fatal.

Late Returns, read by Wil Weaton: 5 stars

A time traveling book-mobile that gives those nearing their deaths one last, great read from the future? YES PLEASE. Books are the best thing in the world for bringing people together, and I can’t think of any parting gift from the world as wonderful as a chance to read a perfect-for-me book that won’t be written until long after I’m gone. Also, Hill found a way to namedrop himself and it made me smile. Very poignant, and definitely my favorite. It’s a story I would happily buy a physical copy of and which I would love to find a way to give to my bookwormy friends.

All I Care About Is You, read by Ashley Cummings: 4 stars

The most sci-fi story of the collection. Iris felt very real, and struck a perfect balance between snotty, selfish teenager and tired, philosophical young adult who has had to grow up before her time. The future Hill crafted for this story is incredibly intriguing, walking a line between a fantasy world and a world so overly saturated in entertainment that it borders on a dystopia. It’s a ferocious life, and Iris is definitely cut out for it. It was sweet and thoughtful, sad and horrible, all in turns.

Thumbprint, read by Laysla De Oliveira: 1.5 stars

One of my two least favorites of the stories. I can’t put my finger (or thumb) on what it was that I hated so much. Every character is either a horrible person or pitiable. It did nothing for me, except make me doubt that humanity is in any way redeemable. It felt oddly preachy, even though I can’t nail down what exactly was being preached. I just didn’t like it.

The Devil on the Staircase, read by George Guidall: 3.5 stars

There was something fairy tale-esque about this story that I really enjoyed. It felt like a fable made real. This was the shortest story in the collection and I think it suffered for it. With just a bit more information this could have been at least a 4 star tale, but it ended up feeling a bit rushed.

Mums, read by Connor Jessup: 4.5 stars

Well, that was absolutely terrifying. By far the scariest story in the collection. There were some images evoked that I’m pretty sure are going to haunt my dreams for a while. It’s amazing to me how significant the mom’s name turned out to be, and I’m still not positive what was real and what was dreamed. I don’t think I’ll ever plant anything on a grave; precut bouquets will just have to do. *shudders*

In the Tall Grass (with Stephen King), read by Stephen Lang: 4 stars

Very creepy. And scary. While different in plot, the setting brought to mind another classic King short story, "Children of the Corn." Stories like these are why I have no desire to go through corn mazes at Halloween time. No thank you. Pregnant women, steer clear!

You Are Released, read by Joe Hill: 1.5 stars

My other least favorite. Too realistic to be enjoyable. I read to escape, so I was immediately turned off by the real politics and the plausible danger. I also found it very forgettable; the story is already fading away in my mind. It did nothing for me. Except for the spelling bee girl. She was adorable. Half a star for her.

Twittering From the Circus of the Dead (read by no one, as it was included as a PDF): 4 stars

I totally understand why this wasn’t recorded as part of the audiobook, but was instead included as a PDF. The tweet format would have lost its power if spoken instead of visually read. The format worked incredibly well for this story. I’m always on the lookout for good circus stories, scary or otherwise, and this was a good one made more interesting through its formatting.

Overall, I found this to be an incredibly strong collection. While I think that Full Throttle would be worth purchasing for “Late Returns” alone, there are a host of great stories here. And they’re varied enough that there’s something here for just about everyone.

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  • Jason Alexander
  • 2019-10-28

Full on Fun

Joe Hill has always been a favorite read of mine. This collection doesn't disappoint. I felt grabbed from the opening monologue til the literal end story of you are released.
The stories flow like fine wine without the hangover. Being in the Library biz myself I really appreciated Late Returns. I hope someday I might find myself working on a similar bookmobile. I am a huge Kate Mulgrew fan and her narration was spot on sinful. The one story I was a little dissatisfied with was his collaboration In the Tall grass. I felt it had a similar pace and tone to another one of his earlier stories about something sinister at a road side restaurant out by the highway. But overall this whole collection was a fun distraction, and I would recommend it.

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  • Kayla Woodside
  • 2019-10-26

Magic

Joe Hill is magnificent.

Every performance in this book is as close to perfection as I am able discern. Don’t just read this book, read everything Mr. Hill has written, you won’t be disappointed.

To conclude this man is some kind of Word-wizard from a lineage of such, and has made a portal for you into his twisted mind in the shape of this book. Of course I realize this is a digital audio book and there is no physical book but you just imagined one in your mind and that doesn’t make it any less real, in fact now it is the perfect size for you to fit through.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-10-07

Good book

The book is good and I enjoyed the new stories I wish that he would not have ended the book with two old stories but ended with a new one.

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  • Gigeote
  • 2019-10-14

Leaves your mind reeling...but in a good way!

These stories are wonderfully shocking yet entertaining! Joe Hill nails it and demonstrates his gift of intertwining the disturbing and the profound. (Neil Gaiman is also a nice addition.)

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  • CN
  • 2019-10-08

Fantastic collection of Narrators

I enjoyed most of the stories here. Just a few misses for me. But the collection of narrators used here is fantastic. They all did an incredible job and added to the stories. Also, any chance to have Neil Gaiman narrate something is a bonus.

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  • Constant Reader
  • 2019-10-06

An Audible Box of Bonbons

So good, I listen to one every few days, interspersed with other books. Each of these is polished and perfect in its own marvelous way. This particular apple fell right next to the tree. And a very fine tree it is! What King and Son have done for American literature...and my long car rides...is dazzling!

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  • Kathleen Freeland
  • 2019-10-02

All and More

A truly exciting book, wonderful stories, writing and narration!
Highly recommended!!
This book is a KEEPER

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