Listen free for 30 days

Audible Membership

$14.95 a month

1 credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
The Plus Catalogue—listen all you want to thousands of Audible Originals, podcasts, and audiobooks.
$14.95 a month plus applicable taxes after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy Now for $43.86

Buy Now for $43.86

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Tax where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A family returns to their hometown—and to the dark past that haunts them still—in this masterpiece of literary horror by the New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers

LOCUS AWARD FINALIST • “The dread, the scope, the pacing, the turns—I haven’t felt all this so intensely since The Shining.”—Stephen Graham Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians 

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Public Library, Library Journal 

Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father—and has never told his family what happened there. 

Long ago, Maddie was a little girl making dolls in her bedroom when she saw something she shouldn’t have—and is trying to remember that lost trauma by making haunting sculptures. 

Long ago, something sinister, something hungry, walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania. 

Now, Nate and Maddie Graves are married, and they have moved back to their hometown with their son, Oliver.

And now what happened long ago is happening again . . . and it is happening to Oliver. He meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic. 

This dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family—and perhaps for all of the world. But the Graves family has a secret weapon in this battle: their love for one another.

©2021 Chuck Wendig (P)2021 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“[The Book of Accidents] is Chuck Wendig’s magnum opus, blazing with imagination, humanity, and a tiny glimmer of hope for a world drowning in cruelty. It’s horror for right now, and it’s Wendig’s best so far.” (Christopher Golden, New York Times best-selling author of Road of Bones)

“Only Chuck Wendig can blend horror, fantasy, and science fiction into a propulsive thriller that is as funny as it is frightening, clever as it is uncanny, tender as it is terrifying. A magical ride.” (Alma Katsu, author of Red Widow and The Deep

“Chuck Wendig’s The Book of Accidents transported me to the golden age of sprawling horror novels that I loved so much as a kid. Sweeping yet intimate, multilayered and bighearted, this is a novel to sink deeply into.” (Dan Chaon, New York Times best-selling author of Ill Will

What listeners say about The Book of Accidents

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    30
  • 4 Stars
    19
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    3
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    35
  • 4 Stars
    16
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    32
  • 4 Stars
    15
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    4

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

My thoughts

One reason that I love audio books is how they make “ movies” in my head as I listen. I love picturing the characters as they interact with each other and I get to know them. None of this happened for me with this story. Half the time I was confused. So many things seemed so random with no grounding to what I thought was going on. When I thought that I had the gist of what was going on, something would happen to blow that up for me. Any times I nearly turned it off but decided to persevere. Sorry I did.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Worth the listen!

loved this book, reminded me of a Stephen King story. kept me entertained for the week.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent read

The story and narrations were perfect. This is the first book of his that I’ve read and enjoyed it immensely. I’m looking forward to reading more of his books.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The book we need right now

Given everything that's been going on for the past few years, and my own personal state, I did not expect this book to be so...uplifting. After all, it is billed as "horror"--literary horror but horror nonetheless. And while it was not a feel-good, sunshine and rainbows story, and there was more than enough creepiness and horror to satisfy fans of the genre, it ultimately made me feel better about the world, and people, and the importance of hope in the darkness.

I'll skip the plot details, since you can find those everywhere, and just say that this was the book I needed to read right now and I think a lot of other folks do too. Kudos to Wendig for a complex and human tale and to the narrators who deftly brought the characters to life.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

First Chuck Wendig novel

This was my first Chuck Wendig novel, but it will not be my last. What an amazing story about empathy, and forgiveness, and cyclic abuse in families. What an amazing horror novel with gore galore, and scary monsters. What an amazing sci-fi novel and fantasy novel and coming of age novel ad infinitum if you haven't read it you really should.

Amazing narration!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

An acid trip of perception and realities.

love it, hated it, was disgusted and sometimes didn't want to continue....have abstract thoughts regarding different realities

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Cathartic and Incredible

If I ever want to explain what cptsd or ptsd and what overcoming intergenerational pain feels like, this is what would ask someone to read. Yes, it is vile at times, and overwhelming, and haunting. But it also mirrors the intrusive thoughts left behind by the damage done by a history of abuse. If you have cptsd, this might be too much for you depending on where you are in your recovery.
The story is very well written, preformed, and it is really just so well thought out.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

What a ride!

I had no idea what I was in for, and this was so much fun! I love the blend of narratives, so perfectly woven together to pull you in gradually like sinking into the ground.

love the genre mashup of mystsry/horror/comedy/pop-culture/occult/scifi/multiverse etc.

great performance too!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-07-26

not worth my time.

couldn't finish when they made the little boy eat a human leg. was interesting at first but became gruesome, which I dont usually mind but with children

21 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Sonya
  • 2021-08-05

George Newborn was the only good thing about this

I thought about returning this but then decided to finish it so I could give it a crappy rating so no one else would make the same mistake

19 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • nancy a freeman
  • 2021-08-05

Consider yourself warned

Not enough words to describe how bad this writing is. Every gratuitous obscenity you can think of, annoyingly poor and unlikable
characters, and useless contrived situations. Wish I could get my audible credit back on this one.

17 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • cfett
  • 2021-07-30

Don’t waste your credit

One of the worst I’ve TRIED to listen to!! The mother/wife character is beyond annoying-I mean made me stop listening annoying!

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Clay
  • 2021-08-11

Xe Sands’ Vocal Fry

I am totally enjoying the story but Xe Sands’ vocal fry in this book, which is supposed to translate to “intimate”, is so off-putting, I’m going to just get this as an iBook, rather than Audible. She’s obviously very talented but just not for me.

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Keith Palmeter
  • 2021-09-24

Decent story….. dry one sided political

This started ok but then it went full left, I was hoping it was just a way of writing other characters but it wasn’t. It’s not worth it if unless you love politics and find yourself on the far left.

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jeanette Y. Richardson
  • 2021-08-03

if you love Stephen King you'll love this author

this author has gained a new fan in me. the book grabbed me from the first chapter. great listen. not a huge fan of the female narrator but the male narator was great.

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Txzonian
  • 2021-09-09

Holy clunky exposition batman!

Clunky exposition, blatent falsehoods, terrible unnatural dialogue. I honestly don't think this author has ever heard an actual person speak.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • E Enriquez
  • 2021-07-30

Down to earth horrific fantasy horror dark comedy

Some genre spanning greatness written here. Xe sands and George Newbern did some stellar narration as well.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kaylabeth
  • 2021-07-24

absolutely great

I loved it! Two hinges, one nob. Will you enter? amazing twist and turns.

6 people found this helpful