Audie Award Finalist, Original Work, 2016
Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill (NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.
A brutal and tragic event drives the Locke family from their home in California to the relative safety of their ancestral estate in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, an old house with powerful keys and fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. As siblings Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke discover the secrets of the old house, they also find that it's home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all....
Featuring performances by Haley Joel Osment (Entourage, The Sixth Sense), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is the New Black, Star Trek: Voyager), Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Stephen King (The Stand, 11-22-63), as well as a cast of more than 50 voice actors, this audio production preserves the heart-stopping impact of the graphic novel's astounding artwork through the use of richly imagined sound design and a powerful original score.
*Locke & Key contains explicit language and adult situations.
©2014 Joe Hill (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
"The concepts in this production, based on a graphic novel, are perfectly executed by a full cast.... Kate Mulgrew leads the way with her perfect portrayal of an ancient grandmother with an evil streak." (AudioFile)
I expected a narrative reading but was pleasantly surprised by the high quality drama performance extravaganza.
More enjoyable after reading the graphic novel first. Well done production with well thought out sound cues for going through doors... Excellent vocal performances - got me really involved in the drama.
Great story - great voice performances. There were a couple of occasions things became unclear without the aid of the visual medium (originally this was a graphic novel). Enjoyable though - worth your time.
to be fair I didn't get very far into this... I gave up trying to figure out what was happening as for the 1st 5-10 minutes there was no narration.. just talking and sounds like how do I know what is happening or who is talking..?
"Quite the adventure!"
For my first audiobook, I picked a stellar one. It might have ruined me for all other audiobooks. I didn't know it was a graphic novel originally, and while you could tell through the story, it was still a great listening experience.
It was a little hard to follow along with at first, especially for me having never listened to an audiobook before. But as you learn the characters and get deeper into the story, it becomes easier to follow along. After the first chapter or so, I didn't think I'd be able to keep up or understand what was going on, but it grew easier.
I really got to feel for these characters. It was a clever story, with enough drama, action, and romance to keep all parties involved. I actually got quite disappointed when I finished it. I would recommend to anyone. Sure, some of the actors or more stiff then others, but I don't feel that severely hampered my experience. A lot of the actors played their parts well.
TL;DR: Good, captivating story. Might take some adjusting to the narration and understanding what is going on, but it gets easier. The full cast creates a great experience.
"OMG - This production surpasses all expectations!"
Aside from the amazing story, which I was already familiar with, being a fan of the graphic novel series, the production values for the audio are akin to a blockbuster film... but without the visuals. The acting is superb, a stellar cast; sound design is rich and full, with exceptional music score; and the recording sounds like each scene was actually placed in the physical space in which it occurred... rather than a studio.
I've only finished Books 1-3 in a couple of sittings. Books 4-6 await!
All the characters, as performed by this cast, are mesmerizing. But for me, my favorites are the mom, Nina, and the 'Echo' in the well (played by the ever so talented Tatiana Mislay!).
Nina has so much depth and realism to her character, and the trials she goes through are so uncomfortably real. I hear "Every Mom" whenever she appears.
Tatiana Mislay plays the thing in the well with the most enticingly sultry voice, but that allure is tempered with a chilling danger. We're talking' the Sirens luring young ones to their doom!
Oh yeah, and Stephen King (!!!) plays a little role. He's hilarious!
They're not really "narrators", but actors playing characters. They were all fully invested in their roles... not a false note among them (so far - I have the other half to get through!). It's truly like listening to a movie with a blindfold.
I listened to The Starling Project, and I loved it.
Locke & Key is heads and shoulders above that excellent production! Kudos to Audible for producing this audio feast for the ears and imagination (and to Joe Hill, as well)!
Both versions are great I am sure. Personally, I like Audio Versions that allow me to travel and listen at the same time.
If you enjoy thrillers, horror, or any of Joe Hill's past work, you will enjoy this audio book.
Both Tatiana Maslany from OB and Kate Mulgrew from OITNB?! I am so in.
Joe Hill creates such memorable characters it is hard to pick one out of the bunch.
"Great Plot, some loss in performace"
Overall I really enjoyed Locke & Key. Having no narrator caused some confusion during action scenes though, I found myself piecing together what happened after most climaxes. Despite this I found the dialogue style really interesting, the full cast performed really well and it's a cool unique story.
"From a Favorite Comic to a Favorite Audiobook"
I read the graphic novel, and then became a big fan of Joe Hill. It was a great story with great art by Gabriel Rodriguez. I thought, "Why the heck is there not a TV series of this on CW yet?"! It'd be so appealing to fans of "Supernatural."
This audiobook was a good step in that direction. It was so well-acted (narrated) and had great sound effects and a beautiful score that I'd buy, if they ever sold it in Amazon digital music.
I've listened to so many audiobooks, and this one is definitely one of my favorites. I will keep track of audiobooks made by all of the people that played a part in making this one, because they are blessed with talent!
"A great adaptation of the graphic novel"
The graphic novel is still my favorite interpretation of this story, but the audio drama is very, very good. All of the voice actors really bring out the personality of their characters, and it is such a great listen.
"Need more like it. "
listened to it twice. there will ne a 3rd time. need more like this. great.
"Stunning production value. I mean STUNNING"
This is one of those audiobooks you hold up and show off to non-audiobook friends as the way it should be done.
While the story is over wrought and definitely over-long, the production value is mesmerizing. Absolutely flawless delivery. World-class special effects, intriguing recording style (They apparently did on-location recording with the actors), great music. Overall, an absolutely perfect display of audio goodness. Sublime.
"Audio of a comic book, better than expected"
I resisted getting this audio for a long time, because I loved the Locke&Key comic book series and couldn't imagine how it could transformed from a visual medium to an auditory one. Having read and listened to the story, I can say that the result was better than I expected it to be. If I didn't know the story already, I could easily follow the progression of it through the audio book. I got the same creepy, magical, vibe present in the comics. The music did a lot to create an atmosphere. Also the actors were very good at their roles, really expressing their characters without the need for a lot of exposition.
There were still times in the book when it was hard to tell if the characters' grunts were because they were hurt, exerting themselves, or having a passionate moment. But there was enough context that the scene became clear before too long.
Now, like I did with the comic books, I want to warn that this is a story for mature audiences ONLY. Just because it was a comic book with cool-looking art, and it mostly revolves around young protagonists does not make this book for kids. Joe Hill, like this father before him, has the habit of creating terror in his stories by killing basically everybody. Be warned.
"Best Audiobook I've ever listened to"
I had the fortune of getting this book on the daily deals, but I would have happily paid full price. The story was excellent, riveting, and kept you wanting to listen all day. The voice actors, sound, and music were top notch too. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys audiobooks.
"An emotional rollercoaster."
Locke and Key is bought to life by a superb cast and there's also ambient noise to really put you as a fly on the wall as your mind constructs the image.
I thoroughly enjoyed the listen, it was a turbulent rollercoaster of emotions all the way through. Picture this, I'm a 6'4, 33 year old, gym loving male, I'm also foreman where I work and after 10 clock tea break, most of my delegation and other duties are pretty much done. So its around this time I pop my head phones on and work preying I won't get disturbed ( fat chance).
Now, three times this audio comic has had me fighting back tears. Its not exactly the look you wanna go for when you've 9 men to look after.
Our hero, Tyler, is a level headed young man for an 18 year old, looking after his mum and siblings in the abscense of his father, as past events spiral their life out of control in the magical Locke household that belongs to their Uncle Duncan.
The story twists and turns and comes to a conclusion you find yourself asking how you never saw it coming.
10/10. Now to treat my lovely lady to a new graphic novel I know she is gonna love.
"Like Listening to a High Budget Film"
I enjoyed listening to this audiobook but there was little in way of actual storytelling, more of characters speaking with high drama and lots of special effects. The result was dramatic and engrossing. I'm not sure I would always go for this type of audiobook, as it lacks the intimacy of a one narrator tell. But it certainly gave me an idea of what can be done with sound.
A great twisted tale. Enjoyed this brilliant story from story from start to finish. Highly recommended to anyone who likes graphic comic audio books.
"what a FANTASTIC book !"
why can't we have more fully dramatised books like that? I work on site most of the time...this book brought me to tears at the end...not a good look on site :)
Very well put together . great story line and would recommend to anyone . will be listening to more of Joe hills books .
"OH MY GOSH! Amazing! Just BRILLIANT! I LOVE IT!"
The full cast. The audio book lifted audio experience to a new level.
Can't say...a few great memorable moments playing in my head.
Audio drama performed by full cast, only thing I will say is that I'm going to listen to it AGAIN!
Emotional rollercoaster indeed! I really feel for the Mother as much as the other main characters.
A great fantasy horror thrill for me.
"Excellent, amazing and original!!"
Loved the plot with twists and turns and incredibly absorbing. There are some books which have captivated me and meant I would read and read and read as desperate to reach the end of it. This is the first audio book that is equally compelling! Loved the cast and dramatic presentation. The only negative found was that sometimes I struggled to understand who was who mainly because it packs so much in and jumps a little plot wise. STILL AMAZING!
I will recommend this to friends as it takes audio fiction to a new level. Narrated audio books are great, but dramatised stories offer so much more, and this one was executed brilliantly. From the writing and acting, through to the music, soundscape, and production - everything is first class.
The acting in some of the intense scenes is brilliant, the cast worked extremely well together and did a fantastic job.
As Joe Hill himself said, you can't get scared reading a comic. I think he said that anyway...
The tension building and suspense has been done very well, it's an emotional rollercoaster for sure.
Amazing job all round, and can't believe this is being given away for free. I'd have paid about £25 for it.
This was my first experience of a graphic novel of this type/genre and also the first time I'd tried an audio book that wasn't read by one person. I struggled at first and wondered if this was for me but after around 45 mins I was hooked. superb story, interesting characters and the score/actors really brought it to life. Thoroughly enjoyed it and am now hunting for something similar. ....would definitely recommend it :-)
"Gripping from start to finish! "
this book gripped from the start, the characters were played so well.
I've recommended this book to many people I know & also highly recommend to anyone reading these review's wondering whether to try or not
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