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Strange Weather

By: Joe Hill
Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Four short novels from the author of The Fireman and Horns, ranging from creepy horror to powerful explorations of our society.

One autumnal day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails, splinters of bright crystal that tear apart anyone who isn't safely under cover. 'Rain' explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as clouds of nails spread out across the country and the world. Amidst the chaos, a girl studying law enforcement takes it upon herself to resolve a series of almost trivial mysteries...apparently harmless puzzles that turn out to have lethal answers.

In 'Loaded', a mall security guard heroically stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun movement. Under the hot glare of the spotlights, though, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it....

'Snapshot, 1988' tells the story of a kid in Silicon Valley who finds himself threatened by The Phoenician, a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid that can steal memories....

And in 'Aloft', a young man takes to the skies to experience parachuting for the first time...and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero's island of roiling vapour that seems animated by a mind of its own.

Read by Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, Dennis Boutsikaris and Stephen Lang.

©2017 Joe Hill (P)2017 HarperCollins US

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Entertaining but not amazing

The stories in this book were pretty good, but I felt like the endings to the first two were a bit of a let down, and the third story I didn’t like at all.

Wil Wheaton, not so great at accents...
but the other narrators were good.

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I fully recommend this! <br />

amazing. all four stories had me hanging out for more! amazing read. get this now

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1 star for that 'South African' accent.

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

You know the one. Sometimes it was Jamaican. Sometimes Russian. I had to turn it off, but wanted to know how it ended so I powered through. It would have been great because he can do the other voices well, but did someone seriously listen to that and go 'Okay! We're good to distribute this to the general public!'?!

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A great collection of stories....

..... But only one problem.... Wil Wheaton.... You can not and should not do a South African accent ever again., wasn't sure if he was Scottish as some points.... But other than that very entertaining and fun.

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  • Jerome
  • 11-06-2018

Loving Hill more and mote

I've really enjoyed Hill's work, and this collection of novellas does not disappoint. His depth of imagination is superb, and his storytelling skills polish that off with aplomb.

I'm looking forward to decades of pleasure from Hill.

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  • Farniboy
  • 08-01-2018

A Return To Form for Joe Hill....

I didn't like The Fireman, it was a good idea, that started well, but eventally was ruined by being a bloated, saccharine mess. These four short novels are far tighter and tense affairs. Like lots of good genre fiction the stories hold a mirror up to contemporary situations, especially the current political climate in America. Each story is a great, for their own reasons, and the superb narrations really add to a great audio experience.

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  • Martin Gill
  • 23-11-2017

Great story

Great story, well written and voiced. I would highly recommend this to any fan of the author.

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  • Michael
  • 08-08-2019

What a let down!

The idea was good but the execution was poor. I mean, at times the writing is engaging in 'Snapshot' but 'Aloft' & 'Rain' are nothing but short stories stretched thin and even at that they made no sense whatsoever. 'Loaded' is drowning in its own pool of social justice and full of stereotypical characters . Not to mention, but the 'not so subtle digs' aimed at Trump and Guns are tiresome at this stage, (we've all seen Joe and SK's crusade on Twitter, right?), while the play for brownie points from those who Trump 'supposedly' dislikes is just lazy storytelling. After 'The Fireman' I expected something better.  Joe can write but his ability to weave a good story remains to be seen.

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  • Samuel Green
  • 18-08-2019

Half good. Half dreadful.

Kate Mulgrew is the best thing about this audiobook. 2 of the stories were excellent (snapshot and rain) the other 2 just terrible.

Also found the books to be overly political. Fiction to me is meant to be an escape from the real world not a place to have the authors political beleifs thrust upon me in every chapter.

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  • Rickwick
  • 06-08-2019

Excellent!

Great listen. Each story is easily digestible and performed stunningly. The stand out for me was Loaded.

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  • D. Allen
  • 30-10-2018

a nice change from 14hr stories

Having enjoyed Lang's reading of Heart Shaped Box, Mulgrew's NOS4A2, and Wheaton's Ready player One, I was already onboard with the narrators and Mr. Hill's prose, so this was a great change to the 10-14hr stories I had been digesting recently. A good choice this collection of 4 short stories. Recommended.

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  • vivianne carvalho
  • 14-08-2018

recommend it

this is my first contact with Joe hill and I hope his longer novels are well thought as these 4. I was not very impressed with the 3rd novel but all three others I really enjoyed.

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  • SteveDunne
  • 08-07-2018

lobed it.

Novellas and short-story collections are my favourite. this book is the right combination of both. the readers are excellent as is to be expected. Highly recommend this.

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  • Leya Jane Moore
  • 21-04-2018

This book will affect you

A book that takes you to new horizons of wonder, awe and outrage... ‘Loaded’ especially is arresting and will give an emotional reaction, depending on your political stance... powerfully written and expertly crafted. The devil is in the detail of these stories and Hill laces detail into each paragraph, so expertly, that when the magic hits the page, it is never questioned.

The narrators were flawless... apart from Will Wheaton’s terrible SA accent, which marred the first novella, whenever it raised its ugly head... but the other narrators were brilliant - Kate Mulgrew, as always was sublime!

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  • Jackaboy
  • 26-02-2018

Great group of short story's

Joe Hill just seams to get better and better.

Great production well read by all four performers