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Strange Weather

By: Joe Hill
Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
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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!

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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strange weather

wow I loved all these stories they all had a strong presence Thank you 👍

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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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  • Bobro
  • 10-02-2020

Overall a good listen with a decent length

This is 4 completely unrelated stories. All are read well but I felt Kate Mulgrew was the weaker narrator, which I was surprised at. The stories have a very diverse range, realistic crime, supernatural, all-out strange and weird. I originally got this book as I thought the best value for money at 14+ hours long! Having the 4 stories makes it nice to have a break and they each lasted the day at work. If you have no qualms about what type of story I would recommend.

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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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  • Selina
  • 16-07-2020

Great book!

I do love Joe Hills work, so I may be biased but i thought this book was great. The only reason it doesnt get 5 stars is because one of the stories just didnt do anything for me. I like short stories, I like Joe Hill.. I like this book!

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  • Kim
  • 24-04-2020

compelling from first line to last line.

compelling listening. the narrators are excellent and suit each tale perfectly. As usual Joe Hill dies not disappoint!

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  • Nikkimyself
  • 23-02-2020

great book again by Joe Hill

I loved this book. I read this around a year ago and I still think about the stories and how creepy they were. I highly recommend this book for people who like something a little different but still super creepy.

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  • Just
  • 02-02-2020

Excellent Weather

Four supreme novellas from Joe Hill, Strange Weather is a superb listen. The narrators are all amazing, each perfectly suited to the stories. With each publication, Joe Hill cements his status as a literary tour de force, and I certainly look forward to his next release! Utterly amazing.

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  • biffy clyro
  • 28-01-2020

Another book of joe hills I havent enjoyed

I enjoyed horns, NOS4R2, heart shaped box. Books I listened to one after the other, fine books. I was hopeful for the future of stephen king style writing as mr king last few books, I rate just below average at best but it seems mr hill has also slipped the downward slope. First the fireman truly terrible and now strange weather, I quite liked the cloud one as it reminded me of old king a fun little story but the others just reek of movie/tv series desperation, hill seems to write with the hope of dreamworks/HBO/Netflix/Amazon in mind. The Polaroid one dull, boring The guns one terrible desperate The cloud one quite good The ice spike one ok if average. And only 2 relate to strange weather. Only locke and key left to listen to or maybe just find another writer.

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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.