Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix audiobook

Horrorstör: A Novel

By Grady Hendrix
Read by Tai Sammons and Bronson Pinchot

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A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting, and full of current fears, Horrorstör delivers a high-concept premise in a unique style. Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjërring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes—clearly someone, or something, is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift and encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new twenty-first-century economy. A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting, and full of current fears, Horrorstör delivers a high-concept premise in a unique style.

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Summary

Summary

A BookRiot Pick of the Best Horror Books of the Decade

An Esquire pick of the 10 Best Ghost Books

An Insider.com Pick of the Best Horror Audiobooks

A September 2014 LibraryReads Pick

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting, and full of current fears, Horrorstör delivers a high-concept premise in a unique style.

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjërring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes—clearly someone, or something, is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift and encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new twenty-first-century economy.

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting, and full of current fears, Horrorstör delivers a high-concept premise in a unique style.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to put together furniture from IKEA, you’ll get a laugh out of Hendrix’s spoof mystery.” New York Post
“Wildly fun and outrageously inventive.” Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“This fun horror novel…will deliver enough scares for horror fans.” Library Journal
“A very clever ghost story.” Booklist
“Retail stores that peddle lifestyle philosophies to customers and employees get a comic drubbing in this diverting horror lampoon.” Publishers Weekly
“Tai Sammons narrates evenly, with Bronson Pinchot providing interstitial advertisements for increasingly sinister-sounding Orsk furniture…Fans of B horror movies will enjoy this parody and will be entertained by the strong story development.” Library Journal (audio review)
“Sammons’ performance has a tough, acidic edge that perfectly reflects Amy’s cynicism and resignation. Pinchot, meanwhile, sounds just like a commercial, with a tenor tone and perfectly convincing upbeat rhythm.” AudioFile
“Disarming.” Wall Street Journal

Reviews

Reviews

by Kay 6/13/2020
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Enjoyable and Entertaining

This has been on my TBR list for years! It was pretty entertaining and a unique concept. Jinkies though, it sure does feel like an inexperienced Mystery Incorporated kind of sleuth gang in the beginning. I was questioning finishing it. However, around the halfway mark it starts to get good and the pace really picked up. In the audio, I liked when the “music” played as the intro to the Orsk commercials describing the “furniture”. They were entertaining and thankfully I had the Kindle version to follow along with to see all the descriptions as well as listen to them(Bodavest-Boasting several advantages over traditional forms of restraint, Bodavest confines the penitent and opposes the agitated movement of blood toward the brain, forcing the subject into a state of total immobility, conducive to self-reflection and free of stressful outside stimuli.) Each chapter begins with a type of furniture to introduce the adventure. Considering our current circumstances, I had to giggle at the quote just before the seance, “There will be no unsanitary hand holding”. LOL - This was a quick read/listen and very entertaining. It was definitely a fun and different kind of story considering the creative “furniture”, commercials, and warehouse location. I can totally picture this taking place in an IKEA store(which I have gotten lost in completely exhausted and in tears before finally finding my way out!). It was worth the read/listen!


by Brian (Brian's Book Blog) 3/19/2019
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Super Enjoyable

I know that Horrostor isn’t really a comedy, but it’s completely valuable to the genre in similar ways that I think Shaun of the Dead was as well. Shaun was able to cover a lot of the same things that you saw in Romero-like zombie films but did it in a funny way. I thought that Horrorstor was similar in that aspect. It pays perfect homage to the haunted house feeling but moves it into an Ikea-like place.

Horrorstor was just so preciously enjoyable. I ravenously enjoyed listening to it. Every moment I could listen to a few minutes I would. I needed to know what was going to happen to the people and to this store. There were elements that just surprised the heck out of me and there were moments that you felt like “oh yeah, I saw that coming” but in the end – you couldn’t really predict it. Hendrix was able to write it in a way that felt familiar but that’s what made it even more unrelenting and in the end, made me feel uneasy (in a good way) while listening to it.

The character development (I’m including the store as a character here) was second-to-none. I thought that it was perfect – enough that you felt like you knew them and also enough the root for (or against) them. I love when a book is able to do that without spending page after page giving a details description of a persons back story.

The little cutscenes between each chapter were perfect. And if you stopped paying close attention the ones further into the book were funnier and funnier.

I’ve never read anything from Hendrix before this and happened to get it as a Chirp deal (Bookbub’s dive into audiobooks) and I’m SUPER glad I picked it up. It’s a super well produced Blackstone title with a narrator I’ve listened to a lot (Pinchot) and one I’ve never listened to before that I will be checking out after this one (Sammons). Back to Hendrix – I realized that another book that I kept seeing in my twitter feed was a book of his (We Sold Our Souls). And I’ll probably be quickly adding that book to my TBR pile.

The Blackstone cover of this audiobook really grabbed my attention – I had no idea what it was about but it really dragged me in. It’s completely opposite of the ebook and paperback edition which is bright and looks like the IKEA catalog (on purpose). I don’t know if I would have bought it with the brighter cover or not. The dark cover (I still know I’m in a store) really helped to set the tone for me, though.
by Olaf 11/25/2017
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Imagine an empty IKEA store at night. Creepy, right?

I liked this "mild horror" audio book for its fresh tone and innovative setting in an IKEA like furniture store. Imagine such a store empty of people at night. Creepy, right? This audio book has interesting characters, some chilly moments, some humor, and some (very few) gore moment.

Overall, not to serious, easy listening.
by Ana 9/13/2017
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A fun, easy listen, with some very amusing moments

I am not a great fan of horror stories or scary stuff in general, but I used to listen to them on occasion when I was younger...and I decided to give this one a try because it seemed like it might be equal parts humor and gore. I was also intrigued by the concept, being that I have been in an IKEA or two in my life, sucked into the aesthetic despite myself, infuriated by the maze-like structure, and totally tempted by the inexpensive food options.

In fact, Horrorstor is pretty light on the gore. When I was almost halfway through it, I began to doubt it would ever get scary. Tai Sammons also took time to grow on me. I was immediately impressed by how perfectly her quirky, attitude-filled voice fit the character that Grady Hendrix created. But I wasn't sure I liked her at all. Eventually, her character grew and adapted to the challenges of her environment...and Tai's voice began to soften and gain complexity as well.

Bronson's introductions to each chapter, with their descriptions of furniture that eventually morph into torture devices, are really splendid. They made me laugh unfailingly, and I felt like there was probably a lot of subtlety that I was missing in the jokes as I multi-tasked while listening. That was really the best part of this book for me, actually -- I was able to listen casually, because I tend to get so absorbed that any noise or distraction makes it hard for me to enjoy a story. In this case, I was okay with missing a nuance here or there. Occasionally I backtracked to figure out how the characters ended up lost in the labyrinthine Orsk...but mostly I just enjoyed the flow.

This would definitely make for a classic horror movie, and as an audiobook it succeeds at entertaining and provoking thought about how our culture tends to continually suck us into a mindless consumerism and search for identity in conformity.

Author

Author Bio: Grady Hendrix

Author Bio: Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City whose novels have won wide acclaim. Horrorstör was named one of the best books of 2014 by National Public Radio, and Paperbacks from Hell won the Bram Stoker Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Horror
Runtime: 6.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English