The Fireman by Joe Hill audiobook

The Fireman: A Novel

By Joe Hill
Read by Kate Mulgrew

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22.33 Hours Unabridged
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From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman. The fireman is coming. Stay cool. No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe. Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child. Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged. In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times Bestseller

A Time Magazine Pick for the Best Books of 2016 So Far

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2016

A 2016 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Best Horror Award Nominee

A May 2016 LibraryReads Pick

A BookPage Top Pick for May 2016

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Joe Hill has always been good, but he’s created something incandescent here, soaring and original. He’s a master storyteller who writes with fire in his veins.” Lauren Beukes, New York Times bestselling author
“Each and every page had me entranced…Hill smartly focuses on Harper and her attempts at survivall…Hill weaves questions about the power of leadership, group-think, love, catastrophe, and family into the plot…And his humdinger of an ending provides just the right closure.” Amazon.com
“A tremendous, heartrending epic of bravery and love set in a fully realized and terrifying apocalyptic world, where hope lies in the simplest of gestures and the fullest of hearts.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Hill has a talent for depicting fascinating characters caught in terrible situations…With a full cast of characters and multiple story lines to keep the reader hooked, Hill’s enthralling fourth thriller hits another home run.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A novel that will keep you up reading all night…Highly recommended.” LibraryReads
“With plenty of pop-culture references and playfully meta moments, The Fireman is a bona fide, post-apocalyptic page-turner that’s equal parts touching and pulse-pounding, surprising and awe-inducing.” BookPage
“Narrator Kate Mulgrew adeptly handles this epic apocalyptic tale…Hill’s writing ranges from lyrical to action packed, and Mulgrew infuses her voice with emotions to help propel the story.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Peter 9/13/2017
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Heart stopping

Great thriller/ suspense excellent review on the human condition. Enjoy the listen
by Michael1 9/13/2017
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Slow Burn at First, Then a Blazer Until the End!

This book was a slow burn in the beginning. I never had thoughts of abandoning it, however I had days where I just said to hell with it and listened to music instead. But I would venture back and continue the journey, and I soon found I was really starting to enjoy this book, and never looked back. I'm not that much of a book reviewer, and I don't like reading reviews where they just retell the story in their own words. I will just say that Joe Hill is getting better with his writing. I'm definitely a fan and I look forward to being a constant reader as I am with his father. On a last note, if anyone reads this short informal review, if the story starts off slow for you and continues to be so far a while, take breaks from it, but don't give up. It will get much better. I would hate for you to miss out on a great story.

Author

Author Bio: Joe Hill

Author Bio: Joe Hill

Joe Hill, author of the critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Box, is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship, and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Fireman. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year’s Best collections.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 22.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English