Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink audiobook

Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel

By Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Music by Disparition
Read by Cecil Baldwin , Dylan Marron , Retta , Thérèse Plummer , and Dan Bittner
Music by Disparition

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12.11 Hours Unabridged
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From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves...no matter where we live. "Hypnotic and darkly funny. . . . Belongs to a particular strain of American gothic that encompasses The Twilight Zone, Stephen King and Twin Peaks, with a bit of Tremors thrown in."--The Guardian Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge. Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked "KING CITY" by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels. Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton's son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane's started to see her son's father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it. Diane's search to reconnect with her son and Jackie's search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: "KING CITY". It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures...if they can ever find it.

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Summary

Summary

An AudioFile Editors’ Pick

An October 2015 LibraryReads Pick

A BookPage Top Pick of Fantasy for October 2015

From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves...no matter where we live.

"Hypnotic and darkly funny. . . . Belongs to a particular strain of American gothic that encompasses The Twilight Zone, Stephen King and Twin Peaks, with a bit of Tremors thrown in."--The Guardian

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked "KING CITY" by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can't seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.

Night Vale PTA treasurer Diane Crayton's son, Josh, is moody and also a shape shifter. And lately Diane's started to see her son's father everywhere she goes, looking the same as the day he left years earlier, when they were both teenagers. Josh, looking different every time Diane sees him, shows a stronger and stronger interest in his estranged father, leading to a disaster Diane can see coming, even as she is helpless to prevent it.

Diane's search to reconnect with her son and Jackie's search for her former routine life collide as they find themselves coming back to two words: "KING CITY". It is King City that holds the key to both of their mysteries, and their futures...if they can ever find it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Welcome To Night Vale brings its eponymous desert town to to vivid life…It is as weird and surreal as I hoped it would be, and a surprisingly existential meditation on the nature of time, reality, and the glow cloud that watches over us.” Wil Wheaton
“Brilliant, hilarious, and wondrously strange. I’m packing up and moving to Night Vale!” Ransom Riggs, New York Times bestselling author
“They’ve done the unthinkable: merged the high weirdness and intense drama of Night Vale to the pages of a novel that is even weirder, even more intense than the podcast.” Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author
“All hail the glow cloud as the weird and wonderful town of Night Vale brings itself to fine literature…A fantastic addition with a stand-alone tale of the mysterious desert town that also offers loyal listeners some interesting clues about the nature of the place.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Cocreators of the popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast, successfully expand the mythology of their strange desert town. Fans will find it refreshing to see Night Vale from different perspectives…but knowledge of the podcast isn’t required to follow the story.” Publishers Weekly
“Fans of the wildly popular “Welcome to Night Vale” podcast—and anyone else seeking a suitably spooky tale for Halloween—will relish this extended trip to a strange desert town…Fink and Cranor take their fantastical realm to the next level in a hilariously surreal story.” BookPage
“Hypnotic and darkly funny…Belongs to a particular strain of American gothic that encompasses The Twilight Zone, Stephen King, and Twin Peaks, with a bit of Tremors thrown in.” Guardian (London)

Reviews

Reviews

by Jonty 9/13/2017
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Loved it so much, I got a signed copy

Suffice it to say that Nightvale gains a lot from being able to tell a longer story. It has time for plots and character drama that wouldn't have been possible in the usual podcast format.

I'm glad I got it in audio as well, because it still has the feel of listening to the podcast. Cecil and Disparition sound excellent as usual, alongside new cast members, making it sound both familiar an unfamiliar at the same time, which is pretty much Night Vale in a nutshell.

I was only mildly surprised to find that my copy of the book had been signed in gold pen by its two authors. Perhaps a little moreso when I recalled that, being as this is an audio book (as mentioned above), it transcends the need for a physical form, and thus should offer up no surface on which to sign.

I am not sure how this happened exactly, but when I first saw its purple and orange cover on my phone's lock screen, it bore the unmistakable signatures of co-creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor in the aforementioned gold pen. They were still there when I looked away, closed my eyes and depowered my phone, in that order.

I have not yet tired of seeing their names imprinted on my field of vision wherever I go, and I don't believe I will. The latter looks very good next to the floater in my right eye.

The completionist in me would still like to have the names of all five narrators, whispered to me in their own voices while I try to sleep, thinking I am alone, knowing I am alone in the room. Is anyone ever really alone?

Author

Author Bio: Joseph Fink

Author Bio: Joseph Fink

Joseph Fink created and cowrites the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and touring live show. In his mid-twenties he started Commonplace Books, a very small publishing company, producing two collections of short works which he edited and laid out at his office job when his boss wasn’t looking.

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Author Bio: Jeffrey Cranor

Author Bio: Jeffrey Cranor

Jeffrey Cranor cowrites—along with Joseph Fink—the hit podcast and touring live show Welcome to Night Vale. He also makes theater and dance. He has written more than 100 short plays with the New York Neo-Futurists, cowrote and coperformed in the two-man show What the Time Traveler Will Tell Us. Jeffrey lives in New York State.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 12.11
Audience: Adult
Language: English