Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Audio-book)

Night Vale is a small desert town where all the conspiracy theories you’ve ever heard are actually true. 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. She can’t seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City before she herself unravels.

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. 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.

How did I get the book? Audiobook, also have a gifted hardcopy

Genre: Mystery

Review: Usually audio-books do not connect for me but I think for Welcome to Night Vale choosing to listen to the audio-book was actually the better idea.

This is a story for fans of the podcast. Without an understanding of Night Vale and it’s wonderful quirks and who Cecil is the reader is going to struggle.

I did begin by reading the book but switched over to the audio-book after a couple of chapters. This made the whole experience so much better. It became an extended podcast adventure with two Night Vale residence at the helm. Having Cecil narrate the book is of course what makes it- because it reinforces the podcast feeling.

The story in-itself is true Night Vale. The is an accepted confusing throughout each tale, such as the concept of time and how Jackie is always 19. How Diane’s son Josh is who is, regardless how he represents who he is. I enjoy how Night Vale accepts all of this. How things connect in their own ways at some point in the story and how THE LIBRARY must always be feared.

I am not sure that if I read instead of listened I would have enjoyed this story the same way.

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