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Welcome to Night Vale

By: Joseph Fink,Jeffrey Cranor
Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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I really wanted to like this

Being an avid listener of the podcast I was coming at the bit to hear this, however it was a let down. I think the combination of a relatively dull plot and the format in which it was presented just didn't capture the charm of Welcome to Nightvale. I thought having the narration done by Cecil Baldwin would be the icing on the cake, but having him read as an outsider to the story, rather than as a key character, just made this Nightvale feel even more disconnected from the podcast. Still worth a listen, but don't get your hopes up about the quality

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An excellent accompaniment to the podcast

This book is a perfect way to get more Nightvale when you have caught up with the podcast. m Cecil's voice is soothing to listen to and the story is exciting and surreal.

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fell in love

My understanding of the town grows deep, my love for the people also grows deep. I feel bad for the tarantula, but that is besides the point.

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  • Beccameriel
  • 01-24-16

For the fans really

If you already love Nightvale then you will love this as a hugely extended episode. If you don't already love Nightvale then you will be confused and possibly angry. It's very, very surreal and does assume your previous knowledge and acceptance of, for instance, faceless old women who secretly live in your home, dog parks, sentient houses, and angels (who don't exist).

It's funny and weird and charming and disturbing as ever. If you're not already fully immersed in the world of Nightvale I would suggest you go and listen to a few of the podcasts and, if you like them, listen to all of them and then listen to this. If you dislike the first episode of Nightvale, then stop listening imediately and do not buy this book.

To be honest, the plot of the story is almost irrelevant to the world building and atmosphere so it loses a star from me.

Cecil Baldwin is obviously brilliant and no one else would be an acceptable narrator.

Oh, and Steve Carlsberg isn't such a bad guy, whatever Cecil says.

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  • Chr
  • 11-15-15

breaks immersion way to often

Porly written, to many, to long obscureties crushes immersion, beyond a point narrator can save.

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  • Mr C.
  • 09-26-16

Good, but slow at times.

A good story if you're into Night Vale as a show, but it does take quite a while to get going. Once it found a decent pace I was hooked.

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  • AB
  • 09-01-16

Goodnight, Nigh Vale, goodnight

i have relistened to a lot of parts, because this was my go to sleep guide. Cecil's voice is amazingly soothing. The story was much more than I thought, and exactly what i dreamed it to be. TL;DR Mandatory for thoso who listen to the podcast

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-15

Welcome to Nightvale the book

If you love the podcast, you'll love this. I will say that it is not the best place to get started with nightvale but it does try to get newcomers up to speed.

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  • Tilly P
  • 11-01-15

Awesome! Love the podcast and loved this too!

Really glad it was read by Cecil Baldwin. It would have been odd by anyone else! Great story as well as the usual fun nonsense :)

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  • Isobel Birkinshaw
  • 07-19-22

ok

Felt a bit of a slog. The story felt like it could have been resolved quicker . The voice acting was great. I am very glad they used the same chap that does the show. I don't this story really adds much to my experience of NightVale.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-22

loved every minute

Perfect and creepy and weird as always. Brilliant writting and beautifully read. Recommend for everyone.

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  • Ms. S. Smith
  • 05-18-21

Loved it!

I‘m a big fan of the X Files and Twin Peaks, so this was right up my street. The Narration is brilliant, the story weird and amusing at the same time. Highly recommended!

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  • ANDY
  • 05-03-21

a great listen

loved it, being familiar with nightmare help, though I hated the additional voice acting for Old lady jose and Carlos they were awful and not atall the right choice

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  • Dean
  • 11-09-15

TOP SECRET

I could tell you that this book was the most interesting, fun, and different book I have ever, ever, ever come across ever, but I won't because it is illegal, in fact it is illegal for me to say anything about it. It also mentions angels, though let's pretend you did not know that since it is illegal to talk of angels also.
So in conclusion you could say I may or may not have thoroughly enjoyed this book. I did. but go check with a scientist who will hook me up to a machine, write something on his clipboard then indicate the answer to you using actual words.

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  • Rory
  • 03-08-17

The Definitive Welcome to Night Vale Experience

This book is for fans, in short. If you love the podcast and want to enjoy a far longer experience, or really if you just want to understand the lights seen in the sky above Arby's and the Man in the Tan Jacket, this is for you. Please note though, this book takes place between episodes 75 and 76 of the podcast, and consequently features spoilers for everything before episode 75.

I cannot recommend it enough, and if you have yet to listen to the podcast, I highly recommend you give it a go.

Cecil Baldwin continues to be an incredible actor, and the cameos from Dylan Marren (Carlos) and Retta (Old Woman Josie) as well as the *ahem* DEFINITELY NOT ANGELS were welcome and happy appearences.

I cannot wait for the next Night Vale novel, as well as the next episode of the podcast.

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  • Kirra
  • 03-31-17

A wonderful welcome.

This book was different to the podcasts since it's a real, full story all in one so it had the lulls in action and plot that the podcasts don't. The story was also a little disjointed sometimes but overall I loved it very much and it was so wonderful to listen to the book the same way we listen to the podcasts. Diane and Jackie were awesome main characters and Cecil's shows in between the story was such a nice surprise!

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  • Rach
  • 10-23-22

Fantastic

even if you don't know nightvale this book is awesome and a great listen. Cecil is an amazing voice actor

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  • Brioney
  • 06-28-21

A quirky adventure!

I loved this book. The storytelling was intriguing. Well read and engaging. Akin to the writing of Douglas Adams and just as gripping. A must if you love random, disjointed but also linear narratives.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-20

Brilliant story full of lovable characters

Amazing book that I couldn't stop reading!! The story had me in a trance and I can't recommend it enough to people who love the podcast or love a good surreal and touching story.

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  • George
  • 09-19-20

Don't listen to the bad reviews!!

This was a remarkable book, filled with the trademark night Vale weirdness. It has a great story and amazing characters. Thank you Joseph and Geoffrey!!!!

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  • Samuel Windus
  • 04-13-19

AMAZING!!!

Incredible story telling. Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel brings the Night Vale universe to life like never before, whilst retaining the weird and wonderful story-telling we are so accustomed to!

Cecil Baldwin makes this novel an unforgettable experience with his beautiful, one of a kind voice.

Couldn’t rate this higher!

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  • A. S.
  • 07-25-18

love

not even finished but im morally obligated to give a 5 star review because wtnv crew has never let me down

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-18

10/10 better than reading it.

Loved it!
Brilliant touch by having Cecil narrarait it and accompanyed with sound effect and music 10/10. Why read the book when you could listen to this instead.