Excellent writing to draw the reader into a deceptively simple world, ratcheting up the complexity and drama to a final few intense scenes, blurring the boundary of fiction and reality.
14, a quiet apartment in a quiet neighborhood, or is it?
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
not Melrose Place
It is kind of the sci-fi version of Corduroy Mansions. it is about this apartment building in California and its residents. The residents get together to find out why their rent is so cheap. As you will learn from the story, Don't ask questions you don't want to know the answers. I liked the story because beside being a great mystery the characters are well developed so that the listener is invested in the mystery. Additionally there is mystery surrounding the characters.
The characterisations of each character were great. i had in my mind who the actors and actresses would be if it were a movie. I wonder if the narrator was channeling those actors.
If it seems to good to be true ... We all know how that ends. or perhaps the truth is stranger than science fiction.
I really enjoyed this listen. I think the characters were well developed. there was some twists and turns in the plot that kept you interested. But mostly the character development was great. They called themselves the scooby gang and boy did they uncover a mystery.
Live near Yosemite National Park. Listen to Audible books while hiking.
This is an interesting story and I recommend it. It was not written as well as it could have been, but still held my interest – that is, I was able to suspend disbelief up to the point that the machine was messed with by the crazies. But then the author took his story in an implausible direction based on what his characters, given their past conduct, would actually have done. (Bicycles across an extremely hostile territory? These characters?? Naw.) Be that as it may, the book is still worth the money. By the way, it is NOT a haunted house story. More interesting than that.
This book reminded me of a Stephen King story. The characters were likable and fun with relaxed dialog. It was hard to put the book down. The concept was a bit wacky, but it didn't distract from my enjoyment. I will read this book again in a few years.
Veke; smart, dry sense of humor.
Finding the control room.
I don't consider myself to be a huge sci-fi fan, but I enjoyed the references to fictional characters like Walter Bishop; I felt like I was 'in on the joke.' This was a perfect blend of balancing the everyday drudgery that make up life (traffic, paying bills, sometimes a pointless job--we've all been there!) with the excitement of a good mystery that has the characters (and reader) rushing home to explore. Ray Porter has once again done a fantastic job of vocal characterization to bring the story to life.
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i really enjoyed this book it had a lot of twists and turns. the reader did a great job with all the diffrent voice characters. i was hoping to stretch this book for a month but after starting it i couldn't stop listening. yes it is a lot of sci fi and it dose feel a little like a teen book but thats not a real bad thing. if you like dean koontz book i really feel you will like this. ENJOY
Squirrels are my nemesis....
Yes, time well spent, and I could not relate to the reviewers who though all the good stuff was in the back of the book: the interactions of all the building tenants was pretty fulfilling for me from the beginning.
Yes, my friends who like this type of genre.
Engaging, quirky in all the right places and I felt he really captured the essence of each person's character.
Yeah, I think a movie would work.
Started a bit slow but got much faster about half way through. The only thing that brought it down some was the seeming intelligence level of the bad guys. Their "dialog" was pretty weak.
Overall though I liked it and would recommend it to others.
This was my first WhisperSync audible purchase and I loved going back and forth from Kindle to Audible. The story was suspenseful and filled with entertaining characters--best described (as the author does throughout) as Shaggy, Daphne, Velma and Fred. Oh how we cheer for "Shaggy" and adore the sharp-tonged, Russian "Velma" and the blue-haired "Daphne" as they solve all the riddles of the universe locked in apartment.....oops, spoiler alert.
As with most Sci-Fi, when you finally look behind the curtain it is never quite as thrilling as the pages you just raced through to get there. But Peter Clines does not hold back on any of the potential for other-worldly adventure.
All that being said, by far the best feature of this audio-book is the narrator--Ray Porter. For my next audible purchase, I will definately seek out another book based on his narration. He was able to use different voices for each of the characters in this vast ensemble--not an easy task with the various ethnic backgrounds and the different women involved. And he did so masterfully. When the final threatening voices are added at the end of the tale, Mr. Porter nailed the haunting/threatening voice which sounded (to me at least) similar to Gollum. Bravo on an outstanding narration!
If you want to spend the next 9-10 hours solving puzzles and running for you life--this is absolutely the story for you!
Ray Porter really mastered the characters in voice, dialect, spirit and nuance of language relevant to the character. Young, old and neither, it was a great listen.
for me it stands on its own, I can't really compare it to another book.
There were a number of great scenes throughout the book, some being very small subtle moments between characters, others where a good solid round of sarchasm made all the difference, and some where the length and breadth of the suspense was very well played. I like others, can't really speak to some of the best stuff with out omitting spolier-ship.
Be careful what you look for, it may find you.
great listen, highly recommend