Interesting book with a lot of different twists. I think it kind of falls off the rails at the end but still an entertaining read.
This story is a weird, yet fun, read. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Thursday Next series written by Jasper Fforde.
Mr. Porter adds a dimension with his expression that would be missed just reading.
This book kept my attention from the very begining until the end. A good twist on a sci fi story. Exciting.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I won't he promised. Smart women are so damn sexy.
There has been a lot of ranting and raving about this book and the narrator Ray Porter.
The reason is because it is a great book. It starts out really good and you think it is a scary house book, but it is so much more. The book just gets better and better as it goes along. Toward the end of the first downloaded part, I was thinking they are about to solve, this, what are they going to do for the next six hours. Well, they did plenty.
I also like how well the author knows what it is like to be a working stiff. Most of these people are in this apartment because it is cheap and Cline seems to have some real experience on what it is like to live around the poverty level. He understands the dreams and struggles of the working man and woman. There is some good character development in this book.
Ray Porter is excellent.
Check this book out, you will like it.
I'm very into Sci-fi and decided to give this book a try. I was engaged throughout the entire novel. It's not in my top 10 favorite audiobooks but definitely worth listening to. The story slowly goes from a normal to sci-fi. The normal part of the book seemed a bit unrealistic but perhaps it was necessary to foreshadow what's to come.
The aspect of surprise. For the first half of the book I continued to make different theories and they continued to be false.
Definitely the main character.
How far would you go to unlock a secret?
"A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” --C.S. Lewis
This was a twisting, turning, suspenseful novel to the nth degree. Ray Porter did an almost perfect job of narrating it, and I really felt as if I was involved and rooting for the various characters, although I thought one of them should have been given more of a personality.
It was a surprise. I don't normally like surprises, but it reminded me of that movie that John Cusak did--Identity--in that you really didn't quite understand what was happening, but you were right on the verge of grasping it AT THE SAME TIME as the characters were.
I loved the relationships between all of the main characters, especially the way various friendships grew slowly and turned into something strong, and, what seemed as if something real and lasting. This is something that doesn't happen very often in books these days, there is too much of the "hurry up and get together" mentality going on. These friendships seemed to become something that would last well beyond the story, and that is really refreshing in a novel.
What just happened?
I virtually NEVER will get a book on reviews alone. Especially if nobody will give up any part of the plot! However, the fact that virtually nobody WOULD give up the plot intrigued me so much that I really felt that I had to hear it. I am so glad I did! I hope there is more coming from this author--as far as I can see he hasn't written very many novels and has mostly worked with graphic novels (which are not really my forte). And I really hate horror stories as a general rule, which is what I was afraid this would turn out to be. Instead it turned out to be similar to an extraordinarily good
I highly recommend this book to anybody who likes mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventure, Stephen King, Indiana Jones, Buckaroo Banzai, War of the Worlds, Lee Childs, the Matrix, Hackers...etc. I could actually go on for a while. Enjoy!
This book was just fun. Creepy, weird, but not distressing, and I loved the characters.
Great characters and silly fun premise.
Nice job -- lots of characters and I could tell who he was speaking for before he said so from his accents and nuances.
Nate has moved into a very mysterious apartment building. His kitchen light shines like a black light, his neighbor's apartment is always 69 degrees no matter what, and every apartment has a completely different configuration for no apparent reason. (actually, now that I think of it, it is never explained even to the end of the book!)
Nate meets a lot of nice and curious people and you see the book setting up to be one of those typical plots where a group of curious people go exploring where they shouldn't explore and get themselves into a mess of trouble. And Peter Clines, despite his immense creativity, falls right into that standard plotline. By the last third of the audiobook, I was practically climbing the walls as the protagonists did the typical dumb-character horror movie stuff - why are you going out there where nothing good can happen? Why are you talking rather than doing that really essential thing you need to be doing right now? ARRRGGHHH!!
The book was very slow to get moving in introducing all the characters (as someone else here has already mentioned) and implodes after the secrets of "14" are discovered (as someone else has noted, so we are in agreement.) I think the author would have benefited us all by sitting back and thinking carefully before writing the last 1/3rd of the book, as it revealed some intriguing new information but was pretty disappointing in its execution.
So, to sum up, I'd say this is definitely worth a "skim" if it is on sale on Audible. (It's great that Audible has improved its listening app to allow more speeds and skipping forward 30 secs. Very useful for this erratic book.)
The first half of the book is great, quirky characters, good story, great reader. The second half takes a turn into a horror story, and gets as far-fetched as the other dimension the characters land in. It's so off course, it sounds like it was written by a different author, no more humor, fun, or quirkiness. The reader is great but he can't save a story that goes so wrong.