Peter Clines - likely not. The ideas were interesting but the writing style was juvenile, predictable, and deus ex machina ran rampant. Towards the end, especially the last 3-4 hours, it went from being within an appropriate range of suspended disbelief to utter nonsense.
Fr about 3/4 of the book, it's a really interesting blend of real, modern-day earth and steampunky sciences fiction, but when Clines slips wholly into the world of sci-fi, it becomes too outlandish.
Ray Porter was a excellent narrator, although he is not particularly good at doing voices.
I was sucked right in.
Gave me a great book hang over. Didn't know where to turn next.
This was the first time I listened to a horror/paranormal novel, and I really enjoyed it. Now that I've been an audible customer for a few months, I've learned the value of having a great performer, and Ray Porter is indeed a great performer. He had to cover around 10 different voices and was able to give them each a distinct personality and varied enough that I knew who was speaking. The one negative is that he did one minor character's voice in a way that was offputting that it grated my ears. Maybe that was what he was going for, but it was bad enough that it took me out of the story a little. Luckily this minor character didn't have too many lines.
The story itself is good, Nate, a man in his early 30s struggles living in LA with a terrible job when a decent apartment with a wonderful price is offered to him. As soon as he moves in, he starts to notice odd features of the apartment. When he starts to meet his neighbors and get a feel of the place the mysteries of the building begin to stack on top of each other to the point where Nate becomes consumed with figuring out the mysteries of the apartment and is able to get his neighbors in on the detective work. There is a wide range of characters who are all believable and react in ways you can imagine people acting in these paranormal situations.
So yes, I recommend this audiobook. The story is decent and easy enough to listen to while multitasking. However, the story itself isn't necessarily scary, but it is intriguing to listen to a paranormal mystery that is something other than a whodoneit. And I'm impressed with Ray Porter enough that I'm going to look out for other books he performs in.
Big You Bet.. Because I said so.....lol
Great lesson, original story, and Ray Porter is one off the best.......Thanks Peter, it was a credit well spent.....
This book is really fun, quirky and interesting for the first 3/4ths. Then it takes a turn to the absurd. I found it difficult to suspend disbelief. It didn't seem to be up to the quality of the 1st part.
yes! i thoroughly enjoyed the concept and as the story progressed i got so immersed i had to bring it in from the car to continue listening. if you are a fan of lovecraft, you are going to like this.
i wouldnt want to ruin anything...
This is one of the books that I highly recommended to friends over and over. I had since been searching for something similar but no luck. This was one the few books that kept me engaged almost 100% of the time. As I mentioned in my other reviews, I have a problem keeping focus while listening, always drifting away and came back finding myself missing a big chunk of the story. This book did not do that, which to me is an indication of a good book. The narration made it a easy listen, the voice is nice and clear and he does a good job portraying all of the characters, even nailed the accents. I find myself wishing my hour long commute was longer, and I didn't want it to end. Definitely get this book and you won't be disappointed.
The book is ok, the beginning is great, but the second part is really boring--the ending is lame!
This book strikes me as the type of thing Stephen King would write if he was from LA. I like the first half of the book. It is plot driven and you really would have to struggle to care about any of the characters. Their dialogues drove me nuts, and I think detracted from the story. During action scenes, you can expect people to make lame sexual innuendos or say dude what the F. The characters are all LA idiots. Around the half way mark, I got bored but stuck with it. It was entertaining but definitely not a 5 star book. The writer is very capable of delivering this story, however I felt there was a lot of filler that just wasted time. The pacing was off. And once you figure out what's going on, I started to feel it was kind of ridiculous. However, I completed it and the narrator was good. It was entertaining at least. Could have been shorter and more polished.
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I thought the mystery was great fun! It had me hooked early on and I was just as curious as the main characters – they really brought me along on their preposterous adventure; I didn’t want to put it down.
The story was little Scooby-doo-ish: a home grown team of sleuths investigating a multitude of strange happenings around them, a suspicious “The Creepy Caretaker”, the discovery of something HUGE... is it paranormal? Or an elaborate trick? you know how it goes.
I think the author’s references to Scooby Doo throughout the story was a little wink to the reader but I saw it as irreverent fun, it wasn’t irritating.
Stop reading now if you don’t want a spoiler.
I didn’t care for the last part: falling into an apocalyptic world of scary beings. Running away from the strange creatures. Trying to avoid becoming lunch for aliens... I could have done without all of that – it was too long and frankly not that interesting. Not sure what kind of action-climax I would have preferred, but this one missed the mark for me.