I really enjoyed this book - the characters were believable, and people you could relate to - either liking or disliking them. The suspense keeps building throughout the book. I generally do not like anything that is "supernatural" or futuristic - but this book had me because by the time I found out what the climax of the suspense was all about, I was completely involved. Reminds me a bit of the TV show "Lost". The narrator, Ray Porter, does an excellent job with all the different voices - the accents, the personalities come alive as he narrates.
Yes. It's a fun read that doesn't take itself too seriously but is not inane.
Scooby Doo meets Lost.
Yes! If you like a pageturner that has humor, science fiction, horror, monsters, wierd neighbors, and a mean german caretaker, this one has it all!
I really enjoyed the intertwining romances, actually...I really wanted the couples to be together.
He actually did a great job all around with the different accents, however a full dramatization would take this to the next level.
When we lost one of the main characters...wont say who and ruin it.
Sequel please??? I really want to see where these characters end up!
An actual plot that was more than a comic book plot.
It was better than the story...by far.
The beginning. Middle. And, wait for it...the end.
I can't believe that I fell for the other reviews on this site.
No. It has so many hints to what could had been a great sci-fi thriller, yet the conclusion was lame and kind of rushed. I felt like all of the sudden the author decided to make this book into a series so no need to offer now any answers to what was proposed at the begining. This book cannot stand alone but I will no bother buying any other in a possible series.
I found myself surprisingly caught up and pleasantly surprised with this audiobook. The story wasn't anything like what I was expecting, but it was wonderful. I've been on a ghost story kick lately and I think I assumed this would be akin to that...and in ways it was, but it definitely went in a different direction. It was very fun to go on this journey, I would definitely listen to this again.
Some minor flaws that I noticed but that wouldn't deter my recommendation:
1. There were a few loose ends, a few unexplained things, some of which I suppose could be excused because of the nature of the house, but others I felt just weren't adequately realized but could have been.
2. In an attempt to sound casual, the narrator tends to narrate in run-on sentences, then awkwardly pauses or elongates mid-word. Narrating female characters is definitely not his strength. That being said, he was very good at giving a different voice for every character, male or female. I never wondered who was talking.
The story was interesting enough to hold my attention (three stars isn’t a bad rating, after all). Guy moves into an apartment and begins to notice some very strange things about the building. Guy and neighbors start to compare notes, and decide to investigate. But I think it could have been far better. In journalism terms, the author “buried the lead.” It wasn’t until the latter part of the book that it hit me this could have been Stephen-King-esque if he hadn’t waited so long to bring elements from the last part of the book into the story.
Possibly. It seems to fit todays trend.
The vacuum of being drawn into outer space.
I didn't realize it was going to be a sci fi book as that's not my favorite genre, but I was captivated and easily stayed to the end.
Ray Porter as Narrator really brought these characters to life. While the protagonist and supporting cast are somewhat stereotypical and one dimensional, Mr. Porter gives them life through his reading. This made it a wonderful listen, and moved my rating of the story higher because of it.
There were moments that made me laugh throughout the book. Clever twists of phrase and situations that kept me invested.
This is a solid yarn. I didn't learn anything deep or life affirming through my listen, but there are enough twists and surprises throughout that I was throughly entertained.
More character development is needed to enrich the story. Less cheap one-liners and Scooby Doo references. Dialog needs help. The idea behind this book is pretty good (an extention of the Lovecraft Cthulhu mythos) but the excecution is aweful.
No. I doubt he is capable of making that jump from a barely competent writer to a good writer.
Good enough for the what he had to work with.
Again, I really like the idea behind this book, it's just to bad it couldn't have been in more capable hands.
I will still continue to go out on a limb to try out new writers (new to me at least). I'm still batting 500. Not bad.