I purchased this much hyped book expecting a lot more. It was interesting and kept me listening until it got so convoluted I couldn't (and really didn't care to) follow it any longer. I am a big proponent of the fact that life is too short to listen to or read any book that doesn't hold your interest and with this one I didn't get past the first download.
I was banking on the fact that this was being advertised as a popular item on Audible, but was sadly disappointed. The character development was was shallow and the storyline boring. It was not until the very end that some interesting things finally started to happen, and it suddenly went from painfully mundane to ridiculously far-fetched.
Ironically, the reader (whom I love) also read Tim Ferris' Four-Hour Workweek, and I kept thinking back to one line where he talks about NOT wasting your time reading a crappy book just so you can feel a sense of accomplishment in having completed it. I should have taken his advice on this one.
I do think it might be suitable as an adolescent "my first sci-fi" book kind of novel (though I think there was a fair amount of profanity and some sexual content). But it lacks sufficient intellectual flavor for the average adult to sink his or her teeth into.
A wonderful story of normal people running up against the mysteries of their domicile. It is a very fresh journey, and all the mysteries wind up making sense before it is all over. It is difficult to say much about the story without giving away some of the many surprises along the way.
In terms of characters, they are very well developed. Plain and sarcastic Veek was a winning personality, especially with the way that Porter voiced her. Like others, I found Tim to be all-around solid and interesting. Xela - yes, she had her moments. Nate was great, but these others seem slightly more absorbing.
A great listen.
What a great story! It was gripping and addictive from the very beginning. And the narrator Ray Porter did a fantastic job as well.
If you're in to checking out an author you may not know yet, start here! You won't regret it.
In reading reviews I was concerned this would be "horror" like a horror movie. I don't watch horror movies and stear clear of media that are too violent or scary (for me Silence of the Lambs, though good, was too scary). I debated whether or not to buy this based on others' descriptions of the book as being like a Stephen King or modern horror classic. Just FYI for anyone else who doesn't like that genre, this book is not "horror" in that way. It is more sci fi/adventure or more classic "horror" like Lovecraft or Poe. In terms of scare-factor, it's comparable to the TV show, "Lost". Also, it was a great listen, very engaging, didn't want to pause it, etc.
Incredible story, I listened to all of it in 2 days.
Green Roaches and Mysterious messages in blood
My first one but not my last.
So you need an apartment? I know just the place.
I haven't read the print version, but the reader here nailed the characters and narration right smack dab in the bulls eye ring from across the room he is so good! So I would think that the audio version is better, yes.
The way this story feels like you are peeling an onion, you keep pulling back layer after layer and you keep finding more good stuff. This story keeps taking twists and turns and you just never know what really is going on until the end. I mean this in a very good way, you keep guessing, knowing that it's one particular situation, that you have figured it out because you are so smart and then WRONG! He tosses another curve ball hand grenade in the mix and just blew yet another theory out of the water! Awesome!!!
Sheesh, what didn't Ray Porter bring to the book! Naturally he totally had all of the characters down, cold, and kept them even and succinct throughout the story. There was never a time that one character sounded like another or didn't sound like themselves. However, the cadence of the book was set and kept by Porter, like a coxswain driving a boat Porter kept the story driving forward.
I didn't start with that conscious thought in mind, and I didn't listen to it in one sitting, but I can say that once I got into the book I had a hard time putting it down.
This book is great, I loved it, it reminded me a little of another favorite the Monster Hunter series (Not sure if I can mention other titles like that, editor please remove if that is bad). I have read other stories by Peter Clines and they all have been good!
I spend a lot of time seeking out the perfect story worthy of my credit. I enjoy suspense thrillers w/ a kick of satire. I'm a picky listener.
It read like a treasure map. The narrator took me from one exciting point to the next and I was addicted. SciFi yes; but, it was so expertly written and narrated that I easily overlooked that fact.
I can't release any information without first offering a -spoiler alert-. Therefore, I politely recommend you add this to your library post haste. It was such an addicting story that I not only listened to it during my normal work commute but I had to keep listening for hours when I was home for the day. I even had my ear buds in during my daughter's soccer game, that's how phenomenal this story was. I couldn't wait to learn the next surprise and the next and the next.
This book was not typical or average. The concept was unique and clever which made the story thought provoking as well as entertaining. The pace was just right as it kept your interest and you never thought you knew what was going to happen next.
The characters are likeable. The story started out slow, and then twisted into something out of this world.
I was never a fan of this genre, and it did not convert me. I would not knowingly look for another book that screamed sci-fi.
I liked his performance. It is one of the aspects of this Audible that kept me listening.
I liked the characters, and I certainly see the building giving enough material for another story. I just don't think the author could pull it off, and make me want to give it my attention.