I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
I can't say enough good things about this book. While I no longer remember why I purchased it in the first place, I am glad I did. It was great on so many levels. I was trying to describe the book to a friend the other day. For some reason, I kept relying on TV analogies. For example, if you were a fan of Lost or Fringe, this book would surely be for you.
The heart of the story revolves around Nate Tucker and a group of other tenants of a rather mysterious building in LA. Nate moves into the building because it has very, very low rent. The other tenants are there for a similar reason. The tenants seem to think that the rent is so low because the building has some quirks. As the tenants continue to talk with each other, they learn that there are more than just quirks throughout the building--there are absolute mysteries. The tenants decided to investigate.
Throughout the investigation, the tenants learn all kinds of strange things about the building. For example, there are unusual light bulbs, mutant cockroaches, locked doors, and a permanently broken elevator. And these just scratch the surface. What kept me reading at a break-neck speed was that, just when I thought there could be no more mysteries, there was something new. Each new mystery built on the others, yet none of them seemed to explain what was going on in the building.
The bulk of the book is about the mysteries and the tenants' exploration. The "answers" to the mysteries do not come until quite late in the book. I thought that there was a good conclusion to the book, and it wrapped up most (but not all!) of the loose ends of the story. If you like good sci-fi mysteries, you will enjoy this book very much.
No swords or vampires this. Regular people set in contemporary LA in an old apartment building. The building is not haunted. Something very odd but not supernatural.
This was a very entertaining book. From the beginning of the story until the end I was completely taken in by the characters and their adventures. There are constant twists throughout. The narrator did a good job as well. Every character has his/her own distinct voice.
This book was my first Whispersync purchase (Audible/Kindle combo) and I was highly disappointed. While I listened to the audio version I read along in the Kindle version. To my amazement, the Kindle and Audible books did not match! There were many places I had to rewind the audio quite a few times in order to find the place in the Kindle book. Words replaced with different words (same meaning), sentences switched around, sentences at the end of the paragraph instead of at the beginning, spelling of words, etc. There was even a spot where one version said "seven" and the other "six" referring to a time period (this was in the last chapter and by that time I had gone completely crazy trying to follow along). I'd love to know which version is the real Unabridged version??? I got the impression that the publisher used Microsoft Word with the auto-correct options set to default (I call it dummy defaults) and when spell-checking the document simply did not pay attention to the grammar check moving sentences and words around, etc.
Suffice it to say I will be looking to see if this problem pops up in my other Whispersync purchases or if it was particular to this book. Not so sure I like the idea of two Unabridged versions of an author's work not being exactly the same.... Other than those highly irritating irregularities, I enjoyed the book. It was my first experience with this author and I will not hesitate to buy more of his work in the future.
This book was SO GREAT / FASCINATING / DELIGHTFUL!!! The story grabs the listener from the first sentence clear through to the last paragraph. Unique story. The reader is fantabulous!! Difficult to summarize the plot without giving anything away. Yes, by all means this book is worth a credit!! You definitely will not be disappointed!!
Intriguing, clever, hip
none - nothing like it out there.
Awesome - the Indian woman - Vik
NO! I like to space out my listens. 2 hours here, 1 hour there.
Peter Clines Rocks with fabulous Los Angeles and contemporary realism references
The engaging plot.
Pace and character separation
It was one of those books I couldn't quit listening to until it was over. That's the best kind.
Mr. Clines writes beautifully, wonderfully, compellingly. I love! his characters. You see these people. Those that are to be liked I loved, and that's almost all of them. How good are they? Wail, even the ones one is supposed not to like are believable; you've met them and know them and I was rooting - hard - against them. The 'good guys'? Wonderful; people you'd like to have for your friends. That's some terrific writing.
Oh, dear. The plot. Ignore it. Has more holes than a paper target after 20 rounds from a 12 gauge at 6". Or more.
The audible reader is excellent.
But, oh that plot.... To list the plot idiocies is to give the book away and the man writes much beter than that. Ignore the plot, love the people.
I listen to books all day long. The books I love have great characters. If I give a book 4 or 5 stars, it's worth a listen.
I love everything about his book.....The book description doesn't do it justice. I purchased the book based on the great reviews...I'm glad I did. You will really like the characters. The story will blow your mind. Ray Porter is a wonderful narrator.
I actually started listening to this book a few months ago. I thought it was getting too stupid so stopped but then I noticed all the 5 star reviews and decided to give it another chance. I did get through the entire book but I didn't like it any better. The character development and story started out good but then it got weird and unbelievable. this is the last book I'll buy from this author.