I have nearly 450K miles on my van and I listen to a LOT of audiobook! I'm a musician and I listen as I travel from concert to concert.
The story was completely original and surprising. It was fast-paced and suspenseful, with a fun cast of characters and a riveting plot worthy of The Twilight Zone. I was expecting something more like the traditional haunted house, but what I got was an unusual blend of the fantastic, horror and sc-if. I'd love to see this as a film! I've recommended it to others.
My favorite character was Nate, the lead. He was just an ordinary guy drawn into this crazy situation in his apartment building, and he couldn't let it go... He just had to get to the bottom of it. He behaved exactly as I would have behaved.
He got the tone just right. It felt as though he was telling a story and not just reading to hear his own voice, if you know what I mean.
I didn't cry, but I did laug... More often I found myself talking to the characters, as in "Hurry...hurry!" Or "Get out of there!" It was fun like that.
I can't imagine anyone not being blown away by this thoroughly original book. I will be looking for more from this author.
The story takes a bit to get going, but then I was hooked and really wanted to see where the story was going. Compelling, mysterious, good characters and relationships.
After the building section and when they go to the land with the flying creatures, it really lost me and I didnt care too much what happened after that.
There is no redeeming value to this book. I can not think of anything other than a complete rewrite by someone else.
Ray porter did a fine job.
No, not one at all.
I bought this based on reviews and it makes me wonder if they were fake reviews written by the author.
It was interesting and easy to listen to. Even if this "genera" hadn't been my thing I would still have enjoyed the book. I'd suggest giving it a try. If you hate it you can return it, and if you like it you have had the pleasure of a very unique listen!
This is a terrific book, well written and well read. It was an interesting and very different story. I never guessed where the story was heading even right up to the end. Really odd but in a good way.
I enjoy getting lost in a great book! My favorites are eclectic, horror, romance, kids books with a few autobiographies thrown in for fun!
This book was written in the form of a movie. I was able to follow along in my mind and see the scenes and watch the action. Voyeurism at its best, and this is one of the best books I have read in a while.
So many spoilers so little time. The opening of apt. 14, but there are so many other moments that I cannot begin to explain them all.
This is the first time I have listened to Ray Porter. I liked the fact that he did the voices. He only added to the story.
Yes, as a matter of fact, I wanted to not sleep and listen to this book. It is just that good.
Great book. I hope it becomes a movie!
The great thing about this story is it starts small and unassuming and builds to galactic proportions. I can't wait for Peter Clines next book.
I read the Audible listener reviews and 14 seemed like a sure bet. It was, for the most part. Eight hours into it, I was still confused and was ready to be told what the heck was going on. We had lots of clues and then more clues and then more clues and then more of Nate at work not liking work and then more clues. Don't get me wrong, the way the characters came together to find the stuff was pretty interesting-- the story was interesting, but maybe a bit much. IMHO.
After it all went down, it got even more interesting and I really began to enjoy it.
Some things that were classic cliches, the nutter religious guy. There can never be an intelligent well spoken religious guy, it's always the Stephen King over-the-top-fundamentalist-take-scripture-out-of-context-so-the-most-extreme-view-is-presented unlikable-nut-job type. Yawn. But I guess necessary for this story...maybe. Can you imagine a story where the "religious" guy was someone like Greg Koukl, Dr. William Lane Craig, Dr. Stephen C. Myer, or Dr. Albert Mohler? Yeah me neither, it will never happen. (look them up)
I digress. The narrator was excellent.
Likable characters, plenty of them. Unlikable...Veek; I think we were supposed to like her.
All in all, this books gets a thumbs up. If you like weird sci-fi/apocalyptic stories, this one's for you.
let us be thankful for the fools but for them we would not suceeed. M Twain. I am a fan of Zombie books. Im a family man with two great kids
Go Peter you are a legend mate and cracked it in this one that's for sure. The Girls are smoking hot,the guys are mega cool and the monsters and baddies are ultra nasty.Yip i could hang out on the roof knocking back Steinlagers with this crew.There has to be a follow up story Mr Clines. You did kill off the coolest character but i will forgive you just this once.
There may be minor spoilers in this review.
I didn't really know what I was getting with this book. It was clearly a mystery, but I wasn't prepared for the science fiction component. I may be the only one, but I thought there were similar characteristics of "A Canticle for Leibowitz " by Walter M Miller, in that Nate and his Scooby Do Crew found very old schematics that they didn't understand. As in Canticle, there was the fanaticism surrounding them. Eventually the schematics were figured out and space became a new frontier.
At times I was carried away by the story. Other times I was so bored with it I was ready to quit. The whole Scooby Do thing became quite repetitive and overworked. I never watched any of the cartoons, but after I finished this book, I was quite well acquainted with them.
I thought that Cline built some interesting characters whose stories evolved over time. Nate was quite boring, which suited his role. I liked Veet the best with her sarcasm and witty barbs. If it wasn't for her comic relief, I'm not sure I would have continued with the book.
I thought Ray Porter's narration to also be a mixed bag. While he was fine when reading dialogue, he was quite stilted and perfunctory when reading the narration sections.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. = 3-1/2 stars