Porter's narration of this inventive tale was spot on, with vocal mastery that delighted us and kept us going over the last hours of our vacation road trip. The characterization was fabulous! We were invested fully in the fascinating group of misfits who live in the Kavach building, especially slacker Nate (the narrator) and Veek, resident geek goddess.
Great elements: Historic L.A. brownstone. Multi-padlocked doors. Odd apartments. Mutant cockroaches.
Apparently this is a bit of a departure for Clines. Think Twilight Zone and be forewarned: the first half is heavy tech mystery with maybe secret government agency undertones. Around chapter 60 you find yourself in serious sci-fi land. By then you'll be so fascinated by the tale and the characters, you'll stick with it...and be glad you did!
This isn't the type of book that I could summarize in three words but let me give it a shot:
"Suspense-filled, riveting and perplexing."
The narrator was exceptional, while I've never heard any of his other performances I can't compare it to anything else however he is definitely an exceptional voice actor.
In short get this book if you are a fan of science fiction, mystery or horror.
I have never read the print version
Wow, I couldn't compare it to any other book. It's the first of it's kind I've read....
I actually thought he did a great job with the voices - some I even forgot it was him doing the voices... was really good
I loved how real historical people were brought into the storyline when the people in the story were researching the building
This is one book that I will be promoting everyone read. It's up there in my top 10 list. Loved it
I am new to Peter Clines and not a huge fan of sci-fi but this book was very entertaining. I listened to this book while training for a marathon. I actually looked forward to long-runs. Mr Porter was very engaging as the narrator. He was a perfect fit as Nate. Loved this book.
I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!
I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi but after hearing so much about this book I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. This was very well performed by Mr. Porter. I enjoyed the characters and found myself sucked into the story. An easy, fun summer listen.
Not at all what I thought it would be
It was a scifi and the synopsis leads you to believe it is a murder mystery
I would recommend this only because the story line is very interesting. While I enjoyed listening to the book, it did take a very long time for the crux of the story line to emerge. Half the book was spent developing characters and listening to the characters go about their daily routine without advancing the plot.
Ray did an excellent job in portraying the different characters. Without telling us who is talking, I always knew who was speaking because of Ray's use of accent, pitch, tone in inflection.
It felt to me that Peter Clines wrote a screen play rather than a novel. I thought the dialogue was a bit too predictable amongst the various characters. With that said, I feel this may be one movie that is actually better than the novel it is based on.
Enjoyed the character development and building of mystery premise. Problem is after finishing you realize a significant portion of the book is just filler. Expeditions of pointlessness (tunnels and sci-fi land). Still an enjoyable ride since it all seems relevant when you are "reading" it.
I don't normally read horror or suspense novels, but this had great reviews on audible so I gave it a chance. And oh wow, that was fun. It's pretty short - 14 hours - and I stretched out the last nailbiting hour because I wasn't sure how it would end and I also didn't want it to end. It'd be a very fast print read, and I really do recommend the audio - the narrator is solid and the short chapters make for lots of suspenseful moments.
I have nearly 400K 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.