Top ten because of the narrator. The story is cleaver with good gotchas.
His voices, and so many of them, brought the story to life. Really enjoyed listening to him.
This was a great book. It combines steampunk with a world reminiscent of H.P. Lovecraft, set in modern times. If that sounds impossible, then you need to read (or listen) to this book. Very enjoyable. And Ray Porter does an excellent job of reading and performing.
Ray Porter never disappoints.
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This was a fun read, but not great sci fi / fantasy. The author went a bit too over the top with the premise. He had me hooked during the investigation phase of the book, but where he went with it was just too silly to keep the suspense factor going. I'm pretty easy when it comes to "suspension of disbelief", but c'mon!
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in the top 13.
The here, a great every-man. I pictured John Cusack.
Yes. Well, sometimes I don't dig how he does "woman" voices. but, I love most of his work, he has an amazing range…from young dudes, to German Landlords, to 80 year old women. Wow… that's not easy to pull off, but he makes each one different. Just some of his women are … ah… too "cute" sounding (?). This is a good solid performance and didn't get in the way of the story at all.
This is a good "Edge-of-your-seat-Jeepers Creepers This can't be happening and what's gonna happen next" adventure story. Real page turner. Extremely inventive.
The only disappointment is when we are finally lead to the ultimate grasping of exactly just what is REALLY going on, and our hero comes face to us "face" with the "Thing-That-Cannot-Be", I wished he would have had a little bit more exotic way of describing the thing that you cannot disc rib with-out going insane. "Squale"? No, no. This was the only part where I wish Peter Clines had been a little more "Lovecraft" in his writing. The creatures from the other dimension: their meaningless form is so alien to our senses, that gazing upon these "things" would have certainly been the death of anyone. The monsters are "One of those who walk behind the stars". It needed to be described as really heavy duty scary other world stuff… I think the author could not have laid it on thick & heavy enough at that point, since the build up to discovery had been so great. So when they kinda' just "deal" with it, called it a squid-whale… well, I was a tad disappointed.
I had huge expectations for this book. The first half delivered as promised but I felt the second half took a turn for the worse. Maybe I was hoping for more horror and less sci-fi in which that's my fault. I absolutely love Ray Porter. Can't get enough of the Joe Ledger series. So he wasn't the problem. With that said, I would recommend this book but only after stating be ready for a very strange turn in events.
This book is very well written. The story has lots of twists and turns as the characters try to find out what the heck is up with the apartment building they live in. I also liked the male / female relationships that develop.
Very memorable was when they opened a door in the apartment building that never got opened that led out into space. Real no air all vacuum space.
Of course the climax of the story was my favorite, but I'm not going to give that away.
Yes, I didn't want to turn it off. I actually set more time apart than I should have to listen to this story.
If you're looking for a quirky, super entertaining story that has a twist of science fiction in it this is that book. Bravo to the writer!
Creative story with engaging characters, with fantastically good narrator. It held my attention to the end of the last chapter.
For some odd reason I had rather low expectations of this book and bought it on a whim. What a surprise though! Kept me enthralled from start to finish. Well written, well narrated, good characters, good story....would love a sequel.
I guess the best thing about a novel is how it grips your attention and you simply have the feeling of not being able to stop listening. It took me by surprise and shook me to the core! It does NOT fit into any one genre! There is science fiction for sure, horror- oh yeah, mystery-you bet, and it just kept on going, morphing throughout its twists and turns!
Great Narration by Ray Porter!