"A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” --C.S. Lewis
This was a twisting, turning, suspenseful novel to the nth degree. Ray Porter did an almost perfect job of narrating it, and I really felt as if I was involved and rooting for the various characters, although I thought one of them should have been given more of a personality.
It was a surprise. I don't normally like surprises, but it reminded me of that movie that John Cusak did--Identity--in that you really didn't quite understand what was happening, but you were right on the verge of grasping it AT THE SAME TIME as the characters were.
I loved the relationships between all of the main characters, especially the way various friendships grew slowly and turned into something strong, and, what seemed as if something real and lasting. This is something that doesn't happen very often in books these days, there is too much of the "hurry up and get together" mentality going on. These friendships seemed to become something that would last well beyond the story, and that is really refreshing in a novel.
What just happened?
I virtually NEVER will get a book on reviews alone. Especially if nobody will give up any part of the plot! However, the fact that virtually nobody WOULD give up the plot intrigued me so much that I really felt that I had to hear it. I am so glad I did! I hope there is more coming from this author--as far as I can see he hasn't written very many novels and has mostly worked with graphic novels (which are not really my forte). And I really hate horror stories as a general rule, which is what I was afraid this would turn out to be. Instead it turned out to be similar to an extraordinarily good
I highly recommend this book to anybody who likes mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventure, Stephen King, Indiana Jones, Buckaroo Banzai, War of the Worlds, Lee Childs, the Matrix, Hackers...etc. I could actually go on for a while. Enjoy!
This book was just fun. Creepy, weird, but not distressing, and I loved the characters.
Great characters and silly fun premise.
Nice job -- lots of characters and I could tell who he was speaking for before he said so from his accents and nuances.
The first half of the book is great, quirky characters, good story, great reader. The second half takes a turn into a horror story, and gets as far-fetched as the other dimension the characters land in. It's so off course, it sounds like it was written by a different author, no more humor, fun, or quirkiness. The reader is great but he can't save a story that goes so wrong.
The building of the characters interaction with each other.
The opening of the doors, one by one each different, especially #14
Porter took his listeners chapter by chapter thru this book very smoothly, and i think he let the book unfold the way author meant it to be. Just about flawless.
I laughed alot, this is one of those books that costs you sleep, you just dont want to put it down.
I am new to listening to audiobooks, this is my 6th book, anything read by ray porter is excellent
Veek, he is able to give a great voice to each, can tell which character is talking without the author saying who is speaking
Have ray porter do narration for all books, I've listened to 3 of his so far and will probably look for books he reads
I was blown away by this story. The characters were beautifully imagined and real - I mean I could believe they had lives outside the events of the story - and the way they interacted with one another never failed to make me smile and just care about them more. And fear for them more when they come face to face with the horror of what's on the other side of the door.
I completely enjoyed this story and even though I was glad to see those who survived I was sorry to see the ending. This story was an entertaining slow burn and I will recommend it to everyone I meet.
Grats Ray Porter and Peter Clines for making such a work of art here. This story goes from being very grounded in reality to the edge of Peter Clines' imagination.
This is a must listen.
I cannot thank them enough for doing such superb work!
Mr Clines has a heck of an imagination! This book starts out with some odd things, and then you start to see more things, and it builds and builds until you wonder how on earth Mr Clines came up with it all. In addition to the action, the characters are very engaging and likable which adds to the total impact. I had a very good time listening to this one. He even managed to end it in a way that feels good.
I have been an Audible subscriber since Jan 2001!!!!
Yes, the performance was excellent. Each character had distinct voices, tones, and it brings their characters out of the listen.
I highly recommend this one. Quirky people, quirky setting, and it just sucks you in. I was guessing all the way through and then the story just opened up and became a good old fashioned horror story. Wickedly read and the characters are cool.
Moved...not emotionally but an "I can't stop listening - I don't care what is going on moment comes" when they go into #14. Read it you'll see.
The story was interesting; not that captivating overall; I liked the book Spin much better. If you are a die hard science fiction fan it deserves a listen; if not, try something else.