I picked up this book on a whim, the cover art catching my eye. I can't tell you how surprised I was by the quality of the story. From the first page to the very last word it had me hooked. I can absolutely see why people compare this book to some of H.P. Lovecraft's best. Hands-down the best feature of this story was these way in which it was written. The author built the suspense slowly, always raising it to me levels
I haven't listened to any of ray porter's other performances. While he did a good job differentiating between the male and female voices, I had some trouble distinguishing the voices of several of the male characters. He was spot on for general narration and his accents were excellent and unobtrusive
If I had one complaint about this book it was the fact that I could not sit and listen to it in one sitting because I have a life. I spent most caring around iTablet turning it all possible. It definitely
I've already recommended this book to all of my friends who love H.P. Lovecraft. Additionally I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and a bit of good old-fashioned Mystery/horror/crazy making writing
The entire premise was pretty interesting all the way through.
A mystery/horror/humor mashup, what's not to like?
I listened to a couple of Jonathan Maberry's books narrated by Mr. Porter and he keeps delivering. He held up the Maberry stories and enhanced this one with a unique delivery.
Clines is a great writer. He doesn't seem to take himself to seriously and his books convey that in likable characters and inventive plots.
Oh my, Excellent book, loved the dialog, narrator was superb. I wanted to listen till it was done, I don't remember feeling that way about a book for a long time. This book was out of my norm, but I will be hunting up more from this author and the narrator. Heart pounds with anxious fear. Can't wait to start it over. Get it. Enjoy it.
The writing is not elegant; the prose is not transcendental, but I don't care. What you get is an original idea, carefully plotted, and well executed. This story builds bit by bit, laying down the foundation, giving a bit of the puzzle here and there, until it all comes together with an eclectic cast of characters. For most of the way, it's not fast moving but it's always interesting. I'm impressed by the amount of research and knowledge the author had to pull together to make it all work.
Yes, mostly because of Ray Porter. He makes the story come to life.
It just kept me wanting more and more. It was like I was doing the investigation and trying to solve the riddle of the building.
When they opened apt 14. That had me glued to my ipod.
It took a lot of restraint to put the book down and rejoin the family.
If you like Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger books you will love this book. Its the same voice that does the Joe Ledger books. It adds a new twist to this book cause you can hear Joe Ledger
From the beginning, Clines introduces clues to an every unraveling mystery. I found myself sitting in my driveway after a long day of sales on the road, unwilling to turn it off. The narrator did a great job with voices in keeping the characters defined.
I loved the anxious moments as they traversed deep into the depths below the house in anticipation of what they would find.
Fans of the television shows Lost and Once Upon a Time will probably like this novel as the plot development is very similar. The same pattern of quirky characters finding some bizarre mystery or problem, the search for information, the big reveal, and then repeat, repeat, repeat.
There is a very real sense of being manipulated by ignorance as just enough information is doled out to keep the story going as the reader constantly tries to figure out what is going on until, of course, the writer feels like it is time to end the story. Think of a cat being teased with a toy mouse, occasionally being allowed to pounce on the toy only to find it jerked out of its reach.
Clearly, it's not my type of story. However, as Lost and Once Upon a Time are clearly very popular shows, the novel can and does suit many people. It is also filled with a lot of Easter eggs which will delight many readers.
While I've given 14 four stars, which on my scale indicates a novel that held my interest long enough to finish it, there are some very real problems with the novel.
For example, there is long description about a woman who lives in the building who has credit problems. Unless I missed it, and I'm not interested enough to go back and listen again, she, and her credit problems, have very little to do with the rest of the story and her story line could have been omitted.
I also found the sexual relationships that formed to be more of an afterthought or convenience, as if the characters happened to be there and hooked up. There was little to no real attraction, or love, between the characters described. And again, I'm not interested enough to go back and see if I missed anything.
Overall, the novel is written well enough. But, it could have been much better if the writer had payed closer attention to the relationships between people and the story.
The story was fairly well written and had plenty of suspense. I felt the characters lacked adequate depth, but I enjoyed the plot enough to disregard. I did not enjoy the narration, however. I've seen comments stating exactly the opposite, but felt it was choppy and almost monotone. It was worth my credit...but barely.
Shoppin All the Time
I've never read Clines before, but I am looking for other books by him right now. This was such an enjoyable adventure I am hoping that he has other similar works. This wasn't a deep, complicated book, it was a fun read that was entertaining and I enjoyed it immensely!! I'm not even sure what led me to purchase it in the first place, must have been the reviews. I've had this one for a while and forgot what it was about so I started listening to it absolutely in the dark about what the story line was. I was hooked immediately and finished the book in a matter of days!! I stayed up so late reading it one night that I had to go to work an hour late the next day and came up with the craziest excuse EVER! But everyone bought it!! LOL Another review I read said "a HUGE side helping of crazy pants." Well, who couldn't buy it after reading that?!? I want some more crazy pants! :)
I would compare the enjoyment of the read to the Monster Hunter International Books. If you enjoy this one, give those a try and I don't think you will be dissapointed. They are not similar stories, but the lighthearted playfulness is very engaging.
I honestly think that I loved all the main characters. I wish there could be a sequel!!
This would be a spoiler so mum's the word. By the way, the narrator is amazing and I will probably even seek out some more books read by him.
READ THIS BOOK!!! I don't think you will feel like you wasted a credit, I will purchase more books by this author even if I don't have any credits available. :)
this was a good story. I listen only at work, and couldn't wait to get to work to listen and continue with the story. I was sad when it ended, I would have liked it to continue on to find out what happens to the characters after the climax of the book...I recommend this book, it keeps you thinking the whole time.