This book was my first Whispersync purchase (Audible/Kindle combo) and I was highly disappointed. While I listened to the audio version I read along in the Kindle version. To my amazement, the Kindle and Audible books did not match! There were many places I had to rewind the audio quite a few times in order to find the place in the Kindle book. Words replaced with different words (same meaning), sentences switched around, sentences at the end of the paragraph instead of at the beginning, spelling of words, etc. There was even a spot where one version said "seven" and the other "six" referring to a time period (this was in the last chapter and by that time I had gone completely crazy trying to follow along). I'd love to know which version is the real Unabridged version??? I got the impression that the publisher used Microsoft Word with the auto-correct options set to default (I call it dummy defaults) and when spell-checking the document simply did not pay attention to the grammar check moving sentences and words around, etc.
Suffice it to say I will be looking to see if this problem pops up in my other Whispersync purchases or if it was particular to this book. Not so sure I like the idea of two Unabridged versions of an author's work not being exactly the same.... Other than those highly irritating irregularities, I enjoyed the book. It was my first experience with this author and I will not hesitate to buy more of his work in the future.
This book was SO GREAT / FASCINATING / DELIGHTFUL!!! The story grabs the listener from the first sentence clear through to the last paragraph. Unique story. The reader is fantabulous!! Difficult to summarize the plot without giving anything away. Yes, by all means this book is worth a credit!! You definitely will not be disappointed!!
Intriguing, clever, hip
none - nothing like it out there.
Awesome - the Indian woman - Vik
NO! I like to space out my listens. 2 hours here, 1 hour there.
Peter Clines Rocks with fabulous Los Angeles and contemporary realism references
I love everything about his book.....The book description doesn't do it justice. I purchased the book based on the great reviews...I'm glad I did. You will really like the characters. The story will blow your mind. Ray Porter is a wonderful narrator.
Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.
Almost a mystery, almost science fiction/fantasy. Overall well performed, in fact, I think that narrator helped keep the characters separate for me, but it seemed to go for a very long time in an investigative phase, and then, all of a sudden, the world changes, and it's over. It almost feels like there was a really good outline for the novel, but due to deadlines, the characters and plot could not be fully realized.
Twenty something, with a dead end job, moves into a new apartment and finds excitement behind the walls of his new building.
An interesting cast of characters helps to flesh out what's otherwise a meandering story with no real vision of it's conclusion. There are plenty of twists and turns, once you get through a long first half, in the story but it never seems to get anywhere worthwhile. Each situation seems to be disconnected from the last, leaving a dis-congruous path of "then this happened" lingering. There's a fair bit of imagination and ingenuity in building out these sequences of which there's plenty enjoyment to be had. The cast is a hodgepodge of different walks of life and are approached in a way that come across as believable even though some of the dialogue feels a bit forced at time, trying to be chummy and coloquial.
Ray does the best with what he has here. His female voices are a bit jarring at first but I eventually settled into them. The dialogue is a bit forced, and with the voices I had trouble buying it, while some of it came off as just ridiculous. Overall he tackled the story well, added intensity where needed and kept things moving at a brisk pace. He really picked up speed towards the end and finished with what ended up being a fairly entertaining read.
Although the start is slow and many of the pieces don't make a cohesive whole, this was a fairly entertaining listen. I wouldn't agree with many of the blindly praising reviews but I wasn't disappointed in the end. The narrator did a good job of keeping things interesting and entertaining.
Don't usually go in for this kind of sci fi/fantasy thing but I loved this book. The characters were interesting, plot very twisty and the performance was excellent.
I purchased this audiobook based on the glowing reviews. I seem to be in the minority, but I did not really enjoy the novel. The core premise of the book is intriguing: A man moves into an apartment complex and soon starts noticing something strange is going on. While investigating, he builds relationships with his neighbors and together they work to solve the mysteries of their building. I was hooked by the central mystery, and stuck with the book entirely because I wanted answers. The book delivers those, and went in unexpected directions, but the author's writing style kept me from enjoying the book. The pacing throughout the first half was incredibly slow, which would have been fine if the characters were interesting, but I never cared for any of them. As such even though the stakes were raised and crazy things were happening throughout the big, I was never invested in any of it.
I had tried to read Peter Clines' previous book 'Ex-Heroes' and quit after the first hour because I really didn't care for the dialogue or the characters. If you liked that book, or if the other reviews posted here make the book sound great, by all means give it a shot. It definitely wasn't for me though.
Loved this book from beginning to end. This was one of those audiobooks that made me excited to get back in the car for my long commute! Interesting plot and characters with a nice mix of science fiction, thrilling action and a splash of horror. OK, so the writing isn't going to win any awards any time soon but the story is 100% entertaining and Ray Porter's narration is very well done. I will definitely be listening to more stories by Peter Clines soon.
I wish I had more friends who did audible to recommend this book to. It was a great story.
The trip down the stairs from the basement.
I thought the ending was kind of expected, however, it was done well and I enjoyed how it turned out. I would like to see a next book on what happens to them afterward.
It was just a great story that slowly builds and sucks you in. The characters are believable and interesting.