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!
If there's a plot here, I missed it. I'm two and a half hours into the book and I'm still not sure what the point is. Yes the building is a mystery, the people are mysteries, but so too is the plot. I got the book based on reviewers, but fail to see why they call the book intense when it seems so trivial.
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I zoned out a few times, missing some “hopefully” mundane information, but my intrigue increased toward the last 6 hours of the book.
I can't think of a book to compare this to. The beginning of the book started so slow I could not imagine what the outcome would be.
I have not
Nothing I can think of
This was, hands down, one of the oddest books I've ever read/listened to. The comparison to an adult version of a Scooby Doo story is apt. It's like that, but somehow even more insane.
I will say, I liked the first 2/3 of the book a lot. The last 1/3 just goes completely off the rails and even for someone who loves weird books, it gets WEIRD.
For those of you expecting a thrilling suspenseful story of awe and horror, um, this isn't it. It's odd, it's playful, it's a bit immature but it is kind of worth the time you put in.
I have no idea if I recommend it or not.
Great characters, original story, well read. This is a great listen and I'm a jaded audiobook reader. Believe me, you will not guess where this one goes.
The narrator sounds like he finds the characters and situations dull. This makes for tough listening. I am continuing to listen, but it takes work.
Probably not. The story is average and the narrator below average.
His intonation is repetitive and lacks an interest in most of the characters and the story. I felt like a child being read a bedtime story by a bored parent who was just praying I'd fall asleep.
This story would make a great movie. I'd love to see this whole thing play out on screen. The characters in this story were just like people I know which made it all the more enjoyable. I can't think of a single moment in the book that dropped me out of the story. Some books run along great until they hit a snag that drops you out of the plot. This book was great right out to the end.
The first moment on the roof of the building was great. I've had that same moment before myself which made me laugh!
I found myself looking for moments to restart the audiobook because I didn't want to put the story down. I sat for extra minutes in my driveway when I got home. A good read.
Yes, I plan on listening to it again. There are very few books that I will read again, much less listen to, but this story was so good it kept me on the edge of my seat.
I liked that fact that I couldn't figure out the next part. It was totally unpredictable in an absolutely engaging way. I like the allusions to H.P. Lovecraft who is one of my favorite writers from childhood. A job phenomenally done!
My favorite scene was when they finally opened the sealed door that led to the vast unknown of space, and finding the machine. Reminded me of Jules Verne novel in that respect.
When one of the most engaging characters died. He was larger than life and I totally felt as if he was an actual person. I was sad when he died and totally expected one of the other characters to die before him or in his stead. But then, if another character had died instead of him I don't know that I would have felt as badly, unless it was the protagonist.
A must buy! A must read/listen. I never heard of this author before and I was glad that Audible recommended it to me based upon my interests.