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.
Avid audiobook addict!
Poorly developed characters, ridiculous dialogue. Not entertaining at all. Waste of a credit.
right up at the top, it was not what I expected and that's a good thing
The unexpected plot twists and unusual development
No spoilers, just follow Tim's character and watch it grow
excellent book and fantastic narration, strongly recommend
Yes. It was interesting. I did find the build up to the action a bit slow, but it didn't take away much from my enjoyment.
No. The beginning several chapters sort of bored me and I had to force myself to keep going, but I was rewarded with a really well written science fiction/horror story at the end.
Definitely pick it up if you like the idea of different dimensions and government cover ups.
So initially I found this book hard to categorize (my general categories that I finally picked are general enough not to ruin any reveals), but like an onion it all finally peeled back to a reveal (not completely, but enough that I wasn't angry that more info wasn't given). To beat the concept into the ground, this onion was then cut apart, battered, deep-fried and served with a side of thousand islands sauce. Yeah, the book was that good. Blending a bunch of different characters together into a cohesive story of a seriously, seriously weird LA building into a story that really made it painful at times to stop reading/listening to this book. I don't want to go into any more details as a lot of the fun in this is the incremental approach, and the engaging characters, that made this book so much fun.
This may be my favorite book from 2014 (only another 6 weeks to be bested).
While I generally associated the reader with the Joe Ledger series, I think he did an awesome job with this book as well.