This book lost me about 3/4 of the way through. I was caught up in the buildup, even if everyone and their mom was invited to join in to investigate for no reason. Oh hey let's invite that super weird guy who hates us to help with our super secret investigation!
But I let it go, and at first I was all, "OH MY GOODNESS what is up with this building?!"
But then...what? It's...what?
I got sort of discouraged after the big reveal and, though I don't want to give anything away, that whole chunk of the book bothered me. I love science fiction, but this I didn't get. The monsters are ridiculous and have this lame mind talk. FEED>>>FEED>>>KILL>>>HUNT>>>BLOOD>>>BLURGH.
I don't know. I just don't know.
This book wasn't terrible, but I wish the "big secret" had stayed that way.
I am immortal ....so far. I enjoy a god story and love a great narrator. :-)
Interesting concept, has remnants of a young Stephen King but the ending was a bit flat. Liked the narrator but overall it was OK.
Crazy red head who's head over heels about family, friends and life in general!
Initially I was really into the story line of this book, then it just turned strange. I was so upset that I'd spent hours waiting for THAT! Not to give anything away but the author took something so promising and just made it weird.
The premise of the book was good up until the left turn, then it was just BAD.
The reader did a good job.
Yes with a different ending.
I read the reviews and trusted the other listeners. I even recommended the book to my husband who now thinks I'm a certified fruit loop. I'm not allowed to recommend anything to him until I've finished listening first.
This was a spectacularly clever story with a nearly flawless pace. The kind of pace I've always wanted Stephen King to have. The reader did an incredible job, especially since the story revolved around a tight ensemble cast. His voices and subtle nuances were spot on.
No, because it's too long and too boring.
Doubt it, I didn't really like this one.
It was not as good as I expected based on the reviews. I did finish it though so I guess I enjoyed it!
Peter Cline, never again.
The sophomoric dialogue.
Performance was fine but hard to divorce from Cline's horrible writing.
It's too awful to edit. It needs to be completely rewritten.
How this received so many positive reviews is beyond me. The plot is completely ripped off from Lost, mixed with a little Lord of the Rings imagery. The writing is so sophomoric that it is difficult to read at times. The characters have no depth whatsoever and if not for the different inflection and accents used by the narrator, would be completely indistinguishable. The dialogue reads like it was written by a high school kid. The characters have no meaningful interaction. Rather they have these short, awkward exchanges that end when one says something like "f*ck you" or "nice try loser". For example, at the apex of the final action scene (no spoiler here) one of the main characters has what is supposed to be a suspenseful, heroic moment which culminates in him shouting "f*ck you bitch" at one of the other characters. What would otherwise be interesting plot points get completely destroyed by explanatory dialogue like "I read in a book that your nose bleeds when stuff happens to your brain." And corny retorts like "YOU read a book?!" It's as if the author's own social awkwardness comes through the characters. He is not even creative enough to imagine how emotionally mature adults interact. Even worse is the author's attempt at description. Phrases like "the day crawled by like a dying man crawling through the desert," made me think of fill-in-the-blank simile exercises from elementary school. The narrative is also peppered with Cline's own brand of low-brow humor. For example, a running joke about who most resembles which character from Scoobie Doo and sexual innuendo that can only be described as that of a giggling, adolescent girl. Although most people were apparently able to look past these flaws, fair warning to any readers with even a modicum of taste - this writing will grate on your ears like the twangy shtick of a low rent stand-up comedian.
The characters in this book are not just 2D, they are fully developed. I felt like I was literally in every scene - I felt like I *lived* in Kavatch...
Details, thats what this book is about - relationships and details... its engrossing.
Once again - the characters - I felt like Nate was a buddy of mine. I wanted to hang out with him and Tim on a Friday evening watching the sunset on the roof!
This is my first... But Ray has set the bar very very high. I'm a huge Ollie Wyman fan, but Ray blew him away on this one...
Both - like I said - you will fall in love with the characters. When things happen, you care... Its truly my new favorite book. I've listend 4 times, and going on my fifth as I write this.
Dont think - just get it.
Sci-Fi, Horror, Steampunk, Cyberpunk (a tiny bit), Suspense, Detective work - its all here...
this is what audio books should be - great material read by world class narrators. Can't recommend this one enough.
Bought on prior recommendations of other Audible members.
This proved reliable & the book did not disappoint.
Despite the number of characters, the narrator does a great job & it's easy to tell who's who as you listen.