The best part about this book is the team work and friendship amongst the tennants. Getting to see the natural flow of the group forming relationships with one another over something weird is uniquely entertaining. It's a fun book, with stakes that are much higher than you would ever anticipate. I dont want to spoil anything here but ill just say that HP lovecraft is a very obvious influence on the story and if your a fan of his work i think you will be very comfortable here.
This is the first Peter Clines audio boook I've listened to, and overall, it was a pretty satisfying experience. The story starts out slow, but gains a lot of momentum from the half way point and beyond. Mr. Clines fleshes out his characters well, and each has their own seperate and distinct personality. As a horror story, this one is a cut above many others that I have read. The narration by Ray Porter is mostly one dimensional, but he gets the job done.
I almost stopped this one because I found the performance unsatisfying. However, stick it out past chapter one and what unfolds is a wild story about an apartment building that is the stopgap between our world and a completely "other" world that if unleashed, would devour our own.
It is a wholly unbelievable premise, but the characters -the residents of this L.A. apartment building- and their crusade to save the world is engaging stuff. If you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft and filmmaker David Cronenberg, you will really appreciate this.
Forget the performance, that will be easy to do by chapter two, let yourself go and join the characters in their quest to save the world.
This story kept me guessing for a long time. I also really liked this cast of characters.The book was very like Dean Koontz.That is a compliment to the author,in my opinion.
No. I loved this reader. He was a big part of my enjoyment of this book. He's a keeper. I will be looking for Mr.Porter.
Not really. It was a book that builds suspense from the first page.There were lots of moments between characters that were moving.You must suspend belief through most of this book. That's the fun of it really,or you'll be constantly saying to yourself "why don't these people just move".
Of all of the books that I have listened to on Audible this one has surprised me the most. This is an exciting and fun book with interesting characters bizarre set pieces and some great pacing. Highly recommended.
Character descriptions was best. Least was the ho-hum story.
Sucked into a vacuum of outer space and able to hold onto a doorknob? The most unique (to me) feature was the warping of distance perspective, but it wasn't treated thoroughly. The "Swales" were comic-book level.
This is my first. He did an excellent job.
No. I wouldn't buy one.
I almost gave this one five stars, but right at the end things kind of devolved into nonsensical plotting and cliche horror tricks.
Don't get me wrong, the whole book is craziness, but much of it is in a good way, with witty plotting and dialogue, a super original feel, and an addictive suspense that keeps you hooked to find out what's next. I can't say much about the book without giving away spoilers, due to the nature of the unfolding mystery, but let me just say that this is an addictive story. Unfortunately the buildup *just* isn't quite able to deliver on all its promises. The book makes a lot of tongue-in-cheek references to itself as a Scooby-doo story, and it's a very good analogy, but the story deviates from that at the end. I think Clines reached just a little too far, trying to go too epic when staying in the Scooby-doo formula would have been the better move.
The supernatural elements and the unraveling of the mysteries of the apartment building.
No extreme reactions.
It sucks you in slowly while building some very good and memorable characters. It is funny and thoughtful with a mix of steam-punk, fantasy, and modern day Mystery Machine. I could not stop listening. I felt, I was right there with the rest of the gang along for the ride. Cline takes what appears to be mundane and ordinary and surprises us into a journey that begs the question, How did we end up here? Then, when your done, he leaves you wondering, Are things really what they seem?
Enjoy history, self help, novels, not a sequel follower.
Kind of slow and unreal in some parts and it mixes reality and out there. Would NEVAH gone over to ridge to find Oscar.