I thought the story of this book was very original and I loved all the twists and turns. There were definitely places where the author could have gone deeper but overall it was a good tight story. My problem was with the narrator. His character voices were actually pretty good. I just hated his "narrator" voice. It was completely monotone and gave you no emotion up or down. It really hurt the moments that were supposed to be emotionally charged and only worked when the characters were being sarcastic. I've listened to other Ray Porter books that I've liked but this performance just didn't work for me.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
I enjoyed this book but I don't think it is as great as others have made it out to be. Characters are developed well and you start to like them, well all but Andrew, but there is a reason for that which comes clear in the climatic stage of the story. Back story is kept tight and motivations are not overly layered. Nice sic-fi thriller. The action is well described but nothing to 'knock your socks off with'. Ray Porter is an excellent narrator and Peter Clines I think will be writing some great stuff soon. Worth a listen to on a long flight.
I enjoy when a book knows its audience. All the little winks and nods to sci-fi, fantasy, geek and pop culture don't feel forced. It feels like references and conversation you would have with your friends. Each character has their own dreams and skills, and they share a common lack of funds and an odd living situation. I should caveat when saying "knowing your audience" that most people have categorized this as sci-fi, and while it is about sci-fi it is really more fantasy. The exact means and methods of the weirdness is not the point, it is a plot and character driven story, and the building is definitely one of the characters. Packed with mystery and thrills 14 is a lot of fun.
Amazing, captivating and Thrilling!
I enjoyed all the characters, but of course Nate was my favorite.
Nate! For sure, second place to Tim and third to Veeks.
Very shallow story, plot, characters, didn't hold interest-even though I keep hoping it would change. Didn't care to find out how the last hour ended.
The title sounded compelling.
Felt this was a waste of time
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
If you get this book you wont regret it. It's worth the credit.
I agree with another reviewer I read that said the last 2 hours takes a really strange turn, but I think the problem is that the last 2 hours is only 2 hours. Instead of ramping up the story I wish the author would have slowed it down and taken more time with it. I wish the last 2 hours was another 10. As it is, it feels rushed and not part of the same book. This would have been a great 20 hour audio book.
As for the first 10 hours of the book...
I listen at work, and this book was so good that when the work day was over I didn't want to leave my job because I had to stop listening. It really is a great story with great characters. I kept thinking how I wanted to live in this apartment building and hang out with these people.
It's not perfect, and even without the strange ending I'd still only give it four stars, but I'm really glad I got this one and you will be too.
I am a working mom and wife and don't have much time to read books, so listening to them in the car is my new hobby!
One of the most surprising books I've listened to on audible. It does not go where you think it might and keeps you wondering until the end.
I liked the characters and wanted to find out what happened to all of them. Normally, when several people are introduced in a story, I get annoyed trying to keep up with everyone's details, but this book is easy to follow and you want to know what is happening next.
No, but the performance was great. I liked his different voices and accents- it is actually funny at times.
No clue, this book is so bizzare, I think a movie would be ridiculous.
Listen to it until the end. Just when you think it's bizzare, keep listening.... it gets even weirder!
Part Tales of the City, part Scooby Doo with a bit of John Dies in the End...how could you not like a book like this. Very different.
I haven't written a review for mostly any of the audio books I listen to, save The Iron Druid Chronicles which I love so much.
This story got me from the start and never stopped. I have never read a book that I was so very disappointed there is not a sequel. I found myself feeling sad after this story was over longingly hoping for MORE. I fell in love with all the characters. The flow of the story was read so well, and each character has such a rich personality. I am now going to start listening to the other books Peter has written.
No, but now I'm going to.
The performance was superb. The story was gripping enough from the start all the way through to the middle, but then it ran thin, leaving much unexplained. It was a shame for I had high hopes for it in the strong beginning.