I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Genre: Not sure. Sci-fi, adventure, a little rom-com
Regardless of genre, this was a great book. Nate is a minimum-wage temp doing mind numbing data entry. He has to leave his apartment due to a change in roommate situation. He hears about a low-rent studio, and after his application is approved, he moves in. Things are pretty strange there. Things are strange in the whole building. Nate's curiosity is piqued, and he starts asking other tenants about it. What the story comes down to is a motley crew of people investigating the oddities of the place, and finding some strange and scary stuff. I found the plot fun and the characters enjoyable. In fact, scenes were so well described, I can imagine it as a movie.
The reviews for this book on GR and Audible are favorable, but I didn't read them before purchase. I got it based on the premise alone, and I'm glad it was so well-executed! Most of the reviews I read before writing this referred to it as horror, but I will refrain from that label because I hate horror. Plus, even though there are mutants and references to H. P. Lovecraft, I didn't have to sleep with the lights on. I classified it mostly as sci-fi adventure, and filed it on my "made-me-laugh"'shelf. The dialogue between Nate and Veek is lively and amusing. The thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is a writing issue that is really bothersome for me. It really pulls me out of the action when a book in 3rd person POV jumps between characters. I just see it as laziness on the part of the writer. That jumping around is so much easier than getting info across while staying with a truly singular POV. Most of the book was from Nate's point of view, but to make it easier to show what was going on outside of his line of sight, the action would switch to some other character's point of view. I can handle it when a book is broken down into discrete sections shared by a couple of different people, but this wasn't like that. Oh well, I know this is probably just me...
The narration was good. There wasn't much difference in pitch, but pacing , accents, and style helped differentiate the characters. I'd say Ray Porter's performance was a bit above average.
I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
For the Sci-Fi fan, or for someone who just wants "something different," this is really different and really fun. I gave it a five not because it's deep like Shakespeare, but because in it's own genre it's good. Oh, and did I say, fun? Lots of unexpected twists.
Nerdy analyst, Tory Episcopalian and former Marine
The bizarre plot and frequent twists make for an eventful read. I would have given the story a much higher mark save for the WAY over the top final sequence. I was almost reminded of the cliffhangers from a by-gone era where one's credulity was strained.
Weaving historical figures into a modern horror story.
This was my first listen to a Ray Porter performance. I was impressed with the manner in which he portrayed diverse characters. In short, he nailed it.
The book was NOT my usual genre, but it was hard to stop listening. The best part of the book was the narrator - Ray Porter is amazing!!!!! Well worth the listen - give it a try!!
the book was freaking awesome. The narrator was amazing and really enabled me to get into the book
It would have to be a tie between Tim and Nate. They were awesome. Felt like i really knew them.
This is my first one. wont be the last.
Keeps you guessing, and wanting more.
I know it the whole point of an audiobook but they dont always have the knact this one really made me feel like i could picture everything i felt like i was there well done such a great book
I only got it because it was on special and had good reviews, so I took a chance.
This is a well written story and it did not disappoint.
It didn't take long for me to take such an interest in the characters that I drove the long way home a couple of times.
To tell about the story would spoil it, so I wont give it away.
To say I am impressed with the voice acting is an understatement. Ray Porter did an awesome job. I would have given 6 stars to his performance if I could.
The narrator did an excellent job with the voices of the cast, but his base narration style was so dry I had trouble concentrating on the story. His delivery of the main female character was somewhat flat, and I never fully connected to her plot-line.
The story itself was engaging at first, and the mystery of the building was exciting. The visual descriptions made the building a character of the story. Unfortunately, when the mystery started being solved, the book jumped the shark. I stayed through the end, but was not satisfied by the overall experience.
What a ride!
This book had so many twists and turns it was hard to see where it was going, but once it was all revealed, it held up strongly. It was a fun, great listen!
I loved his performance of the various characters (and there were many!). He put a lot of thought into how they sounded and was able to carry it through the entire story. I also love his voice.
You don't want to know what's behind all the doors...
I couldn't stop listening to it. I try to dole myself out 2-3 hours of listening at a time. I basically inhaled this book through my ears.
Loved the narrator ! A++++ unfortunately, the story went way off-track with every sci-fi cliche thrown into the overstuffed plot. If the story had kept it's focus on the original premise, diverse tenants in a creepy apartment building, this would have been so much better.
It was suspenseful and engaging from start to finish. It's a mystery that is filled with twists and turns and references to other works in the scifi genre