From the beginning, Clines introduces clues to an every unraveling mystery. I found myself sitting in my driveway after a long day of sales on the road, unwilling to turn it off. The narrator did a great job with voices in keeping the characters defined.
I loved the anxious moments as they traversed deep into the depths below the house in anticipation of what they would find.
Fans of the television shows Lost and Once Upon a Time will probably like this novel as the plot development is very similar. The same pattern of quirky characters finding some bizarre mystery or problem, the search for information, the big reveal, and then repeat, repeat, repeat.
There is a very real sense of being manipulated by ignorance as just enough information is doled out to keep the story going as the reader constantly tries to figure out what is going on until, of course, the writer feels like it is time to end the story. Think of a cat being teased with a toy mouse, occasionally being allowed to pounce on the toy only to find it jerked out of its reach.
Clearly, it's not my type of story. However, as Lost and Once Upon a Time are clearly very popular shows, the novel can and does suit many people. It is also filled with a lot of Easter eggs which will delight many readers.
While I've given 14 four stars, which on my scale indicates a novel that held my interest long enough to finish it, there are some very real problems with the novel.
For example, there is long description about a woman who lives in the building who has credit problems. Unless I missed it, and I'm not interested enough to go back and listen again, she, and her credit problems, have very little to do with the rest of the story and her story line could have been omitted.
I also found the sexual relationships that formed to be more of an afterthought or convenience, as if the characters happened to be there and hooked up. There was little to no real attraction, or love, between the characters described. And again, I'm not interested enough to go back and see if I missed anything.
Overall, the novel is written well enough. But, it could have been much better if the writer had payed closer attention to the relationships between people and the story.
The story was fairly well written and had plenty of suspense. I felt the characters lacked adequate depth, but I enjoyed the plot enough to disregard. I did not enjoy the narration, however. I've seen comments stating exactly the opposite, but felt it was choppy and almost monotone. It was worth my credit...but barely.
Shoppin All the Time
I've never read Clines before, but I am looking for other books by him right now. This was such an enjoyable adventure I am hoping that he has other similar works. This wasn't a deep, complicated book, it was a fun read that was entertaining and I enjoyed it immensely!! I'm not even sure what led me to purchase it in the first place, must have been the reviews. I've had this one for a while and forgot what it was about so I started listening to it absolutely in the dark about what the story line was. I was hooked immediately and finished the book in a matter of days!! I stayed up so late reading it one night that I had to go to work an hour late the next day and came up with the craziest excuse EVER! But everyone bought it!! LOL Another review I read said "a HUGE side helping of crazy pants." Well, who couldn't buy it after reading that?!? I want some more crazy pants! :)
I would compare the enjoyment of the read to the Monster Hunter International Books. If you enjoy this one, give those a try and I don't think you will be dissapointed. They are not similar stories, but the lighthearted playfulness is very engaging.
I honestly think that I loved all the main characters. I wish there could be a sequel!!
This would be a spoiler so mum's the word. By the way, the narrator is amazing and I will probably even seek out some more books read by him.
READ THIS BOOK!!! I don't think you will feel like you wasted a credit, I will purchase more books by this author even if I don't have any credits available. :)
this was a good story. I listen only at work, and couldn't wait to get to work to listen and continue with the story. I was sad when it ended, I would have liked it to continue on to find out what happens to the characters after the climax of the book...I recommend this book, it keeps you thinking the whole time.
The story line was leading and somewhat interesting. This was far from scary and a little silly. There was no connection with the characters. When someone died I felt nothing.
This may be one of the best Audiobooks I have ever listened to. I was expecting a haunted apartment with ghosts, spirits, or demons, but man, was I surprised. I am a big fan of Peter Clines and his “EX” series so I knew this would be good, but it was way more than I expected. The first half of the book has really nothing supernatural going on, just the hint of something amiss. But Clines writes it in such a way I was always on the edge of my seat while “things” were revealed through out the story. By the time I was half way into the story and thought I knew where it was going…..wrong, Peter Clines took it in a completely brilliant different direction. I love the way he threaded actual historical persons with the story line. And Ray Porter is a master narrator and brought life and depth to the story and characters. Great story, great performance, great narration, if you haven’t got the vibe yet, I loved this one and yes, YOU MUST listen to it. @byf2. More at MyNextListen dot com
Interesting because it was different. I usually do not read science fiction.
Veek who is intelligent and quirky.
Ability to give the charters different voices.
Scooby-Doo where are you?
I didn't recognize Ray Porter until half way through the book when he delivered a line for a character with a flash of arrogance. Ray read "The 4-Hour Work Week," which was dripping with so much arrogance that I had to switch to the print version of the book (which was also arrogant).
The large number of characters means each was poorly developed and came off as one-dimensional in the story. However, the interaction of the character was fresh and fun, which made it enjoyable to listen to, especially with Ray's outstanding performance. He nailed every voice so well that I could immediately tell which was talking; an impressive feat given the number of characters.
I had a lot of fun with this. But I wish male performances realized they don't need to artifically make their voices higher when speaking the female parts. It flattens their performance.
He GREAT except for his tendency to lift voice to high for females. He's far from the worst at this.