Nate has moved into a very mysterious apartment building. His kitchen light shines like a black light, his neighbor's apartment is always 69 degrees no matter what, and every apartment has a completely different configuration for no apparent reason. (actually, now that I think of it, it is never explained even to the end of the book!)
Nate meets a lot of nice and curious people and you see the book setting up to be one of those typical plots where a group of curious people go exploring where they shouldn't explore and get themselves into a mess of trouble. And Peter Clines, despite his immense creativity, falls right into that standard plotline. By the last third of the audiobook, I was practically climbing the walls as the protagonists did the typical dumb-character horror movie stuff - why are you going out there where nothing good can happen? Why are you talking rather than doing that really essential thing you need to be doing right now? ARRRGGHHH!!
The book was very slow to get moving in introducing all the characters (as someone else here has already mentioned) and implodes after the secrets of "14" are discovered (as someone else has noted, so we are in agreement.) I think the author would have benefited us all by sitting back and thinking carefully before writing the last 1/3rd of the book, as it revealed some intriguing new information but was pretty disappointing in its execution.
So, to sum up, I'd say this is definitely worth a "skim" if it is on sale on Audible. (It's great that Audible has improved its listening app to allow more speeds and skipping forward 30 secs. Very useful for this erratic book.)
The first half of the book is great, quirky characters, good story, great reader. The second half takes a turn into a horror story, and gets as far-fetched as the other dimension the characters land in. It's so off course, it sounds like it was written by a different author, no more humor, fun, or quirkiness. The reader is great but he can't save a story that goes so wrong.
The building of the characters interaction with each other.
The opening of the doors, one by one each different, especially #14
Porter took his listeners chapter by chapter thru this book very smoothly, and i think he let the book unfold the way author meant it to be. Just about flawless.
I laughed alot, this is one of those books that costs you sleep, you just dont want to put it down.
I am new to listening to audiobooks, this is my 6th book, anything read by ray porter is excellent
Veek, he is able to give a great voice to each, can tell which character is talking without the author saying who is speaking
Have ray porter do narration for all books, I've listened to 3 of his so far and will probably look for books he reads
I was blown away by this story. The characters were beautifully imagined and real - I mean I could believe they had lives outside the events of the story - and the way they interacted with one another never failed to make me smile and just care about them more. And fear for them more when they come face to face with the horror of what's on the other side of the door.
I completely enjoyed this story and even though I was glad to see those who survived I was sorry to see the ending. This story was an entertaining slow burn and I will recommend it to everyone I meet.
Grats Ray Porter and Peter Clines for making such a work of art here. This story goes from being very grounded in reality to the edge of Peter Clines' imagination.
This is a must listen.
I cannot thank them enough for doing such superb work!
Mr Clines has a heck of an imagination! This book starts out with some odd things, and then you start to see more things, and it builds and builds until you wonder how on earth Mr Clines came up with it all. In addition to the action, the characters are very engaging and likable which adds to the total impact. I had a very good time listening to this one. He even managed to end it in a way that feels good.
I have been an Audible subscriber since Jan 2001!!!!
Yes, the performance was excellent. Each character had distinct voices, tones, and it brings their characters out of the listen.
I highly recommend this one. Quirky people, quirky setting, and it just sucks you in. I was guessing all the way through and then the story just opened up and became a good old fashioned horror story. Wickedly read and the characters are cool.
Moved...not emotionally but an "I can't stop listening - I don't care what is going on moment comes" when they go into #14. Read it you'll see.
Love excellent narrators like Ray Porter. Love the Joe Ledger series.
A book is only as good as its narration.
Ray Porter starts off very well, but as the plot dilutes and convulses, he loses interest and moves to a more mundane recital. Towards the end, he sounded happy that the book has ended, not with a bang, but with a whimper.
14 has no role to play in this book. Apart from making astronauts of Nate Tucker and others, it has no role to play before or after.
The novel starts with the premise of LOST and when I heard the spinning compass, I was eagerly looking forward to more thrills. Sadly the author crashed it and it burned.
It ends up with nothing of significance.
The story was interesting; not that captivating overall; I liked the book Spin much better. If you are a die hard science fiction fan it deserves a listen; if not, try something else.