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Thirteen Storeys

Written by: Jonathan Sims
Narrated by: Ayesha Antoine,Aysha Kala,Ben Elliot,Cloud Quinn,Jonathan Sims,Jot Davies,Katherine Press,Katie Leung,Laurence Dobiesz,Lula Suassuna,Sophie Roberts,Theo Solomon
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Publisher's Summary

Thirteen voices. Thirteen storeys. One dinner party to die for.

An innovative haunted house tour-de-force from the creator of THE MAGNUS ARCHIVES podcast.

GOING UP?

A dinner party is held in the penthouse of a multimillion-pound development. All the guests are strangers - even to their host, the billionaire owner of the building
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None of them know why they were selected to receive his invitation. Whether privileged or deprived, they share only one thing in common - they've all experienced a shocking disturbance within the building's walls.

By the end of the night, their host is dead, and none of the guests will say what happened. His death has remained one of the biggest unsolved mysteries - until now.

But are you ready for their stories?

'A modern horror classic from one of the most exciting writers in the field today' Starburst Magazine

'Combines a creeping sense of unease with all-out gore . . . Nerve-jangling.' Guardian

'A wonderfully creepy climax, hitting that perfect spot of uncanny horror' Grimdark Magazine

©2020 Jonathan Sims (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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Feels like it was made to be an audiobook

I was initially put off about the number of narrators but this cast is critical to the story and atmosphere. Will recommend to my horror fiction friends.

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hmmmm.....

I was really thinking this was going to be an awesome book by all the reviews I read. I found it really long and drawn out. Then the ending was wrapped up relatively quickly. this definitely didn't have me on the edge of my seat, more like on the edge of falling asleep.
sorry everyone who enjoyed it, I guess it just wasn't for me

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Jonathan Sims’ Work Impresses as Always

Always good with representation and amazing story telling, Jonathan Sims’ work always pleases. This is no exception.

Sims’ work with The Magnus Archives certainly exhibited his mastery of suspense and horror, but this solidifies it.

Very poggers, Jon 👌🏻

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Excellent, 10/10

Sims narrative voice is incredibly strong in his writing as always. Slow, creeping dread is built up beautifully, nothing being spoon fed to you while also not being too complicated to follow. We love to hear a pipe murder. We love natural queer inclusion. We love revenge against capitalism.

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I expected good- it was better

The final line of the epilogue has got to be my favourite last line of any horror story to date, as well as a perfect encapsulation of both Sims' strengths as a writer and one of modern horror's greatest strengths as a genre.

I was brought here by The Magnus Archives, but I believe Thirteen Storeys is Sims' best work by far. All of the narrative strengths of TMA shine here with none of its weaknesses.

Distinct characters and the ability of individual chapters to stand alone held my interest all the way through. Sims has a tendency to ensure that unlikeable characters have an interesting enough story that you stick with them despite it, and characters with a slower introductory arc are likeable enough to keep you invested. The final twist was a delightful surprise that nonetheless felt well founded from a character development standpoint after the pieces were in place.

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Read the book instead of listening.

The narration was very difficult to listen to. Almost like the numerous people weren't native English speakers. Their inflections were off on sentences.

Story seemed alright but I bowed out after three chapters. I would recommend the book over the audible.

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Fantastic listen!

At first, I was a little wary of seeing multiple voice actors, but each person added depth to a very captivating story. I was at the edge of my seat wondering how everything fit together, and the end really tied up the loose ends.

Highly recommend this title!

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Damn

My greivance with most other horror is my frustration that it takes so long to build up anything chilling enough to hook me properly but I like how dividing it into the 13 sub stories means that theres these self contained bits of tension, which still accumulate into a final twist which ties together all the threads in a way that makes sense and is still satisfyingly gruesome. Some chapters are definitely more freaky than others, and the ending is a little straight forward, but it has good re read value and its the first thing to succesfully freak me out in a while.

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Very enjoyable horror!

I really enjoy how Jonathan Sims is able to take innocuous things and ideas and turn them into something wrong and off and build up the horror and mystery, which he does quite deftly with this story. It was very enjoyable and I loved how the end came together! The voice actors did an amazing job as well, its always a delight when an audio book has multiple voice actors and each one brought their characters to life splendidly!

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Good story and characters

I really enjoyed the Magnus Archives, which is why I chose this book. I liked the book and characters. It was worth the credit. But I didn’t love it like I hoped I would. I think that is due to the format. It read way more like a podcast than a novel. I’m sure Mr. Sims has more novels in him and I’m confident he will improve.

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