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    Kathe Koja's classic, award-winning horror novel is finally available as an audiobook.

    Nicholas, a would-be poet, and Nakota, his feral lover, discover a strange hole in the storage room floor down the hall - "Black. Pure black and the sense of pulsation, especially when you look at it too closely, the sense of something not living but alive." It begins with curiosity, a joke - the Funhole down the hall. But then the experiments begin. "Wouldn't it be wild to go down there?" says Nakota. Nicholas says "We're not." But they're not in control, not from the first moment, as those experiments lead to obsession, violence, and a very final transformation for everyone who gets too close to the Funhole.

    THE CIPHER was the winner of the 1991 Bram Stoker Award, and was recently named one of io9.com's Top 10 Debut Science Fiction Novels That Took the World by Storm. Long out-of-print and much sought-after, it is finally available as an audiobook, with a new foreword by the author.

    ©2012 Kathe Koja (P)2020 David N. Wilson

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    "An ethereal rollercoaster ride from start to finish." (The Detroit Free Press)  

    "Combines intensely poetic language and lavish grotesqueries." (BoingBoing)

    "This powerful first novel is as thought-provoking as it is horrifying." (Publishers Weekly)

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    • Rachael
    • 21/04/2020

    An Interesting Book of Weird...

    I often find it amazing people can listen to the same book and come out with completely different interpretations, that said I'm not a big literary scholar, cannot speak intelligently about the differing aspects of a book like I have read so many times here and on goodreads (sometimes I read reviews and wonder if I am either incredibly dumb or not reading the same thing as some people). I can say, however, I own thousands of audiobooks and all purely for the entertainment of it! I rarely rarely write reviews, but feel compelled to here.

    To me this book was a ride, immediately interesting, not requiring too much background or build up, I love the verse, how it has a slightly poetic tilt to it that reminds me a bit of the way Poppy Z Brite writes. Horror I think is a hard genre because we all fear different things, but I truly enjoyed this book. Sometimes I struggle with how many books I buy (addiction perhaps) and will get bored with one book and hop to another, rarely will I listen to a book from start to finish but I did with this one. There was something identifiable with the main character and his problems, of being swept away by life. I could feel his bewilderment of the situation, his being pressured by others - giving in, and hating yourself for it is something we all experience.

    The book may not be especially profound and "funhole" a bit childish, but the book is interesting! If you want a few entertaining hours to get lost in someone elses troubles for a change I'd suggest you give this one a try!

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    • Char
    • 05/05/2020

    I Am A Convert to the Church of Koja!

    THE CIPHER! I don't even know what to say.

    I've only recently joined the church of Koja. It may not be as big as some, Stephen King's say, but there are joys to be found in smaller congregations.

    This is the story of Nakota and Nicholas who one day found a black hole, named it the funhole, and changed their lives forever. They stuck different things into the hole, (getting uncomfortable yet?), including bugs, a mouse, and then a hand. What happened to these items when they were thrust inside? You'll have to read this to find out!

    I absolutely adore Ms. Koja's prose, and Joshua Saxon the narrator brought it home with flare. This must not have been an easy performance due to the style of the aforementioned prose-especially in the second half of the book because it's a stream-of-consciousness narrative. His voicing was phenomenal.

    I'm a bit irritated with myself because the few clips I made of the audio that highlighted the prose apparently did not save. There were short, staccato-like descriptions that...stabbed at my heart. Beautiful, honest and evocative words that my brain immediately transferred to a visual-like a direct injection. For instance "...the flat was full of drizzly day." 7 words that draw a perfect scene. Brief, staccato, BAM: there's the picture-full and complete.

    I could go on and on about this prose but I'll leave it at what I've written. Kathe Koja's writing probably isn't for everyone; the reviews seem pretty split on Goodreads. For me, however, I feel like I have been missing out out an author that is perfect for my dark and black heart. I'm on a mission to read everything she's written. I'm a Koja missionary, baby!

    My highest recommendation!

    *I received the audio-book from Audiobook Boom! and the narrator, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 19/12/2020

    Good Narration, Annoying Main Characters

    The idea itself is intriguing. But it was ultimately unsatisfying because of how unbearable the protagonist and his POS "lover" were. The whole time I just wanted someone to slap one and punch the other. A story can really be ruined by unlikeable characters.

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    • courtney
    • 18/05/2021

    Strange

    I did not enjoy this very much although it was well written. I was never scared at any time but annoyed with how horrible the people in this book are. The narrator did an amazing job though.

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    • D.
    • 08/05/2021

    My only wish

    This story was incredible. It's very difficult to capture what horror feels like. Perhaps you can make someone feel dread but revulsion and horror are a trickier thing, because usually writers just stick to gruesome and leave it there. This book was horrible in the best possible way. Once they started messing with the fun hole, I felt actual war. As he described what was happening to him and the slow changes he was going through, I felt revulsion and could distinctly imagine how things looked and smelled. The author also did a really interesting job of writing the way people think. We don't think in sentences. We don't think in complete thoughts. Rather we think in scattered images and concepts, which is how the writing and the narration felt. All of that said, my only wish was for a real ending. Certainly there was some climactic and inevitable closure for Nakota, but you had to make up the "ending" for Nicolas. It doesn't seen it would take many more chapters to see how things end for him, so I suppose Koja had her reasons for leaving us to choose our own conclusion.

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    • stevenduaneallisonjunior
    • 15/10/2020

    a classic

    this book was weird, very very very weird, but excellent. another great novel from one of the most creative authors out there.

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    • Wally Guy
    • 08/09/2021

    Weird fiction is like wine...

    It gets better with age. Kathe Koja writes with great skill, capturing the selfish acquisitiveness of humans perfectly, while turning the concept of art inside out, and the experience of faith 180°. As a catalyst, the "fun hole" is a more active participant than that proverbial Abyss none of us can look away from.

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    • Summer d
    • 20/08/2021

    loved it .lived it

    you have to experience this once in your life do it you will come out better for it.

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    • Thomas Karnick
    • 15/05/2021

    gorgeous audio. story loses momentum.

    the atmosphere is rich and inhospitable but the action wanders kinda like in the real world

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 08/05/2021

    A story equal parts depraved and poetic

    Joshua Saxon's narration performance translated and elevated this disturbing work perfectly. I absolutely loved it. If you read it on print, it's worth revisiting as an audiobook. A must listen for fans of psychological horror and weird fiction.

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    • B. Falkenbach
    • 18/07/2020

    Gritty delve into the eldtrich "Funhole"

    A very gritty and dirty descent into a dark, eldritch hole. As the story is told from the perspective from our unreliable and slowly insane going protagonist it is very lovecraftian in it's Storytelling (tho without having a "Grandpa Exposition" there to lay it all out what is actually happening).
    The narrator did a great job to bring the protagonist's thoughts come to live - so good that i listened through this audiobook in one busy weekend.