Audie Award Nominee, Science Fiction, 2013
Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.
There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s. Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends. Or the end of everything....
©2012 Peter Clines and Permuted Press (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"A riveting apocalyptic mystery in the style of LOST." (Craig DiLouie, author of The Infection and The Killing Floor)
"A wholly original story that weaves together mystery and the apocalypse like a finely tuned band." (Evan Roy, Bricks of the Dead)
I put this one on my wish list because I felt like Audible was pushing it down my throat. The title didn't grab me. Neither did the synopsis. Finally, I gave it a shot. I'm SO glad I did !! The characters are diverse and rich. The twists are many, often, and extreme. I'm stingy with a "5,' but this one's worth it !!
I WAS A LITTLE SURPRISED BY THE ENDING- HOWEVER I DID LIKE THIS WRITERS STYLE. I LIKED HIM ENOUGH THAT I WENT AND BOUGHT HIS OTHER BOOKS ON AUDIBLE. PRETTY COOL.
Exciting, unpredictable, enjoyable
Loved them all
There were a few that had me completely engrossed and listening at every given minute.
Don't judge a book by its cover or seemingly unoriginal haunted apartment narrative!
I won't give the story away in my review. I will summarize the books in three short statements.
1. The book is sometimes mind-bogging.
2. The book is sometimes nightmare inducing.
3. The book is not just a book.
The book has been compared with Lost, in someways the comparison is true, but in others false. Where Lost doled out nuggets here and there "14" is not the same. If you have an open mind or just enjoy getting lost in a great story, listen to "14". I would, however, advice against listening to it shortly before bedtime. Especially while staring into the glowing embers of a fire.
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
This book grabbed me quick, I have been listening non-stop...the characters all feel real. Especially Nate...I dunno, yet, how this mystery turns out...but it reads like an old Hardy Boys type mystery--but loads better! A mysterious building, filled with mysterious clues, and mysterious tenants...all of it contiuously building the suspense until at the halfway point I am wishing I could turn the speed up on the recording and listen FASTER! LOL This is a really great escapist novel, I highly recommend it.
I really enjoyed this book, in fact it was my 2nd favorite from 2012 (behind Ready Player One). It had a great groups of characters, the plot continuously kept unfolding without any real lulls, and it was just a lot of fun.
It is kind of a cross between supernatural mystery & techno-thriller -- somewhere at the intersection of (movie) science and horror.
Great narration as well..
Although not a huge science fiction fan, I really enjoyed this book. The premise for the story was quite intriguing, and thankfully allowed plenty of time for fully describing the individuals and their relationships before setting off on the "adventure". This definitely is a character driven story, but it is well balanced with a unique plot and great ending. A real page-turner!
I love to listen!
It was ok. That is what I have to say first. It wasn't all bad or all good. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars overall. I think that was fair. There are so many great reviews. I had to try it. Now I have. Eh. It is as I said, "ok."
Ray Porter does a good job at handling so many different characters' voices. The performance is the best part.
The first half is slow...I suppose to let you get introduced to the characters and to lay down the basic story. But...there is almost no action until the second half of the story in my opinion. It also feels like it could have been written for a younger audience though I believe it is meant to be for a post-college-aged crowd.
I enjoyed this book. It was well written and narrated. Good characters and descriptions.
If you enjoyed the first season of "lost" the tv show then you will like this.
I would definitely recommend this book.
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