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)
This is an interesting twist on the creepy apartment building story, and not one I was expecting! Although very far fetched, I did enjoy the story and found myself entertained throughout. Overall, however, I don't think I can give it more than 4 stars.
Ray Porter!! What a great job narrating. I listen to a lot of audio books, and a bad narrator can really ruin it. He did an excellent job, there are quite a few characters to this story, and they all sounded great. The story was great and really kept me interested, and not just zoning out for portions at a time like some books do.
The dialogue was good too. I laughed out loud more than once.
Tim. I will let you see why.
I can totally see this book being made into a film. I can't think of a great tag line though.
What a great story! It was gripping and addictive from the very beginning. And the narrator Ray Porter did a fantastic job as well.
If you're in to checking out an author you may not know yet, start here! You won't regret it.
In reading reviews I was concerned this would be "horror" like a horror movie. I don't watch horror movies and stear clear of media that are too violent or scary (for me Silence of the Lambs, though good, was too scary). I debated whether or not to buy this based on others' descriptions of the book as being like a Stephen King or modern horror classic. Just FYI for anyone else who doesn't like that genre, this book is not "horror" in that way. It is more sci fi/adventure or more classic "horror" like Lovecraft or Poe. In terms of scare-factor, it's comparable to the TV show, "Lost". Also, it was a great listen, very engaging, didn't want to pause it, etc.
Incredible story, I listened to all of it in 2 days.
Green Roaches and Mysterious messages in blood
My first one but not my last.
So you need an apartment? I know just the place.
I am a life long Geek, Musician, and Writer ... and Audible just makes reading that much better because now I can "read" even when I might have time, but not the option, like driving and things like that.
I haven't read the print version, but the reader here nailed the characters and narration right smack dab in the bulls eye ring from across the room he is so good! So I would think that the audio version is better, yes.
The way this story feels like you are peeling an onion, you keep pulling back layer after layer and you keep finding more good stuff. This story keeps taking twists and turns and you just never know what really is going on until the end. I mean this in a very good way, you keep guessing, knowing that it's one particular situation, that you have figured it out because you are so smart and then WRONG! He tosses another curve ball hand grenade in the mix and just blew yet another theory out of the water! Awesome!!!
Sheesh, what didn't Ray Porter bring to the book! Naturally he totally had all of the characters down, cold, and kept them even and succinct throughout the story. There was never a time that one character sounded like another or didn't sound like themselves. However, the cadence of the book was set and kept by Porter, like a coxswain driving a boat Porter kept the story driving forward.
I didn't start with that conscious thought in mind, and I didn't listen to it in one sitting, but I can say that once I got into the book I had a hard time putting it down.
This book is great, I loved it, it reminded me a little of another favorite the Monster Hunter series (Not sure if I can mention other titles like that, editor please remove if that is bad). I have read other stories by Peter Clines and they all have been good!
I spend a lot of time seeking out the perfect story worthy of my credit. I enjoy suspense thrillers w/ a kick of satire. I'm a picky listener.
It read like a treasure map. The narrator took me from one exciting point to the next and I was addicted. SciFi yes; but, it was so expertly written and narrated that I easily overlooked that fact.
I can't release any information without first offering a -spoiler alert-. Therefore, I politely recommend you add this to your library post haste. It was such an addicting story that I not only listened to it during my normal work commute but I had to keep listening for hours when I was home for the day. I even had my ear buds in during my daughter's soccer game, that's how phenomenal this story was. I couldn't wait to learn the next surprise and the next and the next.
This book was not typical or average. The concept was unique and clever which made the story thought provoking as well as entertaining. The pace was just right as it kept your interest and you never thought you knew what was going to happen next.
The characters are likeable. The story started out slow, and then twisted into something out of this world.
I was never a fan of this genre, and it did not convert me. I would not knowingly look for another book that screamed sci-fi.
I liked his performance. It is one of the aspects of this Audible that kept me listening.
I liked the characters, and I certainly see the building giving enough material for another story. I just don't think the author could pull it off, and make me want to give it my attention.
Mystery sci-fi thriller
What starts out as a mystery to be solved morphs into a sci-fi doomsday thriller a la Dune. I am not usually a sci-fi kinda gal but this twist was acceptable. I was intrigued by the constant twists and turns. The characters were all pretty well developed.
I didn't know what to expect with this one, I got it because I really enjoyed clines other creations.
But I quickly fell in love with the whole story, you get to know each and every character and the twists are great.
It is hard to review without giving anything away, alls I can say is very enjoyable and really well narrated to the point where you can easily pick out each character by the narration.
This was brilliant - characterisation was wonderful, plot was brilliantly woven together with lots of nice pop culture references (loved the totally throwaway "bowties are cool"), and pace was such that I stayed up much too late to find out how it would end. Ray Porter's narration was also excellent, with clear delineation of the various voices and a great line in comic timing amid all the impending horror. Off to look for more things by Peter Clines/more narration by Ray Porter...
"Solid first 3/4's...dissapointing finale."
Hmmm, not really. [Spoiler free] - Ive said that the finale is dissapointing, but this has little to do with the plot/story - which was fine, if a little derivative. The build up of quiet dread, and the slow unfolding of the mystery was a lot of fun. No, it was the character's response to the events towards the end that didn't sit well. Up to the final quarter of the book, Nate and chums responded plausibly to what was going on. However, their friendly banter, and muted reactions (to what was, a roller-coaster of terror and madness), seemed more in keeping with getting lost in the woods, and not being sure if you're going to make it home that night, rather than, what was, a prolonged waking nightmare.
Putting people in bizarre, and horrifying situations, and making their responses believable, is something that writers like, Stephen King or Richard Matheson, seem to make look easy. And its essential in stories like this. Peter Clines' difficulty just highlights how hard it is to actually achieve, and the difference between writing a book thats good, and writing one thats just alright.
The narration, although a little flat and stacatto at times (during the 3rd person narration, rather than when people were 'talking'), was quality. The characters were distinct and well portrayed.
"It's locked for a reason!!!!"
It's been a while since I got totally immersed in an audiobook. This didn't really stand out to me, I only got it as it was in the sale, but I'm glad I did!
Nate works as a temp, going nowhere with no cash, so when cheap digs are offered he grabs them. Once he moves in, he starts to meet his neighbours and they soon realise that not one room in the whole building is structurally the same. Not only that, the building doesn't appear to be attached to the power grid and nobody's heard of the landlord.
I can't go into too much without spoiling it, but needless to say the atmosphere when they go past the basement and into room 14 is so tense you'll need to put the light on!
This was an odd one for me, I really enjoyed the first 8 hours of the story a lot but the last 4 hours not so much. That's not to say the last 4 hours are terrible or anything - its fine, but its almost like a different storyline somehow. Hard to explain without spoilers really, but for me the writer had the first part of the story done really well, and the latter part not so well - but it was an interesting story well told, just seemed to go a bit odd towards the end.
"Oh I loved this book!"
Fresh believable characters, incidental love interests that didn't detract from the story in any way! Unpredictable twists and turns, appealed to me (at 60) and my daughter (at 24) test of a good story. Different to my usual read but I'm really glad I took a chance and listened. Easy to follow without being boring, unusual concept but believable, even the weird bits!
Can't compare it to anything really, all new and very enjoyable!
Veek is very cool (not sure if that's how to spell it) she has a wicked sense of humour, Zeela is also pretty cool.
Both - I found my jaw clenching in parts, shouted out loud in the car a few times, couldn't wait to get out of work to start listening again!
Buy it if you like a good story, fantasy, suspense and laughing!
A brilliant read - very spooky in parts and full of mystery! A fun and entertaining book which the narrator brings alive with an excellent performance. I just wish the book was longer as I didn't want it to end!
Hilarious, entertaining madness.
It's impossible to put into words without giving massive spoilers, but the characters in this book have much more depth and realism about them than pretty much any other book I have ever read. I found myself sharing all their emotions, and rather than guessing the ending, was anxious to find out what they were leading to. This book is so well written, it's truly edge of your seat stuff.
Ray Porter's performance is fantastic. A couple of the accents may have been a little ropey, but he still managed to make them believable, even his women had the correct balance of strength and fragility that so many actors tend to get so wrong. His pace is perfect, and his acting highlights all the humor and / or tension that each scene requires. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of his narration.
I could've lost a whole weekend to this book. I was due to take a coach journey when I was about a third of the way through it, and decided to listen to more of it rather than my music. On the way home again I was pretty tired, and thought I would continue with the book, maybe have a doze on my way home...no chance. By the time my journey ended I was LITERALLY on the edge of my seat. The girl next to me must have thought I was crazy with all the fidgeting I was doing as events unfolded in my ears. By the time I actually got home, the story had become so intense that I was glad my other half was back from work so I didn't have to sit in the house on my own while I listened to the end.
I've been chewing all my friends ears off (figuratively) to try and get them to listen to or read this book. If you give it a chance, I promise you will too. Pretty much jumped straight into my top five favourite books and gives Neil Gaiman a damn good run for his money.
"really unexpected, loved it all."
I loved this book. Not what I expected at all. The narrator was wonderfully. The story kept me guessing. I ended up sitting in my car in the driveway with people staring at me because I wanted to hear what happened next.
Hmmm... that's a hard one. It reminded me a bit of the TV series Lost.
Every character had a distinct voice and even one word replies were easily identifiable. Especially enjoyed his portrayal of Tim the "retired publisher" and Roger the laid back "dude". This narrator is a safe pair of hands.
Nate moves into a new flat in a very strange apartment building. It seems that every apartment in the building is different and has something strange about it. There are the green cockroaches, the lift that has never worked, apartment 14 is padlocked, and many other strange oddities.
This was a wonderful book, with lots of twists and turns, and some fantastic ideas. And every time something new was revealed about the building I had a new theory about what was going on. I loved this book and will be looking for more books by Peter Clines.
Loved every minute of it.
Really great listen, highly recommended.
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