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)
The media mogul
The audiobook was narrated well and was an enjoyable listen.
Peter Clines created realistic and relatable characters in this novel. With that said I found the last third of the book to take me out of the enjoyment of the novel. The story feels forced towards the end in order to be "extreme."
Porter does an excellent job giving each character a distinct and memorable feel. The pacing was done well and I could easily visualize the story in vivid detail.
During the developing parts of the story where the characters were being fleshed out was enticing and fun. Towards the end of the book I had a few laughs but mainly felt compelled to finish listening to the book.
It's definitely among the top 5
The point in which the lead character glimpses things no one else sees...yet.
Porter performed a wide variety of voices with realistic delivery of dialogue. He brought the words even more alive with witty turn of phrase.
Protect The World
I thought I knew what would happen when they opened the door to apartment 14. I was wrong.
Ray Porter has a fantastic voice and has become one of my favorite narrators. In 14 Ray was able to clearly portray the voice and personality of so many characters from all over this world and beyond.
This book is a definite read for anyone who likes Hell Boy.
The narrator did a fantastic job with the different characters as well as being a nice voice to listen to.
I was riveted by the story from the very beginning.
former nuclear scientist
This book describes a supernatural mystery centered on an apartment building in Los Angeles. The POV character is a slacker named Nate who for some reason becomes interested enough in the mysteries of the building to corral his neighbors into a Mystery Gang (Scooby Doo is frequently mentioned) and explore. Dodging building manager Oskar and a scary PI assigned to watch a neighbor with a shady past, Nate and his group of underpaid fellow renters dig up a lot more than they were expecting.
The book is lighthearted in tone, even (unfortunately) when events take a dark turn. Sometimes, I think, the laughs are unintentional. Does anyone in LA still use "bro" when talking to other people? It's a fun ride if you can believe in a magical version of science; the name checking of Tesla and Lovecraft go a long way to setting the scene, and are a sort of apology from the author for ripping off (homaging?) the latter. You also have to believe that a large group of people will act in completely illogical ways if they get curious enough. And you have to not mind that some of these people will die purely to ratchet up tension/human interest. This actually knocked a star off for me: "There is a way that we can save the world, and it is this----" (character gets randomly prevented from saying).
Go in without too many expectations: treat it like a Universal Studios ride, and enjoy.
Definitely. It is a great story and performance.
Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey. Strong character development and thematic aspects of the story make it similar.
It was energetic and I felt the nuances of each character.
The best place to hide a tree is in a forest.
I purchased this title based solely on reader reviews and I am so glad that I did. I hadn't heard of it until it popped up as a suggestion on my screen. This story grabbed me from start to finish and I repeatedly found myself taking a few extra laps around the block to listen for just a few more minutes.
I'm just not a fan of sci-fi but this book grabbed me. Ray Porter's narration brought the story to sometimes glorious, sometimes grim, but always entertaining life.
Book Lover in Ottawa
This was on of my enjoyable reads of late.
Nate. He finds himself by the end of the book.
Ray Porter does a great job with the voices and accents.
This is a great book that keeps you wanting to listen to find out what is going to happen at the end. While a little bit formulaic at the end, it was a good listen and one of the recent books that kept me hooked until the end.
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