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 pace, although the end gets a little wild.
Yes this would make a great movie, the Squales would interesting to see.
I was getting in a slump finding books that were addictive & unable to stop, but this book is incredible. The narration is excellent and the story just blows your mind. It is intriguing and mind-provoking.
A great cast of characters and a unique storyline. There was a lot of wry humor and it made the characters come alive.
I stayed up all night because I couldn't bear to turn it off. I'm not a big fan of sci-fi but this story was so good I got caught up in it. The writer started off the sci-fi stuff with small clues interwoven in the character and plot development so that everything was totally believable, at least at first. The characters were colorful, amusing, and very likeable. I found even the. very imaginative sci-fi ending gripping which is saying a lot for someone who doesn't like sci-fi. A thoroughly enjoyable listen. The narrator was really exceptional too.
love to read, read a lot, mostly mysteries, historic fiction and a bit of sci-fi
I really enjoyed this tale and how it unfolded. The dialogue between the main characters was snappy and believable. Clines' narrative stays really tight most of the way, and if his logical underpinnings fall apart in places, I more or less forgive him because everything else was just so damn good. Can't help but think that this was written to be turned into film, the story has echoes of several other tales we know well: Bladerunner (the Movie) and The White City (The Book) come to mind. Ray Porter's narration was pretty great and he mostly succeeded in verbally distinguishing between the main minor characters. He could develop a bit more variation for his foreign accents, but his pacing, inflections and clarity of pronunciation were all top notch.
Overall a very enjoyable experience and well worth the purchase price.
This is quite an unusual and entertaining novel. The story and characters are cleverly interwoven with a lot of unexpected twists. You find yourself getting so involved with the plot that it's very difficult to pause the story and go on with life. The reader did a terrific job on some very difficult characters' voices.
I downloaded this book on a whim because it was advertised and well rated. Well since then I have had my mother, wife, and best friend read the book through kindle purchases I have made. This book is well paced and keeps you very interested. I agree with the synopsis that it is somewhat like combining the TV show Lost ( and there is even a reference to it) with a haunted mansion. The characters are well through out and each have a distinct personality with interesting back stories. The characters are further brought to life through great voice acting and narration. This book was a welcome surprise and I highly recommend it!
This book is just enjoyable all the way through. The mystery enthralls and has the right amount of humor and fantasy without being trite or too over the top. I chewed through this book at every available listening time. I can't recommend it enough.
14 does a perfect job of doling out the perfect amount of information about the mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat without revealing too much. The revelations at the end are enjoyable and well done. The characters are a little plain but the fun of exploring the apartment building with the main character is enough to keep me enthralled with every minute of the book!
Absolutely! Only work and sleep kept me from listening to this in one sitting... and even then... I did sneak two lunch breaks with my book.
I loved the first 75 or 80% of the book! Intriguing, nicely written, very good narration. Then when the mood of the book shifts to ... How can I put this? ... another dimension? Let's just say a new genre ... I just wanted to get to the end quickly. I'm sure some people, SciFi fans I guess, will enjoy it from start to finish.
No, the genre shift kind of ruined it for me.
Everything! He did a great job bringing the story to life.
This was a great book!!! Enough suspense, enough action, really good character development....I wish I could see this charaters in another boook.
If you like Stephen King or a book surrounded by a location , like a building in this case, you'll like this.
Yes, I'd recommend it. The plot is released a little at a time, and it's not easy to figure out.
Don't remember his name, but he was the main character. Why? Don't know--he was likeable.
Not sure, but he was a good narrator.
I wouldn't make a film of ths one. It's a good story to read or listen to.
Give it a try. 80% of the story is really good. Like many stories, the 'punchline' could have been better, but it wasn't bad.
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