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 reader was excellent. The story started very strongly, but there came a point when it went too far. The reader saved it for me.
Good characters, good start and ending, but becomes far fetched at one point.
I enjoyed the idea of a book which took cues from the series Lost, at least in terms of setting up suspense and intriguing the audience.
It was well executed. No complaints.
I was immensely disappointed by this book. Weightless and boring.
Original, fast paced, and interesting
Nate - he's innocent and inquisitive. He keeps on going.
Sci-Fi reduced the rating somewhat (I'm not a big Sci-Fi fan), but a good storyline and a page-turner rendered the "4" rating. The recording itself has only one flaw: chapter 42 is a duplicate of chapter 41 - exactly the same recording. However, you won't miss much - chapter 42 appears to only introduce an asthma reaction to one of the characters.
Someone with more imagination
James Lee Burke
The last half. Don't care for flying whales
The first half was very interesting, then it all got carried away.
I was expecting some good fictional mystery....not some silly fantasy. Thus, I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for the plot to develop into something exciting. That kind of happened eventually, but there was nothing about this book that I would recommend to anyone I know.
My cousin recommended this story to me and I'm glad she did.
I loved the buildup and the character discovery. I was very engrossed in the mystery of the building along with the character's in the book.
I did have a slight problem with where the story ended up going. I don't believe this is a flaw in the book, just a flaw in my expectations I guess. I do believe that the resolution was a little too easy, or maybe it was just rushed, but overall well worth a listen.
This was a great listen, it was slow to start, I wasn't too interested in Nate the protagonist but the other characters were interesting enough to carry it while I was slogging along. The mystery and sci-fi aspect made it fun to listen to. I have to go find out more about H.P. Lovecraft now.
Done with Clines.
This was review-based book selection. It did not work at all... I regret waste of time listening to this book. It was like threading miles of shallow water looking for place to swim. "When is it going to get better" - was my repeated question. This book failed to deliver.I have to give credit to performer though. Ray Porter did well enough to bring this listen to TWO stars.
This book is too contrived and silly. Just plain silly. The author attempts a combination of horror and sci fi but it just didn't work for me. There are a lot of REALLY good books out there and this is not one of them. I was sucked into it by the reviews.
Based on this book, I will not read another Peter Clines book.
The performance was well done but alas the story was not.
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