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)
Of all of the books that I have listened to on Audible this one has surprised me the most. This is an exciting and fun book with interesting characters bizarre set pieces and some great pacing. Highly recommended.
Character descriptions was best. Least was the ho-hum story.
Sucked into a vacuum of outer space and able to hold onto a doorknob? The most unique (to me) feature was the warping of distance perspective, but it wasn't treated thoroughly. The "Swales" were comic-book level.
This is my first. He did an excellent job.
No. I wouldn't buy one.
I almost gave this one five stars, but right at the end things kind of devolved into nonsensical plotting and cliche horror tricks.
Don't get me wrong, the whole book is craziness, but much of it is in a good way, with witty plotting and dialogue, a super original feel, and an addictive suspense that keeps you hooked to find out what's next. I can't say much about the book without giving away spoilers, due to the nature of the unfolding mystery, but let me just say that this is an addictive story. Unfortunately the buildup *just* isn't quite able to deliver on all its promises. The book makes a lot of tongue-in-cheek references to itself as a Scooby-doo story, and it's a very good analogy, but the story deviates from that at the end. I think Clines reached just a little too far, trying to go too epic when staying in the Scooby-doo formula would have been the better move.
The supernatural elements and the unraveling of the mysteries of the apartment building.
No extreme reactions.
It sucks you in slowly while building some very good and memorable characters. It is funny and thoughtful with a mix of steam-punk, fantasy, and modern day Mystery Machine. I could not stop listening. I felt, I was right there with the rest of the gang along for the ride. Cline takes what appears to be mundane and ordinary and surprises us into a journey that begs the question, How did we end up here? Then, when your done, he leaves you wondering, Are things really what they seem?
Enjoy history, self help, novels, not a sequel follower.
Kind of slow and unreal in some parts and it mixes reality and out there. Would NEVAH gone over to ridge to find Oscar.
Started very slowly and my husband and I wondered if we wanted to continue it during our daily commute. Well stick with it for an hour or so and it will definitely pickup and then we found ourselves sitting the driveway waiting for a good place to stop until the next morning. New concept, loved it.
Having never read any Peter Clines before I did not know what to expect. Boy was I impressed! It was very hard to stop listening to the whole thing in one sitting. The story took me completely by surprise and went somewhere I could never have imagined in a thousand years. (The end!! WOW!!) The characters have great depth being both believable and flawed. The narrator was great as well, telling the story without overacting. (There is nothing worse than an awesome book with a terrible narrator!) 14 impressed me enough to write my first review. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good mystery!
Although the storyline was a little far fetched--other worldly and all--it was laced with sarcasm and humor which made it realistic enough for me. I loved ALL the characters, and the narration was awesome. I went searching for more Peter Clines, but, nothing caught my eye like '14'. Definitely credit worthy.
Say something about yourself!
The story was suspenseful and creepy but not so creepy that I couldn't listen at night! A fun, suspend your disbelief tale!
Nate! Liked the way his mind worked.
Mr. Porter did a great job narrating this novel.
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