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 book is really just for fun. Ray Porter is a great narrator and is able to make you care about the characters even in the more ridiculous parts of the story. If you can completely suspend your disbelief, you'll probably really enjoy this story. It begins like a typical haunted house story but takes such an extreme turn to the strange side that it almost loses you. But by the time you get to this point, you're already hooked!
The performance was wonderful. I was engaged and eager throughout entire listen. I really enjoyed the building of community in the first 3/4 of book. I cared about the characters and their macinations. Unfortunately, the story spiralled out of control in terms of believability in the last hour or so, as if the writer ran out of speed and wanted to get something down. It is definitely worth a listen though I would have appreciated a better ending.
There were a few disappointments to the overall book that, for me, led to my rating it 4 stars overall; but that's still a very good book on my scale (5 stars are reserved for instant classics).
The reader is excellent: pace, tone, inflection...and everything else about excellent narration is here. I never stopped being immersed in the story as I never thought about what the reader was doing; the reader never distracted from the characters and story.
This is not gruesome horror, far from it. It is a surreal, preternatural mystery that is focused mainly on the characters and the intrigue of the building.The story has a Twilight Zone feel which I enjoy (I liked the old Rod Sterling TV series, too).
While it has some predictable elements and moments of vapidity, the plot remains interesting and entertaining from beginning to end. The characters, or most of them, are dynamic and likeable...with just the right balance between conflict and camaraderie. I hated the religious stereotyping and would have greatly appreciated a bit more diversity in that case, yet it all works for the story itself. The obligatory "otherwise smart character using poor judgement" comes into to play as it too often does in books of this sort, all for the sake of advancing plot at characters' expense. But these downsides are forgivable as the book does what it's meant to do: entertain.
Interesting concept for a book. Likeable lead characters, nicely developed plot, and well read.
I am not a huge sci-fi fan, but this book comes off as more of a mystery. The characters even refer to one another as Shaggy, Thelma, Fred and Daphney. I liked the "we're all in this together" mentality, and it makes me wish I had the sort of neighbors I could meet on a rooftop to drink beer, watch the sun set, and discuss our creepy building.
What would you do if you found you had the power to keep the world safe?
Great story and a great narrator. Really enjoyed this and recommend for those getting into audio books. Enjoy!
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I have not gotten the print version but really really enjoy my AUDIBLE VERSION !
VEEK, you will get it when you listen or read the book ! SPECIAL CHARACTER !
I can specify one because I have listen to the book twice and really like the all the scenes THEY are ALL special to the story and of course do not want give anything out.
When the whole group had to pull together a dificult situation that required TEAM WORK amazingly they work thru some loops and let's say they tried very hard to trust each other, but did they overcame it, that is the question?
I have never read or listen to anything written by Peter Clines, my first, but I did enjoy it, different but GOOD, AND I will look for some MORE books from his collection...MY CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT WRITING I JUST COULDN'T TURN THE AUDIBLE OFF !
This was a completely random choice, and it turned out to be one of the most suspenseful audio books I have heard. I could not wait for my next commute to or from work because this was that amazing. From the reader's voice to the fresh and witty characters, and the original story line I was thoroughly and completely entertained. I even had that spine-tingling sensation during some parts of the book, and it was awesome. I would NEVER have chosen this if I had known it was a science fiction book. I completely surprised myself and absolutely came out a winner! I highly recommend you give it a try, even if sci-fi is not your thing.
Great characters and a very original storyline
Kind of like the stand because a group of unlikely people bond to fight evil
I enjoyed the scene when they ride the bikes and first encounter the roach people
I was shocked that Andrew was the wicked one
Great listen. Can't wait for the next one
An unexpected gem I would highly recommend.
It draws you in with a trail of bread crumbs that you dont expect.
Ray brings the characters to life! Its hard to believe its only one voice reading.
The title of the book says it all.
This is an audio book I wish I could erase from my brain and listen to all over again, what a great ride!
I was seduced by so many positive reviews and the intrigue of the unknown. Without giving away anything, there are some big twists in this story, but for me, it turned too far into the realm of sci-fi. I was expecting more of a mystery--there is that element--but when the twists start to come to light, it was too big of a stretch for my imagination.
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