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)
A well written fun and interesting story, with decent character development and thickening plot. Waiting for the next installment.
The first moment they realized what was in room 14. Rocked it!!
The universe with a twist of the door knob.
I will try any book narrated by Ray Porter, but his Joe Ledger is still by far my favorite.
I like Sci Fi to an extent but this was not for me. Those that like sci fi thriller type might enjoy it. It just kept dragging on and I finally stopped listening
Possibly depending on the reviews
My favorite scene was when they opened the door to a specific apartment and the events that transpired afterwards. (I don't want to spoil it for those who have yet to read it)
Several. It went to slow for me even at 1.5 speed.
The narrator was one of the best I have ever heard. His ability to utilize different voices was exceptional and really gave each character their own voice. The narrator is what kept me listening for as long as I did.
I love audible to listen to my books while commuting in the SF Bay Area. It makes the time go by so fast and keeps me engrossed.
This book was recommended by a friend and I was addicted to listening by the second chapter. This book leaves you wondering about our life on earth and what might be out there. The read was great and the characters leave you wanting to get to know them even more!
I am new to the world of audiobooks, but I really enjoyed listening to this book! I thought the performance was well done. Ray Porter gave each character a unique sound and speech pattern, and his sense of timing really emphasized the suspenseful nature of the story.I thought the story itself was good. I am glad that the description doesn't give much away, because I was continually surprised. Very few of my predictions ended up being right. There were also several times throughout the second half where I thought it had finally come to the "big reveal," and I thought "wow, that's crazy!", only to find out a few chapters later that what I had thought to be so cool was only small potatoes compared to what came next, and next, and next, and so on.I don't know if I would have enjoyed this as much if I had been reading it myself. From my limited experience, I would recommend this as a good listening choice.
I bought this for a long plane trip and it was horrible. There is no excitement and it just goes on and on about these losers who have nothing better to do than to determine how their apartment building works. What a waste of time.
Not this author.
All of them.
This tale began as just the type of page-turner I'd hoped it would be: The pace, setting and cast of characters seemed a choice fit as a thriller, and what kept me hooked was that I could NOT figure out where it all could possibly be going. An excellent narrator added to the mix.
SEMI-SPOILER ALERT: Alas, about at the book's 3/4 mark, upon hearing the brief mention of "Lovecraft", elements began lining up in that more predictable direction, and while I don't discount that genre in and of itself, I suppose I'd hoped for a bit more, given the earlier intrique.
Still very much worth the listen, just not one that may figure to be an enduring favorite of me personally.
Fun, engaging, unexpected.
It reminds me of several Stephen King books, but it's more light hearted than King.
Ray Porter does a great job differentiating between characters with accents and tone.
I loved this book. I didn't expect to... I bought it on a whim, but I've listened to it twice and throughly enjoyed it both times. The characters are all interesting and believable people, and the story remains believable even when it crosses into the fantastic.
A good listen that has the right amount of suspense, enjoyable characters and is well paced. I liked the blending of historical characters such as Tesla and H. P. Lovecraft into the book, and the author uses their works as a basis for a 'Doomsday Scenario' that the group in the book must join together to avoid. Ray Porter did a very capable job of reading this selection and I enjoyed his characterizations. He gives each of the characters an individuality which made this book all the more enjoyable.
Too many to specifically name one.
There were parts where I gasped or laughed out loud.
I loved all the characters and almost felt like I lived in the building with them. The story is great, narrator is great. You can't go wrong choosing this book.
I don't relisten to books but I really enjoyed the story and have recommended it to a few people.
I enjoyed the characters and felt I really got to know them. I felt their reactions to the situations they found themselves in were believable. I have thought of the characters often since finishing the book.
No I haven't.
The way the characters nicknamed each other using characters from Scooby Doo!
I didn't know what to expect with this one, I got it because I really enjoyed clines other creations.
But I quickly fell in love with the whole story, you get to know each and every character and the twists are great.
It is hard to review without giving anything away, alls I can say is very enjoyable and really well narrated to the point where you can easily pick out each character by the narration.
"Solid first 3/4's...dissapointing finale."
Hmmm, not really. [Spoiler free] - Ive said that the finale is dissapointing, but this has little to do with the plot/story - which was fine, if a little derivative. The build up of quiet dread, and the slow unfolding of the mystery was a lot of fun. No, it was the character's response to the events towards the end that didn't sit well. Up to the final quarter of the book, Nate and chums responded plausibly to what was going on. However, their friendly banter, and muted reactions (to what was, a roller-coaster of terror and madness), seemed more in keeping with getting lost in the woods, and not being sure if you're going to make it home that night, rather than, what was, a prolonged waking nightmare.
Putting people in bizarre, and horrifying situations, and making their responses believable, is something that writers like, Stephen King or Richard Matheson, seem to make look easy. And its essential in stories like this. Peter Clines' difficulty just highlights how hard it is to actually achieve, and the difference between writing a book thats good, and writing one thats just alright.
The narration, although a little flat and stacatto at times (during the 3rd person narration, rather than when people were 'talking'), was quality. The characters were distinct and well portrayed.
"It's locked for a reason!!!!"
It's been a while since I got totally immersed in an audiobook. This didn't really stand out to me, I only got it as it was in the sale, but I'm glad I did!
Nate works as a temp, going nowhere with no cash, so when cheap digs are offered he grabs them. Once he moves in, he starts to meet his neighbours and they soon realise that not one room in the whole building is structurally the same. Not only that, the building doesn't appear to be attached to the power grid and nobody's heard of the landlord.
I can't go into too much without spoiling it, but needless to say the atmosphere when they go past the basement and into room 14 is so tense you'll need to put the light on!
This was brilliant - characterisation was wonderful, plot was brilliantly woven together with lots of nice pop culture references (loved the totally throwaway "bowties are cool"), and pace was such that I stayed up much too late to find out how it would end. Ray Porter's narration was also excellent, with clear delineation of the various voices and a great line in comic timing amid all the impending horror. Off to look for more things by Peter Clines/more narration by Ray Porter...
"Oh I loved this book!"
Fresh believable characters, incidental love interests that didn't detract from the story in any way! Unpredictable twists and turns, appealed to me (at 60) and my daughter (at 24) test of a good story. Different to my usual read but I'm really glad I took a chance and listened. Easy to follow without being boring, unusual concept but believable, even the weird bits!
Can't compare it to anything really, all new and very enjoyable!
Veek is very cool (not sure if that's how to spell it) she has a wicked sense of humour, Zeela is also pretty cool.
Both - I found my jaw clenching in parts, shouted out loud in the car a few times, couldn't wait to get out of work to start listening again!
Buy it if you like a good story, fantasy, suspense and laughing!
This was an odd one for me, I really enjoyed the first 8 hours of the story a lot but the last 4 hours not so much. That's not to say the last 4 hours are terrible or anything - its fine, but its almost like a different storyline somehow. Hard to explain without spoilers really, but for me the writer had the first part of the story done really well, and the latter part not so well - but it was an interesting story well told, just seemed to go a bit odd towards the end.
Hilarious, entertaining madness.
It's impossible to put into words without giving massive spoilers, but the characters in this book have much more depth and realism about them than pretty much any other book I have ever read. I found myself sharing all their emotions, and rather than guessing the ending, was anxious to find out what they were leading to. This book is so well written, it's truly edge of your seat stuff.
Ray Porter's performance is fantastic. A couple of the accents may have been a little ropey, but he still managed to make them believable, even his women had the correct balance of strength and fragility that so many actors tend to get so wrong. His pace is perfect, and his acting highlights all the humor and / or tension that each scene requires. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of his narration.
I could've lost a whole weekend to this book. I was due to take a coach journey when I was about a third of the way through it, and decided to listen to more of it rather than my music. On the way home again I was pretty tired, and thought I would continue with the book, maybe have a doze on my way home...no chance. By the time my journey ended I was LITERALLY on the edge of my seat. The girl next to me must have thought I was crazy with all the fidgeting I was doing as events unfolded in my ears. By the time I actually got home, the story had become so intense that I was glad my other half was back from work so I didn't have to sit in the house on my own while I listened to the end.
I've been chewing all my friends ears off (figuratively) to try and get them to listen to or read this book. If you give it a chance, I promise you will too. Pretty much jumped straight into my top five favourite books and gives Neil Gaiman a damn good run for his money.
"really unexpected, loved it all."
I loved this book. Not what I expected at all. The narrator was wonderfully. The story kept me guessing. I ended up sitting in my car in the driveway with people staring at me because I wanted to hear what happened next.
Hmmm... that's a hard one. It reminded me a bit of the TV series Lost.
Every character had a distinct voice and even one word replies were easily identifiable. Especially enjoyed his portrayal of Tim the "retired publisher" and Roger the laid back "dude". This narrator is a safe pair of hands.
Nate moves into a new flat in a very strange apartment building. It seems that every apartment in the building is different and has something strange about it. There are the green cockroaches, the lift that has never worked, apartment 14 is padlocked, and many other strange oddities.
This was a wonderful book, with lots of twists and turns, and some fantastic ideas. And every time something new was revealed about the building I had a new theory about what was going on. I loved this book and will be looking for more books by Peter Clines.
Loved every minute of it.
Really great listen, highly recommended.
"A crafty nod to the old master"
The Kavach building is a wonderful creation set in the middle of LA. A gothic monolith filled with strangely disproportionate rooms and even odder tenants. In comes Nate, an all American loser but all round nice guy. His flat is let to him at an unfeasibly low rent,with all utilities included, but with an ominous message that people move out because things aren't quite right there. The story begins gently with Nate investigating his surroundings and meeting his fellow tenants and from then on it becomes brilliantly weird.
This story is heavily influenced by another American writer and makes no attempt to hide this.
The narrator is terrific and handles the material in exactly the right way.
I can close my eyes now and see the Kavach looming over me.
And as for number 14 ...
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