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 was a surprise. If not for the reviews, I agree that I would not have selected it for a credit. But, WOW! Porter did a superb job of voicing each character--tone, accent, timing. All made for a riveting listen. The story seemed to move slowly at times, but all the pieces fit together for a surprise ending. Surprised all around, I gues--unexpected great choice, unexpected great reading by Porter, unexpected events and endings. Don't be afraid to read this!
This was a good story ala Stephen King, and a great performance by the narrator Ray Porter. I would have given the story a higher rating of 4 starts if so much of it didn't actually remind me of King's Gunslinger series or even some others. The story was well written and kept me engaged the whole time, so it is worth the entertainment value.
Probably not. Most of my friends aren't big Sci-Fi fans. (I'm not either, and thought I was downloading a mystery!)
Great voices. Nicely done.
this book was chock full of good ideas: mysterious doors that lead to nowhere, hidden passages, interdimensional travel, etc. etc. all stuff I like. There was a nod to H.P. Lovecraft which I thought was cool. Lots of rferences to 1980s pop culture. (Scoobydoo comes up often) which I also like. Unfortunately, all the good ideas amout to a merely good listen, where it could hacve been much better.
All the characters were just sketches, we don't get to know any of them in any depth, rather like a cartoon. All the neighbours get together to solve a mystery, in a Scooby kinda way, they all are too friendly too soon, it just didn't feel real (inasmuch as a story of this kind can feel real) If you can forgive those things, then this is a good book. nothing really heavy, didn't have to worry about missing anything if you phase out for a minute in traffic. Not bad, not great. Should have been better.
It seemed to me that the book started out slow. I couldn't imagine where it was going, but since I enjoyed the narrator and the characters so much, I kept listening. As it turned out, I was really in for a treat. This book has so many surprises in it I can't imagine a reader getting bored.
I didn't care much for the large monster toward the end, but I admit that the author and narrator made it convincingly real. I will definitely listen to another book by this author.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I bought this on the recent sale and decided that I might try a new author. This story is intense and very good. I'd love to have some of my other family members read it, but I'd be embarrassed to recommend it because of the language. I probably shouldn't have even finished the book but the story was compelling enough that I felt I had to. I didn't see any negative reviews when I looked the first time and everyone just raved. This book is replete with f-bombs. It is their expletive of choice in this book. Also, there is a very brief sex scene. It was short enough that by the time that they got their clothes off and I tried to skip I went way past it. Backed up enough to hear it anyway. If it bothers you give them about 1 minute and it is over. Overall I have really mixed feelings about it. Loved the story, but hated the language and the brief scene of "comforting".
I think that the audio edition added an element of characterization to the book that was important. The story moves slow, so you need to love the characters-Mr. Clines and Mr. Porter do an excellent job of this.
I enjoyed the relationships that were created with the tenants. Mr. Clines did an EXCELLENT job of researching the information that was needed to make the characters believable. There was everything from an artist to a....well...I don't want to spoil anything. :)
The rooftop scenes and the portion of the book after 14 was opened.
There were several. Again I don't want to ruin the surprises, but they all revolved around the people in the story.
Mr. Porter does a GREAT job of capturing accents. If there was ever an error it stood out because I thought these characters were real. This did not detract from the book. It only made me appreciate a great narrator.
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
But the overdone details here are annoying. If I cared about the little things people do such as, tturning thier head to the left and right and nodding, I would not be a fiction fan. The story is ok. Interestine even. The "details" distract from it.
I also knew early what would happen in the end. Anybody who is a big reader of fiction should be able to do the same. Only a so so read.
A very well crafted and performed story, it kept me so interested I didn't want to take a break. I will say that all questions weren't answered, but the resolution was unexpected and interesting. I really enjoyed the reader's performance - it couldn't have been done better.
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.
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...
"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 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.
"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.
"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!
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 ...
"Totally unexpected and unexpectedly enjoyable"
This kind of feels like two separate books but I don't actually mind that at all. It flips between the mundane and the weird and back again before exploding off into a totally unexpected direction. I can't think of anything to compare it to really: it's a bit Lost, a bit House of Leaves, a bit... it's own thing.
I like the narrator a lot. All the characters are differentiated and believable and I enjoyed his laid back tone as it lulls you into a false sense security before the weirdness kicks in.
An oddity but an interesting one. Oh, and I really appreciated all the H P Lovecraft references.
Report Inappropriate Content