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 book is a great mix between mystery and science fiction.
Wonderfully quirky that doesn't disappoint all the way to the end. I don't usually write reviews but this one definitely deserves 5 stars. Ray Porter does a great job of narration and will be looking for more books from both author and narrator.
I would. The story kept me guessing and had very interesting characters throughout.
I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book. The ending was a bit off the wall, but I didn't dislike it.
Goes from supernatural mystery (very interesting) to way over the top syfy garbage (felt like I had to finish it at that point). Other than the main plot surprise, characters were very predictable.
I definitely would recommend this book as it continued to keep my interest and on the edge of my seat. Loved the way the author weaves real folk together as background to the tale: Nicholas Tesla, H.P. Lovecraft, love it! The fictional characters are well written, too, and become people you know and care for.
The story continues to unfold more intricate parts in a believable way but so as to keep one from guessing the outcome.
Ray Porter did a great job of creating voices for the characters that rang true and kept me thinking that I was with them in the room listening to them.
Move into this historic Los Angeles hotel and meet neighbors who are out of this world!
A great listen if you want to be completely swept up in the story--but be sure you have the time to keep going because you won't want to turn it off!
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
Peter Clines tells an amazing story here. Nate Tucker needs a place to go, and he hears about the Kavach building from a nominal co-worker. The rent is cheap, utilities are included, and it's even a little closer to work. So opens 14. Soon Nate learns there are some mysteries surrounding his new home, some of them with even darker ramifications than any of his neighbors dared imagine.
This is not a horror novel by any means. It is definitely a supernatural thriller, and without a doubt one of the best books I've ever read. I think of it as Lost meets Stephen King, they get drunk at a bar and have a love child. The story is well-written, the pacing is excellent, and the characters are very interesting.
Ray Porter does a superb job, and pulls off several convincing accents to boot. The production quality is very good as well. GET THIS BOOK.
Really a fun book for a sci fi lover. I have been listening to a lot of apocolyptic type things lately so this was a refreshing change. good mystery early on. Humorous writing and the narrator did a great job with all the characters. I would love to sit on the roof and watch a sunset with a beer with this group.
It was super up till near the end. Then, I think it just got a little hoaky for me.. but it was still a fun story and well performed. Narrator did the characters very well.
Apocalyptic mystery thriller
Veek, as she was very relatable, and I easily empathised with her.
His versatility in portraying the myriad characters gave each a unique and immediately recognizable voice. His portrayal of "It" in the story (trying not to give too much away) was bone-chilling, and made me look over my shoulder when listening at night.
I almost did. Finished it in a weekend.
Everything was first class. Kudos to all parties involved in its production.
I like to Read.. I like Zombies, Superheros and Sci-Fi
Read it now! Best advice you'll get in a review. I can't remember EVER getting this hooked on a story and I've done my share of reading in my years! It deserves every positive review it gets! Trust me, it's one you don't want to miss!
Felt like one of Stephen King's early novels to me...
Yes...with great characterizations!
Oh Heck Yeah..if only I had the time!
probably not. it starts out good but gets crazy. the narrator definitely made the story. he drew all the characters very well
some less time warping or whatever it was, with more explanation
once again, the narrator made it good and i would choose additional books with him
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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