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 much better than I was expecting. I want to rent an apartment in this building.
It has great buildup and blends historical characters in that validates it's ideas. It did not disappoint in the story or the ending.
Well done book. It's one of those you feel depressed about finishing, because you like the characters so much.
The narator was great. good character diversity in his voice. you could almost see the their faces. the story was very well written, very descriptive. you could almost see the layout of the apartment building where the story takes place.
they were all good
a must for any science fiction fan.
I love to shop & listen to audio bks
I felt this book was well written and deeply thought out. The narrator did an excellent job with the characters. There were beyond the real-world ideas that the author had to portray and he did it well. I didn't give it 5 stars b/c I thought the sci-fi was a bit over the top but I'm glad I listened to this book.
The best part about this book is the team work and friendship amongst the tennants. Getting to see the natural flow of the group forming relationships with one another over something weird is uniquely entertaining. It's a fun book, with stakes that are much higher than you would ever anticipate. I dont want to spoil anything here but ill just say that HP lovecraft is a very obvious influence on the story and if your a fan of his work i think you will be very comfortable here.
This is the first Peter Clines audio boook I've listened to, and overall, it was a pretty satisfying experience. The story starts out slow, but gains a lot of momentum from the half way point and beyond. Mr. Clines fleshes out his characters well, and each has their own seperate and distinct personality. As a horror story, this one is a cut above many others that I have read. The narration by Ray Porter is mostly one dimensional, but he gets the job done.
I almost stopped this one because I found the performance unsatisfying. However, stick it out past chapter one and what unfolds is a wild story about an apartment building that is the stopgap between our world and a completely "other" world that if unleashed, would devour our own.
It is a wholly unbelievable premise, but the characters -the residents of this L.A. apartment building- and their crusade to save the world is engaging stuff. If you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft and filmmaker David Cronenberg, you will really appreciate this.
Forget the performance, that will be easy to do by chapter two, let yourself go and join the characters in their quest to save the world.
This story kept me guessing for a long time. I also really liked this cast of characters.The book was very like Dean Koontz.That is a compliment to the author,in my opinion.
No. I loved this reader. He was a big part of my enjoyment of this book. He's a keeper. I will be looking for Mr.Porter.
Not really. It was a book that builds suspense from the first page.There were lots of moments between characters that were moving.You must suspend belief through most of this book. That's the fun of it really,or you'll be constantly saying to yourself "why don't these people just move".
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
"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!
"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.
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.
"If you open the door to 14, it will suck you in."
Good rent, incredibly good rent, a fantastic building in more ways than first understood, internet for a deal, a beautiful girl that likes to sunbath naked; what could possibly go wrong? Secrets and secret agencies, Mutant cockroaches, disappearance, strange noises, strange lights, doors that you never want to enter caverns in the basement, glimpses of dark thing, very large dark thing that would like to move into this world, this universe.
This is steampunk Americana chopsuey that works and is entertaining and well paced, the characters are a good mix of suburban geeks, weirdos, losers and a run of the mill guy, that would probably work better is I was younger. As a subgenre of science fiction this is good value entertainment, that will brighten your night.
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