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)
We all know a significant part of how well you enjoy a book is how well the narrator performs it and Ray Porter did a great job. Beyond that, the story had enough twists and turns to keep it fun. Sometimes you could anticipate where the story was going, but it happened in such a way that you were happy to see you were reading the characters right. Definitely built some great tension at the end. Will look for more by the same author and narrator.
Like many reviewers have said. this book takes a left turn about 2/3's in. Not long before that point, most readers will have realized that there is absolutely no way this plot will ever come together neatly. Even venturing into an alternate universe is insufficient to bring it all together. Probably the biggest loose end for me was why this magical building is not being carefully studied by scientists 24/7. Especially because someone has seen fit to develop spare parts!!
The narrator (Ray Porter) is really amazing and the only thing that made me stay with the book to the end.
I know I'm coming late to this book. There are thousands before me, but I can't stand not to put my 2 cents worth in. I am a woman. I find many male science fiction authors uncongenial because they seem to care more about their hardware (guns, spaceships, etc.) than about their characters. All too many of their characters are without personality or any characteristic which would mark them as actual people with pasts.
On the other hand, I find all too many female science fiction and fantasy authors uncongenial because they are merely dressing up their romance novels with lame science fiction or fantasy trappings. They have put in far too little thought about such trivialities as plot and world building and too much into descriptions of the hero's manly pecs.
Peter Clines has found the perfect middle ground. The ideas, plot, and hardscape are intricate, well thought out--amazing even. And yet the characters are also well imagined. Each character has her or his own personality. They bring a myriad of abilities to contribute to the solution of the various problems.
I highly recommend this book.
Very entertaining story line . The characters were believable and well formed. The narrator is what brought this book alive. I loved how he gave each character their own voice., you always knew who was talking.
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
Yes, maybe -maybe!!
Hmm,not really-the book was not good and it was not bad. Character development was well done, story line until chapter 68 or so - great, and then it went downhill. Ending was written to fast and not logical, like the author was in a hurry. Left you wondering. Sorry if this spoils it for you, but that was what got me the most.
His female voices are terrible -male voices are well done
Yes, I could, but hopefully with a better ending.
Worth to get on a "sale price" but don't waste a credit.
great characters and great narration. Funny, scary, with a couple of very amusing surprises. I recommend this book and narration of you like scifi/fantasy.
I loved this book mostly for the characters who behaved like real people. They made intelligent, reasoned out decisions and had wonderful fleshed out personalities.
My one critique is the author and the reader failed to make the big evil seem menacing. I think this was mostly because the villain talked too much, but that may be a personal preference.
I can't say I've ever read a book like it. it was engaging from the start, and though you sense something coming you're blown away when it presents itself! I loved it! the narrator nails it, and the author... what can I say other then BRAVO!! definitely a book I'll listen to again and again!
Great build up and suspence. The story could have been going anywhere: thriller, Sci find, horror etc. Very engaging. once it settled on the direction it became more predictable and routine, which was a shame and why it got 3 stars. narration was excellent and got 5 stars so overall I give 4 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"adventure and mystery in normality"
convincing interesting characters. slower burner plot. sucks you in. real world sci-fi. well paced. miss this set of characters already.
grippingly interesting book. gets lost a bit towards the end. narrator is good leaves you thinking long after it finishes.
I LOVED this book!Something is wrong in the Kavatch building that Nate has just moved into.He intends to find out what it is.Along with other curious tenants,he forms a 'Scooby Doo' team and they investigate.What they find is out of this world!
Narration by Ray Porter is spot on.
"Great start ..lost its way towards the end"
I had great expectations for this book and really enjoyed the first few hours which were original and unexpected, but it starts to get a little ridiculous and I lost interest towards the end and struggled to finish it. Even the excellent narration failed to keep me hooked.
"Not your "average" sci-fi."
Well thought out, quirky, detailed storytelling, some great characters and narrated superbly. Not your "average" sci-fi.
"Fun story, interesting and well narrated"
I really enjoyed listening to this. I recently finished Peter Clines "The Fold" and that was great too, albeit quite similar. He's very good at setting up an interesting mystery with great characters and quirk's, although he seems rather fascinated with Alpha-Predators! Ray Porter did a brilliant job narrating. His voices made the characters easily identifiable and he read at a good pace and tone that suited the story well. Fun listen all round!
I loved the characters. They were so diverse yet likable and had real depth. The storline was so unusual and intriguing. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It was a breath of fresh air.
I don't want to give anything away. I think listening to the book without knowing anything about it is key to it's enjoyment.
The book was very funny and the characters were sometimes sarcastic and dry. I liked how they connected with each other. It made me want to live in the Cavach building, kind of.
Give this book a go. You will not be disappointed.
Really kept me going on my daily commute such that I looked forward to getting in the car to find out what happened next. Yes it's a bit of hokum but it's entertaining hokum and I sense very filmic, targeted at the movie industry.....and I can see that happening. Great narration too
"Sci Fi cheese"
tentacled monsters, wise cracking gun toting anti heroes and evil cultists. A bag full of clichés but very easy listening all the same.
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