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)
yes, a fun read and/or listen
the characters and the green roaches
the roof get togethers
nothing extreme....just enjoyable
enjoy this listen
This is a very fun story, appropriately creepy, paid homage to Lovecraft's foundations to horror but expanded on the story concept in a way that was both interesting and satisfying. The characters were relateable and I found myself easily envisioning the situations as they arose. I really enjoyed this book
It was okay, but the plot was really slow.
Yes, he did a great job differentiating the characters.
unique plot line
Buy it outright, dont spend a credit at the current price
I laughed out loud; I was on the edge of my seat. There are references and subtle allusions to classic and modern sci-fi, including HP Lovecraft, Lost, and Doctor Who. The time with this just flew by. Months later and remebering this book makes me smile. So much fun!
This book has a very good beginning, it grabs you and runs for about half the book. Then it starts to become tedious and I tried to finish but just reached a point where I didn't care what happens to this group.
The story line is easy to get caught up in, but very quickly the characters become predictable and not necessarily likable. There are way too many times where I asked myself would I do this or could I do this, to many places where the fantasy becomes just a bit to fantastical, how can a person hang onto a doorframe and not be sucked out into space? among others. This group of "friends" make amazing discoveries that could destroy the planet, do they ever stop and say hey maybe this is out of our league and we shouldn't turn this knob? No. The cartoon reference is apt, they are saturday morning kids tv.
Maybe this book ends well but I frankly just couldn't get myself there, I even tried speeding up the rate of the playback but just didn't care enough to finish.
The countless reviewers before me comparing 14 to LOST are not far off, in fact the plot, and characters remind me a lot of (what I thought) was a great show. In this book, the ending was significantly better than LOST's, but also lacked a lot of the human aspect of that show. There are about a dozen characters in the book, all but one (our narrator) or maybe two escape any sort of growth within the confines of its pages despite several playing integral and long-lasting roles in the plot.
In the end, this is a solid book with clear influences or similarities to H.P. Lovecraft stories, the novel House of Leaves, and LOST, with countless other nerd-cred references sprinkled throughout this listen. However, what House of Leaves and LOST have in character development, 14 left out in favor of a much faster pacing.
I thought this was a very solid book and very enjoyable, and could definitely make an equally great movie soon.
With the whole point of this book revolving around the mysteries of the Kavatch Building, there were a great many plot twists. Some where fairly expected, a few were really mind-bending, and one or two were just a little silly. The ending was pretty much necessarily unexpected until the last dozen chapters or so, by which point it was inevitable.
At first I felt like Ray Porter's narration was a deeper voiced William Shatner impersonation, but I quickly became attached to his nuanced voices and ability to convey some emotion on the part of the characters. By the end of the book, I had decided he was pretty damn good at this business.
This was a mystery/suspense/science-fiction story that started strong but got a little weird towards the end. The story centered around the mysterious Kavach building in Los Angeles, one with unbelievably low rent and many unexplainable oddities. It's tenants were a group of misfits who came together to uncover the secrets of the building and ultimately save the world. The performance was good and the characters were engaging but I'm not dying to read another of Cline's books.
I'm shocked that anyone gave this book high ratings. It's one of the worst I've listened to after being an Audible member for over 7 years. The narrator was fine, and the premise itself begins with some promise, but about half way through it begins to turn in a surprising direction (and 'surprise' is NOT always a good thing!) The last 1/3rd, however, was so ridiculous that it was literally laughable. It seemed like the author was desperately pulling ideas from 10 other Sci-fi/horror stories and cramming bits and pieces of them into an ending that felt not only completely contrived, but made absolutely no sense.
One of the characters in the book raises the question - "where do you hide a tree? In the forest. So where do you hide a building? In a city!" To that I might add....where do you hide a duck? Apparently the answer to that one is.....in the Audible Essentials!
Don't waste your time or credit with this one.
This was my first listen to a Clines novel, downloaded solely on reading other reviews and liking Ray Porter as a narrator. It's not very deep and I never felt connected with a few of the characters but I was intrigued throughout the listen.
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.
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