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)
14 is creepy, chilling and fun.
There's a nail-biting scene that had my heart pounding!
Mr. Porter's accents bring so much to the book. I really enjoyed that!
I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".
When you listen to this book the title of this review will make sense. I was captivated from one end of this book to the other. Every chapter left you hanging... I almost expected that end scene music from Lost after each chapter. Only this book is what Lost SHOULD have been. The narrator did a great job except for the accent of Veek. He sounded like a male Indian when she was very much a female. Female Indian accents are different from male. Great story. Get this book if you want to be late for work because you're stuck in your car listening to the next chapter on your car stereo.
I've always been a voracious reader of both fiction and non-fiction. I don't have a "favorite genre" - I just like good books. I especially like audio books that are well read.
It's hard to say... the story was FANTASTIC .... creative, compelling, suspenseful. The reading by the narrator was amazing. This narrator was so good at changing his voice you could easily believe multiple actors were reading the script.
Tim was my favorite character. I liked that he added balance and leadership without taking over from Nate. He was the sensible guy and very street smart.
I have not, but I will pick up more narrated by him. It was excellent and added immensely to my enjoyment of the book.
When something is too good to be true.... run!
I hope they do make a movie of this.. I'd love to see it.
mystery gone chthulu
The protagonist Nate is easy to identify with. He's really an everyman who gets thrown into a world of mystery and danger and rises to the role of hero.
That's hard to decide. The discovery of the sub sub basement. The entry into room 14. The mysterious writing on the walls. The discovery of the control room....There are so many good scenes.
When the elderly neighbor goes into room 14.
If you are at all into Lovecraft, great fun. The mystery side is very good, but the outcome might disappoint someone who is a fan of Occam.
14's plot is very engaging. It draws you into the mystery behind the building where the story takes place, giving it a real presence and character. The mystery unfolds in a very satisfying way and dragged me in chapter after chapter. Unfortunately, where the writer falls short is in dialogue and characterization. The protagonist is wooden and interchangeable. The supporting characters have more to them but they come across as types: The sex pot, the nerdy girl, the "dude", the man with a hidden past ... Clines does a good enough job that you do start to care about these people but the dialogue kills me. Think about the lines in any generic blockbuster film with forced humor, pointless sexual innuendo and repetitive expressions (how many times should the characters "...take a a hit..." off of something?)
I took a creative writing class once and was told to go to public places and listen to real conversations to develop a realistic reparte. This guy needs that. And I hope he gets there because the story in general was actually pretty good.
The narrator was spot on. He melded into the story and did a great job giving the characters distinctive voices.
"Wait for it -- f*&@ you" is just one of many groanably bad dialogue moments. 14 wins an award for being the most clumsily book I ever made it all the way through. While there was a good hour of excitement and novelty, I'm very disappointed that Audible strongly recommended this mess.
I enjoyed this book even though it was different than I expected. I thought the narrator did a great job. I would love to see this made into a movie someday :)
If you are looking for a book that will hold your interest and with well developed characters along with a surprisingly good story, then this book is for you. There was nothing about the book that I did not enjoy.
Not my typical genre but the storyline was interesting and the book was well paced with few parts that dragged on needlessly. Well written and imaginative.
This is my first exposure to Mr. Porter. He did a great job.
I like the character development in general. Distinct and I was able to conjure up great visuals of how each character would look. I like when that happens. I especially liked the banter of Nate and Veek and their humorous sides.
Never have time for print.. Love audio
The most memorable parts are how the author details the characters without over detail. And the use of imagery is really well done. also, a very climatic ending.
Nice work of science fiction written superbly and experienced the same.
When room 14 is explored and understood it makes your eyes pop out
OK.. well no
Worth the read and possibly a second read to capture the authors finer thinking of his imaginary landscape
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...
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.
"Zoinks don't open the door!"
This was a fun, entertaining listen. With lots of twists and turns to the story, all of which managed to keep me on the edge of my seat. And seriously I would never of guessed at that ending.The author created some very memorable characters particularly liked Veek and Tim.
Ray Porters narration really brought the book to life loved his characters,they were all top quality, he did a great job with the female characters and Roger was a joy. You could easily tell them all apart, only felt his third party narration was sometimes a little flat.
All in all this was a great listen wouldn't hesitate to recommend it,well worth the credit spent. And will definitely look for more from both the author and narrator.
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