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)
Unpredictable plot, Never really knew what was next, Great character development throughout the book.
Veek, gotta love a Velma getting thrown into the mix, especially when she is willing to get her hands dirty.
I really like the way Ray Porter voices characters, I've listened to him narrate several books and he seems to develop voice for each character book to book, it doesn't feel like the same voices carried over from the Joe Ledger novels.
Definitely, I was almost late for work several times due to wanting to listen to just a little more.
Like any mystery, the magic happens on the first read (listen). I wouldn't listen to 14 a second time.
It has to be Velma, not Daphne.
Jinkees! The best way to describe 14 is an homage to Scooby Doo with fate of the universe overtones. You have to pardon the author for spending so much time "in the mystery", but it's that and the quirky characters which make the story enjoyable.
Really enjoyed the narrator, and the story was a fun read a little quirky at the end but Iwould reccomend.
It's in the top tier. I believe it was categorized under mystery or fantasy, It's more science fiction to me. (Weird Fiction is the most fitting name) Sci-fi fans should not be afraid, this book is great, though it takes a while to get to the really cool science stuff.
Nate, the main character is hard not to like but I think Tim's secret past made him more entertaining.
The narration was above average, I'm not sure what it added though. It would have been better if the character voices were a little more discernible. All the women sounded the same, and not very feminine. This is not a reason to avoid, I'm just nit-picking!
If we can count on you - Scooby Doo - I know we'll catch that villain!
Yes, the last 1/4. The payoff was uneventful. I was hoping that something gripping or shocking would be revealed to make this a very memorable listen, but instead I was disappointed.
Ray Porter was awesome. In fact, but for Ray Porter I would have been unable to finish the book. His accents and tones were all perfect for every character.
No. If there is a follow-up, I would not purchase it.
Overall, it was somewhat entertaining, but I would not recommend it to anyone.
14 is a story that leads the reader to places most unexpected: At first the direction is very unclear and threatens to be a bit mundane, but as the twists and characters develop you find yourself in a world which is modern and today, but mixed in with the past in a creepy, victorian way. How did we get here?
The discovery of the reason for 14 and the necessity that reason is a great eye opener. For me it took a few pages to buy into the premise but once engaged, its a fun ride!
Great diction, voice performance, and enthusiasm for the story. I went searching for other Ray Porter performances afterwards . . .
I would like to see a squel to this book . . . but it would be tough to follow.
Yes. The narration is fantastic.
Room 14.... i won't spoil it.
Pulling down wallpaper to discover mysteries ;-)
This is probably the best book involving H.P.Lovecrafts Cthulhu mythos in modern times. If you like Lovecraft, then this book is a must.
I actually, unexpectedly, loved this book! I've read better stories, seen better characters, looked into better worlds, but somehow, Clines struck some wonderful sweet spot in ALL of these areas, leaving us with a great, fresh, INTERESTING, story. I really loved every minute of this book! I'd definitely listen again, because I was truly sad when I saw this book was at its end...
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