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)
I wished I could have, but actually finished it in 2 days. It was so full of twists and turns and the very unexpected it was hard for me to stop listening.
I'd call "14" a must-read, or listen, in this case. It's what I'd call a "guy's book" as there is a lot of mechanical elements and details that make it feel so very real. I enjoyed that it is a "new" book and many modern elements that we use every day are included. The narrator does a great job with accents and varied voices so it's easy to keep the characters seperate and it's so well written I could easily picture every tiny detail. It's mystery with a dab of sci-fi mixed in. I'm excited for some time to pass, so I can forget as much of it as possible, so I can listen to it again! I'd recommend this book to anyone.
14 hooked me in instantly. I mean this book is "crazy, good"! If you go into listening with no idea what this book is about it will keep you guessing the whole time. The narration is amazing and the story is powerful. Loved it!
This is derivative dreck! This book took forever to get started and was nothing new. I'm not sure why its getting such high reviews. It wasn't scary, thrilling or thought provoking. The antagonist was so obvious it made my eyes roll so fast I got a headache. I was hoping there would be a twist. Nope!
I found the story monotonous and slow. A majority of the book is spent in over detailing descriptions. When the action finally does show up, it's the last 30 minutes and then the book ends.
Ray Porter was probably the only reason i continued to listen. His take on each character was fabulous and drove the story on, even when there wasn't much to drive on.
It has the surprise ending, but i feel like the author needed a way to end the book and kind of just threw it in.
One of the first audio books I ever listened to. It was great!
I never knew where the next chapter would lead me. The plot was never obvious and while I generally can guess where an author is leading me, with this book it was truly mystifying. I bought the audio book to entertain me on my long train commute into the city, but, instead, I would stay up late at night listening and feverishly knitting along as I listened to "just one more chapter".,
The frantic demolition of the apartments to undercover the cryptic messages; I could visualize this perfectly in my head. Knowing that these undecipherable messages were urgently important, and yet, not knowing how to interpret them.....so menacing!
If you, like me, love to read books where everyday people get thrown into extra-ordinary situations, and have to first come to an understanding that something paranormal (I don't mean ghosts) is going on, then this book is for you. For me, the discovery part is what I love. Most books of this genre wrap up the discovery 1/4 of the way through the book. But with 14, it takes over 1/2 of the book before things start to reveal themselves, and even more before becoming fully understandable.
Clines has set such a high bar, I'm almost afraid to read any of his other books.
Absolutely. In fact I plan to start listening again right away.
It is such an ensemble piece it would be hard to decide; they are all great.
I really liked the beginning. The act of discovery, learning all the strange things about the building.
I was listening to 14 — the reader/actor is just terrific, by the way — while driving down the expressway in an area that is very familiar, somewhere I’ve been many, many times. Well there’s a big climax a little over half-way through and I was so into the story that I drove right past my exit, and I didn’t even care. Now that’s a good book!
Wow. Just wow. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in years.
14 is a Science Fiction Mystery Weird Horror SteamPunkish Historical Dooms Day Suspense novel that somehow manages to work on every level. It kept me guessing throughout and tied up things very nicely at the end.
The story starts slow, but carries you along, introducing the people who live in this incredible apartment building. The characterization is a little weak in spots, but the story is so compelling that you really don't care. This is a book that you just gobble up, reading/listening late into the night. And when you're done, you actually feel good about spending your time on it, satisfied, if a bit shaken and battle scarred.
I never read the book, but I think the Audio has to be better
A truly great story. You think ..What is 5 people in an Apartment about...Trust me on this, the levels of this book amazed me. They just kept going. It kept me glued.
Nate and Zeela.
I could have. I made the mistake of listening to this before I go to sleep..ha...the story kept going and kept me up late at night.
Probably one of the best overall stories I have listened to in a long time. I was sad when it ended, that is a mark of a great book right!
Different, interesting, funny
This is an interestingly different book with a novel idea. I thought it had some problems toward the end. It always bothers me when I feel like the author is stretching the book out and having the characters do stupid things. But all-in-all I enjoyed the book. The author can write and the narrator was excellent.
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.
"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.
"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 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...
"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!
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.
A brilliant read - very spooky in parts and full of mystery! A fun and entertaining book which the narrator brings alive with an excellent performance. I just wish the book was longer as I didn't want it to 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.
"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.
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.
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