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)
Wow! Why haven't I heard about Peter Clines before? This book is brilliantly written. The suspense never lets up, the story is fast-paced and talk about twists!
As for the narrator... I so wish he could read all the books on Audible. I have stopped listening to books before because of the narrator, but Ray Porter reads like it’s his story that he’s telling and he’s very passionate about it. Without a doubt the best narrator I have heard in the seven years I have been with Audible.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
so, so and must have been written with a hoped for movie deal in mind. Initially slow, but begins to grow on you quickly as the buildings residents bond and figure things out. I would have given the first half at least a 4 despite the strong language peppered in fairly regularly. Writer has clever mind and when he learns how to "manipulate" the reader a little better, weave the plot and not have the "right people" conveniently get killed or get free or have a large supply of guns... we'll suspend our disbelief for the last half. It will be interesting to see if the movie blends the two parts a little better. Fun, quirky way to pass time, a Dr. Pepper book.
funny, dark, unexpected
i would probably never have bought this book based just on the publisher's summary. so glad i gave it a shot-- there's more to it than i'd expected. and, as everyone else has said, and will probably continue to say: ray porter does a FANTASTIC job on the narration. it made the book a breeze to listen to-- i could multi-task and still never miss a beat because all of his characters have a different voice & he captures subtleties in the intonations that i'm not even sure the writer realized could be there. its really brilliant.
i think Tim was my favorite to listen to. But that he was able to pull off Veek (spelling?) was noteworthy!
not all at once, no, but over only a few days.
the book ended and i was on audible about 5 minutes later, searching for other ray porter narrations. peter clines wrote a fine story, but it was porter that put it over the top.
Could have been so great but lost me when it went off the rails and turned Sci-Fi. I thought it would just be creepy, haunted or something. Seven miles underground was too far for my imagination to go. The narrator was a little dull also. Thankfully, I didn't waste a credit on this,
I never knew what was coming next, very creative
I like Ned the best he was a simple guy and extraoedinary things happened to him and he handled it well
The story - exciting and believable. Character development thorough - I felt like I'd recognize them on the street. The performance is outstanding!!! Can't recommend enough. I know an audible book is top notch when I listen to it more than twice.
I haven't read anything by Peter Clines, so I was depending on the reviews of this book when I made the purchase. The story started out very tame. A guy needs a cheaper apartment and goes with the recommendation of a stranger to find his next place. The old building is weird--all the floorplans are different, etc. etc.--and he wants to know more about it. And then the story builds to a fever pitch that gripped me until the end. It reminded me very much of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers, which begins when the main character finds a shiny piece of metal protruding out of the ground in the woods. She starts digging it up and so launches a series of events that keeps the reader turning pages. I couldn't guess where Clines was going with the plot, so I had to keep reading. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read and just the kind of story I love! I'll be looking for more of his books.
I enjoy the narrator as well as the story
Very slow pace, no plot. Some folks may like this style but I don't. I didn't care for the narrator either...that could help with more humor by a good narrator.
It was not my genre for sure, I just couldn't stop reading it because I had to know how it ended... but it got way to sci fi for me.
No, not necessarily but I am not a Sci Fi fan anyway.
I did like the narration, it was easy to tell the characters apart even without being told who was who. And his girl voice wasn't super annoying like most of the male narrators.
Yes. I can't imagine who the stars would be...
I think any sci fi fan or someone looking to read something wildly different would enjoy this. It is well written and the characters are great. I just really don't like Sci Fi for some reason...
14 is a really enjoyable book, principally because of the wonderful variety of characters, and the great story development. The book starts as a "small" story about a single character, and gradually expands to something MUCH bigger. The funny thing is that although it takes its time unfolding the plot, the book's excellent character development makes the entire process highly enjoyable.
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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