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)
This is a great story with well developed characters. The mystery involved was very inventive and fun. I found my self sucked into the the mystery myself. The book keeps giving you enough information that it moves along at a nice pace. This is the first Peter Cline book that I have experienced and based on how much I enjoyed it I would be very willing to try other books he has written.
...the book just wondered a little too far off the believability path.
I enjoy when a writer gets you to forget your belief in reality for awhile and submerge yourself into a fantastical journey, but this one was a little bit much. Ok, I can accept the strange lighting, the cold temperatures and the locked rooms. What I can't wrap my mind around is what's in apartment 14 and how it's all controlled by math and a building. And the Squales. Yep. Those were too much.
I can believe it when Audrey Niffenegger tells me that people can time travel and come back from the dead. I can also believe it when Christopher Moore says there are screaming demons in the sewer drains. But Peter Clines failed to convince me that....well, that would be a spoiler, wouldn't it?
My family is first. Secondly, I play golf with my friends and hike with a book.
I am looking forward to Peter's next book. This one kept me so enthralled that I continued "reading" while running errands, and I left my tri-tip roast in the Costco parking lot! This book was worth it! I hope someone enjoys a good piece of steak tonight.
After many years of reading, I find that I can predict the "next moves" in the story, based on effective plot development. That did NOT happen with "14" and I am so glad. The plot was developed well, yet there was a surprise in every turn of the page.
I did not fall in love with the main character but I consider that the author's bonus. He was flawed like the rest of us. I am so weary of the beautiful, successful, and near-perfect heroes that we find so often in modern fiction.
Bring on the next one, Peter Clines.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift that's why it's called the present
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought it may not be interesting but it caught me almost from the beginning.
When Andrew showed up at the door with his Aunt. Can't say more, don't want to spoil the plot.
No I haven't
I like the title 14
critical book reader
That's one weird book. How many genres can you exercise and utilize when you write a novel, and a relatively smallish book? One, two, three? Keep counting.
The setting is urban that turns into a Gothic one, the characters are definitely somewhat caricaturish and grotesque, but likable and enthusiastic, the social message is poignant and clear, the parallel worlds and other dimensions are bizarre and hereroclite, basically a lovely soup of incompatible things.
This novel is like a fair when you can find at least something to your liking. Steam punk aficionados will enjoy Victorian ideas of engineering, sci fi fans will appreciate the names of scientific visionaries, the Gothic lover will definitely enjoy the passages describing the dark winding corridors and locked and secret rooms.
Literature lovers will appreciate Lovecraftian beings and direct allusions to Lovecraft. And do not forget there is still a mystery to solve. Oh, and a love story, and a horror twist, an apocalyptic motif, and a thriller... and a tongue-in-cheek mode!
Overwhelmed? Well, just read a book (or listen to the book) and explore the panoply of genres. A solid four stars, but let's be honest - the book and its reader have to find each other.
I haven't read print version.
Veec . She was funny and smart.
Ray Porter is the best narrator I have ever heard !!He is awesome!!
There were lots of moving moments.
Best audiobook I have listened to . I mean it. I loved the storyline and narrator too.
The narrater (Ray Porter) was excellent and the story line kept me on the edge of my seat!
Nate was my favorite character because he was like every other person who has no clue what their purpose is and feels like they are falling short because they don't have a clue. Gradually, he learns that he can be a leader and doesn't need to keep plodding ahead in a boring non-exsistant life.
Ray Porter brings to life all of the characters. Give them their own unique voices that are very believable
Parts of this book made me actually giggle out loud
I hope Peter Clines writes a sequel!
I'm a landscape architect by profession and an avid listener of audio books ! I particularly love the historical based fiction series, like Courteney, McCammon, and Gabaldon,. I listen in the car, while designing in my studio and most evenings.
I dont normally read or listen to the sci fi/ horror type novels, but the reviews caught my interest and Im glad that they did. I really enjoyed this creepy novel and already bought the sequel to listen to next.
I'll be adding Peter Clines to my 'must read' list. This book is gripping start to finish.
The narrator did an excellent job of switching between characters...especially since some have strong accents. The interplay between the characters is probably the best part of this story. I relate to funny comments to handle moments of confusion, tension or even terror.
The story is too original to compare to another book.
No I haven't listen to the narrator before.
Some of the the mysteries start to be explained about two-thirds into the book. I didn't expect the "control room" to do what it did.
This was a fun sci-fi thriller that the listener (reader) needs to just let the story unfold and not be critical. This is a story that is meant to entertain.
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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