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 was an exciting book with many twist and turns and lots of action.
The entire story was just good.
No I haven't but I was not bored.
This was a thrilling ride. If anyone wants a book with twists turns and fun characters to root for this is the book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
I love books because they transport me to the real past or imagined future. I don't have time for T.V.
I enjoyed the first part of the book, up until the story changed (don't want to give too much info). Then it was like it was a sci-fi book. I suppose it's a "good" sci-fi book but my brain had a hard time wrapping around the one-eighty of the direction of the story. I guess I wasn't thinking the story was going to go where it did. It was hard to reconcile the two "halves". I'm not saying anything negative. You will just have to take a chance on the book. It was.....different. Great narration, nice and long listen.
The narration was awesome. Ray Porter has become one of my all time favorites. All his voices had distinct personalities and were totally believable. Even the women.
I would compare 14 to the writings of Dean Koontz. In fact, I have several favorites of Koontz that Peter Clines is now in line with.
Pretty much everything. In fact, this is the first audio book that I couldn't get out of my mind because of his excellent reading and to which I turned around a week later and listened to the entire book again.
This book really gets you going into a adventure that you want so badly to be real. The mystery is there, the suspense is there.
This book reminds me of the LOST TV show. Season 1 it starts off awesome and you want more. You get to the hatch and you are so bewildered and amazed you don't know what to think. But finally you get to the ending and you are left with a bit of why did it go that way.
Nonetheless I liked it a lot and I have added Peter Clines to my author list. I can't wait to read more and I would love to know of more books like this.
I laughed, I gasped, I yelled...I recommend! This book was so intriguing on every level. The story was amazing with twists and turns everywhere. There was mystery, intrigue, great characters, and perfect narration. I was so grateful that I had traveling to do this week so I had lots of time to listen. I plowed through this book and plan to listen again soon.
This book was a real treat! I listened to the whole thing in just a few days trying to find moments when I could listen and enjoy it 100%.
Rich charters and a mystery that is akin to "Lost" before the show went haywire. I found it very exciting and if I listened to it while doing data entry I would go back and repeat that chapter at home so I could enjoy every detail.
A real Find, I am looking forward to anything more from this author.
P.S. A standing ovation to the Narrator. A stunning performance Sir. Much Enjoyed!
This story had me from the start. It gets quite bizarre at the end, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. The narrator does a great job with the different accents, but I swear I think I can hear his stomach grumbling towards the end. Either way - good listen.
Yes, it was beautifully acted (I won't even say narrated, as the voices were perfect), and it took such an unexpected twist, I'm sure I missed some of the subtleties through racing through it as fast as I could.
When the first big reveal came, to be honest, I groaned. I thought it had taken a Steven King-like path and gone off the rails (see "It"). But once I got used to the idea, the whole thing came together in a fascinating cinematic way that kept me right until the last page.
Absolutely brought the characters to life.
Just BADBOY being BADBOY
1st book I bought from others reviews reader 5 stars many characters made up a voice for them all 1st download was like WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON IN THIS HOUSE.....A must read 4 sure 2nd download got you on your toes edge of your sit.Pulled in my driveway and sat in the car for a half hr/45min in the a/c could not stop listening.
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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