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)
It's up there as one of the best thrillers/mysteries I've ever listened to.
Books by Stephen King or Dean Koontz.
I don't want to spoil this for anyone...but I will say that choosing just one scene would be very difficult.
If I could have listened to it in one sitting, I would have. I will admit that on one day the fridge and kitchen cupboards got a very thorough cleaning and on another passers by must have wondered why I was sitting in my car in the supermarket carpark for so long.
The fantastic narration and superb writing make this book an all round winner.
I couldn't put this book down. I couldn't wait to get to the end.
I was a little let down by the end. He seemed to sell out. And the book got complicated about two thirds of the way through. And i loved the references to Scooby doo throughout the book;.
no, i have not.
I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book. I enjoyed it, and wanted to read it. I loved it, and listened to it for several hours at a time but it didn't make me laugh or cry.
One might have a greater appreciation of this booj if one is familiar with the work of Lovecraft.
I am a Chef and have two boys. I also have 2 accounts.
BORING BOOK TO ME. I DID NOT FINISH LISTENING TO IT. THE PREVIEW SOUNDED GOOD, BUT IT WAS NOT TO ME.
I am shocked people have rated this so highly. I downloaded it based on the reviews and the fact that Ray Porter was the narrator. Ray is amazing and he did a great job with this book. My problem is that the story is just boring. I will say that once you get into it you'll have a hard time not finishing it but nothing really happens and it just goes on and on.
I really wanted to like this book and in the end I guess it was decent. I listened to the last few hours on double speed to get through it faster. Overall the story was just kind of far-fetched (not just in the SciFi way but in all ways). Some things came too easy and other things were just stupidly unbelievable...like who the characters were and what they were capable of figuring out and doing.
I'm not going to spoil the book but this would have been much better as a 2 hour short story instead...
I bought this book on the recommendation of other reviewers on here. Big waste of a credit. Huge disappointment. This seemed like it was written by a high school student. Characters were types, narrative filled with cliches, plot completely predictable. I stuck with it, thinking there would at least be a surprise ending, as indicated by other Audible reviewers of this book. Not even a decent payoff there. Saw the ending coming many chapters before. A book is rarely so bad that it makes me angry that I wasted time. This one made me mad.
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
I don't know if this is a misprint from Audible or they need to make revenue for their in house production division (Audible Frontiers), but I have no idea how "14" got nominated for Audie Award for science fiction of the year. For anyone that love science fiction, burn this author out of your library and get something from Neal Stephenson, China Mieville, Peter F. Hamilton, and William Gibson. Stick with those authors for sci fi and you won't be disappointed.
As for Peter Clines and "14", I only have to gag on how stupid the entire story was. The book is not science fiction or a thriller, or even a mystery. It's more like a movie episode of Scooby Doo, but without the Great Dane. There are so many references of the cartoon in the book, that I was expecting a Scooby Snack at the end.
All of the characters are really stupid. I don't know the best way to describe them, but they are all a bunch of leftovers from remedio class. The book reminds me of "Ready Player One", which I didn't liked. There is a lot of pop culture in the plot, but just with stupid characters.
Did I mention how stupid "14" was to read? I'm only a few listeners that gave this book 1 star. I really don't understand how "14" got so many raving reviews, like, "Must Read." Maybe I was deprived as a child from eating MSG.
I am really confused by the great reviews. Sure it's a high concept plot and it kept an air of mystery. But, for the most part, having people stand around and talk was completely boring. If I had read the paperback I could have skimmed lots of the filler and jumped to the conclusion. How many times can we listen to the same paragraphs about his boss complaining about job production??? I get it, he's in a dead end life and hopefully this will move him forward.
As an audiobook I felt it was a major waste of time. Even the big reveal was silly and explained nothing.
The book starts off interesting enough, but somewhere around the 12th page it becomes a great disappointment. It's seems to be a poor copy of Stephen Kings' The Dark Tower. Entering alternate universes with about as much intrigue as watching grass grow. Meanders, but never gets anywhere, and by the end, you have no compassion or interest In any of the characters. A better book in the same genre would be The Magician.
Yes. The narration was fine. Especially considering what he had to work with. I actually feel sorry for the guy - putting so much effort into material that is so flat.
If I was the editor, I wouldn't have published it.
It's seems like every one is copying everyone else - books, movies, plays - you name it, they are all recycled material.
he lost me with his fantasy evil
character development was best part of book--sadly his ending was predictable
absolutely not---I finished it ------sorry I did
I am being charitable to give him a 2 checker--mostly because his development of characters ------was ok but predictable
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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