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 can't remember why I bought this audio book but boy am I glad I did. '14' is an excellent tale for anyone who likes their mystery with a tinge of the supernatural.
I won't divulge much of the story because not knowing what you're in for is half the fun. While Nate may be the main protagonist, the real main character is the Kevatch building that he moves into, which contains a lot of curious anomalies and is the driving force behind the story. Peter Clines' writing moves at a steady pace, holding your interest and dangling the carrot of intrigue just far enough in front of your nose to keep you invested and wanting more.
This descriptive and well-written book is brought to life by a rock solid narrative performance by Ray Porter. He provides a variety of different voices and emotions to suit the characters, who are all very relatable, and sets an appropriate tone throughout the novel.
Although the story starts veering toward the ridiculous around the three-quarter mark, there is still a lot to highly recommend about '14'.
This is a new take on the strange, mysterious building story. Ghosts? Nope. It's worse than that! But it is not a horror story, unless you consider Fringe or The X-Files as horror. It's a very intriguing and suspenseful tale, but it is difficult to go into detail without spoiling the plot, which I will not do. This is regular people stumbling into an amazing reality.
Ray Porter is an excellent reader, easy on the ears and handling all the voices with a steady and engaging hand.
I did want to listen to then entire book in one sitting, but couldn't. In fact, I tried to read it while I shopped and quickly decided I wanted to give the section I was reading more attention than that and put it aside for later.
I'm now solidly addicted to Peter Clines and was glad to see more of his titles here on Audible. I'm off to scoop them up. Can't wait.
The recording was well engineered and produced. I am able to "tune out" imperfections due to my technical audio background, but I did not find any that I needed to -- and that is rare.
It is difficult to fit this to any single category. There are clear scifi elements but it also includes a little steam punk, adventure, time shifts, and puzzle game as well. The writing style is similar to the book "Red Shirts", but the creativity is more like a Roger Zelanzy novel.
The dialects and vocalizations were great! He was able to keep each character "in character" and I was able to easily keep quick dialog sorted just by the voicings. He had a nice matter-of-fact tone for a lot of the delivery that fit perfectly into the story's Los Angeles, California setting. It was never overdone and when excitement was called for he delivered, but the overall tone was a real boost for the humor of the writing.
It made me chuckle and smile a lot and maybe once or twice laugh out loud as well. The suspense and puzzle aspects made me listen in longer stretches than normal.
This is a really fun read that makes me hope for more.
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A broad and fascinating array of characters is presented in this book. Most of them are wonderfully drawn caricatures that are almost perfectly placed into this story's plot. There is something very comfortable, yet exciting, about predictable characters who do very unpredictable things. That's a major theme in this story.
Just as the reader/listener gets comfortable in believing you know what will happen next, the story starts to twist and turn. It finally escalates into an entirely unexpected (and quite fast paced) ending sequence.
I enjoyed "14" enough that I searched for other Clines' books on Audible. Unfortunately, this appears to be the only interesting fiction book in his repertoire that is currently available. I'll be keeping an eye out for more works of fiction from him.
Most of what needs to be said about this book has already been said by other reviewers. It's entertaining and engaging, has a relatively unique plot-line, and is well paced. It's not a book that demands a great deal from the reader. It's not going to make you stay up nights thinking about your place in the universe. And that's okay. What it sets out to do, it does well.
Although I rated this story a full four stars, it probably should be closer to 3.5. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but I probably wouldn't mention it specifically to any of my friends as something they had to read. If they asked me if I had read any good books, I might tell them about 14, but I wouldn't rush to press it into their hands.
However, as an audio book I definitely would recommend this to friends and have done so. Combine a pretty good story with an excellent narrator and you have an audio book that is definitely worth a listen. Especially if your friend enjoys science fiction and Lovecraft-ian horror.
The performance by the narrator was one of the best I have heard (although admittedly I haven't heard that many). The more I think about the book, the more convinced I am that I would have enjoyed it a lot less had it not been for Mr. Porter's narration.
His character voices were excellent; he gave each individual a sense of depth that I'm not sure they actually possessed on the page. I don't mean to disparage the writing, which I also enjoyed, but looking back the characters all seem fairly two-dimensional in terms of their motivations and development. Through the voice of Mr. Porter, however, that did not seem to be the case.
Highly recommended for the narration alone.
Not especially. If you're looking for deep, emotional interchanges, this book probably isn't for you.
no, one time is good enough
just the twists that the book takes are interesting as well as some history
Action, Original, Fun
Discovering the generators 1 mile beneath the building was a very memorable part of the story.
I thought Tim was a great character, and Ray did a fantastic job of making the character voices very recognizable.
There were some very funny moments in the book. I really like the quick wit and sarcasm of several characters.
Totally original concept, very well done with lots of action and suspense!
I don't think so.
I am going to go back to the Beautiful Creatures series and read book 2.
Yes - out of curiosity.
This book held my attention the whole way through and was very intriguing. However, I was very disappointed with the ending. The cause of the strange apartment building was too far out there for me.
I enjoy sci fi and fantasy, action thrillers, horror and romantic gay m/m fiction
This is a good story. It starts a bit slow but as the story unfolds the pace and suspense increase. I would rank it 8/10
I cant think of another book to compare it to. The story is unique however the theme of the story is a kind of an "end of the world" or "lets save the world" depending on how you feel.
There are many good scenes. Lot of suspense and mystery.
What you see isn't what you get
The story is definitely not what you might expect based on the cover art and the title. I think the book has potential for a sequel where they explain a bit more about the development of the "machine" and the worlds beyond our reality.
I was not expecting a horror/sci fi story, guess I should have read the presentation of the book better. When that is said, I enjoyed the most of it (except the bad gyus being flying monsters) and I found the plot innovative. Without reveling too much, a building is very central
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