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)
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Once was enough, but the first time was entertaining and kept me listening as the story unfolded. Now that I know the "twist", I would be less compelled to read this book again. The first time was a fun, surprising ride.
It took place in a part of Southern California that I know well. I loved the character development-- the dialogue was easy and realistic. These are people I have known. I loved that no matter where the story took the characters, (and believe me, they travel!) the writing was believable, the characters vulnerable yet determined to overcome.
"14" started and never stopped. It's pace and story kept me sitting in my car listening well after my long commute was finished.
I loved the amount of expertise that went into this book. The author really thought out every twist and turn, and knew his stuff. There were fantastic historical references, pop culture references, geographical references... each of the characters is so well developed you feel like the author himself had to be very well cultured and educated to create such amazing personas. I felt smarter after having read through it, and I also loved the philosophical questions and the idea of what the author proposed. While it may be another sci-fi novel, who's to say it isn't true? I also loved the Ray Porter, his voice was perfect and I can't imagine just reading the book after having listened to this amazing performance.
I've read a lot of books by Stephen King and Dean Koontz, and this one was very similar, but this one had a great ending.
This was the first performance I heard by Ray Porter, and he was phenomenal. He started out sounding like the guy from the Twilight Zone, then gave each of the characters a unique voice. He had great accents and dialects, his pauses and emphases on words were impeccable. He could raise and lower the pitch of his voice without making it sound like a mockery. He also set a perfect tone for the novel with great timing.
It's a very good read. It was listed as an Editor's favorite and I appreciate the recommendation.
I enjoyed all the characters in the apartment building. They had a good reparte that didn't seem too strained, as is often the case. Although several were career-adrift twenty and thirty somethings, a middle aged character added some balance. As a baby boomer myself, I could still relate to the characters.
The narration worked quite well.
I just enjoyed the book overall.
The story line and the narration.
This is one of those books that you're almost addicted to and find any excuse to go off and listen to it. When it was over, I missed the characters and to me, that is the sign of a well written book. I liked the style of writing, clear and simple....
I felt that the cadence of the performance was a bit irritating: it seems he rarely takes a breath to enrich the dialogue but will then slip into a relatively dramatic pause while in 3rd person narrative. It felt like the production team was in a rush.
Character development left a bit to be desired, as well. The archetypal free spirited-sun bathing in the nude-artist girl (Xela) was banal despite numerous attempts to portray her as "whacky" or "refreshing". Frankly, i dont know what the author was trying to make of her, but i wasnt a fan. I suspect it was more about the performance than the writing that made the characters as stilted as they were.
There were a few sexual dynamic references that seemed derivative, as if written (or delivered) by a man who has only heard of women, but has not actually interacted with them. You know, B movie kinda stuff.
There were, however, some nice touches to some of the characters. Veek and Tim were, in fact interesting.
The story, in and of itself, is fun. If you do any research on the book, you may find references to the tv show LOST, which i think is an ambitious comparison. But it does have a tone of magical realism and mystery. Give it a listen!
I cant say that I would, but that says more about my friends than it does about the book.
Yes, I'm luke warm about this performance, but would give him another try.
Read more fiction! I dont read enough of it and im a boring person without it.
Yes. I really loved the characters and dialogue.
Nate, the protagonist.
A captivating story. Love a good mystery, especially of the weird sci-fi variety. Only fault was that the eventual antagonist was stereotyped and way, way to predictable. Perhaps that was the author's intent, though.
My first Clines, but will not be my last. Great blend of mystery and suspense. Clines develops his characters masterfully, without belaboring the effort. This is one you are going to want to listen to in one sitting.
It pays to read reviews about books that you may have never heard of or considered. It sounded intriguing, but this was my first experience with this author. Page-turner story, unique and believable characters, twists and turns that keep you wondering where this story is going......and then wondering how it's going to unfold. The narrator Ray Porter is incredibly talented. With a list of male and female characters, he didn't really have to tell you who was talking. The voice variations were clear. At one point, he voices a darker character that gave me goosebumps. It's not all suspense.....I did find myself laughing out loud at some of the conversations and one-liners. I found myself absorbed and entertained at every level.
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