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)
Some of the ideas presented in this book are so outthere and unbelievable that it kills the spook. The characters are great though and its a good listen.
The narrator does a great job on this one. Really differentiates the characters well.
The first 3/4ths of the book is excellent. I couldn't stop listening as the suspense and mysteries built atop one another. The last 1/4 was a let down. The story became less suspense and more wild illogical fantasy. Characters who previously had acted in common sense began doing dumb things which had predictable consequences. (ie not killing the bad guy when you have the chance and other such plot devices which are annoying). If the this building is so important to protect the world why are the characters allowed to bumble around for days and nearly destroy humanity? Wouldn't someone who knows keep a very close eye on the place? Of course they would!!! If these types of things don't bother you then you might enjoy the ending. It was all wrapped up in a very predictable fashion. I was hoping for more given the great beginning.
This is my first review here. 14 is one of the best and most surprising books I've ever read. I think it takes a few ideas for some TV shows. From "Lost" is simply takes the idea of building tons of unanswered mysteries at the beginning with the promise of tying them all together later. What it does better than Lost though is that it actually does tie them together and better than that it is done in a very interesting way! It also takes an idea from "Heroes" with the line "Save the building, save the world" which is obviously not all that different than "Save the cheerleader, save the world". It is a prophecy that adds a lot of intrigue.
I couldn't predict where the story was going and loved every twist and turn of the book! 5 stars!
No, they would forever question my judgement.
It started out fairly well, and kept me interested until I was commited but in the end wish I did not waste my time.
performance was not bad , just the book.
I wonder if the 14 I read was different from the other reviewers 14. The way the story comes together at the end was ridiculous. I feel the author gave up, It was just nonsense.I will admit the character building was good, they should have been put into a more intriguing story, and I do like sci-fi/fantasy and mysteries /thrillers. I just believe that they should also be well written.
Some Fantasy books that I like are Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time, Lord of the Rings.
Until I read Ender's Game, I never read science fiction. But lately I've been trying different authors and this one is pretty good. I wish somebody had indicated how bad the foul language was, though. I read other people's reviews before I choose and that is something that some of us want to know.
I think the narrator does a really good job of distinguishing the characters of different gender and age.
For me, the foul language really ruined it. The character Roger doesn't seem to know any words other than f***. Now I can't lend this to my teen sons, which is half of why we sprung for an audible membership.
The narrator hands down....
The narrator does and awesome job giving each character distict voices and accents. That's what held my attention.
Finding open space in the middle of an apt bldg..
I have no clue.
I'd buy other books from this narrator.
After all the good critics I have read before buying this book I was really disappointed. For me the story was too slow and I never got pulled into the story (which most of the books of Stephen King do, or the trilogy of the Hunger Games).
Not my cup of tea this one.
This book really held my attention and was quite intriguing for the first 3/4 but then it fell off quite a bit. Waht had been easy to believe became far too obscure.
Yes, his construction is good
He did a good job and each character was easily recognizable
yes, I will try another from this author
The characters were well drawn and believable.
No, I was a bit let down I thought it was going to be really something but it wasn't to my taste
Probably if they asked and liked science fiction
I didn't have one
I picked this up a few days ago, based upon a series of raving reviews. It's certainly the kind of book that keeps you turning pages or plugged into the audio. The build-up of suspense and mystery is fantastic. But, then the climax is a bit corny. I don't regret the purchase, I got my money's worthy, but I'm not among the 5 star ravers.
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