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'll give everything a try
Overal, I thought this was pretty well written. The characters were fun to read about and their personalities were all so different. The plot was sometimes slightly predictable, but there were also many unexpected twists that totally got me off guard. Narrator's good, and I thought he read with a nice pace, that engages the reader in the story. The only thing I would say, was that the ending of some characters were quite abrupt.
A small coalition of unexpected allies living in an old, thread bare building, band together to uncover the building's strange "behavior." Their approach to the many mysteries and problems is unique and refreshing.
In a small way it is reminiscent of American Gods in its magical realism. While AG is epic, 14 is a tiny story that "jumps the shark" in the second half aspiring to the epic--but it doesn't quite succeed in doing so.
The protagonist is delightful, earnest young guy who works at a dead end, mind numbing job who comes into his own as a courageous leader of a tentative alliance of fellow building tenants.
The writing did manage to generate a few chuckles. I found myself cheering the characters on and believing in their (totally unbelievable) mission.
The narrator did a fine job of seamlessly and convincingly speaking for a very diverse set of characters. A fun read.
There was nothing wrong with the performance, but I found this story to be really dull. Lots of details, Lost-style. I got impatient and bored with it, and it wasn't very long.
I really enjoy Stephen King, and this seemed along those lines. It was, actually, but only superficially.
I was disappointed. The premise is solid, the execution was not to my tastes.
Never enough books
Yes, just when you thought things were tied up in a neat bow, things took a turn.
Yes, I have listening to the same short list of authors for years but wanted to try something new. I came across this book on the Best Sellers list and the synopsis looked like the kind of story I would enjoy. I was not disappointed. Peter Clines came up with a great combination of characters, mystery, puzzles, discovery, and fantasy while keeping a pace that never lagged. I love his writing style and Ray Porter does a great job of reading and representing the characters.
This was my first Peter Clines book but I have already purchased Ex-Heroes. My only concern is that Clines set the bar pretty high already with 14.
One of my favorite moments is after chemistry between two characters builds to the boiling point. When they dropped their inhibitions and gave in to their passions, they still keep their sense of humor and try to make light of it. It was a great side of the characters to reveal and a laugh out loud moment.
Ray Porter represents the characters very well making it easy to distinguish each of them while also giving them personality even through his voice. At the same time, I found his pace of the book and his pace of a moment was very effective. His pauses and quick jumps of dialog kept right in line with the story itself.
No crying but loved Clines' humor behind the characters. Several laugh out loud moments. Hopefully no one saw me in the next car.
Keep 'em coming!
This is a great story and performance held me all the way to the end and then i wanted more well done. whats next
This book is really just for fun. Ray Porter is a great narrator and is able to make you care about the characters even in the more ridiculous parts of the story. If you can completely suspend your disbelief, you'll probably really enjoy this story. It begins like a typical haunted house story but takes such an extreme turn to the strange side that it almost loses you. But by the time you get to this point, you're already hooked!
The performance was wonderful. I was engaged and eager throughout entire listen. I really enjoyed the building of community in the first 3/4 of book. I cared about the characters and their macinations. Unfortunately, the story spiralled out of control in terms of believability in the last hour or so, as if the writer ran out of speed and wanted to get something down. It is definitely worth a listen though I would have appreciated a better ending.
There were a few disappointments to the overall book that, for me, led to my rating it 4 stars overall; but that's still a very good book on my scale (5 stars are reserved for instant classics).
The reader is excellent: pace, tone, inflection...and everything else about excellent narration is here. I never stopped being immersed in the story as I never thought about what the reader was doing; the reader never distracted from the characters and story.
This is not gruesome horror, far from it. It is a surreal, preternatural mystery that is focused mainly on the characters and the intrigue of the building.The story has a Twilight Zone feel which I enjoy (I liked the old Rod Sterling TV series, too).
While it has some predictable elements and moments of vapidity, the plot remains interesting and entertaining from beginning to end. The characters, or most of them, are dynamic and likeable...with just the right balance between conflict and camaraderie. I hated the religious stereotyping and would have greatly appreciated a bit more diversity in that case, yet it all works for the story itself. The obligatory "otherwise smart character using poor judgement" comes into to play as it too often does in books of this sort, all for the sake of advancing plot at characters' expense. But these downsides are forgivable as the book does what it's meant to do: entertain.
Interesting concept for a book. Likeable lead characters, nicely developed plot, and well read.
I am not a huge sci-fi fan, but this book comes off as more of a mystery. The characters even refer to one another as Shaggy, Thelma, Fred and Daphney. I liked the "we're all in this together" mentality, and it makes me wish I had the sort of neighbors I could meet on a rooftop to drink beer, watch the sun set, and discuss our creepy building.
What would you do if you found you had the power to keep the world safe?
It was really silly in places
Narrator was great.
I was dumbfounded that a book that started off so well could turn into something so ridiculous.
You have got to listen to it to understand my wonderment. A bit battles star galactica I suppose.
"I couldnt wait to find out what happen next"
Telling the characters to not do something and leave that alone, but secretly saying go on i'm as curious as you.
The narrator is that good you don't realise it's not a full cast performance.
I couldn't stop myself grabbing the headphones, even when it was the weekend and i like to spend time with the wife. "Do you mind if i listen to a tape?", "no go ahead i'll do some tapestry" YIPPEE!I thought the end sequence with the mile long demon was a bit daft, but it was still gripping. Cant wait for the next one.
"Could have been a five-star review"
This so nearly was a great book. It led me to really invest in the reveal, but I was let down. The denouement is clumsy and I feel like the author didn't know what to do so just fumbled the catch. It's a shame, the set-up and mystery are really terrific. It didn't ruin my overall enjoyment and I don't want to put anyone off, it is an intensely engaging story, maybe I just expected a different, more considered outcome.
"Great start, OK end."
Really great first 3/4 trailed off in the last 1/4, however I still really enjoyed it.
"A creepy mystery"
I was reminded of the best horror fiction of Stephen King when listening to this book, in that King always manages so very well to write relateable characters in unusual situations.
The story focuses on the embodiment of the everyman: Nate. Close your eyes and you know somebody like him: young but not so young that he can use it as an excuse for a lack of direction in his life. Though it is with Nate that the sense of the everyday concludes, as he moves into an apartment building with a strangely cheap rent, filled with many colourful characters and a series of inexplicable curiosities.
The story is quite fresh and original, slowly drawing out the mystery of the building and the secret that it hides. The characters are all fantastic and add a superb depth to a fantastic concept. My real criticism of the story is that it spends so much time building up but then seems to resolve everything far too quickly.
The narration is fantastic and of the same quality of RC Bray, the narrator is very comfortable using different accents and tones and there is no way you can ever be even slightly confused at who might be speaking.
A superb mix of intrigue, great characters, humour, and thrills.
14 stands on it's own. I can't think of another book like it (more's the pity)
He reads the book without inserting his own character. The character of each individual comes through without any 'interference' - the accents and interpretation is excellent.
I laughed out loud on several occasions, which was a little embarrassing on one occasion in the doctors surgery. It was obvious from the the expressions on the faces around me that my outburst had quite clearly identified the nature of my 'illness'.
14 was a delight to listen to. I really didn't want it to end, and just wish I lived near to the building so I could go to the pub with all the characters!
Takes a while to get going. Story is ok. First half of the book drags on to long for my liking.
"Twilight Zone style story"
Without giving anything away I liked the weird concept about the building - it didn't go in the direction I expected which was good.
My friends who are geeky and enjoy Twilight Zone style stories will love this - maybe those who enjoy mild horror - it wouldn't be to everyones taste.
Yes - This would make a great movie or mini series.
This is a "suspend all belief" type of tale - the characters are very two dimensional and I really didn't care if they lived or died - BUT this was an enjoyable audio book in a Tales of the Unexpected or Twilight Zone way. It was all about the building and the secrets it hid rather than the people who lived in the building.
"Wish there was a 15 to follow it"
I was easily drawn into the story, and wanted to know more about each character.
Finding out what is behind door number 14!
Not yet - enjoyed his style of narration.
Some doors are meant to remain closed
"A cracking read"
This book is well worth a read, there were a few inconsistencies but overall a really good story line and exceptional narration made this a real enjoyment.
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