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)
As an Audible Editor I listen for a living! British classics, YA novels, speculative fiction, and anything quirky, fascinating, or heart-wrenching.
After talking my my co-worker Chris into checking out some of my favorite YA books it was my turn to take him up on a recommendation – and his pick for me was WAY outside of my normal listening zone. 14 is a Lovecraftian sci-horror novel that feels pulpy and modern at the same time. There’s plenty of kitsch, and lots of old-fashioned sci-fi techniques are on display here, but the voice is still totally fresh, as is Ray Porter- who totally nails the narration. It’s one of the weirdest and best books I’ve ever listened to, and from the number of 5 star reviews it would seem our listeners agree!
This was fantastic, I enjoyed it throughly. Its one of those I'm so glad I got this books. If you like Dean Koontz you will like this. definitly want more. Worth you time cash/credit
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
What on earth is this book about? At 2/3 of the way through nothing had really happened, and nobody had really done anything, but I still kept reading because I wanted to know (probably as badly as the characters wanted to know): what is up with this building? And why is it titled 14? And why has it sometimes been tagged as "horror"?
That makes it sound like the first 2/3 dragged... it did not. For some reason the story kinda grabs you and pulls you in, even if it spends a lot of time keeping you in suspense as to what the story is actually about.
When I (and the characters) finally discovered what was going on, the story picked up the pace, and perhaps got a bit far-fetched... and it ended up not being at all what I thought it had to be. Of course, you have to suspend disbelief when reading. If you can do that, you should enjoy this book. It has a nice sense of foreboding and suspense and you're never really sure what's really going on.
I even liked the ending, pat though it might have been. I'd read more by this author. It is mostly sci-fi-ish, not really horror at all... There is a bit of violence, but it's not graphic or over-done. There is no sex and I don't think there was much in the way of swearing. The narration was very good.
Like a lot of books, this one starts out great, so good in fact I was already looking at other titles written by this author. The dialog is great, the characters extremely well crafted eccentric and imbued with great chemistry. The story takes off and begins to take you into the world of the apartment, building some great creepyness with what the troop finds. I do not want to give out any plot spoilers so I will just say that for a bit the books takes things into the surreal just a bit to far, it crosses the line into silly, then comes back. I was bummed by that because the book overall is really good, there is tension, a great storyline that is unique, well crafted dialog and evidence that the author has talent actually writing, that segment though dampers the experience a great deal, does not ruin the book but takes it out of the four or five star category. As a mention, the narration is well done and fits the mood and characters of the story very well.
Recommended with a sigh at what could have been a great book, but what is in fact only a pretty good book
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I really enjoyed this book for the first 2/3 of the story and then it got so stupid that I had to turn it off. I guess no matter how well written I just cant do, Sci-Fi, I can deal with the glow in the dark roaches and the black hole but the "people eating creatures", sorry, you lost me there! If this is your genre, then I think you will enjoy the characters- they were great and the writing was excellent.The narration was also excellent.
This was my first Peter Clines' book to listen to.
I have become a fan of his Zombies/Super Heroes series, but this book is not part of the series.
14 started out interesting enough, but took too long to get to the meat of the story. Then it just got too "out there" at the end.
It was just okay.
This is a very good entertaining book. The story is about a person who starts to notice a lot of strange things about his new apartment building. He forms collation of other tenants to unfolds the mystery of this building. The mystery is very intriguing and complete fiction, but it unfolds in very entertaining though highly unlikely fashion. The cast of characters in the book are very interesting and narrative is snappy delivered expertly by Ray Porter.
I found story to be very lean, and it moved at a brisk pace. The cast of characters are well flushed out, and their interaction is entertaining. Even though last stages of story become a bit out there, I would still rate this a very good book. I would recommend this book, and I will consider picking up other books from the same author in the future.
The story was UTTERLY unpredictable and MOST enjoyable!
The wit and humour woven into the seriousness and reality of certain situations.
Vika was a favourite as she faced and dealt with challenges to her world both personal and interpersonal.
My eyes were wide with wonder in parts and then in other parts you couldnt help but laugh uproariously and from the belly at others.
The narrator was absolutely superb!!!!! I want him to be Chief Reader for all Audio Books!!!
This thing was listed under Sci-fi & Fantasy and was recommended to me after purchasing an epic fantasy Scott Lynch's, 2nd book (Red Seas Under Red Skies) WHICH WAS AWESOME. I put it in my wish list after seeing the HUGE positive ratings.
This book is fiction, sci-fi slightly... fantasy... barely. I would have some mature high school students read/listen to this book due to its easy going pace and somewhat interesting story-line. This book is NOT for epic fantasy fans or even hard core sci-fi fans. The narrator was good which is how I was able to get through this book.
We all know a significant part of how well you enjoy a book is how well the narrator performs it and Ray Porter did a great job. Beyond that, the story had enough twists and turns to keep it fun. Sometimes you could anticipate where the story was going, but it happened in such a way that you were happy to see you were reading the characters right. Definitely built some great tension at the end. Will look for more by the same author and narrator.
"It walked a a thin line"
It manages to hover above being poor and consigned to the DNF bin...only just . The escalating level of incredulity generated by the narrative is at times bewildering. Its lack of depth and treatment of science reminds me of old Victorian novels. While suspending belief is the stuff of scifi, this story takes it to a new level almost verging on stupidity. The main characters are so poorly fleshed out and developed that it does indeed harken back to the cartoon it so often makes reference to. Suffice to say I will be giving this author a wide berth in future. Not one to be reccomended.
One of those books which takes you on a journey where each chapter reveals something new and takes you to the next stage. The writing and the narration change perfectly to suit these developments. A great writing /narration combination, thoroughly recommend it!
"Amazing, best book I ever listened to."
Words are not enough to describe how good this book is. I was gripped from start to end. I'm totally in awe & blown away!!
"slow burner but really enjoyed"
Fourteen accumulates a lot if mysteries which it then reveals faster and faster. very good.
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!
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