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 honestly think I lost IQ points listening to this book. The worst part was that I got sucked in initially by the reasonably suspenseful plot devices. I put up with the cardboard characters and cliched writing because I was intrigued by the mystery surrounding the building. But the pay-off was so bad, so ridiculously bad, that I felt like an idiot having wasted any time on this drivel. I want my time back and the brain cells I expended in the effort. The narration was ok, although some of the accents were pretty lame. (Ray Porter's German is much better than his Indian.) I just kept wondering, "Isn't he embarrassed to be reading this?"
I understand from reading many other reviews that mine is a minority opinion. Just don't say I didn't warn you.
Yes because I enjoyed 2/3 of it.
The last 1/3 of the book was ridiculous. I wanted to scream at the characters to stop with their stupid chattering and get to work! Also, I wasn't a fan of the big secret - it felt too .... weird.
Yes, I can see 14 being made into a movie. It's a very visual book.
The first seven hours of this audiobook were a constant internal struggle for me as I debated whether to stop then and ask Audible for a refund or keep listening in the hope it would get better. Curiosity got the better of me and I kept listening until the end. Now I wish I had spent the past 12 hours listening to something different.
The first 6 to 7 hours were mind-numbingly tedious and unsuspenseful. The most menacing moments were when the building manager would growl angrily at the tenants in a thick German accent. (If that does not sound suspenseful to you, that's precisely my point.) I thought I was listening to bad young adult fiction, as the sentences were short, the dialogue was uninspired, the characters were slackers mostly in their 20s, and there were a lot of dumb adolescent jokes. The mystery finally started to become interesting around hour seven. A couple of hours after that, the book took yet another turn and was definitely NOT for tender young readers. Though not intended by the author, I would describe this book as being in three parts, each a different genre: first, a really long "Friends" episode; second, a Scooby Doo episode; finally, an HP Lovecraft short story. The book did not particularly appeal to me, though younger readers who are not picky might find it sufficiently entertaining if they can get past the halfway mark. The F-bombs in the latter half became very annoying.
The narrator did a great job with the various characters and accents.
I really like this story, until it went off the rails about 75% of the way through. It really was too bad. I liked all the major characters a lot. They were believable and credible. They reacted to weird developments like normal people would. I don't even have a problem with the notion of the building being more than it appears. But once they go through the door into Apartment 14 ... well, the author's story unravels into increasing silliness. I could come up with half a dozen ending scenarios that would make more sense than what's written.
I picked this book up because of the reviews. I wish I hadn't wasted the point though. As soon as the book started I could tell I did not care for the style the book was written in. But, I continued to listen, hoping it would get better. When the story started to become more emerged into the plot and mystery, it became interesting enough to be tolerable. However, that didn't last at the end. At the end, I was grinding my teeth as I waited (hoped) the story would end. The characters were dull and similar after getting introduced to them. It was very predictable and cliche. For example, the groups in trouble. Only one guy knows how to fix the mess they are end. He begins to explain what they need to do in order to fix their mess before it's too late and the world is destroyed. But, when he reaches the information that everyone needs to know, he surprisingly gets dragged away before he can finish saying it! Oh plot twist!
I'm being a bit harsh though. The book had it's interesting points. I really enjoyed the unraveling mystery of the building. There were even a few points that had me laughing. It... Just flopped pretty bad at the end. Not to mention I really did not care for the style of the writing.
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 started out very good. Good character development, I was very intrigued by the mystery. I fully expected to be writing a great recommendation at the end.
Unfortunately, half way through the book when the mystery started to become clear it just got too ridiculously sci fi for me. I went days without listening to the book. Not a good sign when you forget to listen to the end of a story. I ended up listening to the end, but I didn't care anymore what happened.
It's too bad. I think he went too far. I think it would have been a better story if he had kept it a little less ridiculous. (Don't know how else to say that without giving spoilers.) The overall idea of the story was interesting.
No complaints on the narration. Top notch.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
Although I typically read Romance Books I just loved 14! After reading so many good reviews I decided to give this one a try for something different. WOW!
I don't want to give any of the plot points away so I will just say this book is funny, scary, mysterious, creepy and a little weird. It's Dean Koontz meets Lost. Just the right blend of sci-fi and horror.
The narration is outstanding. Ray Porter did an excellent job of bringing all the characters to life (even the evil ones).
Definitely a credit worthy listen.
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.
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First, this is mild in terms of sci-fi or fantasy.
Second, in my opinion, this belongs in the young adult category. Some hand holding, kissing, reference to spending the night together, but nothing graphic.
I was engaged for about two thirds of the book. Then it got lame, like the author lost his muse. I was vested in the characters, but many just withered away.
When I am really into a book I can listen for up to 6 hours per day. When it took me 4 days to listen to the last three hours, I knew it was really bad.
The narrator did an admirable job with the material. In fact, he's probably the reason I trudged through to the end.
"Interesting and unexpected plot"
I liked this booked as up to half way through I really was not that sure where it was heading.
I liked Tim the best, he sounds like a good neighbour to have around.
I think Ray performed Nate best who was the was the lead character.
Not really, not that kind of book.
narration great, really brought the characters to life. story kept me gripped. Finish might have been a bit ott but that did not detract from a very enjoyable listen. just bought Peters new book Fold.
"Fun engaging horror despite issue with narration"
Overall I suppose I enjoyed this book, while it was fantasy/horror based the human reactions were kind of believable and the characters were varied and likeable. However, the narrator had a strange way of occasionally using emphasis in the wrong places so it sounded like the middles of sentences were the ends, and it became really difficult to follow (I had to keep skipping back 30 seconds having realised I'd suddenly lost the plot). That said, he had a nice voice and I always knew which character was speaking. Also the lapses were small scale and the main storyline wasn't lost, just the flow of the details in the scenes. I would still say the book was entertaining enough to be worthwhile. It might be worth sticking to the text version though.
this was so exciting I could see it like a movie in my head
the scooby doo element
this was top notch adventure sci fi
I haven't read the book
When they find the machine and flip the switch
Great narration, good pacing
Curb your curiosity
Surprised at how much I enjoyed this, great beach, summer listen
First few minutes I thought about returning this, then became used to narrator's style and was hooked by the story which has some great twists. For me it was a story of two halves, maybe a little disjointed so not 5 stars. But clever, great characterisation, gripping build-up and keeps you guessing. I think it probably works better as an audiobook than a novel-- the narrator does a whole range of consistent voices.
"Worth a listen"
This was ok as I got on daily deal, I loved all the characters, had a good story until last few chapters then got a bit thin, did have good humour through story which I liked. Wendy
Loved this. I've never read any of the author's work so didn't know what to expect. I would never have guessed the plot. It twisted just about halfway through and should have been ridiculous, but by then I was invested in the characters and wanted to know how it ended.
The narrator was excellent keeping the pace up but not getting in the way of the story.
I enjoyed it.
"If you open the door to 14, it will suck you in."
Good rent, incredibly good rent, a fantastic building in more ways than first understood, internet for a deal, a beautiful girl that likes to sunbath naked; what could possibly go wrong? Secrets and secret agencies, Mutant cockroaches, disappearance, strange noises, strange lights, doors that you never want to enter caverns in the basement, glimpses of dark thing, very large dark thing that would like to move into this world, this universe.
This is steampunk Americana chopsuey that works and is entertaining and well paced, the characters are a good mix of suburban geeks, weirdos, losers and a run of the mill guy, that would probably work better is I was younger. As a subgenre of science fiction this is good value entertainment, that will brighten your night.
"A brilliant romp of a story!"
Great fun and unputdownable, I like Peter Clines's style very much. Listen to this book and then listen to 'The fold'. You won't be disappointed!
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