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)
You finally forced me to take the time to review this book by continually shoving it in my face as one of the greats of the year. This book was awful! The narration was, at best, lackluster, and that was the best element. I, too, was sucked in by the plethora of glowing reviews. The first quarter or so of the book was promising. The story moved pretty slowly but was building up some interesting mystery. Beyond that point, though, everything began to read like it was written by a high school student who had seen too many episodes of "Scooby Doo". The fact that the characters eventually begin referring to themselves as Velma, Shaggy et al only makes it worse. As the story progresses we discover that this high school student author has read a few works by H.P. Lovecraft. This leads him to introduce mutant creatures including flying squid-whales and giant insects. Just to be sure we get the erudite literary reference (bonus points!) the writer includes Mr. Lovecraft himself in a tangential way. Not content with this, the author has to add poor Nikola Tesla as a conspirator. I could go on but why bother? The plot is absurd, the characters are two dimensional and literally cartoonish, and the narration is barely adequate - although to be fair you can't do an award winning job on lousy material. I feel like a chump for listening all the way through but it was like the proverbial train wreck you can't look away from .... A really bad train wreck. Please spare yourself and don't waste the credit.
This was another fantastic job by both Peter Clines and Ray Porter; I believe I have fully developed a crush on both of them; a literary crush on Clines, and a passionate love of Porter’s voice. Nate moves into a new apartment which is in a historical landmark, the Kavach Building. He soon discovers strange things about the building, including locked apartments and, green cockroaches with an extra leg. When he starts meeting his neighbor, each one has something strange they've noticed about their apartments as well. But once they start to investigate, they may uncover something that should remain uncovered.
While I’m pretty confident that this book is a stand alone, I can’t help but notice subtle hints towards Clines’ other books (cockroaches), like “The Fold” (I know this came out first, but bare with me) but I won’t list other similarities because anything more than that would give too much away.
This wasn’t as fantastical as his other books; it stayed in the “real world” most of the time which made it more relatable, in my option. Nate’s character was fantastic and well developed, (I’d be the Velma to his Shaggy any day) and I felt close to all of the characters, they really pulled me in. I felt like I was a part of their as they unfolded the mystery of the
It took me a long time to write this review because I enjoyed the book so much, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to do justice with my review. I think this is worth the credit, and at some point, I think I’m going to have to listen to it again, it was really great.
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 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 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
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
This book has been around and promoted for a while now. I've seen and been tempted but not so much till it went on sale. While I think it was worth the sale price, it was not worth my time. I was tempted to quit in a number of places but continued to hope it would somehow redeem itself. It didn't.
The book has almost 1000 ratings on Audible and over 4 stars. I don't get it. I thought the book was silly, trivial and uninspired. You can read what the book was about and why others liked it elsewhere. But for me, I'm done.
I had no idea what to expect from this one and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. The plot twists were very unpredictable and the characters easy to like/hate as needed. To put the cherry on top the narrator was excellent.
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
I found this book very enjoyable and was captivated throughout the whole book. I enjoyed it more then I thought I would. The narrator did a great job and was easy to listen to. I don't want to give anything away so all I am going to say is you will be glad you picked this one up.
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.
"The reviews don't lie!"
Crackerjack cosmic mystery-adventure for X-Files/Lost/Buffy/Fringe/etc fans, with witty dialogue, fun well-drawn characters, and swift excellently-judged pacing. Great performance in an edge-of-the-seat style from the reader. Couldn't turn it off!
"Easy and surprising"
This was not the book I thought it would be. I thought/hoped I bought a mysterious thriller, but this was quite sci-fi. But I'm glad I read it. It is easy to follow and very much entertaining! A good break between my big heavy books...
"I'm feeling a bit confused."
Some cohesion between the first half of the book and the second. There's a very jolting moment when the story takes off on a tangent you really aren't expecting. I suppose I'd like a completely different ending.
Yes and no. I thought it was in one genre. It turned out to be in another. Unfortunately, this second genre is one that I usually avoid.
I liked Nate (you've got to like Nate, he's a nice guy) but my favourite was Tim. He stood up to Andrew's religious guilt-tripping and said what everyone else wanted to say. I felt that the characters, who I became fond of, were safe when Tim was around.
Confusion. Then annoyance. A bit of incredulity. Back to confusion. Then disappointment.
There I was, enjoying a novel about a man who moves into an apartment building and who starts trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the low rent, locked doors, empty apartment 14 and suspicious building manager. All of a sudden I find myself... well... I can't say where because it will spoil the surprise. I was really into this book and then it changed direction from where I thought we were going. And when I say "changed direction" I mean it did a handbrake U-turn and deployed the ejector seat. I tried so hard to finish it I really did but only because I really cared about the characters. I didn't want them in this mess they had found themselves in. Nate, Tim, Roger, the women whose names I can't spell (the computer-y one and the arty one) and all of the rest of them: I wanted them in the communal lounge discussing the spooky history of the building, the cold walls and the strange compartment behind the wardrobe. It was the point at which they were fleeing on bicycles (I shan't tell you what they were fleeing from - and you won't guess it in a million years) that I realised I just didn't have the heart to continue. There was only 1 hour left.
The narrator, who I'm a little bit in love with based solely on his voice, did a sterling job. Especially in the second half when he had to put on a slightly funny voice and speak in clipped sentences. If you've got that far with the book you'll know which character (or characters... ooh, a clue... don't get too excited) I'm referring to.
I'm a bit sad about not knowing what becomes of the gang from the building. I may well go back and finish the last hour if only to get closure. Or I might just rewrite (not to publish, just for me) the second half of the book with the story that I wanted and that I thought I was getting.
I've never been quite so miffed about not liking a book before. It's as if the author got half way through, put his manuscript down on the coffee table in order to go and do something else and a random person came along and finished the story. Disappointing.
"well it was, different I guess"
Not a bad book really. An apartment building with plenty of weird about it and lots of mutations. It has a bit of a lot of different corror components. The naration is excellent but I reckon the tenants did too much of the same thing too many times such as 'taking a hit of his beer' or shrugging as if nobody has any other gestures they might be capable of. Kind of predictable in places too and it wimped out at the end in my opinion. Other than that, not bad if you like horror but not much good if you're squeamish.
The book started with a lot of promise but in the end where the story took me was disappointing.
Narration was really good though will look out for more.
excellent. loved it. rivettjng story, great characters who are utterly believable. i was drawn in from the start and didnt want to stop listening . this was awkward when work got in the way. highly recomend this to all sci-fi fans. loved the nods to "fringe" "torchwood" etc. "neat" as Veek would say!
"A beautifully crafted horror in the Lovecraft mold"
A stunningly well crafted horror mystery with strong Lovecraft, Men In Black conspiracy undertones. Peter Clines is a phenomenal writer. Not a scene gone to waste, not a detail missed. Fast, entertaining and with a depth of execution other writers could learn from.
"good sci'fi story."
very enjoyable story, couldn't put it down.
well written characters who you go involved with, good storyline and ending.
will look for more books by this author.
excellently performed by ray porter.
couldn't ask for more.
"Loved it kept me hooked right to the end."
Could not stop listening best book I have downloaded so far. Good story good characters. If you like this then try the fold next same author and narrator and it touches on the same ideas.
"Interesting Idea - Badly Executed"
14 had an interesting concept and if executed well, it would have been an excellent sci-fi book. However, it contained far too much pointless blurb and it just dragged.I thought writing was dull, overused cliches and no suspense/far too little action. There has only been around 1 hour of interesting/exciting story, but it was all killed by an empty 12-hour chit-chat.
I didn't enjoy his writing style, so don't think I will try other books. Plus I am shocked that this book has received so many positive review (it was the main reason why I have bought it), so I will try some other authors.
Disappointment. I always trust other people's reviews and this book had many positive ones, that made it sound a really good sci-fi book. I think those positives reviews was the only reason why I finished this book, even though I wanted to put it down less than 4 hours into it...I wish I did...
This book didn't meet my expectations and was far too boring for my liking. It doesn't mean this is a bad book, it just means it is not the book for my taste.
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