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)
Ray Porter is always good; he gets 4*; (I'm giving him an extra one just for finishing this reading.)
Leaping Lemmings!! I betrayed myself--I did not listen to reviewers I trust. Their friendly warning reviews faded to the end of an ever-growing ever-glowing list. I held out for 7 mos., but all those stars! stars! stars! I was glamoured. Good Gawwd...I would be one of those bloody furry lemming puddles at the bottom of a cliff. And deservedly so.
Read the Lovecraft *cosmic indifferentism* canon. Read his description of the Great Old Ones, Cthulhu, Yog Sothoth, Azathoth--the anthropomorphic beings (tentacled head, whale bodies, dragon wings, and ALL) that occupied the ancient dimensional universe. 14 started out kind of fun, but the piracy got so outrageous, the monotony so monotonous...the Scooby Doo shtuff, the Bradbury name and Tesla, *Sqwhales*, dragging in the descendants of Lovecraft..."I eat you, food for me..." *Ludicrous: So foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing.*
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
If you’ve enjoyed Peter Clines "Ex-Heros" zombie-thriller series, (or even if you haven’t) be forewarned...this novel does not read in the same exciting way at the beginning. “14” is a real change-up and has a slow start. There’s a lot of build up in character and plot development. I was seriously considering giving up the first hour or 90 minutes in and I’m glad I didn’t. Narrator Ray Porter does a spectacular job of drawing the listener in to what can be an all nighter. When the mutant cockroaches, odd lightbulbs, lack of city power and mysterious cryptic notes on the apartment walls were introduced, I became more interested.
As Nate, the primary protagonist, talks to other tenants of the building where he has just rented his apartment, they discover several of them have become interested in oddities that don’t make any sense. When the mutant cockroaches, odd lightbulbs, lack of city power tunnels and caves underneath the building and mysterious cryptic notes are introduced along with a small dose of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Kids I became more interested. Their old apartment building has a past and the mixed group of tenants decide to research the unusual history of their residence.
If I wrote any more about the plot, my review would become a spoiler so suffice it to say that it’s a completely enjoyable listen about regular people who begin, almost for fun, a search to discover why strange things happen in their average apartment building. The character development moves along as the story develops and a slow story becomes exciting. I can see this easily as a movie or even TV series
it’s a horror story-also sci-fi, some mystery, occasionally funny, potentially post apocalyptic and even romantic that is a super fun listen. This is a good read for almost anyone.
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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.
Love a good book. I am usually reading one and listening to one in my car (not at the same time, of course). I like just about any fiction.
I have listened to a lot of audio books and I have never felt compelled to share a review about any of them. That is not to say they were not great or that I didn't enjoy them and it is not an insult to those books but rather a testament as to how much I enjoyed 14. I have never read anything from this author before and I am not sure why I choose this book. I read the description and though it sounded interesting.
I was sucked in right away. I found myself taking the long way to and from the office. I was listening to it while doing yard work, I just didn't want to stop listening. I don't want to give anything away so I will not go into any plot lines. All of the characters are well developed and I found myself interested in all of them. I enjoyed the bond that builds between them as the story goes on. The plot was unique and mysterious. The narrator was fantastic and I think really makes the story come to life. Overall, it was one of the very best audio books I have listened to and I would encourage people to take a chance on this one.
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.
I hate writing this kind of review because I know it's probably not helpful -- I can't totally recommend this novel...but I can't tell you to stay away either. The writing is OK. The plot is imaginative. (The performance, as is customary for Ray Porter, is terrific.) And yet...
As other reviewers have already pointed out, the plot takes a somewhat bizarre twist (not totally unexpected for me, perhaps simply because I had read the other reviews). It is not really science-fiction, but it's not "horror" (as you would perhaps expect from the initial plot of X-number of individuals living in a building where unexplained things seem to happen), The twist makes the novel fall somewhere in limbo, genre-wise, making it harder to like.
The novel starts out slow. Much happens before anything really does. In a way, this is not totally bad because, by the time the characters seem to be in danger, you find yourself actually caring for them. Still, it does drag at times...And some of the characters remain cartoony till the end.
Perhaps the novel could have used another edit -- or more careful plotting ahead of time.
And yet...I did finish it and it kept me hooked at times.
Books like this one are the reason I keep taking chances on unknown (to me) authors and books. I really enjoyed the building of the mystery and the mystery of the building and the references to pop culture. It really helped pass the workday and held my attention throughout. I really enjoyed the performance and had fun listening.
14 is a deceptively engaging tale that begins innocently and gradually builds to no-holds barred suspense with world ending implications. The story is set in current time with our hero, Nate, a 20 something slacker with a dead end job, looking for a cheaper place to live. Nate finds a cheap apartment. Ever so slowly, odd and out of the ordinary things begin to pile up. Along the way, Nate engages with a menagerie of characters living and working in the building, each with their own experiences with building quirks. Nate assumes control of this band of intrepid investigators as they gradually explore and uncover the mystery of the building that goes back >100 years and save the planet at the same time.
The compelling aspect of this story is the slow, gradual unfolding of the mystery so that as each new tidbit is uncovered, Clines can really "kick it up a notch" and goes on adding more and more curve balls. By the time the true nature of the building is revealed, the listener is ready to believe anything and will still ask for more. Nate's eclectic troop is also a perfect ensemble cast of supporting roles that adds to the believability of the story.
The narration is excellent with a great range of voices and tone as the tale moves from laid back to white knuckle. Expect this to be a fast listen after the first third when the suspense really begins to build.
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
...government conspiracy. This author couldn't make up his mind. This one started out strong and then went sideways, really sideways. I really like my stories to have a strong believability factor and this one struggled to convince me. It's not terrible. It was easy to listen to. But even if i could get past the nudist tenet that liked to dye her hair (all of it) blue, it fell apart when the building time traveled and carnivorous octopus-whales started hunting the characters. yeah...it really went sideways.
I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.
The story wasn't perfect and the premise was a bit odd (but original), but it was a fun story. Probably the best part for me was just the characters. They reminded me of my friends back in college. Friends that you can tease and be total ass clowns with... but it's all good and fun. Ray Porter did a GREAT job with the narration and his character voices totally added another dimension to the story and the characters.
The story got a bit wacky in the end and some things were not really explained (like why Nate's kitchen light was always black). But the story kept you guessing all the time and all-in-all was a fun read/listen.
I highly recommend this audio version because Ray Porter did such a great job!!
"Not your "average" sci-fi."
Well thought out, quirky, detailed storytelling, some great characters and narrated superbly. Not your "average" sci-fi.
"Fun story, interesting and well narrated"
I really enjoyed listening to this. I recently finished Peter Clines "The Fold" and that was great too, albeit quite similar. He's very good at setting up an interesting mystery with great characters and quirk's, although he seems rather fascinated with Alpha-Predators! Ray Porter did a brilliant job narrating. His voices made the characters easily identifiable and he read at a good pace and tone that suited the story well. Fun listen all round!
I loved the characters. They were so diverse yet likable and had real depth. The storline was so unusual and intriguing. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It was a breath of fresh air.
I don't want to give anything away. I think listening to the book without knowing anything about it is key to it's enjoyment.
The book was very funny and the characters were sometimes sarcastic and dry. I liked how they connected with each other. It made me want to live in the Cavach building, kind of.
Give this book a go. You will not be disappointed.
Really kept me going on my daily commute such that I looked forward to getting in the car to find out what happened next. Yes it's a bit of hokum but it's entertaining hokum and I sense very filmic, targeted at the movie industry.....and I can see that happening. Great narration too
"Sci Fi cheese"
tentacled monsters, wise cracking gun toting anti heroes and evil cultists. A bag full of clichés but very easy listening all the same.
"Brilliant couldn't wait to finish"
Great unusual story ,excellent pacing and interwoven with unique weirdness !
Ray Porter delivers on all fronts with good character representations.
"Lower your expectations.........."
Really enjoyed the first 80% of this book, but felt I had wasted my time after I had finished it.
Entertaining although the ending was a bit similar to his other book, The Fold. Good sci fi with a twist of Lovecraft....
"Good listen but a bit daft!"
This was a good listen, well performed and a good story for most of it. It starts as a classic locked door story but jumps into a very scifi story. This may have been meant as a twist but I don't think so on the whole. Whilst remaining a reasonable thriller the scifi bits felt a bit over the top to me - as I said in the title, a bit daft! However, I did still enjoy it and on the whole am happy I bought it. My critique may be coloured by being a bit surprised at where the story went.
"really enjoyable listen"
I enjoyed listening this book it was well read and the story line kept me gripped till the end
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