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 can't say I've ever read a book like it. it was engaging from the start, and though you sense something coming you're blown away when it presents itself! I loved it! the narrator nails it, and the author... what can I say other then BRAVO!! definitely a book I'll listen to again and again!
This book doesn't fit any molds. Once you finish it you realize It blends a couple different common story lines. It works well though. Saying much more could mean giving away spoilers. The narrator does a great job of giving individual voices. Twice I've listened and I'm sure I will again.
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
14 is escapist slacker horror in roughly the same category as John Dies At the End, but with a less crass sense of humor. The setup is that Nate, a young guy with a dead-end temp job at a Los Angeles magazine publisher, moves into an apartment in an old building somewhere near Hollywood. The deal seems too good to be true, with cheap rent and a great roof deck.
Naturally, a few things are weird about the building. What's up with the green cockroaches with an extra leg? The permanently-closed elevator? The strangeness of the building layout? The cold spots? The tight-lipped, paranoid building manager? The padlocks on apartment fourteen?
As Nate investigates, he gradually meets his neighbors, including an exhibitionist artist who likes to sunbathe in the nude, a not-too-sharp movie crew guy, a female Indian computer hacker, a creepy religious guy, and an unusually fit older man whose backstory seems at odds with his skillset. Together, they form a mystery-solving gang, with lots of ironic Scooby Do wisecracks.
This really isn't heavyweight fiction, but I enjoyed watching the characters delve into the mysteries of the building and its basement, the constant banter between them, and Clines's imagination and humor. There's even a bit of sweetness, as romance blooms and we learn whom "Shaggy" really has the hots for (not Scooby). Audiobook narrator Ray Porter does a pretty good job of giving each significant character his or her own personality and accent.
The last act of the book takes us into some netherdimensional sci-fi/horror territory. The payoff isn't highly original or quite as much fun as everything leading up to it, but it's not bad, and that freaky tower towards the end is a great visual. Clines leaves a few threads unresolved and not everything makes complete logical sense, so perhaps there will be a sequel.
In sum, if you're looking for something deep, look elsewhere. If you want an audiobook that's fun to relax to, but has wit and a little creepiness, this is a great pick.
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.
This book starts out with a great premise. Kind of an X-Files, or Twilight Zone vibe. Unfortunately the writing is not very good. People are continually saying and doing things that just ring false and contrived. Every time that happened, it took me out of the story, and it happens OFTEN. It's irritating. Several times I almost stopped listening.
The other complaint I have is that, once the big secret is revealed there are about 10 or so more chapters, and everything from that point on is utterly predictable. Basically, once you get to the big reveal, you can pretty much stop listening. Just imagine how the story would be resolved if it were a Disney movie, and you've got it.
Also, there are a LOT of loose ends. Many of the "oddities" that set up the premise of the story are never explained, at least not to my satisfaction.
The narrator does a good job. I liked that all the characters are given very distinct voices.
Addicted to Audible!
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.
I bought this audiobook based on the great reviews. I was intrigued at the beginning by the story and the characters were interesting but the story went nowhere fast and where it ended up was just plain dumb. Overall was it was mildly entertaining for a short period but a waste of about 8 hours
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.
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.
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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.
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
"Just couldn't stop listening to it"
Slow start, but once you are hooked you will not be able to stop. Really loved this book
"Interesting Start, Twist was not my Taste"
Without spoiling it for anyone, I enjoyed the story telling, character development and at the beginning I thought it was a promising listen. But 50 odd chapters in the plot twist was just a bit silly for me, only because I don't choose to listen to that type of genre. So I will admit that at about chapter 60 I stopped listening. Not to reflect that it is bad, I did enjoy it, but like I said, the twist just moved it in another direction which was not my cup of tea.
I would to those who enjoy a mystery sci fi aspect.
He did every Character justice and made it very easy to know who he was portraying before even saying their name.
No, spanned over about 3 months
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