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'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.
I'm sure I can't say here anything that hasn't already been said, however I was so impressed, I felt like I had to. I also don't want to reveal anything, because the minimal knowledge I had before listening made the unfolding of the story so much more fun! This was such a solid listen on all fronts. The characters were engaging, the story interesting, the source of the mystery was terrific. By the time it had ended I wanted to hear more!
The absolute best thing, though, was the narrator. If there were some way I could give Ray Porter more than 5 stars, I'd give him an enthusiastic 10! His accents were credible, pronunciation:impeccable, and timing and flow: spot on! The thing I loved the most is that his interpretation never got in the way of the story he was telling. I've never found a narrator, aside from Jim Dale, I felt I would gush about - Ray Porter is gush-worthy!
Lawyer. Musician. Geek.
I used a credit on this one over a year ago. It sat in my library for a long time- so long in fact that I would have returned it without listening to it if I could have (time limit had passed) since clearly I wasn't going to get to it. I finally decided, hey why not.
I am so glad I did.
This was the surprise of the year for me, as far as books were concerned. Utterly engaging and believable. The characters developed well, as did the plot line. No forced culmination- everything fit and made sense based on the build up. That is not to say that the book was predictable- far from it actually.
It's funny, sci-fi, and horror, mixed into a solve the mystery plot line. Great characters. Just... believable, even with as out there as the plot line is.
The narration was fantastic. I'd listen to Ray Porter any time. I'm going to have to give Clines' other books a try, even though the ex-superheros series doesn't appeal to me on the surface. If they're as engaging and well written as this was, I can't see not liking them.
Is it the best book ever written? No. Is it worth a credit and your time? Absolutely.
Laughter is the best medicine, but if you are laughing for no reason, you may need medicine.
This was another book purchased solely on reading reviews and I'm glad I did. Reading the story description alone I never would have used a credit on this book, strange goings on in an apartment complex just didn't "pop" for me but there were so many positive reviews I gave it a shot. The narrator is the same guy that reads the Joe Ledger series and I really like his voice and characters, he did it again on this book and even added an Indian accent. The "goings on" in the apartments was interesting enough but what happens toward the end of the book was very suspenseful and exciting and that's all I will say about the content.
This is one of those audiobooks that I really can't see how no less than 90% of listeners will enjoy and a sure bet that your credit won't go to waste.
I've never read Clines before, but if the rest of his work is on par with 14, I think I will have read all of his work by the end of the month. I devoured 14. I missed a project deadline at work because of 14. I really want there to be a 15, 16, and 17, even though I am perfectly aware that would make no sense.
Bottom line? This was a fun book with a fantastic narrator. Nothing deep really, but it didn't need to be. It was perfect fantasy/horror genre pulp. The entire thing is destined to be a movie that will inevitably fall far short of the story Clines has written. For Clines' financial sake, I really hope that happens anyway. Keep up the good work Peter.
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
Mysterious apartment building with low rent in Los Angeles raises healthy curiousity for young tennants. Sharing freaky details about lights and green cockroaches, the gang and slowly comes together in the shape of the Mystery Bunch, complete with Fred, Daphne, Shaggy and Velma investigating the oddities of their dwelling.
Each character was interesting and relatable with Nate as the reluctant leader trading barbs with Veek, the oober-intelligent hacker. The guys and nudie sunbather, Zela meet on the roof to watch sunsets and share a few frosty beverages. Found myself enjoying the eccentricities of the gang. Narrators did an excellent job for each voice. Fresh take on a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys caper, searching for answers leading them into an other worldly caper.
The mystery unravels into a science fiction (not psychological) thriller. Enjoy.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
I downloaded this book thinking it would be a haunted house story. It's so much more. I hesitate to say more because I would not want to give away anything. I'll just say there is a mystery that you will not guess. Not in a million years. The story is part science fiction, part horror, part thriller. I definitely wanted to finish it in one sitting.
It is difficult to review this book without ruining the experience. I thought I knew where Clines was going, then BAM--he changed directions and utterly surprised me. I did not see where he was going with 14 and was questioning Audible placing it in the Sci-Fi category..I was sooo naive! I believe I can make some comparisons without giving the plot away:
It is part Stephen King and part Frank Peretti (I think I should stop there as you are probably completely baffled...as you should be! This is utterly unique!). 14 is bizarre and wonderful.
Ray Porter did a fantastic job. I put him in the same category as Scott Brick and Kate Reading (2 of my favorites). He gave each of the characters their own personality. The evil characters made my skin crawl and I cheered for the heroes.
Recommended, I just cant tell you why without spoiling it~
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
m night shyamalan wishes he could tell a story as good as this! i'm not sure i can add anything to what other reviewers have already said.
i bought this based on what another reviewer wrote, "it's lost meets national treasure." i bought it based on that. and boy oh boy, i was not disappointed! plus, i've read clines' other work and have definitely enjoyed his stories.
that reviewer hit it right on the head. 14 is a mix of lost and national treasure. there is a great cast of characters, and the plot builds as the story continues to pull you in. you helplessly want to keep listening and finding out more. who are these characters? are they really who they say they are? what is up with the history of this apartment building? why are some of the doors chained and locked up? what is in the basement?
this is a unique story, not like one you've heard or read before. i kept trying to guess, but i was wrong, pleasantly wrong as the story revealed itself.
like lost, the story pulls you in. unlike lost, this story has a good ending! my only disappointment was that i wanted to know a little bit more about a couple of the characters. i wanted to know more about a certain character's checkered past and how one character got the job she did.
like national treasure, there's a mystery and a history behind the apartment building. unraveling these leads the characters on an interesting quest to save the world. that may sound hokey but trust me, this is definitely worth your credit to find out why that's not a flimsy cliché.
if you like a good mystery with an interesting and unique payoff, then this audiobook is for you. if you've liked clines' other work, then you'll love this b/c it's his best in my opinion.
On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through
The first 2/3 of this novel are pure fun. There are mysteries in an strange apartment complex to be unraveled, a winning cast of characters to do so, and a great reader to narrate the whole thing. The pacing is such that you are always listening for a few more minutes, just to see what the tenants will learn next about their mysterious building. There is lots of original ideas, and some old science fiction and horror concepts reused in fun ways.
Sadly, as the mysteries are finally revealed, much of the fun drains away, and the last 1/3 of the book, while by no means bad, just can't keep up the excitement and pace. The twists are more cliched, and the revelations surprisingly unsatisfying.
Despite that, this is still a fun novel, and a solid read, especially those into modern Lovecraftian horror (Atrocity Archives, for example)
I purchased this novel on a whim, primarily on the strength of it's description. It turned out to be a great investment and a pleasant surprise! It's best experienced without much knowledge of the plot as most of the fun comes from the characters (who make numerous pop culture references and even compare themselves to Scooby Doo and his pals) unraveling the mysteries of the building where they live. Cline has a to-the-point writing style, a good sense of humor and he keeps this story rolling along.
14 isn't a deep novel or a book that will blow the reader away with tremendous, in-depth characterization. It's good, fun genre fiction with a memorable cast of characters and some genuinely surprising twists and turns. I highly recommend it.
the second half
the path of the story from about the middle
It started well with interesting scientific connections and was looking like a good thriller, but became more and more disconnected from plausibility as it progressed. It started out as one thing and became something wholly different.
"LOST - the novel"
This book relay has that "cant put it down" factor! As more and more mysterious happenings are revealed i found myself shouting "what is this building!"
This book reminded me a lot of the LOST TV series especially towards the ending where it gets a little bit crazy. If your not a fan of sci-fi then this book is not for you, but to all others I would definitely recommend.
The narration is also fantastic, one of the best I've listened to in fact, many different male, female and ethnic characters and Ray Porter does a brilliant job bringing them to life.
"King +Tarantino + Lovecraft + Lost = 14"
I liked the interaction between the main characters. My headline mentions Tarantino and Stephen King. The book as the smart talking banter of a QT film, the characters riffing on Scooby Doo, Lost etc. Like Stephen King it features well rounded characters who are in events well over their heads. You care for them when things start going wrong and I guarantee you'll be rooting for at least one of them to come out of the events in one piece! King was also a huge fan of Lovecraft and the Eternal Gods and that influence is strong in 14. The book also is comparable to the TV show Lost because you aren't sure what is going on and you want to know why the government is covering up the events in the house.
The walk down the tunnels below the house was really well read. Its where the books mystery is begun to be revealed.
It would give away too much of the plot to reveal that! I think the strength of the book is until at least half way through you're not really sure what the mystery of the house is.
I listened to 14 over two shifts and I think you could quite easily be drawn into the book and listen to it in one go! The first half you're trying to figure out what's going on at the house and by the second half you want to know who survives. The book opens with a narrative enigma and you hope its not your favourite character that is involved in that sequence!
Kudos to Ray Porter for a great narration. There are some scenes where there are half a dozen people discussing what is happening and its easy to follow because Porter gives each character their own voice.
wow , whatever you have just been reading, this will something completely different.
For once I had no idea at all what was going to happen in this story. Some people have compared this to the tv series lost , allthough I can understand why , I don't totally agree because this one makes much more sense.
It's intriguing and exciting throughout.
great narration .
"Scooby Doo meets Dr Who and saves the world"
I brought this book on the basis of the reviews. How anyone can say this is a "thrilling", "gripping" or "nerve wracking" listen is beyond me. I suppose if you like characters who repeat parrot fashion "language please" every time they say "dam" or "hell", then it would appeal. In fact Im sure I have seen a similar Scooby Doo show where they save the world from the evil mutants and/or discover a time machine. Maybe the time machine is Doctor Who, although the Tardis is truly wonderful. Personally thought it was just truly awful. In fact I didn't even finish it, I suddenly asked myself "why are you listening to this drivel"? and then decided to delete it. Heads up to the narrator who did his best with this nonsense.
"Still sitting in the car 10 minutes after arriving"
I listen to audio books while I drive and often measure the quality of the book by how much respect I give to stopping the playback upon arrival. Some books I'll just pause as soon as I stop, mid sentence, mid word, they tend not to be great. Others I'll wait until a paragraph end - these candidates consider themselves "a good read".
I found myself still sat in the car 10 minutes after reaching my destination with 14. Great characters, an enthraling story and some really great plot twists left me always wanting more. While not without some minor plot holes this book is just plain entertaining.
"Starts as a puzzle and ends as all out madness"
Just wonderfully mad, as if the author starts out to create a X files creepy thriller then gets all Lovecraft berserk and goes sailing into la la madness... Great fun.
"A Twist at Every Corner"
Gripping, Innovative, Surreal.
Hmm, there's not really anything I've read that compares, It's an original tale.
He reads the book well and conjours up the different characters with his voices.
Yes! Although I couldn't but I looked forward to each listening session to find out what was going to happen next. A real edge-of-the-seat ride, and you WILL NOT get the ultimate twist in the tale.
If you like science fiction and want something original, buy this audiobook.
Good plot made great by the narration, first class
This is the first of ray porters I have listened to
"Fab book, addictive story, easy listening"
I find it hard to get into a book, but this book hooked me in straight away, enjoyable from the start. Very visual descriptions, I was picturing it as a film throughout. The relationships between characters are nicely done, the story isn't in any way predictable (well I didn't know where it was going!) and just as you think it's all tied up, and what will the author do with the next 20 odd chapters, it gets quite bizarre! But not bad bizarre, well worth downloading to find out!
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