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14 by Peter Clines
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it was amazing
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4.5 stars.

A fascinating and engaging genre-bending novel with excellent characterisation, elevated by the narrator's superb voice-acting.

14. Firstly, the number, when spoken in Chinese sounds like "will/must die". Due to this superstition, there are numerous buildings in my part of the world which do not use this number. You will instead get Level 13a or Unit 13a in place of 14, and sometimes even a jump from 13 to 15. I started the book with this notion at the back of my head. And all I knew about the story then was that the building was strange and mysterious. A potent and thrilling combination, and yet I was still pleasantly surprised with the direction the story took.

The narrative unfolded as the main protagonist, Nate Tucker, was looking for a new place to stay in Los Angeles under a tight budget. As chance would have it, he met someone who was just moving out of an apartment which has a rent that was almost too cheap to be true. I don't know about others, but when something was too good to be true, I tended to get suspicious.

As Nate moved in, he gradually met and came to know some of his neighbours. Veek, the "in-house wireless provider" who has a computer setup that was more elaborate and extensive than her job seemed to require. Tim, also newly moved in, a self-proclaimed ex-publisher that was much too knowledgeable than he should be. Xela, the artist with blue hair who loved to sunbathe naked on the rooftop deck. Roger, a grip in the movie industry who has the hots for Xela. Debbie and Clive, a lovely couple, who lived in the most unique apartment unit in the whole block. Then there's Oskar, the building manager, and a religious, self-righteous dude named Andrew, who according to Nate's POV has perfect Lego hair.

14 is a blend of mystery and science fiction, with a touch of horror and even fantasy. It is also a story of friendships forged through a common purpose, shared experiences and even desperation. I found the characters to be well-written. They felt so real and relatable that I can imagine being friends with them. In my opinion, this was primarily achieved through the natural dialogue between these characters, and Ray Porter's superb narration and voice-acting made it even better.

The story did take quite a while to unravel, so some of you might find it a bit slow in the beginning. However, the time it took to get to the big revelations made sense to me. It also served to develop the characters and their connections more realistically. Once I hit the halfway mark, I was trying to find more and more time to listen to the audiobook by taking long walks.

As this is the kind of book best experienced going in with as little information as possible, I am not going to elaborate any further. I will just say that it is a thoroughly engrossing novel that concluded satisfactorily, and I'm very glad that I've experienced it via the audiobook.

You can purchase the book from Book Depository (Free shipping worldwide); or the audiobook from Audible

You can also find this, and my other reviews at Novel Notions.
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Reading Progress

May 8, 2018 – Shelved
May 8, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
July 23, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 19, 2019 – Started Reading
February 19, 2019 – Shelved as: audiobook
February 24, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by ChopinFC (new) - added it

ChopinFC uhhh looks scary! 👻💀


message 2: by TS (new) - rated it 5 stars

TS Chan ChopinFC wrote: "uhhh looks scary! 👻💀"

Haha, that's what I thought but it's not really scary in that manner.
I can't say very much; it's one of those books which you need to go in with as little knowledge as possible. I do recommend to do it via audiobook though.


message 3: by ChopinFC (new) - added it

ChopinFC You got me really psyched about this book it's on my shortlist!


C.T. Phipps Loved this book. Peter Clines did a great job of making a spooky mystery and making me care about the heroes.


message 5: by TS (new) - rated it 5 stars

TS Chan ChopinFC wrote: "You got me really psyched about this book it's on my shortlist!"

Awesome!!


message 6: by TS (new) - rated it 5 stars

TS Chan C.T. wrote: "Loved this book. Peter Clines did a great job of making a spooky mystery and making me care about the heroes."

Agreed on both points.


Robin (Bridge Four) This was my first Peter Clines book. It was so cool that I read most of his catalogue right after. Glad you liked it, also that is super interesting about 14, since in the states 13 is sometimes considered unlucky.


Ginger Excellent review TS! I really loved this book as well. Glad you did audio!


message 9: by TS (new) - rated it 5 stars

TS Chan Robin wrote: "This was my first Peter Clines book. It was so cool that I read most of his catalogue right after. Glad you liked it, also that is super interesting about 14, since in the states 13 is sometimes co..."

This was my first book by the author too. I'm definitely trying his others, most likely The Fold next. Yea, the difference between east and west is so interesting.


message 10: by TS (new) - rated it 5 stars

TS Chan Ginger wrote: "Excellent review TS! I really loved this book as well. Glad you did audio!"

Thank you, Ginger! Oh the moment I saw it was Ray Porter, I immediately decided audio was the way to go. I first heard Ray's narration for the Bobiverse trilogy and thought he's great!


Eon ♒Windrunner♒  Hmmm. Sounds very interesting. Super review TS!


message 12: by Dean (new)

Dean TS great review..
Dean;)


Ginger TS wrote: "Thank you, Ginger! Oh the moment I saw it was Ray Porter, I immediately decided audio was the way to go. ..."

Yes! He's great on audio! I've loved everything he's done.


message 14: by Trevor (new) - added it

Trevor Great Review TS! This one just got bumped way up on my TBR list


message 15: by Celeste (new)

Celeste This sounds sooooo interesting. Great review, love!


message 16: by TS (new) - rated it 5 stars

TS Chan Eon ♒Windrunner♒ wrote: "Hmmm. Sounds very interesting. Super review TS!"

Oh, it is. I went in with no idea what to expect and it was really intriguing! Thank you!


message 17: by TS (new) - rated it 5 stars

TS Chan Dean wrote: "TS great review..
Dean;)"


Thanks, Dean!


message 18: by TS (new) - rated it 5 stars

TS Chan Trevor wrote: "Great Review TS! This one just got bumped way up on my TBR list"

Thanks, Trevor. Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.


message 19: by TS (new) - rated it 5 stars

TS Chan Celeste wrote: "This sounds sooooo interesting. Great review, love!"

It truly was. The revelations were so unexpected. Thank you, love.


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