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14

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - H.P. Lovecraft pioneered the genre of “weird fiction”, so it makes sense that Peter Clines leans heavily on Lovecraft in this twisting, terrifying, shocking, and ultimately exhilarating tale of an apartment building with a lot of secrets. While the main character is a relatable everyman, the rest of the tenants are well-fleshed-out and rich, with their own backstories and motivations that pay off in an extended, otherworldly ending. Everyone is hiding something and the stakes are much higher than they first appear. Ray Porter absolutely nails the accents, tones, and emotions of the diverse cast of characters. —Chris

Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

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    Edward Chino, CA, United States 04-07-13
    Edward Chino, CA, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2015

    I listen to books all day long. The books I love have great characters. If I give a book 4 or 5 stars, it's worth a listen.

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    "This is a Great Book."
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    I love everything about his book.....The book description doesn't do it justice. I purchased the book based on the great reviews...I'm glad I did. You will really like the characters. The story will blow your mind. Ray Porter is a wonderful narrator.


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    Anita RICHMOND, TEXAS, United States 04-07-13
    Anita RICHMOND, TEXAS, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wouldn't recommend"

    I actually started listening to this book a few months ago. I thought it was getting too stupid so stopped but then I noticed all the 5 star reviews and decided to give it another chance. I did get through the entire book but I didn't like it any better. The character development and story started out good but then it got weird and unbelievable. this is the last book I'll buy from this author.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Moire Linden, VA, United States 04-06-13
    Moire Linden, VA, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2002

    Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.

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    "Almost . . ."

    Almost a mystery, almost science fiction/fantasy. Overall well performed, in fact, I think that narrator helped keep the characters separate for me, but it seemed to go for a very long time in an investigative phase, and then, all of a sudden, the world changes, and it's over. It almost feels like there was a really good outline for the novel, but due to deadlines, the characters and plot could not be fully realized.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Renton, WA, United States 04-05-13
    Mary Renton, WA, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "This book is awfully boring"
    What would have made 14 better?

    A better plot and a better narrator. The narrator did the worst accents I have ever heard.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    thepoet 04-03-13
    thepoet 04-03-13 Member Since 2011

    chewyluka

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    "14 is an entertaining hodgepodge"

    The Story:
    Twenty something, with a dead end job, moves into a new apartment and finds excitement behind the walls of his new building.

    An interesting cast of characters helps to flesh out what's otherwise a meandering story with no real vision of it's conclusion. There are plenty of twists and turns, once you get through a long first half, in the story but it never seems to get anywhere worthwhile. Each situation seems to be disconnected from the last, leaving a dis-congruous path of "then this happened" lingering. There's a fair bit of imagination and ingenuity in building out these sequences of which there's plenty enjoyment to be had. The cast is a hodgepodge of different walks of life and are approached in a way that come across as believable even though some of the dialogue feels a bit forced at time, trying to be chummy and coloquial.

    The Narrator:
    Ray does the best with what he has here. His female voices are a bit jarring at first but I eventually settled into them. The dialogue is a bit forced, and with the voices I had trouble buying it, while some of it came off as just ridiculous. Overall he tackled the story well, added intensity where needed and kept things moving at a brisk pace. He really picked up speed towards the end and finished with what ended up being a fairly entertaining read.

    The Sum:
    Although the start is slow and many of the pieces don't make a cohesive whole, this was a fairly entertaining listen. I wouldn't agree with many of the blindly praising reviews but I wasn't disappointed in the end. The narrator did a good job of keeping things interesting and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 04-03-13
    Rebecca Canberra, Australia 04-03-13
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    "Loved it"

    Don't usually go in for this kind of sci fi/fantasy thing but I loved this book. The characters were interesting, plot very twisty and the performance was excellent.

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    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-03-13
    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 04-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Lost in an apartment building!"

    If you're a fan of the TV show Lost, you'll like this book. The tenants of the building gradually uncover clues as to why their building is so...odd. I really liked the characters and the story - it was one of those books I just didn't want to stop listening to! Ray Porter did a phenomenal job of narrating. He has a wide range of voices and makes it easy to listen to the story and keep the characters straight. Highly recommended!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Pasco, WA, United States 04-03-13
    David Pasco, WA, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Overrated"

    I purchased this audiobook based on the glowing reviews. I seem to be in the minority, but I did not really enjoy the novel. The core premise of the book is intriguing: A man moves into an apartment complex and soon starts noticing something strange is going on. While investigating, he builds relationships with his neighbors and together they work to solve the mysteries of their building. I was hooked by the central mystery, and stuck with the book entirely because I wanted answers. The book delivers those, and went in unexpected directions, but the author's writing style kept me from enjoying the book. The pacing throughout the first half was incredibly slow, which would have been fine if the characters were interesting, but I never cared for any of them. As such even though the stakes were raised and crazy things were happening throughout the big, I was never invested in any of it.

    I had tried to read Peter Clines' previous book 'Ex-Heroes' and quit after the first hour because I really didn't care for the dialogue or the characters. If you liked that book, or if the other reviews posted here make the book sound great, by all means give it a shot. It definitely wasn't for me though.

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    Jennifer 04-03-13
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    "Addictive thriller!"

    Loved this book from beginning to end. This was one of those audiobooks that made me excited to get back in the car for my long commute! Interesting plot and characters with a nice mix of science fiction, thrilling action and a splash of horror. OK, so the writing isn't going to win any awards any time soon but the story is 100% entertaining and Ray Porter's narration is very well done. I will definitely be listening to more stories by Peter Clines soon.

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    Amazon Customer Miami, FL, United States 04-03-13
    Amazon Customer Miami, FL, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A Pleasant Surprise"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wish I had more friends who did audible to recommend this book to. It was a great story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The trip down the stairs from the basement.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I thought the ending was kind of expected, however, it was done well and I enjoyed how it turned out. I would like to see a next book on what happens to them afterward.


    Any additional comments?

    It was just a great story that slowly builds and sucks you in. The characters are believable and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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