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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)

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    Prime Time MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 07-01-13
    Prime Time MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The ending was VERY exciting!"

    The last quarter of the story saved this whole book for me. It had a very slow take off. The end got really exciting and made the book worth recommending. I enjoyed the character named Tim and hoped the book would elaborate on his story, but that didn't really happen. Oh well. I also would have liked maybe a little bit more back story on the man that started it all, but that was sort of abbreviated, too. Oh well.

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    Roy Scorup Nebraska 06-29-13
    Roy Scorup Nebraska 06-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Think this is a Haunted House story? Think again!"

    This is a genre-bending thriller that starts out like a typical haunted house yarn, and takes dozens of unexpected turns. Utterly fantastic.

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    Jacqueline Taylor 06-29-13
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    "High praise from a non-SciFi fan"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Five minutes after the book ended, I was calling people I know to recommend it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The narrator's interpretation of the sqwhale speaking. Creeeeppppyyyy. Yeah, that's sqwhale. Not sure how the author spelled it, but after you listen, you will understand.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Apartment 14. You gotta listen to understand.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't know, but they should SOOOO make this into a movie. I'd buy my ticket right now. It has everything for a great movie: humor, romance, mystery, thriller, sci-fi, monsters, villains, heros and you really don't see the twists coming.


    Any additional comments?

    I ended up listening to the book because it kept showing up on multiple lists. Funny thing is, I wouldn't have bought it if I realized it was Sci-Fi because I am not really into that genre. But this book starts out as a mystery thriller for the first 2/3 of the book, then goes into the hardcore sci-fi. By that point, I was so engrossed in the story and the characters that I couldn't wait to listen to what was coming up next. Author does a great job breathing life into the characters and the narration is one of the best I've ever heard. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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    Dave United States 06-27-13
    Dave United States 06-27-13
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    "Better off watching TV shows or Flatliners"
    What disappointed you about 14?

    Story was poor. In reading this, I was disappointed in the flow of the story. It seems that the author did not really plan this out well.


    What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

    The actual plot was actually boring and it was almost impossible to develop empathy for the characters. Furthermore, huge leaps from possible other scenarios that were developed existed. It switched from a perplexed individual searching for answers who was fairly inept at most of life's tasks to scenes from a Lord of the Rings. A true waste of money in purchasing this book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Did not detract but it is tough to rate a narrator that was given such a poor story. I feel it is unfair to rate the narrator based on this story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only redeeming quality is that the summary made the book seem interesting enough to purchase. Thus, it impressed me as being able to extract hard earned dollars from me.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 06-27-13
    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good suspenseful mystery"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and was hooked through the whole thing. It was very creative and entertaining. I did not, however, completely like the story toward the end of the book once the mystery was fully discovered. What started off as kinda freaky/scary became super cheesy to the point that it made me laugh, but overall I did really like how everything unfolded and how suspenseful it was.

    The narrator was enjoyable to listen to and did the voices well.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-26-13
    Jay Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "It got whackier and whackier...."

    Requires some SERIOUS suspension of disbelief. If you're able to do that, it's a fun thriller. If you can't, it's just plain ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 06-25-13
    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Artist, publisher/editor

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    "Not scary - scifi fans might like it more."

    This is a good, well written and very nicely narrated story. The characters are fleshed out to a medium degree but kept my attention. It does have a "made for tv" feel about it [yes I know it's a book]. The style of writing conveys no sense of horror however. A huge disappointment for a book that invokes Lovecraft lore. Still a good listen if you're driving or going for a long walk. Moves quickly, decent mystery and has lots of action. If I were more into SciFi I'd be less critical of the lack of 'horror' and probably would have given this one more star.

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    Amazon Customer 06-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Grabbed me!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    NA


    What did you like best about this story?

    fast paced; kept me guessing. Interesting characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    too long for one sitting but I was glued to it for 3 days.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been stuck for months on a couple of very literary novels that were intellectually stimulating but put me to sleep. 14 was such a relief. It grabbed my attention and didn't let me go. The references to H.P. Lovecraft and others associated with early scifi/horror made me chuckle and relate at an entirely different level. Very suspenseful. I'm looking forward to more from this author and narrater.

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    D. Fullerton South Texas 06-24-13
    D. Fullerton South Texas 06-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Interesting"

    Interesting book with a lot of different twists. I think it kind of falls off the rails at the end but still an entertaining read.

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    ebelle1782 Colorado 06-23-13
    ebelle1782 Colorado 06-23-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Awesome Story!!!"

    This story kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't stop listening. I vote it a must read!

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