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14 | [Peter Clines]

14

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.
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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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    A. Peer Australia 02-18-13
    A. Peer Australia 02-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Intriguing and entertaining"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A very intriguing story with engaging characters whom you get to know like friends. The storyline becomes quite fantastical near the end, but it is all enjoyable. After finishing the book I missed the characters in it as if they were people from my own life - the narrator certainly contributed to the immersiveness of my experience - the accents and personalities were so well done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thorz Tromso, Norway 02-16-13
    Thorz Tromso, Norway 02-16-13
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    "Amazing mystery!"

    If you love miseries you have to listen to this book. It is just amazing!
    This is the kind of book that with have you waiting for more and more, even when you finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Huntingdon, PA, United States 02-16-13
    Jay Huntingdon, PA, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Two-thirds Ain't Bad"
    Any additional comments?

    Someone else compared this book to "Lost," and I'll agree: Great at the beginning, but the last third...I just couldn't stretch my belief that far, although I wanted to. Great characters, great dialogue, great narrator. Overall, worth the purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna M. Tolbert Springtown, TX USA 02-16-13
    Donna M. Tolbert Springtown, TX USA 02-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a fan"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book couldn't hold my interest. I found my mind wandering....


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    Prob not


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was fine


    Any additional comments?

    I don't recommend but to say anymore might spoil the story for those who wish to try it....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-15-13
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    ""Page Turner!!" - Couldn't Put It Down!"

    I was impressed by the fact that this was a great science fiction story, but still had impeccable characters and fantastic writing. a lot of SciFi stories are written with a more cheesy style...but I found this one thrilling and exciting.

    this book was bone chilling. i honestly couldn't put it down because around every corner (literally) and behind every door (again, literally), there was a new mystery about the Kvatch building. not only was the story a good one...the science fiction aspect drew me in and scared the crap out of me...but the characters were all really well written.

    Clines did a great job of making a building the central "character" in an engrossing and thrilling tale.

    Ray porter should also be commended for bringing ALL characters to life. It was like I was listening to different narrators, one for each character!

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    Chris 02-15-13
    Chris 02-15-13
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    "Would make a good suspense/horror flick"

    Things that are too good to be true, often are. In 14, the insanely low rent apartment complex holds a great number of mysteries for its tenants and for the reader. Peter Cline does a good job of keeping the reader guessing through the first 3/4 of the book. I enjoyed the way that each discovery seemed to increase the overall tone of suspense as things became more distinctly Lovecraftian. The ending was perhaps a little heavy-handed in places and there were some small holes that left unanswered questions, but overall it was a very entertaining listen and I would not hesitate to listen to more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vito Belleville, MI, United States 02-14-13
    Vito Belleville, MI, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "You'll Love it!"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd rank it with my favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were strong. We had time to get to know them and that makes for a rich story.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time with Ray Porter and he did a wonderful job. He made the book even that much more enjoyable.


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

    It was very difficult to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    After a Huge disappointment with "The Diamond Age" I really needed something to get me back on track. I listened to the Hobbit again and then found "14". The ratings were high so I took a chance and I am so glad I did. I think I held my breath through chapter 79! Mr. Clines, that is a great piece of writing. Thanks!

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    Patricia 02-14-13
    Patricia 02-14-13

    Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.

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    "Dont trust the hype - or wait for the movie"

    I like paranormal tales, and in particular creepy appartment stories (Rosemary's Baby remains one of my favorites, and I have been a H.P. Lovecraft devotee since I discovered him many years ago, so I bought 14 on the basis of the description and the good reviews.
    At the start it looked like I was onto a good thing. The book starts well with a cast of normal-but-just-a-bit-off-center characters (voiced perfectly by Mr. Porter) and increasingly weird indications that something very strange was going on. Then it got stupid, draggy and pointless, And then it got grossly ugly in an an apparent attempt to channel Lovecraft (which failing, remained only gross), and moved on to an ending that didn't make any sense at all.

    Maybe, maybe, if Mr. Clines had written three separate books each of them would have been able to have a focus, or maybe if he had tightened up the plot? Or, as someone once said about Stephen King, "he's a brilliant writer, but he really does need an editor."

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    Richard 02-14-13
    Richard 02-14-13
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    "Good Story, disappointing "Surprise""

    This is a good book. The narrator does a decent job, and the story is gripping. If you like mysterious sci-fi, you'll probably like this book. I certainly did. There was only one disappointment. I read review after review saying that I'd never guess the "surprise" ending. Well, I say that unless you're kind of dim you're going to know what the big secret is about a third of the way through the book. I kept thinking "Everyone said it was a big surprise, so it can't possibly be THAT." It was THAT.

    It's OK, though. The big super-secret suprise wasn't really the reason why this is a good book. It's the journey along the way that makes it. There are some pretty cool characters, some great action, and some tight suspense (even if you've figured out the secret already). You'll notice I gave it four stars.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Marlowe 02-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good book. Great performance."
    What did you love best about 14?

    Ray Porter did an amazing job of narrating all of the various characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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