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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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    Brandon CHANDLER, AZ, United States 02-03-13
    Brandon CHANDLER, AZ, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2014

    The media mogul

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    "Great narration, great start, strange ending"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    The audiobook was narrated well and was an enjoyable listen.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Clines? Why or why not?

    Peter Clines created realistic and relatable characters in this novel. With that said I found the last third of the book to take me out of the enjoyment of the novel. The story feels forced towards the end in order to be "extreme."


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Porter does an excellent job giving each character a distinct and memorable feel. The pacing was done well and I could easily visualize the story in vivid detail.


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

    During the developing parts of the story where the characters were being fleshed out was enticing and fun. Towards the end of the book I had a few laughs but mainly felt compelled to finish listening to the book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Boulder, CO, United States 02-03-13
    Andrea Boulder, CO, United States 02-03-13
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    "Engaging apocalyptic read, hard to pull away!"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely among the top 5


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The point in which the lead character glimpses things no one else sees...yet.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Porter performed a wide variety of voices with realistic delivery of dialogue. He brought the words even more alive with witty turn of phrase.


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

    Protect The World


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mud United States 02-02-13
    Mud United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "DONT UNLOCK THE DOOR!"
    What did you love best about 14?

    I thought I knew what would happen when they opened the door to apartment 14. I was wrong.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Ray Porter has a fantastic voice and has become one of my favorite narrators. In 14 Ray was able to clearly portray the voice and personality of so many characters from all over this world and beyond.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a definite read for anyone who likes Hell Boy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Misty Gainesville, TX, United States 02-02-13
    Misty Gainesville, TX, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator did a fantastic job with the different characters as well as being a nice voice to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I was riveted by the story from the very beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 02-01-13
    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2012

    former nuclear scientist

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    "Ah, the coattails of Lovecraft"

    This book describes a supernatural mystery centered on an apartment building in Los Angeles. The POV character is a slacker named Nate who for some reason becomes interested enough in the mysteries of the building to corral his neighbors into a Mystery Gang (Scooby Doo is frequently mentioned) and explore. Dodging building manager Oskar and a scary PI assigned to watch a neighbor with a shady past, Nate and his group of underpaid fellow renters dig up a lot more than they were expecting.

    The book is lighthearted in tone, even (unfortunately) when events take a dark turn. Sometimes, I think, the laughs are unintentional. Does anyone in LA still use "bro" when talking to other people? It's a fun ride if you can believe in a magical version of science; the name checking of Tesla and Lovecraft go a long way to setting the scene, and are a sort of apology from the author for ripping off (homaging?) the latter. You also have to believe that a large group of people will act in completely illogical ways if they get curious enough. And you have to not mind that some of these people will die purely to ratchet up tension/human interest. This actually knocked a star off for me: "There is a way that we can save the world, and it is this----" (character gets randomly prevented from saying).

    Go in without too many expectations: treat it like a Universal Studios ride, and enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Carolina, Puerto Rico 02-01-13
    Angela Carolina, Puerto Rico 02-01-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Definitely. It is a great story and performance.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey. Strong character development and thematic aspects of the story make it similar.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    It was energetic and I felt the nuances of each character.


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

    The best place to hide a tree is in a forest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rafael Chia, Colombia 02-01-13
    Rafael Chia, Colombia 02-01-13
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    "very entertaining narrator!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved the personificarions of Ray Porter. I could "see" each caracter.
    Thanks for a good job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 02-01-13
    Amber 02-01-13
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    "Great from start to finish!"
    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this title based solely on reader reviews and I am so glad that I did. I hadn't heard of it until it popped up as a suggestion on my screen. This story grabbed me from start to finish and I repeatedly found myself taking a few extra laps around the block to listen for just a few more minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CeeMSee 02-01-13
    CeeMSee 02-01-13
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    "I don't like sci fi, but?"

    I'm just not a fan of sci-fi but this book grabbed me. Ray Porter's narration brought the story to sometimes glorious, sometimes grim, but always entertaining life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Allatt Ottawa, ON Canada 02-01-13
    D. Allatt Ottawa, ON Canada 02-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Book Lover in Ottawa

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    "Good Fun"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was on of my enjoyable reads of late.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate. He finds himself by the end of the book.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter does a great job with the voices and accents.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book that keeps you wanting to listen to find out what is going to happen at the end. While a little bit formulaic at the end, it was a good listen and one of the recent books that kept me hooked until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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