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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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    Lynne 09-17-12
    Lynne 09-17-12 Member Since 2006

    tennis nut

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    "Unique Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great book with a really unique plot that you certainly couldn't guess what was coming next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The discovery in the basement


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

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candice Osage, IA, United States 09-17-12
    Candice Osage, IA, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    Although I am not a big science fiction fan, and had an idea from previous reviews that this story was in that genre, I I still downloaded it, due to the good reviews it got. It was a very entertaining book and was actually a great break from the type of stories I usually listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. Hawley Hollis, ME USA 09-17-12
    P. Hawley Hollis, ME USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Slacker becomes a hero"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a fun book. There was the occasional reference to pop culture such as Star Trek and Scooby Doo, but these matched the nerdiness of the characters. Mostly it was a mystery. Our slacker protagonist becomes intrigued by oddities of his building and enlists his neighbors in his investigations. And just when you thought you had it figured out, something new and odd pops up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tim the 'retired specialty book publisher' was great. Part Father Confessor with beer and part MacGyver--"I read it in a book I published."


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

    The narrator does a great job of giving each character a voice and maintaining the proper pace.


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

    I lost sleep over this book--meaning I was listening to it when I should have been sleeping, but it was worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to have to check out the author's other books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Madison, OH, United States 09-17-12
    Dan Madison, OH, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it."

    A great mystery story that evolves into a good science fiction story. The narrator did a nice job with the characters. I couldn't wait to hear what going to happen next.

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    Edward United States 09-17-12
    Edward United States 09-17-12
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    "Enjoyable Read That Kept My Interest Throughout"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    The reader was excellent. The characters believable and interesting. I liked how each one seemed to have a bit more going on than was revealed. It kept you thinking about how their individual skills might relate to the denouement. A nice albeit somewhat predictable end which was very satisfying.


    Would you recommend 14 to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Good entertainment.


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

    No. I liked Mr. Porter's read.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My only extreme reaction related to the characterization of the beings and existance in the other dimension. This was the only disappointing part of the book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda Litchfield Park, AZ, United States 09-17-12
    Belinda Litchfield Park, AZ, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Must have"
    What did you love best about 14?

    Just keeps you waiting!


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    I can't think of one just now.


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

    excitement


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

    The was everyone pulled together to bring the door closed.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't have it get it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Kurwongbah, Australia 09-17-12
    Andrea Kurwongbah, Australia 09-17-12
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    "Seriously good!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    First time rater who has listened to and read thousands of books but asked to rate this one I couldn't help myself - GREAT READ, end of story


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    I like this author


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

    Characters work


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Any marginal Sci-Fi vs Future person has to read this, but no matter what don't ever spoil the story for anyone else

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    Beth 09-16-12
    Beth 09-16-12
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    "Apartment dwellers beware!"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes. I live solo in an apartment and can imagine what it is like to move and meet the neighbors. This story reminds me of my first moving experience.


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

    X-Files meets Friends


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laird Wytheville, VA, United States 09-16-12
    Laird Wytheville, VA, United States 09-16-12

    Mental Health Counselor, war resistor, socialist

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    "Starts off fun, but gets very scary"
    What did you love best about 14?

    The dialogue and interaction of the cross generational cast was very well done and even had me laughing out loud several times.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    Very unique. I haven't read anything quite like it. Dimension shift.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    The Squale's voice was amazing. The sound of telepathy. All characters were well portrayed and differentiated.


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

    It scared the hell out of me at the end. No way I would quit and go to bed when the end was four hours away.


    Any additional comments?

    This will make a fine movie.

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    Ana Berwyn, IL, United States 09-16-12
    Ana Berwyn, IL, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I was expecting more suspense. Little disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

    I would read another book by P.C. Because I believe in 2nd chances. I loved the narrator


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There wasn't enough suspense.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The gatherings on the rooftop.


    Was 14 worth the listening time?

    Not really :/


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