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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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    Matt TREMONTON, UTAH, United States 03-05-13
    Matt TREMONTON, UTAH, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Definetly worth the time!"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    Unpredictable plot, Never really knew what was next, Great character development throughout the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Veek, gotta love a Velma getting thrown into the mix, especially when she is willing to get her hands dirty.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    I really like the way Ray Porter voices characters, I've listened to him narrate several books and he seems to develop voice for each character book to book, it doesn't feel like the same voices carried over from the Joe Ledger novels.


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

    Definitely, I was almost late for work several times due to wanting to listen to just a little more.


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    Brad JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS, United States 03-05-13
    Brad JACKSONVILLE, ARKANSAS, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Odd Story - Quite Different"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Like any mystery, the magic happens on the first read (listen). I wouldn't listen to 14 a second time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Velma, not Daphne.


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

    Zeela


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Jinkees! The best way to describe 14 is an homage to Scooby Doo with fate of the universe overtones. You have to pardon the author for spending so much time "in the mystery", but it's that and the quirky characters which make the story enjoyable.

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    Derek BEDFORD, NH, United States 03-04-13
    Derek BEDFORD, NH, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A fun read"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Really enjoyed the narrator, and the story was a fun read a little quirky at the end but Iwould reccomend.


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    MJP 03-04-13
    MJP 03-04-13
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    "Surprised me, in a good way!"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top tier. I believe it was categorized under mystery or fantasy, It's more science fiction to me. (Weird Fiction is the most fitting name) Sci-fi fans should not be afraid, this book is great, though it takes a while to get to the really cool science stuff.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate, the main character is hard not to like but I think Tim's secret past made him more entertaining.


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

    The narration was above average, I'm not sure what it added though. It would have been better if the character voices were a little more discernible. All the women sounded the same, and not very feminine. This is not a reason to avoid, I'm just nit-picking!


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

    If we can count on you - Scooby Doo - I know we'll catch that villain!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    stephen Kerrville, Texas United States 03-04-13
    stephen Kerrville, Texas United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Forgettable"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, the last 1/4. The payoff was uneventful. I was hoping that something gripping or shocking would be revealed to make this a very memorable listen, but instead I was disappointed.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Forgettable.


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

    Ray Porter was awesome. In fact, but for Ray Porter I would have been unable to finish the book. His accents and tones were all perfect for every character.


    Do you think 14 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. If there is a follow-up, I would not purchase it.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, it was somewhat entertaining, but I would not recommend it to anyone.

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    Claudia 03-04-13
    Claudia 03-04-13
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    "so so"

    First part was good but the second half was too unbelievable for me to enjoy.

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    Tom bowling green, oh, United States 03-04-13
    Tom bowling green, oh, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Shades Of Lovecraft Abound..."
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    14 is a story that leads the reader to places most unexpected: At first the direction is very unclear and threatens to be a bit mundane, but as the twists and characters develop you find yourself in a world which is modern and today, but mixed in with the past in a creepy, victorian way. How did we get here?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The discovery of the reason for 14 and the necessity that reason is a great eye opener. For me it took a few pages to buy into the premise but once engaged, its a fun ride!


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Great diction, voice performance, and enthusiasm for the story. I went searching for other Ray Porter performances afterwards . . .


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to see a squel to this book . . . but it would be tough to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rasmus 03-02-13
    Rasmus 03-02-13
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    "Amazing Cthulhu mythos"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narration is fantastic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    Room 14.... i won't spoil it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pulling down wallpaper to discover mysteries ;-)


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is probably the best book involving H.P.Lovecrafts Cthulhu mythos in modern times. If you like Lovecraft, then this book is a must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT BOOK!!"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    I actually, unexpectedly, loved this book! I've read better stories, seen better characters, looked into better worlds, but somehow, Clines struck some wonderful sweet spot in ALL of these areas, leaving us with a great, fresh, INTERESTING, story. I really loved every minute of this book! I'd definitely listen again, because I was truly sad when I saw this book was at its end...


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    Lois Oregon 03-01-13
    Lois Oregon 03-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story-5 Stars"

    Could not wait to get to the end to see what happens. Very exciting. Everything starts out so normal, then wow, things change. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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