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14 | [Peter Clines]

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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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    Michele Stafford, Australia 11-05-12
    Michele Stafford, Australia 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I had high hopes"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I was a bit let down I thought it was going to be really something but it wasn't to my taste


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

    Probably if they asked and liked science fiction


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have one


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

    No


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    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 11-05-12
    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Got My Money's Worth"

    I picked this up a few days ago, based upon a series of raving reviews. It's certainly the kind of book that keeps you turning pages or plugged into the audio. The build-up of suspense and mystery is fantastic. But, then the climax is a bit corny. I don't regret the purchase, I got my money's worthy, but I'm not among the 5 star ravers.

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    Norwegian kebler Minneapolis, MN 11-04-12
    Norwegian kebler Minneapolis, MN 11-04-12 Member Since 2007

    Norwegian kebler

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    "Not my favorite"
    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

    Yes, I would


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

    The beginning was a little slow - once the story got moving it was good - if you can allow yourself to believe in the world Cline created.


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

    Roy Porter did a great job with the accents of the different characters.


    Was 14 worth the listening time?

    I am going to say yes. It was not great, but good company while working in the yard and walking the dog.


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    Niel CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 11-01-12
    Niel CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 11-01-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Didn't love this book"

    I really wanted to love this book. I had heard how great it was, and I loved the fact that it was different. This is unique book with a unique plot, I like authors who take me somewhere I've never been before.

    So I enjoyed the book, I thought it was a solid read, but I just never loved it. The characters are well-developed and some of them really jump off the page. In the end, though, I just didn't care as much as I should have about how things turned out. I felt like I should care, I just didn't.

    Good book, if you've heard great things about it, you won't go wrong by reading it. But it was not the exceptional story I was hoping for when I started.

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    BH Midwest 11-01-12
    BH Midwest 11-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An OK listen - just OK."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Hmmm. Maybe but only if you are in to sci-fi.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Hard to explain but the voice can really make or break the character. My impression is the narrator fell a little short on this one.


    Was 14 worth the listening time?

    Yes, enjoyable enough but not one of my favorites.


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    Jenny Santa Fe, NM, United States 10-21-12
    Jenny Santa Fe, NM, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Lovecraft fans!"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved the reader, he was excellent, and it was face paced enough that I listened to it straight through.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    I don't want to spoil the fun.


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

    Veeg.


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

    Reality is more than you make of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Lovecraft and was SO excited when this book became an homage to him, without being derivative.

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    Steve Fletcher, NC, United States 10-20-12
    Steve Fletcher, NC, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Such an awesome surprise of a book"

    Listening to this audiobook took me back to the days when I'd be a horrible moocher and han out and free read in my buddy's comic shop in Virginia and stumble onto a graphic novel I'd never heard of, and 3 hours later, find myself starving and realizing I'd read through poli-sci class. If you love suspense, cults, old gods and a colorful cast of characters who range from sounding like Duke Phillips from "The Critic" and Stu from "The Life and Times of Tim" --this is a good choice. Nicely fleshed out characters, genuine relationships within the story and a narrator/voice actor who really knows what he's doing. Ray Porter is a narrator I'll be looking out for and Peter Clines is rock solid. Check out his Zombies with Super Heroes series (yes, I just typed that out loud) for even more quick, dirty fun.

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    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 10-20-12
    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Different but outstanding"
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those audio rare books that has exceptionally good narration, writing and story. The characters are complex and believable, the story itself is interesting and unpredictable - and the writing had me laughing out loud in parts, and later in parts it was extremely intense. I had never read a book by Peter Clines nor had I listened to one narrated by Ray Porter before this one - I intend to consider both for future picks with my credits. The narration, by Ray Porter, was one of the best I have listened to in a long time. Well worth the credit.

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    jasper799 Fairview, TN 10-16-12
    jasper799 Fairview, TN 10-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Felt familiar...."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Reads like it's a made-for-TV script for a Scooby Doo episode. "Daphne" was even referred to in one situation.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    Yes.


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    Cheryl Weston, Australia 10-09-12
    Cheryl Weston, Australia 10-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Had potential"
    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

    I wouldn't be averse to reading another book by Peter Clines. The narration was excellent.


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

    I'd recommend it as a light read as long as they are willing to accept that ultimately credibily is stretched to breaking point


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

    No particular favourite


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

    I don't think a follow up book would be worthwhile as the plot conclusion lacked plausibility so if continued would be in danger of becoming ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    This story had great potential with some interesting and innovative twists. I was disappointed the solution to the "mystery" of Apartment 14 was so improbable.

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