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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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    PropellerHead_ California,USA 09-16-12
    PropellerHead_ California,USA 09-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Read"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace, although the end gets a little wild.


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

    Tim


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

    Yes this would make a great movie, the Squales would interesting to see.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 09-15-12
    Anne 09-15-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wow! Inventive & Captivating!"

    I was getting in a slump finding books that were addictive & unable to stop, but this book is incredible. The narration is excellent and the story just blows your mind. It is intriguing and mind-provoking.

    A great cast of characters and a unique storyline. There was a lot of wry humor and it made the characters come alive.

    Well done!

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    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 09-14-12
    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 09-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An all-nighter"

    I stayed up all night because I couldn't bear to turn it off. I'm not a big fan of sci-fi but this story was so good I got caught up in it. The writer started off the sci-fi stuff with small clues interwoven in the character and plot development so that everything was totally believable, at least at first. The characters were colorful, amusing, and very likeable. I found even the. very imaginative sci-fi ending gripping which is saying a lot for someone who doesn't like sci-fi. A thoroughly enjoyable listen. The narrator was really exceptional too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Matthews Sonora, CA, United States 09-14-12
    Kate Matthews Sonora, CA, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2016

    love to read, read a lot, mostly mysteries, historic fiction and a bit of sci-fi

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    "Fun! Fast-Paced with Great Dialogue"

    I really enjoyed this tale and how it unfolded. The dialogue between the main characters was snappy and believable. Clines' narrative stays really tight most of the way, and if his logical underpinnings fall apart in places, I more or less forgive him because everything else was just so damn good. Can't help but think that this was written to be turned into film, the story has echoes of several other tales we know well: Bladerunner (the Movie) and The White City (The Book) come to mind. Ray Porter's narration was pretty great and he mostly succeeded in verbally distinguishing between the main minor characters. He could develop a bit more variation for his foreign accents, but his pacing, inflections and clarity of pronunciation were all top notch.

    Overall a very enjoyable experience and well worth the purchase price.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda E. Lawrence Dallas, Texas, USA 09-13-12
    Linda E. Lawrence Dallas, Texas, USA 09-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Entertaining"

    This is quite an unusual and entertaining novel. The story and characters are cleverly interwoven with a lot of unexpected twists. You find yourself getting so involved with the plot that it's very difficult to pause the story and go on with life. The reader did a terrific job on some very difficult characters' voices.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler Abingdon, MD, United States 09-13-12
    Tyler Abingdon, MD, United States 09-13-12
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    "Great Book, Excellent Narration"

    I downloaded this book on a whim because it was advertised and well rated. Well since then I have had my mother, wife, and best friend read the book through kindle purchases I have made. This book is well paced and keeps you very interested. I agree with the synopsis that it is somewhat like combining the TV show Lost ( and there is even a reference to it) with a haunted mansion. The characters are well through out and each have a distinct personality with interesting back stories. The characters are further brought to life through great voice acting and narration. This book was a welcome surprise and I highly recommend it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian TUCSON, AZ, United States 09-13-12
    Brian TUCSON, AZ, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A purely enjoyable experience!"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    This book is just enjoyable all the way through. The mystery enthralls and has the right amount of humor and fantasy without being trite or too over the top. I chewed through this book at every available listening time. I can't recommend it enough.


    What did you like best about this story?

    14 does a perfect job of doling out the perfect amount of information about the mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat without revealing too much. The revelations at the end are enjoyable and well done. The characters are a little plain but the fun of exploring the apartment building with the main character is enough to keep me enthralled with every minute of the book!


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

    Absolutely! Only work and sleep kept me from listening to this in one sitting... and even then... I did sneak two lunch breaks with my book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Los Osos, CA, United States 09-13-12
    Annette Los Osos, CA, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "SciFi fans will love the ending"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved the first 75 or 80% of the book! Intriguing, nicely written, very good narration. Then when the mood of the book shifts to ... How can I put this? ... another dimension? Let's just say a new genre ... I just wanted to get to the end quickly. I'm sure some people, SciFi fans I guess, will enjoy it from start to finish.


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

    No, the genre shift kind of ruined it for me.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Everything! He did a great job bringing the story to life.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Gastonia, NC, United States 09-12-12
    Scott Gastonia, NC, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2011

    SAlexander333

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    "I could not stop listening"

    This was a great book!!! Enough suspense, enough action, really good character development....I wish I could see this charaters in another boook.
    If you like Stephen King or a book surrounded by a location , like a building in this case, you'll like this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 09-11-12
    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 09-11-12
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    "Unusual story line--kept up my interest."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend it. The plot is released a little at a time, and it's not easy to figure out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don't remember his name, but he was the main character. Why? Don't know--he was likeable.


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

    Not sure, but he was a good narrator.


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

    I wouldn't make a film of ths one. It's a good story to read or listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a try. 80% of the story is really good. Like many stories, the 'punchline' could have been better, but it wasn't bad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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