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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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    Milton 01-23-13
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    "Good but not superb"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    I liked the ending... it was expected, but well done. Also, the surprise when they do get to 14.


    Any additional comments?

    Dialog in the book made it difficult to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Sanford, FL, United States 01-23-13
    Timothy Sanford, FL, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow! I don't know how to promote it better !"

    I put this one on my wish list because I felt like Audible was pushing it down my throat. The title didn't grab me. Neither did the synopsis. Finally, I gave it a shot. I'm SO glad I did !! The characters are diverse and rich. The twists are many, often, and extreme. I'm stingy with a "5,' but this one's worth it !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 01-23-13
    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 01-23-13
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    "I LIKED IT"
    What did you love best about 14?

    I WAS A LITTLE SURPRISED BY THE ENDING- HOWEVER I DID LIKE THIS WRITERS STYLE. I LIKED HIM ENOUGH THAT I WENT AND BOUGHT HIS OTHER BOOKS ON AUDIBLE. PRETTY COOL.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Wagga Wagga, Australia 01-23-13
    Lauren Wagga Wagga, Australia 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't put it down... I mean, hit pause!"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, unpredictable, enjoyable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved them all


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were a few that had me completely engrossed and listening at every given minute.


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

    Don't judge a book by its cover or seemingly unoriginal haunted apartment narrative!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Melton OKC 01-22-13
    R. J. Melton OKC 01-22-13 Member Since 2008

    I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!

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    "Halfway Thru! Couldn't Wait!"

    This book grabbed me quick, I have been listening non-stop...the characters all feel real. Especially Nate...I dunno, yet, how this mystery turns out...but it reads like an old Hardy Boys type mystery--but loads better! A mysterious building, filled with mysterious clues, and mysterious tenants...all of it contiuously building the suspense until at the halfway point I am wishing I could turn the speed up on the recording and listen FASTER! LOL This is a really great escapist novel, I highly recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 01-22-13
    Michael 01-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A great supernatural mystery - keeps you guessing"

    I really enjoyed this book, in fact it was my 2nd favorite from 2012 (behind Ready Player One). It had a great groups of characters, the plot continuously kept unfolding without any real lulls, and it was just a lot of fun.

    It is kind of a cross between supernatural mystery & techno-thriller -- somewhere at the intersection of (movie) science and horror.

    Great narration as well..
    Recommended.

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    Sarah Baltimore, MD, United States 01-22-13
    Sarah Baltimore, MD, United States 01-22-13

    I love to listen!

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    "OK. I could see someone making a movie out of it."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was ok. That is what I have to say first. It wasn't all bad or all good. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars overall. I think that was fair. There are so many great reviews. I had to try it. Now I have. Eh. It is as I said, "ok."


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

    Ray Porter does a good job at handling so many different characters' voices. The performance is the best part.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The first half is slow...I suppose to let you get introduced to the characters and to lay down the basic story. But...there is almost no action until the second half of the story in my opinion. It also feels like it could have been written for a younger audience though I believe it is meant to be for a post-college-aged crowd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dale DE RUYTER, NY, United States 01-22-13
    Dale DE RUYTER, NY, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A good listen"

    I enjoyed this book. It was well written and narrated. Good characters and descriptions.
    If you enjoyed the first season of "lost" the tv show then you will like this.

    I would definitely recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Liz East Mackay, Australia 01-22-13
    Liz East Mackay, Australia 01-22-13
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    "Wow"

    This was a great book, ray porter did an amazing job of narrating. 14 kept me guessing to the end..

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    mary vero beach, FL, United States 01-20-13
    mary vero beach, FL, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Surprisingly great"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Not cookie cutter characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were great because I had never met them before.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    He could read the line so that it was funnier than it was written


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

    No I wanted to savor it


    Any additional comments?

    I would never had picked this book, It was a lucky pick for me.I am not into scifi at all but it was so well written and had humor.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Un-expected pleasure."

    I didn't know what to expect with this one, I got it because I really enjoyed clines other creations.



    But I quickly fell in love with the whole story, you get to know each and every character and the twists are great.



    It is hard to review without giving anything away, alls I can say is very enjoyable and really well narrated to the point where you can easily pick out each character by the narration.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Mike Collins
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    3/22/14
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    "Solid first 3/4's...dissapointing finale."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Hmmm, not really. [Spoiler free] - Ive said that the finale is dissapointing, but this has little to do with the plot/story - which was fine, if a little derivative. The build up of quiet dread, and the slow unfolding of the mystery was a lot of fun. No, it was the character's response to the events towards the end that didn't sit well. Up to the final quarter of the book, Nate and chums responded plausibly to what was going on. However, their friendly banter, and muted reactions (to what was, a roller-coaster of terror and madness), seemed more in keeping with getting lost in the woods, and not being sure if you're going to make it home that night, rather than, what was, a prolonged waking nightmare.

    Putting people in bizarre, and horrifying situations, and making their responses believable, is something that writers like, Stephen King or Richard Matheson, seem to make look easy. And its essential in stories like this. Peter Clines' difficulty just highlights how hard it is to actually achieve, and the difference between writing a book thats good, and writing one thats just alright.

    The narration, although a little flat and stacatto at times (during the 3rd person narration, rather than when people were 'talking'), was quality. The characters were distinct and well portrayed.


    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    1/27/14
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    "It's locked for a reason!!!!"

    It's been a while since I got totally immersed in an audiobook. This didn't really stand out to me, I only got it as it was in the sale, but I'm glad I did!

    Nate works as a temp, going nowhere with no cash, so when cheap digs are offered he grabs them. Once he moves in, he starts to meet his neighbours and they soon realise that not one room in the whole building is structurally the same. Not only that, the building doesn't appear to be attached to the power grid and nobody's heard of the landlord.

    I can't go into too much without spoiling it, but needless to say the atmosphere when they go past the basement and into room 14 is so tense you'll need to put the light on!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Avon, United Kingdom
    7/22/12
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    "Brilliant"

    This was brilliant - characterisation was wonderful, plot was brilliantly woven together with lots of nice pop culture references (loved the totally throwaway "bowties are cool"), and pace was such that I stayed up much too late to find out how it would end. Ray Porter's narration was also excellent, with clear delineation of the various voices and a great line in comic timing amid all the impending horror. Off to look for more things by Peter Clines/more narration by Ray Porter...

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    1/23/14
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    "Oh I loved this book!"
    What did you like most about 14?

    Fresh believable characters, incidental love interests that didn't detract from the story in any way! Unpredictable twists and turns, appealed to me (at 60) and my daughter (at 24) test of a good story. Different to my usual read but I'm really glad I took a chance and listened. Easy to follow without being boring, unusual concept but believable, even the weird bits!


    What other book might you compare 14 to, and why?

    Can't compare it to anything really, all new and very enjoyable!


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

    Veek is very cool (not sure if that's how to spell it) she has a wicked sense of humour, Zeela is also pretty cool.


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

    Both - I found my jaw clenching in parts, shouted out loud in the car a few times, couldn't wait to get out of work to start listening again!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it if you like a good story, fantasy, suspense and laughing!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    4/11/14
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    "Mixed bag..."

    This was an odd one for me, I really enjoyed the first 8 hours of the story a lot but the last 4 hours not so much. That's not to say the last 4 hours are terrible or anything - its fine, but its almost like a different storyline somehow. Hard to explain without spoilers really, but for me the writer had the first part of the story done really well, and the latter part not so well - but it was an interesting story well told, just seemed to go a bit odd towards the end.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    RUISLIP, United Kingdom
    3/9/14
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    "Just, wow."
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, entertaining madness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's impossible to put into words without giving massive spoilers, but the characters in this book have much more depth and realism about them than pretty much any other book I have ever read. I found myself sharing all their emotions, and rather than guessing the ending, was anxious to find out what they were leading to. This book is so well written, it's truly edge of your seat stuff.


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

    Ray Porter's performance is fantastic. A couple of the accents may have been a little ropey, but he still managed to make them believable, even his women had the correct balance of strength and fragility that so many actors tend to get so wrong. His pace is perfect, and his acting highlights all the humor and / or tension that each scene requires. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of his narration.


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

    I could've lost a whole weekend to this book. I was due to take a coach journey when I was about a third of the way through it, and decided to listen to more of it rather than my music. On the way home again I was pretty tired, and thought I would continue with the book, maybe have a doze on my way home...no chance. By the time my journey ended I was LITERALLY on the edge of my seat. The girl next to me must have thought I was crazy with all the fidgeting I was doing as events unfolded in my ears. By the time I actually got home, the story had become so intense that I was glad my other half was back from work so I didn't have to sit in the house on my own while I listened to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been chewing all my friends ears off (figuratively) to try and get them to listen to or read this book. If you give it a chance, I promise you will too. Pretty much jumped straight into my top five favourite books and gives Neil Gaiman a damn good run for his money.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • N
    newcastle, United Kingdom
    3/8/14
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    "really unexpected, loved it all."
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    I loved this book. Not what I expected at all. The narrator was wonderfully. The story kept me guessing. I ended up sitting in my car in the driveway with people staring at me because I wanted to hear what happened next.


    What other book might you compare 14 to, and why?

    Hmmm... that's a hard one. It reminded me a bit of the TV series Lost.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Every character had a distinct voice and even one word replies were easily identifiable. Especially enjoyed his portrayal of Tim the "retired publisher" and Roger the laid back "dude". This narrator is a safe pair of hands.


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

    Yes


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Miss King
    UK
    4/8/13
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    "14"

    Nate moves into a new flat in a very strange apartment building. It seems that every apartment in the building is different and has something strange about it. There are the green cockroaches, the lift that has never worked, apartment 14 is padlocked, and many other strange oddities.

    This was a wonderful book, with lots of twists and turns, and some fantastic ideas. And every time something new was revealed about the building I had a new theory about what was going on. I loved this book and will be looking for more books by Peter Clines.

    Loved every minute of it.

    Really great listen, highly recommended.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    10/2/14
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    "A crafty nod to the old master"

    The Kavach building is a wonderful creation set in the middle of LA. A gothic monolith filled with strangely disproportionate rooms and even odder tenants. In comes Nate, an all American loser but all round nice guy. His flat is let to him at an unfeasibly low rent,with all utilities included, but with an ominous message that people move out because things aren't quite right there. The story begins gently with Nate investigating his surroundings and meeting his fellow tenants and from then on it becomes brilliantly weird.

    This story is heavily influenced by another American writer and makes no attempt to hide this.

    The narrator is terrific and handles the material in exactly the right way.

    I can close my eyes now and see the Kavach looming over me.

    And as for number 14 ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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