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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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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, WA USA 01-12-13
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, WA USA 01-12-13

    kmoffat

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    "A great reading."
    What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

    The reader was excellent. The story started very strongly, but there came a point when it went too far. The reader saved it for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Good characters, good start and ending, but becomes far fetched at one point.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam BUTLER, PA, United States 01-11-13
    Sam BUTLER, PA, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Horribly overrated."
    What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the idea of a book which took cues from the series Lost, at least in terms of setting up suspense and intriguing the audience.


    Has 14 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    It was well executed. No complaints.


    Could you see 14 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I was immensely disappointed by this book. Weightless and boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Centennial, CO, United States 01-09-13
    Ralph Centennial, CO, United States 01-09-13
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    "Good storyline - keeps your attention"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Original, fast paced, and interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate - he's innocent and inquisitive. He keeps on going.


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

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Sci-Fi reduced the rating somewhat (I'm not a big Sci-Fi fan), but a good storyline and a page-turner rendered the "4" rating. The recording itself has only one flaw: chapter 42 is a duplicate of chapter 41 - exactly the same recording. However, you won't miss much - chapter 42 appears to only introduce an asthma reaction to one of the characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen SWEET HOME, OR, United States 01-08-13
    Karen SWEET HOME, OR, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Starts Good: goes horror"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with more imagination


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    James Lee Burke


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

    Nate


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 14?

    The last half. Don't care for flying whales


    Any additional comments?

    The first half was very interesting, then it all got carried away.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry OJAI, CA, United States 01-08-13
    Larry OJAI, CA, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This book is over-rated..."

    I was expecting some good fictional mystery....not some silly fantasy. Thus, I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for the plot to develop into something exciting. That kind of happened eventually, but there was nothing about this book that I would recommend to anyone I know.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-07-13
    Mike Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Hey!"

    If you think that the movie Twister had great dialogue and interesting characters, this book is for you.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 01-02-13
    Michelle 01-02-13 Member Since 2004
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    "A little out there, but very entertaining."

    My cousin recommended this story to me and I'm glad she did.

    I loved the buildup and the character discovery. I was very engrossed in the mystery of the building along with the character's in the book.

    I did have a slight problem with where the story ended up going. I don't believe this is a flaw in the book, just a flaw in my expectations I guess. I do believe that the resolution was a little too easy, or maybe it was just rushed, but overall well worth a listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michele South Royalton, VT, United States 01-02-13
    Michele South Royalton, VT, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow start but worth the time"

    This was a great listen, it was slow to start, I wasn't too interested in Nate the protagonist but the other characters were interesting enough to carry it while I was slogging along. The mystery and sci-fi aspect made it fun to listen to. I have to go find out more about H.P. Lovecraft now.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Serg Deer Park, IL, United States 12-28-12
    Serg Deer Park, IL, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Cheap hollywood script..."
    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

    Done with Clines.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    This was review-based book selection. It did not work at all... I regret waste of time listening to this book. It was like threading miles of shallow water looking for place to swim. "When is it going to get better" - was my repeated question. This book failed to deliver.I have to give credit to performer though. Ray Porter did well enough to bring this listen to TWO stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-27-12
    Donna AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Don't waste your time!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is too contrived and silly. Just plain silly. The author attempts a combination of horror and sci fi but it just didn't work for me. There are a lot of REALLY good books out there and this is not one of them. I was sucked into it by the reviews.


    What could Peter Clines have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Based on this book, I will not read another Peter Clines book.


    What aspect of Ray Porter’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was well done but alas the story was not.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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