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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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    Marijane Milton, DE, United States 01-29-13
    Marijane Milton, DE, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The Literary Version of Lost"

    Could have been so great but lost me when it went off the rails and turned Sci-Fi. I thought it would just be creepy, haunted or something. Seven miles underground was too far for my imagination to go. The narrator was a little dull also. Thankfully, I didn't waste a credit on this,

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    marzie Roanoke, TX, United States 01-29-13
    marzie Roanoke, TX, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Outlandish Aliens, weird characters"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    I never knew what was coming next, very creative


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Ned the best he was a simple guy and extraoedinary things happened to him and he handled it well


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

    ned


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

    Outlandish aliens


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    KIMBER Falls Church, VA, United States 01-29-13
    KIMBER Falls Church, VA, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Fourth Listen and ready for a Fifth"

    The story - exciting and believable. Character development thorough - I felt like I'd recognize them on the street. The performance is outstanding!!! Can't recommend enough. I know an audible book is top notch when I listen to it more than twice.

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    Katherine 01-29-13
    Katherine 01-29-13
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    "A pleasant surprise!"

    I haven't read anything by Peter Clines, so I was depending on the reviews of this book when I made the purchase. The story started out very tame. A guy needs a cheaper apartment and goes with the recommendation of a stranger to find his next place. The old building is weird--all the floorplans are different, etc. etc.--and he wants to know more about it. And then the story builds to a fever pitch that gripped me until the end. It reminded me very much of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers, which begins when the main character finds a shiny piece of metal protruding out of the ground in the woods. She starts digging it up and so launches a series of events that keeps the reader turning pages. I couldn't guess where Clines was going with the plot, so I had to keep reading. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read and just the kind of story I love! I'll be looking for more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    EARL LYNCH HANNIBAL, MISSOURI, US 01-29-13
    EARL LYNCH HANNIBAL, MISSOURI, US 01-29-13

    I enjoy the narrator as well as the story

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    "Don't waste your time or money"

    Very slow pace, no plot. Some folks may like this style but I don't. I didn't care for the narrator either...that could help with more humor by a good narrator.

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    Meadow santa rosa, ca, United States 01-29-13
    Meadow santa rosa, ca, United States 01-29-13
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    "Too Sci Fi for me"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was not my genre for sure, I just couldn't stop reading it because I had to know how it ended... but it got way to sci fi for me.


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

    No, not necessarily but I am not a Sci Fi fan anyway.


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

    I did like the narration, it was easy to tell the characters apart even without being told who was who. And his girl voice wasn't super annoying like most of the male narrators.


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

    Yes. I can't imagine who the stars would be...


    Any additional comments?

    I think any sci fi fan or someone looking to read something wildly different would enjoy this. It is well written and the characters are great. I just really don't like Sci Fi for some reason...

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    Amazon Customer Germantown, MD 01-29-13
    Amazon Customer Germantown, MD 01-29-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Really glad I found this"

    14 is a really enjoyable book, principally because of the wonderful variety of characters, and the great story development. The book starts as a "small" story about a single character, and gradually expands to something MUCH bigger. The funny thing is that although it takes its time unfolding the plot, the book's excellent character development makes the entire process highly enjoyable.

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    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 01-28-13
    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Unique Story...Well Worth the Credit!"

    I would not have purchased this book had it not been for another reviewer stating that they were glad they read reviews and not just the publisher's description. Had it not been for that review I would have passed this great book up and possibly another author to watch. I think the book was great and Ray Porter, the narrator did an excellent job. The premise is unique and the characters are likable. I could not stop listening - it sucked me in within the first 30 minutes. The only thing I didn't really like was near the end - got a little too 'supernatural' for me, but overall it was a small and mild dislike compared to the rest of the novel. The story builds up and is mysterious and has you constantly guessing. Buy this book - you won't regret the purchase.

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    Sama.dxb Dubai 01-28-13
    Sama.dxb Dubai 01-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing Story and Performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The performance is great, and gives every character a distinct voice and deeper characteristics.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The book is full of memorable moments, and brims with creativity.


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

    The clear voice and reading, and the different tones for each character.


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

    Yes, definitely .


    Any additional comments?

    The story is amazing, never boring and well paced. The story, dialogue and characters are great. Lots and lots of creative new ideas, and guaranteed many "oh, snap" moments.

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    DeeAnn 01-28-13
    DeeAnn 01-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Good Book"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was amazing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Veek - smart, funny. Tim - not a publisher.....


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    his voices were AMAZING - and the flow of his reading is spot on - you forget your being read to and think you are listening to different people


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

    yes - but too long


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