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14 Audiobook
14
Written by: 
Peter Clines
Narrated by: 
Ray Porter
14 Audiobook

14

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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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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 02-26-13
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    "Excellent read!"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Peter Clines was definitely a fan of the show Lost.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense steadily builds and keeps you enthralled. You HAVE to know what happens next. The final reveal was sad and disappointing but only because I didn’t want the story to end.


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

    The narrator was excellent! I’m glad I listened to this book instead of reading it because it added so much more to the characters.


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

    Absolutely! And I did!


    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazing read and one of the best mystery/horror/thriller books I have read.

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    Laura 02-25-13
    Laura 02-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Nice twists and turns!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's hard to find the right descriptors for this story. It paints a very clear mental picture, which I think easily leads us down the story's path even when it gets a little odd at the end. By that time, you're engrossed in the strong characters and interested in the outcome of their mystery.


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

    I liked Veek the most within this story. I knew she was mysterious and enjoyed her dry humor as well.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was refreshing and full of well detailed characters which suck you in. This audio book was ideal for playing during a long, long drive, as there are no dull spots which lose your attention.

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    PBF Jupiter, FL United States 02-25-13
    PBF Jupiter, FL United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Quirky, weird, and lots of fun!"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    Characters were realistic and it was fun to experience the friendships being formed as the story progressed. There were also a lot of good one-liners and some humor in the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tim and Nat. Tim because at some point you figured out he wasn't a book publisher and Nat because he was a great "any man" character and me, along with many people I'm sure, could certainly relate to his boring job.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first two thirds of the book were really good and mysterious as they tried to figure out what the building was all about. The last part was fun but got a little too hard to believe.


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    Leah OLATHE, KS, United States 02-25-13
    Leah OLATHE, KS, United States 02-25-13
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    "From Captivating to Huh?!?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The end is just a little strange. I would make the ending very different.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Clines? Why or why not?

    I don't think he is the author for me. A little too far out Science Fiction to keep me entertained.


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

    Zelah was great! Ray has a knack for capturing personalities of women which is unusual for a male narrator.


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

    I could see it in a movie. Although it would be more of a 3 part movie. It doesn't have enough substance to be a TV series. The stars would be Keanu Reeves and Zelah could be Megan Fox.


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    Lisa 02-25-13
    Lisa 02-25-13
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    "Entertaining story, engaging reader."

    Well crafted story, with an unexpected end. This would make a great movie script. Good light entertainment.

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    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 02-25-13
    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Listening Entertainment"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    The story is well written and well passed. Characters you care about. Great narration. Light and mysterious. Just a really great read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The off beat story line


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cant give that away.


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

    Just when I should the book should be over it takes a twist. love that!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Orlando, FL, United States 02-25-13
    Eric Orlando, FL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2004
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    "A Great Listen"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    A Riveting Listen


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

    His different "voices" were clear without being overdone.


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

    Raiders of the Lost Ark meets X-Files


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book on my short commute and found myself sitting in the car extra minutes to finish a chapter! It was great!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay 02-25-13
    Lindsay 02-25-13
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    "what the what???? spoiler alert..."
    What disappointed you about 14?

    I thought that the ending could have been much better... I almost felt the the writer started writing this book with no clear vision as to where it was going to go, then got backed into a corner when he finally had to reveal what the building was all about, panicked, and created a totally contrived unbelievable ending. Not only was the ending poorly created, the character development of a key character was not flushed out properly, and it just seemed lazy on the part of the author. (It felt as though the author thought it was just easier to kill off said character instead of explain him) This book started out promising, but ended VERY poorly, I felt it was a waste of my time! So my advice is do not waste yours with this book!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mac Little Rock, AR, United States 02-25-13
    Mac Little Rock, AR, United States 02-25-13
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    "Ok listen until the end"

    The book was somewhat intriguing until you reached the end. I feel the author could have done a much better job reaching the conclusion.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Riona Johannesburg, South Africa 02-25-13
    Riona Johannesburg, South Africa 02-25-13
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    "Compulsive easy listen, great performance"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    Full of suspense, plot twists and wry humour, and peopled with interesting characters. If you are looking for an absorbing way to spend several hours, 14 is an excellent choice. It's not a particularly deep or meaningful book, but highly enjoyable.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    He managed a cast of multiple characters easily, has a lovely voice to listen to, and is good at communicating a sense of humour.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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