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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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    Susan Monroe, CT, United States 09-10-12
    Susan Monroe, CT, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Very Entertaining"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Once was enough, but the first time was entertaining and kept me listening as the story unfolded. Now that I know the "twist", I would be less compelled to read this book again. The first time was a fun, surprising ride.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It took place in a part of Southern California that I know well. I loved the character development-- the dialogue was easy and realistic. These are people I have known. I loved that no matter where the story took the characters, (and believe me, they travel!) the writing was believable, the characters vulnerable yet determined to overcome.


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

    the narrator


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    Jennifer Petersburg, VA, United States 09-10-12
    Jennifer Petersburg, VA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "awesome story!"
    What did you love best about 14?

    "14" started and never stopped. It's pace and story kept me sitting in my car listening well after my long commute was finished.


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    Chantal Henderson, NV, United States 09-10-12
    Chantal Henderson, NV, United States 09-10-12
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    "Do yourself a favor and listen to it."
    What did you love best about 14?

    I loved the amount of expertise that went into this book. The author really thought out every twist and turn, and knew his stuff. There were fantastic historical references, pop culture references, geographical references... each of the characters is so well developed you feel like the author himself had to be very well cultured and educated to create such amazing personas. I felt smarter after having read through it, and I also loved the philosophical questions and the idea of what the author proposed. While it may be another sci-fi novel, who's to say it isn't true? I also loved the Ray Porter, his voice was perfect and I can't imagine just reading the book after having listened to this amazing performance.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    I've read a lot of books by Stephen King and Dean Koontz, and this one was very similar, but this one had a great ending.


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

    This was the first performance I heard by Ray Porter, and he was phenomenal. He started out sounding like the guy from the Twilight Zone, then gave each of the characters a unique voice. He had great accents and dialects, his pauses and emphases on words were impeccable. He could raise and lower the pitch of his voice without making it sound like a mockery. He also set a perfect tone for the novel with great timing.


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

    YES!


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    Amazon Customer 09-10-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Absolutely wonderful narration"

    An interesting plot and good characterization is taken to the stratosphere by one of the best audiobook performances I have ever heard.

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    Marissa Chevy Chase, MD, United States 09-10-12
    Marissa Chevy Chase, MD, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "You Don't Have to be a Twenty-Something To Enjoy"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a very good read. It was listed as an Editor's favorite and I appreciate the recommendation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed all the characters in the apartment building. They had a good reparte that didn't seem too strained, as is often the case. Although several were career-adrift twenty and thirty somethings, a middle aged character added some balance. As a baby boomer myself, I could still relate to the characters.


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

    The narration worked quite well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I just enjoyed the book overall.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott W Warnock Willits, CA USA 09-09-12
    Scott W Warnock Willits, CA USA 09-09-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful Book!"
    What did you love best about 14?

    The story line and the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books that you're almost addicted to and find any excuse to go off and listen to it. When it was over, I missed the characters and to me, that is the sign of a well written book. I liked the style of writing, clear and simple....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Harding 09-09-12
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    "Entertaining B movie type of read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I felt that the cadence of the performance was a bit irritating: it seems he rarely takes a breath to enrich the dialogue but will then slip into a relatively dramatic pause while in 3rd person narrative. It felt like the production team was in a rush.

    Character development left a bit to be desired, as well. The archetypal free spirited-sun bathing in the nude-artist girl (Xela) was banal despite numerous attempts to portray her as "whacky" or "refreshing". Frankly, i dont know what the author was trying to make of her, but i wasnt a fan. I suspect it was more about the performance than the writing that made the characters as stilted as they were.

    There were a few sexual dynamic references that seemed derivative, as if written (or delivered) by a man who has only heard of women, but has not actually interacted with them. You know, B movie kinda stuff.

    There were, however, some nice touches to some of the characters. Veek and Tim were, in fact interesting.

    The story, in and of itself, is fun. If you do any research on the book, you may find references to the tv show LOST, which i think is an ambitious comparison. But it does have a tone of magical realism and mystery. Give it a listen!


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

    I cant say that I would, but that says more about my friends than it does about the book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ray Porter’s performances?

    Yes, I'm luke warm about this performance, but would give him another try.


    Did 14 inspire you to do anything?

    Read more fiction! I dont read enough of it and im a boring person without it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SFort 09-08-12
    SFort 09-08-12
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    "Great characters, story, a few minor faults"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes. I really loved the characters and dialogue.


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

    Nate, the protagonist.


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

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    A captivating story. Love a good mystery, especially of the weird sci-fi variety. Only fault was that the eventual antagonist was stereotyped and way, way to predictable. Perhaps that was the author's intent, though.

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    Eric Paules York, PA United States 09-08-12
    Eric Paules York, PA United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Lives up to the reviews!"

    My first Clines, but will not be my last. Great blend of mystery and suspense. Clines develops his characters masterfully, without belaboring the effort. This is one you are going to want to listen to in one sitting.

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    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 09-07-12
    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Like Surprises??"

    It pays to read reviews about books that you may have never heard of or considered. It sounded intriguing, but this was my first experience with this author. Page-turner story, unique and believable characters, twists and turns that keep you wondering where this story is going......and then wondering how it's going to unfold. The narrator Ray Porter is incredibly talented. With a list of male and female characters, he didn't really have to tell you who was talking. The voice variations were clear. At one point, he voices a darker character that gave me goosebumps. It's not all suspense.....I did find myself laughing out loud at some of the conversations and one-liners. I found myself absorbed and entertained at every level.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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