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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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    Book Club Leader Long Island, NY 09-25-12
    Book Club Leader Long Island, NY 09-25-12 Member Since 2015

    Chris

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    "Unexpected pleasure"
    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think this was the genre that it turned out to be but I wound up really enjoying the story, characters and narration. I listen to a lot of narrations and this one was very well done. There were several male and female characters as well as sound effects that couldn't have been easy but the narrator kept them clear and not hokey as they could have easily been. The author took on a lot and could have made the plot a little tighter but overall it was an attention keeping thriller!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Rowlett, TX, United States 09-25-12
    Cheryl Rowlett, TX, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Compelling story"

    I got this book off an editor's list & had no expectations. The story grabbed me along the way and held my interest to the end. Entertaining escape.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl United States 09-25-12
    Cheryl United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Creative imagination"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    The story was very unusual and at times got bogged down with details but Ray Porter's narration kept me very interested in the story. I really enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down until it was finished.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Port Macquarie, Australia 09-24-12
    Debbie Port Macquarie, Australia 09-24-12
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    "Great book"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was very good at differentiating character voices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the twists and an unexpected storyline.


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

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 09-21-12
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable mix of genres"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high up there. It's not often it all comes together: story, narrator, pace, characters. It all just works.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sense of adventure and mystery. Unraveling the history and secrets was a fun journey.

    There was a little romance sprinkled in, but none of that "OMG he's going to do something stupid because he likes so-and-so" romance. Just normal, every day, believable, "I like you".


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

    Probably the main character, Nate, followed by Tim.


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

    "Some mysteries are best left unsolved"


    Any additional comments?

    As I've mentioned, this book contained a very good mix of genres/elements. There was lots of mystery. There was science fiction sprinkled with a bit of real-life historical figures. There was certainly a lot of adventure and humor -- and surprisingly, there was romance, but not in the *groan* sort of way. You got to see some every day likable people come together in an way that didn't annoy or detract from the story in the least.

    Great job to both the author, and Ray Porter, who is an awesome narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daria Royal Oak, MI, United States 09-21-12
    Daria Royal Oak, MI, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it"
    What did you love best about 14?

    I would have never picked up a "sci-fi" type book, but the story was extremely well written and by the time the crazy sci fi stuff happened I was hooked.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    1Q84 - another "soft" sci-fi.


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

    yes!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Westmount, QC, Canada 09-20-12
    Martin Westmount, QC, Canada 09-20-12
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    "Great delivery but too weird to be a thriller"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think the author takes this story way too far for even a sci-fie junkie to enjoy. It is so far fetched it borders on being comical. The premise is taken way too far. I would scale it back and make it more conceivable. It is even too far out there for Nicolas Cage to portrait.


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

    Peter could have made the ending less romantic. It was like some 1940s movie. Especially after such a overly dramatic climax. But maybe that is his intention; to get movie rights.


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

    I thought he did a very good job and will search his other books.


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

    Yes but not a block buster. If anyone would star in it would be Nicolas Cage. Hmm Nate Cage.


    Any additional comments?

    Tried too hard to be different and lost my interest.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jmh419 09-19-12
    jmh419 09-19-12
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    "A Hit!!! Should be a Movie!"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My first audiobook and it definitely won't be my last! This book had me on the edge of my seat on more than one occassion. I didn't think I'd like audiobooks but if this is what I have to look forward to, they have my vote!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William E Brown Jr Raymore, MO, US 09-18-12
    William E Brown Jr Raymore, MO, US 09-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Must Read ! ! !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    Must Read ! ! !


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    All Of it


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

    Great Book ! ! !


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book ! ! !

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Madison, OH, United States 09-17-12
    Dan Madison, OH, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it."

    A great mystery story that evolves into a good science fiction story. The narrator did a nice job with the characters. I couldn't wait to hear what going to happen next.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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