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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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    Jessica Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 04-08-13
    Jessica Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 04-08-13
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    "Awful"

    This book had very little substance and it was definitely NOT worth the time. I love a good mystery/suspense book but this was not it.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley 03-25-13
    Kelley 03-25-13

    Just another book reader......but a book reader with style and panache!!!!

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    "LIKED IT"

    Its the kind of story that kinda creeps up on you..... Buy it. Its good.

    GOOD LISTEN!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry A. Caldwell Oregon, USA 03-23-13
    Larry A. Caldwell Oregon, USA 03-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Lovecraftian Fantasy"

    The story is entertaining and original, with just enough tie-in to H. P. Lovecraft to please a long time fantasy fan. The narration is brilliant. Highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    03-18-13
    03-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Still waiting"
    What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

    The character interactions and the narrator were high points of this story. The dynamic between residents of the apartment was fun to observe. The author did a great job of building a sens elf suspense with regard to the building's secrets.


    If you’ve listened to books by Peter Clines before, how does this one compare?

    Yes! I'm a fan of the Desert Spear series. Desert Spea r series is spectacular. This book merely wet my whistle for the next great read.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I have no complaints. I


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure...to compare and contrast the movie to the book


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff 03-12-13
    Cliff 03-12-13 Member Since 2012

    I would only recommend a book with a 4 or higher rating

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    "Not bad I give it a 4"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?


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


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


    Any additional comments?

    I would only recomend a book that i give a 5

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle Wayne, ok, United States 02-28-13
    Gayle Wayne, ok, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012

    I love a good book, but never have time to sit and read. Audible is wonderful for people like me. Even though my kids think I am a nerd for always having my headphones on, someday they will wish their college books were on audible!

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    "different"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book was different for me. I am still not sure how I feel about it. It did keep me listening, I am just not much of a scifi person.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 02-09-13
    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not great but kept my interest."
    What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

    A twist a end I didn't see coming.

    One of the main characters dies. :(


    If you’ve listened to books by Peter Clines before, how does this one compare?

    First Peter Cline book


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

    Ray Porter is a great reader!!! Voice is smooth and easy to listen to. Even the females voices are easy to hear. That was one of the reasons I choose this book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes just to see that old building. The mystery of it!


    Any additional comments?

    Prob won't tell all my friends about this book. It was missing a WOW factor. I did come to like all the characters tho. Was very glad clines informed us of whats in store for them.

    Suggest waiting for this one to go on sale. Perhaps in a BOGO. That would be better then a credit spent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connor 02-03-13
    Connor 02-03-13 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "A Well Written Snack"

    A mystery in the paranormal genera. The author was able to get me to care about the main characters and to love hating the villains. Saddly, not everyone makes it to the end.

    I most enjoyed the witty repartee among the characters which added spice to the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gary 01-23-13
    gary 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great book!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    YES


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them in this book


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Everything Ray does is a master piece


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

    Too many to mention


    Any additional comments?

    Another of the better books I have listened to

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Addicted to Books Marietta, GA United States 01-17-13
    Addicted to Books Marietta, GA United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what I expected"

    This was a fast-paced, original story. I was completely surprised by the story, in a good way. Thoroughly enjoyed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    WIRRAL, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Un-expected pleasure."

    I didn't know what to expect with this one, I got it because I really enjoyed clines other creations.



    But I quickly fell in love with the whole story, you get to know each and every character and the twists are great.



    It is hard to review without giving anything away, alls I can say is very enjoyable and really well narrated to the point where you can easily pick out each character by the narration.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Mike Collins
    Brighton, UK
    3/22/14
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    "Solid first 3/4's...dissapointing finale."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Hmmm, not really. [Spoiler free] - Ive said that the finale is dissapointing, but this has little to do with the plot/story - which was fine, if a little derivative. The build up of quiet dread, and the slow unfolding of the mystery was a lot of fun. No, it was the character's response to the events towards the end that didn't sit well. Up to the final quarter of the book, Nate and chums responded plausibly to what was going on. However, their friendly banter, and muted reactions (to what was, a roller-coaster of terror and madness), seemed more in keeping with getting lost in the woods, and not being sure if you're going to make it home that night, rather than, what was, a prolonged waking nightmare.

    Putting people in bizarre, and horrifying situations, and making their responses believable, is something that writers like, Stephen King or Richard Matheson, seem to make look easy. And its essential in stories like this. Peter Clines' difficulty just highlights how hard it is to actually achieve, and the difference between writing a book thats good, and writing one thats just alright.

    The narration, although a little flat and stacatto at times (during the 3rd person narration, rather than when people were 'talking'), was quality. The characters were distinct and well portrayed.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Avon, United Kingdom
    7/22/12
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    "Brilliant"

    This was brilliant - characterisation was wonderful, plot was brilliantly woven together with lots of nice pop culture references (loved the totally throwaway "bowties are cool"), and pace was such that I stayed up much too late to find out how it would end. Ray Porter's narration was also excellent, with clear delineation of the various voices and a great line in comic timing amid all the impending horror. Off to look for more things by Peter Clines/more narration by Ray Porter...

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    1/27/14
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    "It's locked for a reason!!!!"

    It's been a while since I got totally immersed in an audiobook. This didn't really stand out to me, I only got it as it was in the sale, but I'm glad I did!

    Nate works as a temp, going nowhere with no cash, so when cheap digs are offered he grabs them. Once he moves in, he starts to meet his neighbours and they soon realise that not one room in the whole building is structurally the same. Not only that, the building doesn't appear to be attached to the power grid and nobody's heard of the landlord.

    I can't go into too much without spoiling it, but needless to say the atmosphere when they go past the basement and into room 14 is so tense you'll need to put the light on!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    4/11/14
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    "Mixed bag..."

    This was an odd one for me, I really enjoyed the first 8 hours of the story a lot but the last 4 hours not so much. That's not to say the last 4 hours are terrible or anything - its fine, but its almost like a different storyline somehow. Hard to explain without spoilers really, but for me the writer had the first part of the story done really well, and the latter part not so well - but it was an interesting story well told, just seemed to go a bit odd towards the end.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    1/23/14
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    "Oh I loved this book!"
    What did you like most about 14?

    Fresh believable characters, incidental love interests that didn't detract from the story in any way! Unpredictable twists and turns, appealed to me (at 60) and my daughter (at 24) test of a good story. Different to my usual read but I'm really glad I took a chance and listened. Easy to follow without being boring, unusual concept but believable, even the weird bits!


    What other book might you compare 14 to, and why?

    Can't compare it to anything really, all new and very enjoyable!


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

    Veek is very cool (not sure if that's how to spell it) she has a wicked sense of humour, Zeela is also pretty cool.


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

    Both - I found my jaw clenching in parts, shouted out loud in the car a few times, couldn't wait to get out of work to start listening again!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it if you like a good story, fantasy, suspense and laughing!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Warrington, United Kingdom
    7/14/12
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    "Brilliant!"

    A brilliant read - very spooky in parts and full of mystery! A fun and entertaining book which the narrator brings alive with an excellent performance. I just wish the book was longer as I didn't want it to end!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    RUISLIP, United Kingdom
    3/9/14
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    "Just, wow."
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, entertaining madness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's impossible to put into words without giving massive spoilers, but the characters in this book have much more depth and realism about them than pretty much any other book I have ever read. I found myself sharing all their emotions, and rather than guessing the ending, was anxious to find out what they were leading to. This book is so well written, it's truly edge of your seat stuff.


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

    Ray Porter's performance is fantastic. A couple of the accents may have been a little ropey, but he still managed to make them believable, even his women had the correct balance of strength and fragility that so many actors tend to get so wrong. His pace is perfect, and his acting highlights all the humor and / or tension that each scene requires. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of his narration.


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

    I could've lost a whole weekend to this book. I was due to take a coach journey when I was about a third of the way through it, and decided to listen to more of it rather than my music. On the way home again I was pretty tired, and thought I would continue with the book, maybe have a doze on my way home...no chance. By the time my journey ended I was LITERALLY on the edge of my seat. The girl next to me must have thought I was crazy with all the fidgeting I was doing as events unfolded in my ears. By the time I actually got home, the story had become so intense that I was glad my other half was back from work so I didn't have to sit in the house on my own while I listened to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been chewing all my friends ears off (figuratively) to try and get them to listen to or read this book. If you give it a chance, I promise you will too. Pretty much jumped straight into my top five favourite books and gives Neil Gaiman a damn good run for his money.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • N
    newcastle, United Kingdom
    3/8/14
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    "really unexpected, loved it all."
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    I loved this book. Not what I expected at all. The narrator was wonderfully. The story kept me guessing. I ended up sitting in my car in the driveway with people staring at me because I wanted to hear what happened next.


    What other book might you compare 14 to, and why?

    Hmmm... that's a hard one. It reminded me a bit of the TV series Lost.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Every character had a distinct voice and even one word replies were easily identifiable. Especially enjoyed his portrayal of Tim the "retired publisher" and Roger the laid back "dude". This narrator is a safe pair of hands.


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

    Yes


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss King
    UK
    4/8/13
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    "14"

    Nate moves into a new flat in a very strange apartment building. It seems that every apartment in the building is different and has something strange about it. There are the green cockroaches, the lift that has never worked, apartment 14 is padlocked, and many other strange oddities.

    This was a wonderful book, with lots of twists and turns, and some fantastic ideas. And every time something new was revealed about the building I had a new theory about what was going on. I loved this book and will be looking for more books by Peter Clines.

    Loved every minute of it.

    Really great listen, highly recommended.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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