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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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    stacey 08-30-12
    stacey 08-30-12

    I love books because they transport me to the real past or imagined future. I don't have time for T.V.

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    "Basically two books in one."

    I enjoyed the first part of the book, up until the story changed (don't want to give too much info). Then it was like it was a sci-fi book. I suppose it's a "good" sci-fi book but my brain had a hard time wrapping around the one-eighty of the direction of the story. I guess I wasn't thinking the story was going to go where it did. It was hard to reconcile the two "halves". I'm not saying anything negative. You will just have to take a chance on the book. It was.....different. Great narration, nice and long listen.

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    Dena R. Hawkins Crandall, Indiana United States 08-30-12
    Dena R. Hawkins Crandall, Indiana United States 08-30-12
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    "One of the best audio books I have listened to."
    What did you love best about 14?

    The narration was awesome. Ray Porter has become one of my all time favorites. All his voices had distinct personalities and were totally believable. Even the women.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    I would compare 14 to the writings of Dean Koontz. In fact, I have several favorites of Koontz that Peter Clines is now in line with.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Pretty much everything. In fact, this is the first audio book that I couldn't get out of my mind because of his excellent reading and to which I turned around a week later and listened to the entire book again.


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    Amazon Customer Phoenix, AZ USA 08-30-12
    Amazon Customer Phoenix, AZ USA 08-30-12 Member Since 2012

    bing281

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    "Really Amazing Different Kind of Read!"

    This book really gets you going into a adventure that you want so badly to be real. The mystery is there, the suspense is there.

    This book reminds me of the LOST TV show. Season 1 it starts off awesome and you want more. You get to the hatch and you are so bewildered and amazed you don't know what to think. But finally you get to the ending and you are left with a bit of why did it go that way.

    Nonetheless I liked it a lot and I have added Peter Clines to my author list. I can't wait to read more and I would love to know of more books like this.

    bing281

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    Ivy Sciandra New York 08-30-12
    Ivy Sciandra New York 08-30-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Amazing Book"

    I laughed, I gasped, I yelled...I recommend! This book was so intriguing on every level. The story was amazing with twists and turns everywhere. There was mystery, intrigue, great characters, and perfect narration. I was so grateful that I had traveling to do this week so I had lots of time to listen. I plowed through this book and plan to listen again soon.

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    Crowe 08-29-12
    Crowe 08-29-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Pleasure to read, fun to listen to."

    This book was a real treat! I listened to the whole thing in just a few days trying to find moments when I could listen and enjoy it 100%.
    Rich charters and a mystery that is akin to "Lost" before the show went haywire. I found it very exciting and if I listened to it while doing data entry I would go back and repeat that chapter at home so I could enjoy every detail.
    A real Find, I am looking forward to anything more from this author.
    P.S. A standing ovation to the Narrator. A stunning performance Sir. Much Enjoyed!

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    S. K. Brown 08-29-12
    S. K. Brown 08-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Gripping"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    This story had me from the start. It gets quite bizarre at the end, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. The narrator does a great job with the different accents, but I swear I think I can hear his stomach grumbling towards the end. Either way - good listen.


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    Nina Beaconsfield, QC, Canada 08-29-12
    Nina Beaconsfield, QC, Canada 08-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Unexpected and gripping"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes, it was beautifully acted (I won't even say narrated, as the voices were perfect), and it took such an unexpected twist, I'm sure I missed some of the subtleties through racing through it as fast as I could.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When the first big reveal came, to be honest, I groaned. I thought it had taken a Steven King-like path and gone off the rails (see "It"). But once I got used to the idea, the whole thing came together in a fascinating cinematic way that kept me right until the last page.


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

    Absolutely brought the characters to life.


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    BADBOY Woburn, MA, United States 08-29-12
    BADBOY Woburn, MA, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Just BADBOY being BADBOY

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    "WOW WOW AND WOW"

    1st book I bought from others reviews reader 5 stars many characters made up a voice for them all 1st download was like WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON IN THIS HOUSE.....A must read 4 sure 2nd download got you on your toes edge of your sit.Pulled in my driveway and sat in the car for a half hr/45min in the a/c could not stop listening.

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    RYAN Richmond, VA, United States 08-29-12
    RYAN Richmond, VA, United States 08-29-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Another one who followed a blind recommendation"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. It was pretty exciting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    When the gang discovers the secret in Clive and Debbie's apartment. That was when things really got going.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    His accents didn't sound terrible.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pretty subjective thing, but I wish the book had gone into more detail about certain things. Though the story was pretty great, the pacing was very uneven: very little actually happens in the first half of the book, while too much happens in the second half. I'm okay with it opening slowly, but I came away wishing that more attention had been paid to the really amazing things they discovered later on, when so much was spent on examining the weird little clues which end up revealing the big, world-shaking secret.

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    JLM Oakland, CA, United States 08-28-12
    JLM Oakland, CA, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Mystery and adventure .... Can't say more"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't want to ruin this with a spoiler, but great reading! Good character development and a mystery that turns kinda scary without bloody gory zombie land overtones yet creepiness is there :-)


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