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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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    Jenny Santa Fe, NM, United States 10-21-12
    Jenny Santa Fe, NM, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Lovecraft fans!"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved the reader, he was excellent, and it was face paced enough that I listened to it straight through.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    I don't want to spoil the fun.


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

    Veeg.


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

    Reality is more than you make of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Lovecraft and was SO excited when this book became an homage to him, without being derivative.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Fletcher, NC, United States 10-20-12
    Steve Fletcher, NC, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Such an awesome surprise of a book"

    Listening to this audiobook took me back to the days when I'd be a horrible moocher and han out and free read in my buddy's comic shop in Virginia and stumble onto a graphic novel I'd never heard of, and 3 hours later, find myself starving and realizing I'd read through poli-sci class. If you love suspense, cults, old gods and a colorful cast of characters who range from sounding like Duke Phillips from "The Critic" and Stu from "The Life and Times of Tim" --this is a good choice. Nicely fleshed out characters, genuine relationships within the story and a narrator/voice actor who really knows what he's doing. Ray Porter is a narrator I'll be looking out for and Peter Clines is rock solid. Check out his Zombies with Super Heroes series (yes, I just typed that out loud) for even more quick, dirty fun.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 10-20-12
    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Different but outstanding"
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    This is one of those audio rare books that has exceptionally good narration, writing and story. The characters are complex and believable, the story itself is interesting and unpredictable - and the writing had me laughing out loud in parts, and later in parts it was extremely intense. I had never read a book by Peter Clines nor had I listened to one narrated by Ray Porter before this one - I intend to consider both for future picks with my credits. The narration, by Ray Porter, was one of the best I have listened to in a long time. Well worth the credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jasper799 Fairview, TN 10-16-12
    jasper799 Fairview, TN 10-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Felt familiar...."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Reads like it's a made-for-TV script for a Scooby Doo episode. "Daphne" was even referred to in one situation.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    Yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Weston, Australia 10-09-12
    Cheryl Weston, Australia 10-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Had potential"
    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

    I wouldn't be averse to reading another book by Peter Clines. The narration was excellent.


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

    I'd recommend it as a light read as long as they are willing to accept that ultimately credibily is stretched to breaking point


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

    No particular favourite


    Do you think 14 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't think a follow up book would be worthwhile as the plot conclusion lacked plausibility so if continued would be in danger of becoming ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    This story had great potential with some interesting and innovative twists. I was disappointed the solution to the "mystery" of Apartment 14 was so improbable.

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    Michael Petersburg, IL, United States 10-08-12
    Michael Petersburg, IL, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "14: A Brief Review"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was very much taken by the first 2/3 of the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I may meaner towards a classic.


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

    No, I have not. The book was well read.


    Do you think 14 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Oh my gosh no. Listen/read the last 1/3 - you will understand.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Danville, VT, United States 09-26-12
    Mary Danville, VT, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2008

    mare

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    "So much potential"

    I loved the first half (or so) of this book. Great writing and character development. Delightful sense of humor. Interesting plot. Then it descended (literally and figuratively) into standard fair. Too bad because the book was very creative and I had hoped for more. The first half was a solid 4 to 5 stars. The second half a two. I split the difference in my ratings.

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    Kate Newark, CA, United States 09-26-12
    Kate Newark, CA, United States 09-26-12
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    "Not what I was expecting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was pretty interesting. I have suggested it to several people who enjoy syfy books.


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

    It has some interesting twists that made me want to keep listening and then when i wasn't listening i was thinking about it. It wasn't one that i HAD to listen to all the time but i still wanted to finish it unlike some others that i've tried to get in to but just couldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed this book. The ending was not at all what i was expecting but i found myself wanting to listen to it. I would randomly bring it up in conversation because it was so interesting that I couldn't help but think about it all the time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Travis United States 09-25-12
    Travis United States 09-25-12
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    "So-so"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm glad i read this book even if i wasn't blown away. It was a very interesting story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending came way out of left field. I'm not sure i could think of a better one though.


    Did Ray Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The book was well read.


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

    I cant see this book being made into a movie,way too ridiculous.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 09-19-12
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2011

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    This book is a wonderful story with great, believable characters. The parallel world sequence was not as good as it could have been. However, it was a worthwhile and fun read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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