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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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    Karen Germiston, South Africa 08-27-12
    Karen Germiston, South Africa 08-27-12 Member Since 2014

    Mother, wife, avid reader - certified Audible Addict.

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    "Rivetting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, but the narration was excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kept me in suspense all of the time


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Discovery of the basement 'cavity'


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

    I loved it


    Any additional comments?

    Part Stephen King, part Dean Koontz - definitely a book for a long drive or a rainy day - you won't want to be disturbed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Kirwan, Australia 08-27-12
    Deborah Kirwan, Australia 08-27-12
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    "WOW!"

    This is the best book I have listened to all year. I will not give away anything but you will not be disappointed in your purchase. The story and narration are 10 out of 10.

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    Kevin S. Nason 08-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting, but could be better."
    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

    Maybe.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    I don't read a lot of books like this, but it reminded me of the TV show Lost.


    Was 14 worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book was entertaining, but could have been better. The story was interesting enough to keep me listening, but I think the characters were lacking. The characters are not the most intelligent people and the dialogue is very basic - it sounds like it could be written for young adults. The book could have been much richer and more complex if the characters and dialogue were also. But, as I said, an interesting story and compelling enough to listen through the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada 08-26-12
    Carmen Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada 08-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not What I Expected - But I was HOOKED!"

    I read a few of the reviews on this book and was not quite sure I wanted when the words "Science Fiction" were used. But, I had a credit, and it was so popular that I got it.
    It's not the sort of book I would normally listen to - but by the time I figured that out I was too hooked to turn it off.
    The story line sucks you in right away and as the characters develop you can't help but like them. It's a crazy ride that ends up where you least expect and worth every minute of the listen.
    I should also point out that the Narrator really made the book. I doubt I would have enjoyed it so much or stuck with it if it had been read by somebody else. He was FANTASTIC.
    The author's other books don't look like my cup of tea, but I will be looking for other with Ray Porter narrating for sure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Austin Raleigh, NC 08-26-12
    Steven Austin Raleigh, NC 08-26-12 Member Since 2014

    If it's post apocalypse I'm in.

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    "Amazing"

    Normally the description would have kept me from buying this book. I am glad a friend convinced me otherwise. 14 is now number one of my top 5 for 2012. Don't pass up this amazing adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. North Chelmsford, MA, United States 08-25-12
    D. North Chelmsford, MA, United States 08-25-12
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    "Okay story to pass the time, but disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending. I thought it was going someplace and it did...but not to a good place


    What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

    The ending. Lots of build-up, and then....nothing


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

    No. Mr. Porters characterizations were good, but otherwise his narration was monotone. the parts of the story that were building tension..didn't because of the narration.


    Was 14 worth the listening time?

    Almost. It killed the time I had to kill (during my commute). But I'm glad I didn't spend time outside my commute to listening (or reading) this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Ogle Tennessee 08-24-12
    C. Ogle Tennessee 08-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not even finished & hooked!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    didn't read the print.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    the only other one is John Grisham's The Confession (awesome awesome listen). It's got a good solid believable story line and makes you think you have it figured out, but then you really don't.


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

    Great narration and voice/accent differences.


    Any additional comments?

    I was needing a book with an actual story line and that required me to actually listen and not know the outcome before I had even heard the book. After the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy, Bared to You, the Mckenzie brothers & Tempted (which all were good books with the exception or Tempted), I needed a story with substance. I have to admit I was skeptical and only used a credit b/c other reviewers were loving this story. OH MY STARS! I am so addicted to this story. It had me hooked at Chapter 1. I love all the characters and the narrator does a really good job with the characters voices/accents. Like I said I was hooked at chapter 1 and I'm not big on mysteries, but this one is so good. I didn't need to wait for chapter 7 or 10 for the book to pick up and start gaining my interest. If your doubting yourself this is a must listen. Go ahead use that credit, it's so worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Menefee Alexandria, Va 08-24-12
    T. Menefee Alexandria, Va 08-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Should have bought it sooner!"

    I had been looking at this book for a long time, but the synopsis didn't really grab my interest. It wasn't until someone compared it to "Lost" (which i loved) that I decided to give it a shot.

    I'm glad I did. It started off slow, but I like the buildup and the weirdness. It was a really good story and I ending up really loving the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    fjolli73 Isafjordur, Iceland 08-23-12
    fjolli73 Isafjordur, Iceland 08-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "This is going to make a great tv show!!"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    It was one of thouse books that just pulled me in. I'll check out the Kavach again just to get that feeling again


    What did you like best about this story?

    I never knew what was about to happen - a very original sci-fi mystery


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

    I guess it was my first, he did very well


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

    I felt I was there, in that building


    Any additional comments?

    Be careful not to read to much about the book before you start, it could take some of the fun out of it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BellaDonna DFW, Texas 08-23-12
    BellaDonna DFW, Texas 08-23-12 Member Since 2012

    BellaDonna

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    "A mix of King & Lovecraft"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks up there in the top 2 or 3 books I've listened to on Audible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the twists and turns and the fact that just when you think you know what's going on...you don't. It's such a superb blend of mystery, sci-fi and humor that it was hard to stop listening even when I really needed to do so.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed his portayal of all of the characters. Each character had their own style, their own personality.


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

    If I were to talk about the part of the book that most moved me, I'd give away too much. I reached a point in the book where I had this lightbulb go off in my head and realized why some it seemed somewhat familiar and I had to applaud the author. Then, later in the book, he rewarded me by telling me that I was right. I loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    Just give this book a listen...especially if you're a fan of horror and sci-fi writers of the past. You'll be glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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