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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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    Monica tifton, georgia, United States 12-21-12
    Monica tifton, georgia, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "a little wierd.. but good book"

    Some of the ideas presented in this book are so outthere and unbelievable that it kills the spook. The characters are great though and its a good listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 12-10-12
    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Just OK for me"
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator does a great job on this one. Really differentiates the characters well.

    The first 3/4ths of the book is excellent. I couldn't stop listening as the suspense and mysteries built atop one another. The last 1/4 was a let down. The story became less suspense and more wild illogical fantasy. Characters who previously had acted in common sense began doing dumb things which had predictable consequences. (ie not killing the bad guy when you have the chance and other such plot devices which are annoying). If the this building is so important to protect the world why are the characters allowed to bumble around for days and nearly destroy humanity? Wouldn't someone who knows keep a very close eye on the place? Of course they would!!! If these types of things don't bother you then you might enjoy the ending. It was all wrapped up in a very predictable fashion. I was hoping for more given the great beginning.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael D. Russcher KALAMAZOO, MI, US 11-25-12
    Michael D. Russcher KALAMAZOO, MI, US 11-25-12 Member Since 2012

    AMD4EVER

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    "Wonderful story!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is my first review here. 14 is one of the best and most surprising books I've ever read. I think it takes a few ideas for some TV shows. From "Lost" is simply takes the idea of building tons of unanswered mysteries at the beginning with the promise of tying them all together later. What it does better than Lost though is that it actually does tie them together and better than that it is done in a very interesting way! It also takes an idea from "Heroes" with the line "Save the building, save the world" which is obviously not all that different than "Save the cheerleader, save the world". It is a prophecy that adds a lot of intrigue.

    I couldn't predict where the story was going and loved every twist and turn of the book! 5 stars!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori United States 11-18-12
    Lori United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2006
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    "WHAT??"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, they would forever question my judgement.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It started out fairly well, and kept me interested until I was commited but in the end wish I did not waste my time.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    performance was not bad , just the book.


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

    NO...Please no


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if the 14 I read was different from the other reviewers 14. The way the story comes together at the end was ridiculous. I feel the author gave up, It was just nonsense.I will admit the character building was good, they should have been put into a more intriguing story, and I do like sci-fi/fantasy and mysteries /thrillers. I just believe that they should also be well written.
    Some Fantasy books that I like are Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time, Lord of the Rings.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen springfield, MO, United States 11-11-12
    kathleen springfield, MO, United States 11-11-12
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    "Original storyline."
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Until I read Ender's Game, I never read science fiction. But lately I've been trying different authors and this one is pretty good. I wish somebody had indicated how bad the foul language was, though. I read other people's reviews before I choose and that is something that some of us want to know.


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

    I think the narrator does a really good job of distinguishing the characters of different gender and age.


    Any additional comments?

    For me, the foul language really ruined it. The character Roger doesn't seem to know any words other than f***. Now I can't lend this to my teen sons, which is half of why we sprung for an audible membership.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer philadelphia, PA, United States 11-07-12
    Amazon Customer philadelphia, PA, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I dont like sci fi..."
    What did you love best about 14?

    The narrator hands down....


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The narrator does and awesome job giving each character distict voices and accents. That's what held my attention.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding open space in the middle of an apt bldg..


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

    I have no clue.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd buy other books from this narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bart Van Honsté Antwerp, Belgium 11-05-12
    Bart Van Honsté Antwerp, Belgium 11-05-12 Member Since 2011

    www.haveanicewinetoday.com

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    "Expecting more of it"

    After all the good critics I have read before buying this book I was really disappointed. For me the story was too slow and I never got pulled into the story (which most of the books of Stephen King do, or the trilogy of the Hunger Games).

    Not my cup of tea this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sigrid NAPA, CA, United States 11-05-12
    Sigrid NAPA, CA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "14"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book really held my attention and was quite intriguing for the first 3/4 but then it fell off quite a bit. Waht had been easy to believe became far too obscure.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Clines? Why or why not?

    Yes, his construction is good


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job and each character was easily recognizable


    Was 14 worth the listening time?

    yes, I will try another from this author


    Any additional comments?

    The characters were well drawn and believable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Stafford, Australia 11-05-12
    Michele Stafford, Australia 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I had high hopes"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I was a bit let down I thought it was going to be really something but it wasn't to my taste


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

    Probably if they asked and liked science fiction


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have one


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

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 11-05-12
    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Got My Money's Worth"

    I picked this up a few days ago, based upon a series of raving reviews. It's certainly the kind of book that keeps you turning pages or plugged into the audio. The build-up of suspense and mystery is fantastic. But, then the climax is a bit corny. I don't regret the purchase, I got my money's worthy, but I'm not among the 5 star ravers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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