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14 | [Peter Clines]

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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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    Cara AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-17-12
    Cara AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-17-12
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    "Jumped the shark"
    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

    Ray Porter did a good job with the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    This book started great then got a bit to "Out there" for me. Too bad because I truly enjoyed the premise in the beginning.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jared PROVO, UT, United States 08-14-12
    Jared PROVO, UT, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2005

    <geek>

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    "After so many glowing reviews it is a let down"

    I was pretty excited to read this book after so many glowing reviews, and at first I felt like it was heading in a direction that could be pretty interesting. Sadly the trip took a lot of patience because the narrator isn’t that great. He had a very “hardboiled detective” edge to his reading. This happened, this happened, etc. Not much feeling, emotion, etc. Just stats and facts thank you very much. I know others like him for this book. Sadly, I did not.

    The story of the building and the friends investigating was interesting to a point, but then it took a turn in the last third that was extremely fantastical and nothing like the first two-thirds of the book that it really became bothersome. I didn’t hate it so much as just deal with it until it was over, thinking most of the time about what I was going to read next.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Frank San Diego, CA, United States 08-12-12
    Frank San Diego, CA, United States 08-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Stupid turns"
    What disappointed you about 14?

    MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS!!!!!!!

    The story starts off pretty well; the mood builds and something seems to be working--but then it just gets stupid. I mean, the hero is sucked into the vacuum of outer space and survives? He's freaked out about the tentacles but can't bring himself to mention them to his pals--like that's any weirder than anything else that he's seen? And spilling the whole story to the goofy religious nut who brings in his zombie friends to trigger the end of the world? I think Clines got lazy and decided to whip out an ending. I couldn't finish it.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    vandermere lennox head, Australia 08-11-12
    vandermere lennox head, Australia 08-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Dissapointing"
    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 14?

    The flying telepathic half squid half whales.....absolutely stupid


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the most ridiculous books ever, I think it was written by 2 five year olds in different rooms then pasted together in no particular order.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Yarnall Frederick, MD 07-30-12
    Stephen Yarnall Frederick, MD 07-30-12 Listener Since 2009

    Dragonrider

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    "Interesting, but a little predictable in places."

    Overall, a good book and very good storyline. The narrators did a good job of bringing the characters to life. The story was just a little predictable in places, especially toward the end.

    I still enjoyed the book and will look for other works by Peter Clines.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie NEW HOPE, PA, United States 07-23-12
    Bonnie NEW HOPE, PA, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "What a disappointment!!!"
    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

    Probably not.


    Has 14 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


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

    His performance was appealing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 14?

    The entire portion which involved the 'squales'.


    Any additional comments?

    This book began in such a promising manner and we were totally engrossed in the story UNTIL it took a turn that made no sense to us whatsoever! We felt like the author got to a point where he wasn't sure of his next step so he just went off on a tangent that had little relevance to the first 3/4's of the story. Very disappointed and a boring finish to a cool beginning.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David Sonora, CA, USA 07-02-12
    David Sonora, CA, USA 07-02-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Stupid!"

    Started out great - kept my interest, had interesting character development. But then about the middle it turned to crap - could not wait for it to end.

    If you're a Sci-Fi fan you may love it. I'm not and I didn't.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David sonora, CA, United States 07-02-12
    David sonora, CA, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Stupid!"

    Started out great - kept my interest, had interesting character development. But then about the middle it turned to crap - could not wait for it to end.

    If you're a Sci-Fi fan you may love it. I'm not and I didn't.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Nashville, TN 12-12-13
    Chris Nashville, TN 12-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "What an incredible waste of a perfectly good story"

    This book, as many others have pointed out, is just flawed to its core. Whats worse is that it didn't have to be. Clines did a great setup job for an interesting and exciting end. He chose not to go down that route, though, instead switching gears and throwing the characters into some absolutely ridiculous sci-fi sub plot that is as unoriginal as it is uninteresting. Its actually a shame really, because with just a little more effort this book could have been great. This is an excellent example of "letting a lot of hard work go to waste for the lack of just a little bit more". The performance was fine, its not the narrators fault that he was saddled with a dud. The story is just awful. Don't do it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Canyon, TX, United States 04-30-13
    Jared Canyon, TX, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it"
    Any additional comments?

    If you didn't love 14 you're a raging idiot. Period. Read it and find out why.

    0 of 2 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.

    7 of 7 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...

    6 of 6 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!

    5 of 5 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.


    4 of 4 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!

    4 of 4 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!

    4 of 4 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 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


    2 of 2 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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