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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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    S. Nivens Houston, TX 10-29-12
    S. Nivens Houston, TX 10-29-12 Member Since 2012

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    "So glad it's over!"

    I do not understand why there were so many good reviews for this book. They sure fooled me because that is the only reason I purchased it. I kept waiting for it to get good and even went back and reread the reviews about 7 hours into the book because I thought it was the most boring thing ever. I kept thinking some big twist was around the corner and I just had to hold on a little bit more.

    There were many compliments on the narrator since he was able to read several different voices without much effort. This is true, but every character was so extrememly boring! There was no excitement or inflection in his voice and I could care less if they all lived or died at the end of the day. The apartment was filled with the most bland people on earth and I wasted over 12 hours of my life trying to "feel" something for them but it just never happened.

    I may feel this way because this is the first book I listened to after 9 months of listening to the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy. I invested a lot of my time in those books and had grown to care deeply about each main carractor. Maybe I listened to Simon Vance for so long that I forgot what an american accent sounded like :) Either way I just wanted to write a truthful review to possibly stop someone else from wasting 12 hours they can never get back. If you are a "sci-fi nerd" then this may be right up your ally or you might find it just as boring as I did. I hate to bar the narrator for life but I'll definitely preview the next one before I purchase,

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 10-10-12
    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 10-10-12

    I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it

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    "An Okay Read made better by the Narrator"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Expectations unfulfilled. I am a huge fan of Ex-Heroes. I've listened to the first Ex-Heroes close to ten times. It's that good. But this was a major let down for me.


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

    It was kinda cliche to be honest. Disappointing to say the least.


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

    I have not listened to any other books by this narrator but this guy does an awesome interpretation of Veek (the most memorable character in the story)


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

    Yeah, sadly disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Peter Clines is a very gifted writer. It was a bummer to see him turn in such a mediocre effort.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 08-10-12
    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2011

    Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!

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    "What's Behind Door Number 14?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    I really don't know if the audio edition of 14 would be better than the print version. I did enjoy the narrator's different accents for different characters, but I did not read the print version. The suspense was very good for the first half of the book, however the ending was far fetched, and a little bit confusing.


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

    I don't think so. Although overall I enjoyed '14,' it's just not my normal genre. I like horror but I am more into Stephen King and Jack Ketchum. Without giving away spoilers, this book is sort of 'HP Lovecraft' (who incidentally is mentioned in the book and is a key piece of the puzzle.)


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

    I have to say that I like Nate and Veet. I was surprised with all of the suspense and the 'What is going on with this building?' questions, Nate and Veet were still able to start a romance. I liked their characters the best. They were tough, thoughtful, and they were the strongest characters. Tim was also very strong, and we find out why in the end. The cast of characters were mostly very likeable.


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

    I would have to say that '14' is a good title and tag line because it gives the reader the urge to find out what '14' stands for. The beginning of the book is very suspenseful and exciting, we want to find out what the big secret is in the strange building where these tenants live.


    Any additional comments?

    This book sort of dragged at times, and the end was confusing and kind of silly in my opinion, but it was still worth the listen.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Virginia beach, VA, United States 08-04-12
    Amber Virginia beach, VA, United States 08-04-12
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    "So disappointed!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not. It was basically Scooby Doo for adults (sea monsters and all). The beginning seemed so interesting but then the story started taking absurdly weird turns. The characters never developed and the plot became a joke.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    Probably not.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Ray Porter's performance was excellent throughout this book.


    Was 14 worth the listening time?

    No. I wanted to like this book and I wish I had a better idea of how it would progress.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-31-12
    Jessica Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-31-12
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    "Did I read the same book??"

    As a longtime horror fan, I gotta say, this isn't Stephen King. Heck, it's not even Dean Koontz. I was so optimistic after reading all the reviews, but am just totally underwhelmed. The narrator was annoying; it was as if he assigned each character a very distinct stereotypical persona- the everyman, the Indian neighbor, the R. Lee Ermey military guy, the surfer "Far-Out, Dude!", the sexy weird girl... This book also kind of insulted my intelligence. You don't need to explain every conversation, every nuance. (I'm thinking of one instance where one character described the creatures as "squales," which another character had to follow up with, "Squales?" And then the first character had to lay it out... "You know, squid-whales?!") I wanted to like this book, I really did!! But, how I wish I'd saved that credit and not wasted those hours on it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 07-19-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "this book fell apart after 10 hours"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    only certain friends. it is not my kind of book. i purchased it based on reviews.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    either a john steinbeck book or "those across the river"


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    he portrrayed the individual characters very well.


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

    NO. maybe some people mite. i probably won't read from this author again. unless i see a book that really sounds good...then this one sounded good. it would be good for sifi lovers.


    Any additional comments?

    when authors write and write. sometimes they should quit while they are ahead. this book was pretty good until it got strange. if you like sifi you will like this.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Crosby, TX, United States 07-12-12
    Larry Crosby, TX, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Sci -Fi Fantasy With Black Holes In The Plot"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if they were Sci-Fi Fantasy aficionados, and then, only on the strength of the performance of Ray Porter.


    What could Peter Clines have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have filled in the holes of the plot. I know this was fantasy but his characters went from acting like morons to scientists within three sentences.


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

    The Indian hacker.


    Did 14 inspire you to do anything?

    I will seek more of Ray Porter's work.


    Any additional comments?

    Ray Porter's performance made a bad story into one worth sticking with. I honestly don't regret buying this silly story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    E Bowie, MD, United States 10-12-12
    E Bowie, MD, United States 10-12-12

    Crazy about books. Romance and military suspense junkie. Reviewing books is just plain old fun.

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    "EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    What Ididn't realize prior to reading the book was that it was Sci-Fi and I'm not a fan of that genre.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    I'll try to answer this without any spoilers. The most memorable moment for me was the moment where, during thier exploration of the building, one of the tenants flipped a switch, something wierd happened and it became apparent to everyone that their living situation was FAR more complicated than they thought.

    I remember thinking, "what in the world is going on in this place?"


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    I liked everything about Ray Porters performance. He had a very pleasant voice to listen to, he read at a very comfortable pace with all the right voice inflections and each character had a different voice that readers could easily recognize. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him.


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

    Because I'm not a Sci-Fi fan, my extreme reaction was disbelief. I was totally hoooked and intrigued by this story right up until the last couple of chapters when it took a sharp turn. At that point, I no longer wanted to finish the book, but felt I had to because I had come so far.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Vicksburg, MI, United States 07-25-12
    Susan Vicksburg, MI, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Oh for heaven's sake"

    This is the first time the audible reader reviews fooled me into getting a real clunker.

    Just bad. Ridiculous story line.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kori Haleiwa, HI, United States 09-06-14
    Kori Haleiwa, HI, United States 09-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Intriguing, but not Satisfying."
    Any additional comments?

    The book hooks with the mysterious facets and oddities of an apartment building. As you go on the hunt with the Mystery Gang, you find out more weird things about the building that seem unexplainable. I personally didn't like the way the mystery was solved, or the explanation. It seemed to go from realistic to out of this word, literally. I would've like more exposition on the resolution.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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