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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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    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 02-22-13
    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 02-22-13
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    "Excellent story"

    This is a great story and performance held me all the way to the end and then i wanted more well done. whats next

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    Jessica 02-22-13
    Jessica 02-22-13
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    "Fun Horror Thriller"

    This book is really just for fun. Ray Porter is a great narrator and is able to make you care about the characters even in the more ridiculous parts of the story. If you can completely suspend your disbelief, you'll probably really enjoy this story. It begins like a typical haunted house story but takes such an extreme turn to the strange side that it almost loses you. But by the time you get to this point, you're already hooked!

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    A. D. Mcrae 02-21-13
    A. D. Mcrae 02-21-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Starts with a bang, carries on then fizzes"

    The performance was wonderful. I was engaged and eager throughout entire listen. I really enjoyed the building of community in the first 3/4 of book. I cared about the characters and their macinations. Unfortunately, the story spiralled out of control in terms of believability in the last hour or so, as if the writer ran out of speed and wanted to get something down. It is definitely worth a listen though I would have appreciated a better ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elle W 02-21-13
    Elle W 02-21-13
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    "An Engaging, Entertaining Listen"
    Any additional comments?

    There were a few disappointments to the overall book that, for me, led to my rating it 4 stars overall; but that's still a very good book on my scale (5 stars are reserved for instant classics).

    The reader is excellent: pace, tone, inflection...and everything else about excellent narration is here. I never stopped being immersed in the story as I never thought about what the reader was doing; the reader never distracted from the characters and story.

    This is not gruesome horror, far from it. It is a surreal, preternatural mystery that is focused mainly on the characters and the intrigue of the building.The story has a Twilight Zone feel which I enjoy (I liked the old Rod Sterling TV series, too).

    While it has some predictable elements and moments of vapidity, the plot remains interesting and entertaining from beginning to end. The characters, or most of them, are dynamic and likeable...with just the right balance between conflict and camaraderie. I hated the religious stereotyping and would have greatly appreciated a bit more diversity in that case, yet it all works for the story itself. The obligatory "otherwise smart character using poor judgement" comes into to play as it too often does in books of this sort, all for the sake of advancing plot at characters' expense. But these downsides are forgivable as the book does what it's meant to do: entertain.

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    leslie 02-21-13
    leslie 02-21-13
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    "More enjoyable than expected!"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Interesting concept for a book. Likeable lead characters, nicely developed plot, and well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am not a huge sci-fi fan, but this book comes off as more of a mystery. The characters even refer to one another as Shaggy, Thelma, Fred and Daphney. I liked the "we're all in this together" mentality, and it makes me wish I had the sort of neighbors I could meet on a rooftop to drink beer, watch the sun set, and discuss our creepy building.


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

    What would you do if you found you had the power to keep the world safe?


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    John Auckland, New Zealand 02-21-13
    John Auckland, New Zealand 02-21-13
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    "Best Audio book so far!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    Great story and a great narrator. Really enjoyed this and recommend for those getting into audio books. Enjoy!


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    Beatriz Batista San Juan, Puerto Rico 02-21-13
    Beatriz Batista San Juan, Puerto Rico 02-21-13

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    "MUST "READ",LOVE THE NARRATION, WORTH THE $/CREDIT"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    I have not gotten the print version but really really enjoy my AUDIBLE VERSION !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    VEEK, you will get it when you listen or read the book ! SPECIAL CHARACTER !


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can specify one because I have listen to the book twice and really like the all the scenes THEY are ALL special to the story and of course do not want give anything out.


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

    When the whole group had to pull together a dificult situation that required TEAM WORK amazingly they work thru some loops and let's say they tried very hard to trust each other, but did they overcame it, that is the question?


    Any additional comments?

    I have never read or listen to anything written by Peter Clines, my first, but I did enjoy it, different but GOOD, AND I will look for some MORE books from his collection...MY CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT WRITING I JUST COULDN'T TURN THE AUDIBLE OFF !

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    Jenni 02-21-13
    Jenni 02-21-13

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    "Amazed By It's Greatness"

    This was a completely random choice, and it turned out to be one of the most suspenseful audio books I have heard. I could not wait for my next commute to or from work because this was that amazing. From the reader's voice to the fresh and witty characters, and the original story line I was thoroughly and completely entertained. I even had that spine-tingling sensation during some parts of the book, and it was awesome. I would NEVER have chosen this if I had known it was a science fiction book. I completely surprised myself and absolutely came out a winner! I highly recommend you give it a try, even if sci-fi is not your thing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Music lover Quemado, NM, United States 02-21-13
    Music lover Quemado, NM, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Right up there with King and Koontz."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great characters and a very original storyline


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    Kind of like the stand because a group of unlikely people bond to fight evil


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene when they ride the bikes and first encounter the roach people


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

    I was shocked that Andrew was the wicked one


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen. Can't wait for the next one

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    Josh Battle Ground, WA, United States 02-21-13
    Josh Battle Ground, WA, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Ride"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An unexpected gem I would highly recommend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It draws you in with a trail of bread crumbs that you dont expect.


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

    Ray brings the characters to life! Its hard to believe its only one voice reading.


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

    The title of the book says it all.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an audio book I wish I could erase from my brain and listen to all over again, what a great ride!

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