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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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    Tiffani The Woodlands, TX, United States 01-01-13
    Tiffani The Woodlands, TX, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Just right..."

    I wanted to try something a little different and, after reading lots of reviews, this is what I chose. Science-fiction and fantasy are my usual favorites and, at first, I was worried that this book might be too scary for me (I'm a big chicken), but it wasn't. It WAS a little creepy, but nothing worthy of nightmares. There was even a teeny bit of romance mixed in.

    Overall, a very nice balance that would suit an avid reader of any genre, plus a top-notch performance.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 12-31-12
    Dan 12-31-12
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    "Excellent Mystery Sci-Fi"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    This title lives up to all of the splendid reviews. Also, I can see sequels since not all loose ends are tied.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was very happy to see that this novel did not include zombies. I avoided other Clines novels because they did appear to include zombies. Zombie threads are the biggest creative cop-out in modern Sci-Fi literature. Zombies are the 'Vampire & Werewii" of the 21st century and I usually pass-m-up.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 12-30-12
    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 12-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Thin Story, Mildly Entertaining"

    This felt not so much like a novel but a long treatment for a proposed television series, ala something from the JJ Abrams universe.

    The story was interesting, but there weren't any early hooks in the first part of the book that would make me want to care about what happened. Perhaps an early partial reveal would have helped but would have been, by far, much better, was an investment in character development. I don't care about what happens to any of these characters. I don't know their back stories, and so, I don't care. We're given caricatures, instead of actual characters: the underachieving lead, the former secretive CIA type, the nerdy woman of Indian decent... these and the others are all two dimensional, but they didn't have to be.

    As for the story itself, yes, it is somewhat entertaining, but it's only carried forward by narration and dialogue. And, while the dialogue can be witty and fun sometimes, it's not enough to carry this story in a form that would make me want to care about it.

    But, I've heard worse, and this by far is not that. If you want a brainless candy bar, then this could be your next book. And,there is nothing wrong with brainless candy bars. You just don't want to eat them as your sole sustenance. Such is, I guess, this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua N. Mitchell Denver, CO USA 12-30-12
    Joshua N. Mitchell Denver, CO USA 12-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Superb narrator, great story."
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    I'm about halfway through. The story is great so far--believable characters, interesting mysteries. But the real surprise is Ray Porter's narration. So often, a poor narrator can ruin even a fantastic story. This is the opposite of that. Porter brings the characters to life with pitch-perfect, easily identifiable voices. Absolutely top notch.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kate a. willseyville, ny USA 12-30-12
    kate a. willseyville, ny USA 12-30-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Performance was fine, just did not like this story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Thought this was going to be an interesting mystery story, turned a little too sci-fi for my taste, unfortunately stuck with it way too long, finally skipped to the end just to finish, since i had purchased it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 12-30-12
    Ruth BUTTE, MT, United States 12-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrific Book - Another Favorite"

    Even if you're not a Sci Fi fan, you will love this book. It was fun and intriguing all the way through. Ray Porter was totally enjoyable to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Reston, Manitoba, Canada 12-27-12
    Michelle Reston, Manitoba, Canada 12-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Thrilling with lots of twists and turns"

    This is a great book with lots of twists to the story. It kept me up late listening and wondering what would happen next. Characters are well developed and interesting. The narrator does an amazing job with each, you can always "hear" who is talking.

    The imagery in this book is so good that you can practically see the pictures in your mind as you listen and feel the changing temperature, mood and light.

    I can't recommend this book highly enough. I bought it based on other listeners' reviews and was not disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cherie Tampa, FL United States 12-26-12
    Cherie Tampa, FL United States 12-26-12
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    "Don't pass this book by, it's incredible"
    What did you love best about 14?

    The characters and the subtle way the book travels from everyday life into the fantasy realm that the author has created. I skipped over this book several times after reading the official press release. Why would I read a book about an apartment building? I took a chance based upon the reader reviews and I'm so happy I did. Very entertaining from the beginning through the end. The author spends just enough time developing the characters without being too wordy. The story line is very captivating, I found myself listening all through my workday and in my car at night. Couldn't wait to get back to the book.


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

    The greatest minds in scientific history faced the greatest obstacle, how to save mankind and keep rents low.


    Any additional comments?

    Ray Porter is a fantastic talent. His cadence and voice work was impeccable and I'd be willing to listen to other books based solely on him being the narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Alderman Spokane, WA USA 12-26-12
    Daniel Alderman Spokane, WA USA 12-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Kept me wanting more"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say it ranks about top 20.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    This is such a spoiler question. I'll avoid it.


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

    Ray Porter is a master storyteller. Perfect accents and touches to differentiate the voices. You could completely tell a character's personality by their voice.


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

    Not particularly. The book was interesting, it didn't really seem to be going for "moving".


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is great, the story is top notch and interesting. If I had to find a negative spot is that they have a great story all by itself, and they tack on a connection to an old horror fantasy cliche. It was unnecessary and cheapened a pretty good story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 12-26-12
    Philip Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2016

    I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .

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    "And Decent Story, Poorly Written"

    The saving grace of Peter Cline's "14" is that the story is interesting enough that it's easy to overlook how badly it's written. The characters are shallow and their relationships to each other are so juvenile and snarky it was hard for me to take their plight seriously. And the incessant references to Scooby Doo didn't help, either.

    All the five-star ratings are somewhat deceptive, as this audiobook isn't really that good and, had I known it was going to be as poorly written as it was, I would have spent my credit elsewhere.

    I found myself, at the end, wondering when it was going to be over, so I could get back to listening to the kind of grown up stuff that I prefer.

    It was hard for me to gauge Ray Porter's performance but, considering the inanity of the material he had to work with, he did a pretty good job.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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