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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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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 09-29-12
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good, but falls short of excellent"

    This is a very good entertaining book. The story is about a person who starts to notice a lot of strange things about his new apartment building. He forms collation of other tenants to unfolds the mystery of this building. The mystery is very intriguing and complete fiction, but it unfolds in very entertaining though highly unlikely fashion. The cast of characters in the book are very interesting and narrative is snappy delivered expertly by Ray Porter.

    I found story to be very lean, and it moved at a brisk pace. The cast of characters are well flushed out, and their interaction is entertaining. Even though last stages of story become a bit out there, I would still rate this a very good book. I would recommend this book, and I will consider picking up other books from the same author in the future.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 09-04-12
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "My bad"

    SciFi is not my usual genre, but the almost universal rave reviews with promises that this was new and different than any other book around made me take the leap of faith. Ultimately I was both disappointed and pleased at different points in the story.

    I hated the slower than molasses set-up. It took right at half the book to get beyond the introductions to the cast of characters, and as much time as the author took to work everyone into the narrative, there was little depth to any of them. You could see the broad stereotypes from central casting. The comparisons to Scoobey and the gang sounded somewhat intriguing in the reviews that I read, but especially in the front half of the book it became tiresome and trite.

    Once I hit the halfway mark, things picked up considerably. There was action and the wild ride creativity that had been promised in the reviews. It was Scoobey Doo meets Dr. Who, and I mean that in a good way. (Yes, Dr. Who is my one scifi guilty pleasure). Well written, unexpected and breathtaking. The characters took on greater depth and dimension as they were (finally) given something to do.

    Then I hit hour 10. After the thrilling Act 2, I wondered what the author was going to do for four more hours. That's when it hit some hard core scifi that I don't mean in a good way. The fans of the book who gave the rave reviews obviously had no problems with the turn of events. But it didn't appeal to me. I don't want to ruin anyone else's pleasure with spoilers, so I won't be specific about what disappointed me. But the movie Jaws came to mind in the sense that for most of the movie we never saw the shark, and we were scared to death. It was after we actually saw the shark that it didn't quite match our imaginations. That was the kind of let-down that I felt. True fans of Clines may be better pleased. But for my leap of faith - my bad.

    31 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Daron Dickens Atlanta, GA 07-03-12
    Daron Dickens Atlanta, GA 07-03-12 Member Since 2008

    Ddeezer

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    "Fresh, intriguing, and full of mystery"
    What did you love best about 14?

    I think there are three things that work very well together
    1. The book is full of great character development and chemistry between the residents of the building. You want them to succeed and believe they are friends.
    2. The mystery unfolds at a satisfying pace and doesn't disappoint. I had a very hard time putting it down. I found myself looking for moments I could steal way to listen.
    3. The writing is witty and clever.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That is very hard. They all work so well together. If I had to make a choice I would say Tim. Mainly for his patience, wisdom, and things that unfold in the book.


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

    I have not. I was very impressed with this narrator and even looked up his other books to see if there was anything I might like. I really liked his performance!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely!!


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to a lot of books and a lot of those are mysteries. There comes a time when you see the same patterns being used over and over. I was getting a little tired of what was out there. This was an incredibly fresh book. I will caution people that it does have a sci-fi feel similar to the television show, "Lost". If you prefer linear police detective books over unexpected thrillers, then you may not like the content. You can't argue, however, with the superb writing and the excellent narration.

    34 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew BERKELEY, CA, United States 01-31-13
    Matthew BERKELEY, CA, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Dumb and Dumber"

    I honestly think I lost IQ points listening to this book. The worst part was that I got sucked in initially by the reasonably suspenseful plot devices. I put up with the cardboard characters and cliched writing because I was intrigued by the mystery surrounding the building. But the pay-off was so bad, so ridiculously bad, that I felt like an idiot having wasted any time on this drivel. I want my time back and the brain cells I expended in the effort. The narration was ok, although some of the accents were pretty lame. (Ray Porter's German is much better than his Indian.) I just kept wondering, "Isn't he embarrassed to be reading this?"

    I understand from reading many other reviews that mine is a minority opinion. Just don't say I didn't warn you.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda UT 01-07-13
    Melinda UT 01-07-13 Member Since 2009

    So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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    "Cthulhu Cult - Cloverfield Sqwhale Eat Clines"

    Ray Porter is always good; he gets 4*; (I'm giving him an extra one just for finishing this reading.)

    Leaping Lemmings!! I betrayed myself--I did not listen to reviewers I trust. Their friendly warning reviews faded to the end of an ever-growing ever-glowing list. I held out for 7 mos., but all those stars! stars! stars! I was glamoured. Good Gawwd...I would be one of those bloody furry lemming puddles at the bottom of a cliff. And deservedly so.

    Read the Lovecraft *cosmic indifferentism* canon. Read his description of the Great Old Ones, Cthulhu, Yog Sothoth, Azathoth--the anthropomorphic beings (tentacled head, whale bodies, dragon wings, and ALL) that occupied the ancient dimensional universe. 14 started out kind of fun, but the piracy got so outrageous, the monotony so monotonous...the Scooby Doo shtuff, the Bradbury name and Tesla, *Sqwhales*, dragging in the descendants of Lovecraft..."I eat you, food for me..." *Ludicrous: So foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing.*

    55 of 69 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 04-01-13
    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting premise, dissolves into bad writing."

    This book starts out with a great premise. Kind of an X-Files, or Twilight Zone vibe. Unfortunately the writing is not very good. People are continually saying and doing things that just ring false and contrived. Every time that happened, it took me out of the story, and it happens OFTEN. It's irritating. Several times I almost stopped listening.

    The other complaint I have is that, once the big secret is revealed there are about 10 or so more chapters, and everything from that point on is utterly predictable. Basically, once you get to the big reveal, you can pretty much stop listening. Just imagine how the story would be resolved if it were a Disney movie, and you've got it.

    Also, there are a LOT of loose ends. Many of the "oddities" that set up the premise of the story are never explained, at least not to my satisfaction.

    The narrator does a good job. I liked that all the characters are given very distinct voices.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 09-28-12
    Tamara SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2012

    As a mom of teenagers, I spend a lot of time in the car, and a lot of that time is spent listening to Audible. Because of that, I tend to listen to a lot of YA novels, and my reviews will include the "Mom View" of cussing, sexuality, etc...

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    "Engaging, Surprising, & a Satisfying End"

    I bought this while it was on sale, & I'm glad I did. I wasn't really sure where the story would take me, and was delightfully surprised along with the characters as their investigations deepened. The characters were well developed, and Porter did a great job with the voices, so that they were all easily distinguishable from one another. He also made it easy to picture the characters and events in my head. I would definitely recommend this to others.

    **Not, however, for YA listeners. This novel has plenty of cussing in it, and even one (none too steamy) sex scene.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 09-07-12
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "OK"

    I hate writing this kind of review because I know it's probably not helpful -- I can't totally recommend this novel...but I can't tell you to stay away either. The writing is OK. The plot is imaginative. (The performance, as is customary for Ray Porter, is terrific.) And yet...

    As other reviewers have already pointed out, the plot takes a somewhat bizarre twist (not totally unexpected for me, perhaps simply because I had read the other reviews). It is not really science-fiction, but it's not "horror" (as you would perhaps expect from the initial plot of X-number of individuals living in a building where unexplained things seem to happen), The twist makes the novel fall somewhere in limbo, genre-wise, making it harder to like.

    The novel starts out slow. Much happens before anything really does. In a way, this is not totally bad because, by the time the characters seem to be in danger, you find yourself actually caring for them. Still, it does drag at times...And some of the characters remain cartoony till the end.

    Perhaps the novel could have used another edit -- or more careful plotting ahead of time.

    And yet...I did finish it and it kept me hooked at times.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    itsallaboutthestory ID, United States 08-09-12
    itsallaboutthestory ID, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2010

    itsallaboutthestory

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    "AWESOME BOOK!!"

    I had this in my wish list for a while and finally decided to take a chance. I thought the book was headed in one direction and it went totally another. The characters are believable. There is plenty of humour and snark. I think if you enjoy a good mystery you'll love this book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 07-29-12
    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Your apartment building will never seem the same"

    Cline has written a wonderfully creepy story that nevertheless manages to have a sense of humor, but be warned that if you live in an old apartment building you may never see it quite the same way again. Every quirky thing about it will make you wonder what is REALLY going on under the stairs or behind the closed doors (my visits while listening to this to a family member's apartment in the Village in NYC, with its crooked stairs and strange idiosyncrasies on each floor, were a bit weird). The mystery builds at just the right pace, and the best part of the book is the run up to the reveal. Once the monster in the closet, so to speak, is let out, the story becomes less original and less engaging, although you still won't want to turn it off. The ending is quite satisfying just the same, and on the whole this is one of the more original ways I've seen of treating old Lovecraftian themes of cosmic horrors just behind the veil of normality. Ray Porter's narration is also solid, with pacing and style that fits the story well. One last recommendation: If you like this story and its themes, then you should definitely check out "The Atrocity Archives," by Charles Stross, which is similarly Lovecraftian, but with a solid dose of some serious mathematics to ground the tale.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • BillyBlackBear
    South Wales
    5/31/14
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    "Refreshingly Different"

    The book really did have a wonderfully different plot that has dark moments as well as some light humour. Perhaps a little unbelievable and predictable in the latter stages but overall I was truly drawn in by the characters and their curiosity. Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Roseann D. Ramage
    Scotland, UK
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    "14"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    I have already listened to this book several times and will probably do so again. I like the way the author has taken ordinary people in an ordinary setting and produced a really good story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate Tucker because he could be anyone, anywhere - a believeable and very likeable character


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

    Ray Porter really brings this book alive with a great performance - all the characters seem so real and alive


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I was fascinated to find out what would happen next


    Any additional comments?

    I have never read any of Peter Clines books before and so did not know what to expect. I chose it on a whim and its turned out to be one of the best books I've read in a while

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle Moore
    Dartford, United Kingdom
    4/29/14
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    "Not what I expected - loved it!"

    This is another of those books which is difficult to describe without giving too much away, whilst being a book you want to tell everyone to read!

    Nate is on minimum wage, and needing somewhere cheap to live, so when he's told about an apartment building which fits the bill he jumps at it. Once moved in, he starts to spot some strange things, such as a padlocked door, a false door, a lift which has never worked, and glowing cockroaches. He starts to get to know some of the other residents, and they decide to investigate.

    I was expecting a haunted house genre, but this is much more about SF and fantasy - but just as importantly, I just loved the characters that the author develops. The actual story is quite slow to get started, but by the time it does, you're so invested in these characters that it makes it come alive.

    Cline also drops in lots of references to horror writers and pop cultures, some of which I probably missed - if you like Lost, Fringe, Doctor Who etc, you'll find yourself grinning when you hear them.

    Highly recommended, and I've moved straight on to Ex Heroes by the same author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Putney, United Kingdom
    4/23/14
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    "Goes pretty weird"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book started well, guy in flat notices a few weird things. The explanation behind those weird things is, just, bizarre. It's like two separate novels.

    The characters were poor - over the top, unbelievable.
    Character interaction was poor - repeatedly telling awful jokes when you've been teleported to a different world and the whole of humanity is under threat. Not going to happen.


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

    Ditched the second half and found something more realistic but still mysterious to explain the weird goings on.


    What aspect of Ray Porter’s performance might you have changed?

    Nothing that I can remember. He did a reasonable job.


    Was 14 worth the listening time?

    Not really but I've known worse. It didn't offend me (as some books do) just disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beanie
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    4/16/14
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    "Enjoyable Escapism"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definately. Great listen - be ready to suspend your disbelief!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    Numerous moments. Discovering the power source to list just one.


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

    The voicing for each main character was well represented.


    Any additional comments?

    Based on this story I've added his Ex Heroes series to the wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    4/14/14
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    "A long run-up to an exciting ending"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Disengage brain in terms of some of the plot and character ''maguffins' and let the story carry you. Depending on your taste in fantasy/scifi the plot twist (when it comes) may leave you cold. But I was already hooked. Think of it like that us tv series with the bonkers premise you're addicted to. Enjoy the ride.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Great. Nice range of voices and pace. Adds a sparkto the dialogue and captures the humour and banter well.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It wouldn't be a film. This has tv mini series written in to it. Right down to the chapter breaks that read like commercial breaks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR PAUL BREWSTER
    4/10/14
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    "Scooby Doo meets Dr Who for adults"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes - probably


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

    As expected


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

    No


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

    No - it stands on its own.


    Any additional comments?

    The book grips in the early sections, with a nice build up of characterisation. Step by step the mystery is unfolded. Good pace, and intriguing. The second half is a little surreal for my taste, and difficult to take very seriously.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suffolk Nobody
    Stutton, Nr Ipswich, United Kingdom
    4/1/14
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    "Not what I was expecting - but very good"

    I read the description and some of the reviews and thought "why not?".
    I'm glad I took the plunge.
    The book really defies pigeon-holing into one genre - think Friends meets Doctor Who and add in a bit of Tom Clancy, Christopher Moore and Scott Sigler and you get somewhere near.
    I had no idea where the story was going - and certainly didn't expect what did happen!
    The story moves on well and you get a good insight into most of the characters. There is one character who left me thinking "why is she there" but given quite a large cast, I guess that is inevitable. The latter parts of the story are not as good as the earlier parts, but it still holds together.
    The performance is good, and the narrator differentiates will between the characters.
    Overall - well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Allen
    Spain
    2/28/14
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    "I did NOT see that one coming..."

    What a find! The intriguing sample got me interested and the high reviews swung it, and I'm glad I got it.

    A challenge to anyone who thinks they can predict storylines - with this one you won't even get close! Good book, good narration, kept me hooked. If I had to criticise, I'd say that some of the quippy banter in mid crisis was a bit... oh, but what the heck... this is a great listen. Get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sydney
    London, United Kingdom
    2/23/14
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    "The reviews don't lie!"

    Crackerjack cosmic mystery-adventure for X-Files/Lost/Buffy/Fringe/etc fans, with witty dialogue, fun well-drawn characters, and swift excellently-judged pacing. Great performance in an edge-of-the-seat style from the reader. Couldn't turn it off!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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