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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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    Robert Morrisville, PA, United States 07-20-12
    Robert Morrisville, PA, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2010

    I am an audiobook enthusiast who reviews audiobooks for his blog, The Guilded Earlobe. You can find me on Twitter @guildedearlobe talking about zombies, robots, monkeys and audiobooks.

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    "Ray Porter Brings Clines Strange Tale to Life"

    Read the full review at my blog The Guilded Earlobe:

    I have become quite a big fan of Ray Porter’s narration style, and his rich voice. Porter is one of my favorite first person narrators. He understands that speech isn’t always fluid and flawless, but includes affectations, and inconstant pacing. Porter can do more with a pause and a sigh, than many narrators can do with poetry. Yet, this was the first time I have listened to Porter read a novel written in the third person. I wondered if his style would be as good of a fit with this type of tale as it is with his first person narration. Thankfully, I can report that it totally was. Porter perfectly captures all of Clines strange collection of characters. It was interesting to see Porter, who I know best as the voice of Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger, bring to life a character that is basically soft spoken and unsure of himself. Yet, Porter does more than capture the main character Nate well, but allows the soft voice he creates for him to grow stronger as the book moves on, highlighting the transformation of the character. One of Porter’s other strong suits is voicing exotic women, and that serves him well with the lead female character Veek. In fact, each character is given a voice that highlights their personalities and place in this story, which was very helpful with such a large cast of important characters. And I can’t talk about the ending. Really, what Porter does with the final third of the book is just nightmare inducing. It seriously freaked me out, people. Peter Clines novels are always highly visual, with intricately detailed action that comes across splendidly in audio. 14 is one of those books where even if you already read the print version, experiencing the audio version will bring it own rewards.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Avondale, AZ, United States 07-06-12
    Brian Avondale, AZ, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Love a good book. I am usually reading one and listening to one in my car (not at the same time, of course). I like just about any fiction.

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    "Unique story that had me from word one!"
    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to a lot of audio books and I have never felt compelled to share a review about any of them. That is not to say they were not great or that I didn't enjoy them and it is not an insult to those books but rather a testament as to how much I enjoyed 14. I have never read anything from this author before and I am not sure why I choose this book. I read the description and though it sounded interesting.

    I was sucked in right away. I found myself taking the long way to and from the office. I was listening to it while doing yard work, I just didn't want to stop listening. I don't want to give anything away so I will not go into any plot lines. All of the characters are well developed and I found myself interested in all of them. I enjoyed the bond that builds between them as the story goes on. The plot was unique and mysterious. The narrator was fantastic and I think really makes the story come to life. Overall, it was one of the very best audio books I have listened to and I would encourage people to take a chance on this one.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 07-06-12
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 07-06-12 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "This is the reason I keep taking chances"

    Books like this one are the reason I keep taking chances on unknown (to me) authors and books. I really enjoyed the building of the mystery and the mystery of the building and the references to pop culture. It really helped pass the workday and held my attention throughout. I really enjoyed the performance and had fun listening.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Emily - Audible Maplewood, NJ, United States 10-09-12
    Emily - Audible Maplewood, NJ, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2008

    As an Audible Editor I listen for a living! British classics, YA novels, speculative fiction, and anything quirky, fascinating, or heart-wrenching.

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    "I went from skeptical to obsessed"

    After talking my my co-worker Chris into checking out some of my favorite YA books it was my turn to take him up on a recommendation – and his pick for me was WAY outside of my normal listening zone. 14 is a Lovecraftian sci-horror novel that feels pulpy and modern at the same time. There’s plenty of kitsch, and lots of old-fashioned sci-fi techniques are on display here, but the voice is still totally fresh, as is Ray Porter- who totally nails the narration. It’s one of the weirdest and best books I’ve ever listened to, and from the number of 5 star reviews it would seem our listeners agree!

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    ShySusan Somewhere in Darkest Utah 02-12-13
    ShySusan Somewhere in Darkest Utah 02-12-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Best new Sci-Fi novel I've read in ages!"

    I know I'm coming late to this book. There are thousands before me, but I can't stand not to put my 2 cents worth in. I am a woman. I find many male science fiction authors uncongenial because they seem to care more about their hardware (guns, spaceships, etc.) than about their characters. All too many of their characters are without personality or any characteristic which would mark them as actual people with pasts.

    On the other hand, I find all too many female science fiction and fantasy authors uncongenial because they are merely dressing up their romance novels with lame science fiction or fantasy trappings. They have put in far too little thought about such trivialities as plot and world building and too much into descriptions of the hero's manly pecs.

    Peter Clines has found the perfect middle ground. The ideas, plot, and hardscape are intricate, well thought out--amazing even. And yet the characters are also well imagined. Each character has her or his own personality. They bring a myriad of abilities to contribute to the solution of the various problems.

    I highly recommend this book.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    donna Lake Orion, MI, United States 06-29-12
    donna Lake Orion, MI, United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Doing the happy dance"

    This was fantastic, I enjoyed it throughly. Its one of those I'm so glad I got this books. If you like Dean Koontz you will like this. definitly want more. Worth you time cash/credit

    26 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna Lake Dallas, TX 07-23-12
    Deanna Lake Dallas, TX 07-23-12 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Never Would Have Guessed It"

    Like many other reviewers, I am trying very hard not to write any spoilers, this is a book best walked into without prior knowledge; to discover with the characters. Overall I found this to be a fun book, full of mystery, twists and turns. I am not typically into mysteries but this one was just superb.

    I didn't see it as terribly sci-fi until near the end, prior to that it is unraveling the mystery of the building. The main sci-fi section I didn't love, and I was continuously yelling "why don't you do X!" at the main characters (they got there eventually, just took some time). I also didn't like that it left too many unanswered questions. Like they never explained why certain apartments had some quirks, or even what the quirks were in other apartments.

    This book is worth the credit.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 08-29-12
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent sci-fi / fantasy mystery that grabs you"

    14 is a deceptively engaging tale that begins innocently and gradually builds to no-holds barred suspense with world ending implications. The story is set in current time with our hero, Nate, a 20 something slacker with a dead end job, looking for a cheaper place to live. Nate finds a cheap apartment. Ever so slowly, odd and out of the ordinary things begin to pile up. Along the way, Nate engages with a menagerie of characters living and working in the building, each with their own experiences with building quirks. Nate assumes control of this band of intrepid investigators as they gradually explore and uncover the mystery of the building that goes back >100 years and save the planet at the same time.

    The compelling aspect of this story is the slow, gradual unfolding of the mystery so that as each new tidbit is uncovered, Clines can really "kick it up a notch" and goes on adding more and more curve balls. By the time the true nature of the building is revealed, the listener is ready to believe anything and will still ask for more. Nate's eclectic troop is also a perfect ensemble cast of supporting roles that adds to the believability of the story.

    The narration is excellent with a great range of voices and tone as the tale moves from laid back to white knuckle. Expect this to be a fast listen after the first third when the suspense really begins to build.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Danny concord, NC, USA 07-06-12
    Danny concord, NC, USA 07-06-12 Member Since 2006
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    "This is the reason I keep taking chances"

    Books like this one are the reason I keep taking chances on unknown (to me) authors and books. I really enjoyed the building of the mystery and the mystery of the building and the references to pop culture. It really helped pass the workday and held my attention throughout. I really enjoyed the performance and had fun listening.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 08-28-12
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2011

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Beware of the mutant cockroaches"


    If you’ve enjoyed Peter Clines "Ex-Heros" zombie-thriller series, (or even if you haven’t) be forewarned...this novel does not read in the same exciting way at the beginning. “14” is a real change-up and has a slow start. There’s a lot of build up in character and plot development. I was seriously considering giving up the first hour or 90 minutes in and I’m glad I didn’t. Narrator Ray Porter does a spectacular job of drawing the listener in to what can be an all nighter. When the mutant cockroaches, odd lightbulbs, lack of city power and mysterious cryptic notes on the apartment walls were introduced, I became more interested.

    As Nate, the primary protagonist, talks to other tenants of the building where he has just rented his apartment, they discover several of them have become interested in oddities that don’t make any sense. When the mutant cockroaches, odd lightbulbs, lack of city power tunnels and caves underneath the building and mysterious cryptic notes are introduced along with a small dose of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Kids I became more interested. Their old apartment building has a past and the mixed group of tenants decide to research the unusual history of their residence.

    If I wrote any more about the plot, my review would become a spoiler so suffice it to say that it’s a completely enjoyable listen about regular people who begin, almost for fun, a search to discover why strange things happen in their average apartment building. The character development moves along as the story develops and a slow story becomes exciting. I can see this easily as a movie or even TV series

    it’s a horror story-also sci-fi, some mystery, occasionally funny, potentially post apocalyptic and even romantic that is a super fun listen. This is a good read for almost anyone.

    18 of 23 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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