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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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    Amazon Customer 08-09-12

    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 2012

    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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    Hassan 07-14-12
    Hassan 07-14-12 Member Since 2015

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "Amazing and Soooo capturing"

    This book is amazing...... loved how i got hocked to it.... loved how there are sooo many weird things going on in that world....

    oh.... and love how each character is weird and has their own secret...

    Highly recommended.

    6 of 7 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

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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 43 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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    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Solitude1984 Canada 11-10-12
    Solitude1984 Canada 11-10-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Would give it 2.5 stars"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes because I enjoyed 2/3 of it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The last 1/3 of the book was ridiculous. I wanted to scream at the characters to stop with their stupid chattering and get to work! Also, I wasn't a fan of the big secret - it felt too .... weird.


    Could you see 14 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I can see 14 being made into a movie. It's a very visual book.


    9 of 11 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 2014

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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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    Rebecca Archer, FL, United States 07-07-12
    Rebecca Archer, FL, United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun, quirky listen"

    We all know a significant part of how well you enjoy a book is how well the narrator performs it and Ray Porter did a great job. Beyond that, the story had enough twists and turns to keep it fun. Sometimes you could anticipate where the story was going, but it happened in such a way that you were happy to see you were reading the characters right. Definitely built some great tension at the end. Will look for more by the same author and narrator.

    19 of 24 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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    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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Mike Collins
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    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.


    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    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!

    12 of 12 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...

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    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!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
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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.

    8 of 8 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.

    4 of 4 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


    4 of 4 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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    10/2/14
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    "A crafty nod to the old master"

    The Kavach building is a wonderful creation set in the middle of LA. A gothic monolith filled with strangely disproportionate rooms and even odder tenants. In comes Nate, an all American loser but all round nice guy. His flat is let to him at an unfeasibly low rent,with all utilities included, but with an ominous message that people move out because things aren't quite right there. The story begins gently with Nate investigating his surroundings and meeting his fellow tenants and from then on it becomes brilliantly weird.

    This story is heavily influenced by another American writer and makes no attempt to hide this.

    The narrator is terrific and handles the material in exactly the right way.

    I can close my eyes now and see the Kavach looming over me.

    And as for number 14 ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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