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14 | [Peter Clines]

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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    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

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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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    Stutton, Nr Ipswich, United Kingdom
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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.

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  • D. Allen
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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!

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  • Sydney
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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
  • Bex
    Staffs, UK
    2/13/14
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    "Not What I Was Expecting, but Great!"

    I thought that I had an idea what this story was going to be about. Oooh, a mysterious locked door, I wonder how many bodies are hidden there then? Hmm...an old German landlord who doesn't like people poking around, I don't trust him! This Veek character won't give internet access without her also knowing the password...what's she up to? Yeah, I've totally got this plot figured out.

    No, I really have no idea what is happening now. Did that seriously just happen?! Sleep? Not a chance, I need to know what happens next! Loved this audiobook! Although at times at the beginning I wanted to to scream "Oh just kick the bloody door in!". Enjoyable, funny and a great performance by Ray Porter

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FIONA
    Bridlington, United Kingdom
    2/6/14
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    "I loved this book!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I loved the story, it is so different to anything out there. I did so many chores just to listen to this book it was amazing. I took it everywhere with me as I wanted to know what happened next.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I love fantasy and syfy already.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Loved the narrator and I knew who every character was as the voices were so good.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    He was great.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I would like to listen to more books by Peter Clines but I'm not too sure about the others. Maybe I should just take the leap!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sean Inglis
    Matlock,UK
    1/30/14
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    "Enjoyable ensemble page-turner"

    A load of identifiable and fairly memorable characters piecing together a mystery with various levels of enthusiasm or reluctance.

    That may seem a bit thin, but after coming out of a couple of more difficult scholarly works, this was just the contrast I needed.

    After a great opening half and a nice build up and sense of unease and uncertainty, I groaned a bit at the reference to some familiar scifi tropes, but it's saved with a few neat twists and a satisfying end.

    It's not something that will stick with you in the same way as some of the more lurid Banks' for instance, but that's not what it's for; it's pure entertainment and succeeds admirably at that task.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    BRIDLINGTON, United Kingdom
    1/19/14
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    "wow what a surprise"
    What did you like most about 14?

    This book has introduced me to a new genre. I was attracted by the cover..who can resist a locked door? It is written really well and the characters become friends after a very short while. You really care what happens to them. I was totally engrossed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    There are too many memorable moments in this story, I don't want to note any in particular , I don't want to give any of the plot away.


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

    Ray Porter did a stonking job. He brought the characters to life...you don't even realise after a while that it is just one person narrating. Each character springs to life. Excellent job.


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

    Leave all preconceived ideas at the door.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm definitely going to order from his EX series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    1/18/14
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    "I enjoyed my stay in the mysterious building"

    This is one if you enjoy a bit of a tongue in cheek mystery tour. Lots of fun references to pop culture and a few heavyweight literary alusions. Engagingly narrated so that you really start to like your housemates a lot. Other reviewers did not think the characters well drawn but if you have ever shared a house with an assortment of odd characters then the glimpses of the friends' lives ring true. Yeah, I just enjoyed it even though I guessed the maguffin fairly early on. It was well done with some decent twists that kept me listening with a good deal of pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sara
    torquay, United Kingdom
    6/25/14
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    "Unexpected, yet intriguing"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best so far, a strange story, but it pulls you in and makes the most unbelievable seem interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    I really would not want to ruin such a good story by giving even slight hints to the story.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    see above


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

    no idea, i am a reader, not a writer


    Any additional comments?

    read this if you can stretch your imagination. Nothing like his other books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    leicester, United Kingdom
    2/24/14
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    "Too bizarre!!"
    Would you try another book written by Peter Clines or narrated by Ray Porter?

    Possibly, it started really well and I found it intriguing but as it went on it just became too ridiculous and I had to stop! He managed to ruin a good story by allowing it to become way to bizarre!!


    Has 14 put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    What three words best describe Ray Porter’s performance?

    Overall, very good!


    Did 14 inspire you to do anything?

    Buy a different book!


    Any additional comments?

    I like to try different genres and enjoy them all but this just became TOO weird!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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