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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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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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    Magpie USA 06-24-12
    Magpie USA 06-24-12 Member Since 2007

    You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.

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    "Super solid listen!!"

    I'm sure I can't say here anything that hasn't already been said, however I was so impressed, I felt like I had to. I also don't want to reveal anything, because the minimal knowledge I had before listening made the unfolding of the story so much more fun! This was such a solid listen on all fronts. The characters were engaging, the story interesting, the source of the mystery was terrific. By the time it had ended I wanted to hear more!
    The absolute best thing, though, was the narrator. If there were some way I could give Ray Porter more than 5 stars, I'd give him an enthusiastic 10! His accents were credible, pronunciation:impeccable, and timing and flow: spot on! The thing I loved the most is that his interpretation never got in the way of the story he was telling. I've never found a narrator, aside from Jim Dale, I felt I would gush about - Ray Porter is gush-worthy!

    278 of 293 people found this review helpful
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    FanB14 03-02-13
    FanB14 03-02-13

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Sci-Fi Scooby and Friends"

    Mysterious apartment building with low rent in Los Angeles raises healthy curiousity for young tennants. Sharing freaky details about lights and green cockroaches, the gang and slowly comes together in the shape of the Mystery Bunch, complete with Fred, Daphne, Shaggy and Velma investigating the oddities of their dwelling.

    Each character was interesting and relatable with Nate as the reluctant leader trading barbs with Veek, the oober-intelligent hacker. The guys and nudie sunbather, Zela meet on the roof to watch sunsets and share a few frosty beverages. Found myself enjoying the eccentricities of the gang. Narrators did an excellent job for each voice. Fresh take on a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys caper, searching for answers leading them into an other worldly caper.

    The mystery unravels into a science fiction (not psychological) thriller. Enjoy.

    101 of 107 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Idaho Falls, ID, United States 07-08-12
    Anthony Idaho Falls, ID, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2004

    Laughter is the best medicine, but if you are laughing for no reason, you may need medicine.

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    "Sometimes it pays to read reviews!"

    This was another book purchased solely on reading reviews and I'm glad I did. Reading the story description alone I never would have used a credit on this book, strange goings on in an apartment complex just didn't "pop" for me but there were so many positive reviews I gave it a shot. The narrator is the same guy that reads the Joe Ledger series and I really like his voice and characters, he did it again on this book and even added an Indian accent. The "goings on" in the apartments was interesting enough but what happens toward the end of the book was very suspenseful and exciting and that's all I will say about the content.

    This is one of those audiobooks that I really can't see how no less than 90% of listeners will enjoy and a sure bet that your credit won't go to waste.

    213 of 228 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka 07-12-12
    Mike Naka 07-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "m night shyamalan has nothing on clines"
    Any additional comments?

    m night shyamalan wishes he could tell a story as good as this! i'm not sure i can add anything to what other reviewers have already said.

    i bought this based on what another reviewer wrote, "it's lost meets national treasure." i bought it based on that. and boy oh boy, i was not disappointed! plus, i've read clines' other work and have definitely enjoyed his stories.

    that reviewer hit it right on the head. 14 is a mix of lost and national treasure. there is a great cast of characters, and the plot builds as the story continues to pull you in. you helplessly want to keep listening and finding out more. who are these characters? are they really who they say they are? what is up with the history of this apartment building? why are some of the doors chained and locked up? what is in the basement?

    this is a unique story, not like one you've heard or read before. i kept trying to guess, but i was wrong, pleasantly wrong as the story revealed itself.

    like lost, the story pulls you in. unlike lost, this story has a good ending! my only disappointment was that i wanted to know a little bit more about a couple of the characters. i wanted to know more about a certain character's checkered past and how one character got the job she did.

    like national treasure, there's a mystery and a history behind the apartment building. unraveling these leads the characters on an interesting quest to save the world. that may sound hokey but trust me, this is definitely worth your credit to find out why that's not a flimsy cliché.

    if you like a good mystery with an interesting and unique payoff, then this audiobook is for you. if you've liked clines' other work, then you'll love this b/c it's his best in my opinion.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Noblesville, IN, United States 06-26-12
    Edward Noblesville, IN, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Long Time Listener, First Time Reviewer"

    I've never read Clines before, but if the rest of his work is on par with 14, I think I will have read all of his work by the end of the month. I devoured 14. I missed a project deadline at work because of 14. I really want there to be a 15, 16, and 17, even though I am perfectly aware that would make no sense.

    Bottom line? This was a fun book with a fantastic narrator. Nothing deep really, but it didn't need to be. It was perfect fantasy/horror genre pulp. The entire thing is destined to be a movie that will inevitably fall far short of the story Clines has written. For Clines' financial sake, I really hope that happens anyway. Keep up the good work Peter.

    149 of 163 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 06-27-12 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Very Good Thriller"

    I downloaded this book thinking it would be a haunted house story. It's so much more. I hesitate to say more because I would not want to give away anything. I'll just say there is a mystery that you will not guess. Not in a million years. The story is part science fiction, part horror, part thriller. I definitely wanted to finish it in one sitting.

    114 of 125 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce Wilsonville, OR, United States 06-24-12
    Joyce Wilsonville, OR, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Surpassed expectations!!!"

    It is difficult to review this book without ruining the experience. I thought I knew where Clines was going, then BAM--he changed directions and utterly surprised me. I did not see where he was going with 14 and was questioning Audible placing it in the Sci-Fi category..I was sooo naive! I believe I can make some comparisons without giving the plot away:

    It is part Stephen King and part Frank Peretti (I think I should stop there as you are probably completely baffled...as you should be! This is utterly unique!). 14 is bizarre and wonderful.

    Ray Porter did a fantastic job. I put him in the same category as Scott Brick and Kate Reading (2 of my favorites). He gave each of the characters their own personality. The evil characters made my skin crawl and I cheered for the heroes.

    Recommended, I just cant tell you why without spoiling it~

    83 of 95 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 10-26-14
    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 10-26-14 Member Since 2005

    Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.

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    "Entertaining slacker horror thriller"

    14 is escapist slacker horror in roughly the same category as John Dies At the End, but with a less crass sense of humor. The setup is that Nate, a young guy with a dead-end temp job at a Los Angeles magazine publisher, moves into an apartment in an old building somewhere near Hollywood. The deal seems too good to be true, with cheap rent and a great roof deck.

    Naturally, a few things are weird about the building. What's up with the green cockroaches with an extra leg? The permanently-closed elevator? The strangeness of the building layout? The cold spots? The tight-lipped, paranoid building manager? The padlocks on apartment fourteen?

    As Nate investigates, he gradually meets his neighbors, including an exhibitionist artist who likes to sunbathe in the nude, a not-too-sharp movie crew guy, a female Indian computer hacker, a creepy religious guy, and an unusually fit older man whose backstory seems at odds with his skillset. Together, they form a mystery-solving gang, with lots of ironic Scooby Do wisecracks.

    This really isn't heavyweight fiction, but I enjoyed watching the characters delve into the mysteries of the building and its basement, the constant banter between them, and Clines's imagination and humor. There's even a bit of sweetness, as romance blooms and we learn whom "Shaggy" really has the hots for (not Scooby). Audiobook narrator Ray Porter does a pretty good job of giving each significant character his or her own personality and accent.

    The last act of the book takes us into some netherdimensional sci-fi/horror territory. The payoff isn't highly original or quite as much fun as everything leading up to it, but it's not bad, and that freaky tower towards the end is a great visual. Clines leaves a few threads unresolved and not everything makes complete logical sense, so perhaps there will be a sequel.

    In sum, if you're looking for something deep, look elsewhere. If you want an audiobook that's fun to relax to, but has wit and a little creepiness, this is a great pick.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 08-19-12
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 08-19-12 Member Since 2005

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "YES 5 Stars all around- A WINNER!!!!!"

    I am thrilled to rate this book with 5 stars. What this book has.....
    terrific character development, I got to know and cared about each and every character; story/plot, I just couldn't put this book down (what is the audio equivalent of a page turner?); intrigue and suspense, the tenants of the building have a mystery to solve that is a matter of life and death;
    romance that is hip and cool and relevant, with plenty of references to current culture;
    and equal to the wonderfulness of the book overall is the expert narration, I am thinking that Mr. Porter is perhaps one of the best narrators ever, he did everything right, accents, pace, tone, and inflection.
    I wholeheartedly recommend this book, oh I agree ......happy dance!!!!

    65 of 76 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Auckland, New Zealand 07-06-12
    Trish Auckland, New Zealand 07-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Utterly enjoyable!"
    What did you love best about 14?

    The story was UTTERLY unpredictable and MOST enjoyable!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The wit and humour woven into the seriousness and reality of certain situations.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Vika was a favourite as she faced and dealt with challenges to her world both personal and interpersonal.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My eyes were wide with wonder in parts and then in other parts you couldnt help but laugh uproariously and from the belly at others.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was absolutely superb!!!!! I want him to be Chief Reader for all Audio Books!!!

    31 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    "Listen to this......."
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely excellent, I love the real life characters and the fact it's set in the present. Ray Porter's narrating is superb and I've listened to other books on the strength of it. I love puzzle apps and this has the same effect for the characters involved. An excellent concept I'm looking for another book that matches it now!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    London, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Good for B-movie fans"
    Would you try another book written by Peter Clines or narrated by Ray Porter?

    Probably not


    What will your next listen be?

    Currently listening to Daphne Sheldrick's autobiography


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

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disapointed by this story, I thought it would be more of a thriller but turned out to be more of a b-movie type story. so if you're into B-movies, you'll probably really enjoy this book, I'm not really into B-movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
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    "Totally unexpected and unexpectedly enjoyable"

    This kind of feels like two separate books but I don't actually mind that at all. It flips between the mundane and the weird and back again before exploding off into a totally unexpected direction. I can't think of anything to compare it to really: it's a bit Lost, a bit House of Leaves, a bit... it's own thing.

    I like the narrator a lot. All the characters are differentiated and believable and I enjoyed his laid back tone as it lulls you into a false sense security before the weirdness kicks in.

    An oddity but an interesting one. Oh, and I really appreciated all the H P Lovecraft references.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    5/19/14
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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
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