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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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    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!

    330 of 352 people found this review helpful
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    Charles USA 12-24-14
    Charles USA 12-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Completely Engaging"

    I used a credit on this one over a year ago. It sat in my library for a long time- so long in fact that I would have returned it without listening to it if I could have (time limit had passed) since clearly I wasn't going to get to it. I finally decided, hey why not.

    I am so glad I did.

    This was the surprise of the year for me, as far as books were concerned. Utterly engaging and believable. The characters developed well, as did the plot line. No forced culmination- everything fit and made sense based on the build up. That is not to say that the book was predictable- far from it actually.

    It's funny, sci-fi, and horror, mixed into a solve the mystery plot line. Great characters. Just... believable, even with as out there as the plot line is.

    The narration was fantastic. I'd listen to Ray Porter any time. I'm going to have to give Clines' other books a try, even though the ex-superheros series doesn't appeal to me on the surface. If they're as engaging and well written as this was, I can't see not liking them.

    Is it the best book ever written? No. Is it worth a credit and your time? Absolutely.

    Highest marks.

    105 of 112 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 2014

    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.

    260 of 283 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.

    135 of 149 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 2012
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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.

    182 of 204 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 06-27-12 Member Since 2013

    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.

    134 of 152 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce 06-24-12
    Joyce 06-24-12 Member Since 2014
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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~

    100 of 114 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.

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan M. Philadelphia 02-25-13
    Ethan M. Philadelphia 02-25-13 Member Since 2005

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

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    "Great SF take on mysteries fades as answers appear"

    The first 2/3 of this novel are pure fun. There are mysteries in an strange apartment complex to be unraveled, a winning cast of characters to do so, and a great reader to narrate the whole thing. The pacing is such that you are always listening for a few more minutes, just to see what the tenants will learn next about their mysterious building. There is lots of original ideas, and some old science fiction and horror concepts reused in fun ways.

    Sadly, as the mysteries are finally revealed, much of the fun drains away, and the last 1/3 of the book, while by no means bad, just can't keep up the excitement and pace. The twists are more cliched, and the revelations surprisingly unsatisfying.

    Despite that, this is still a fun novel, and a solid read, especially those into modern Lovecraftian horror (Atrocity Archives, for example)

    42 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Jim N Chicago, IL 06-27-12
    Jim N Chicago, IL 06-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fresh and Enetertaining"

    I purchased this novel on a whim, primarily on the strength of it's description. It turned out to be a great investment and a pleasant surprise! It's best experienced without much knowledge of the plot as most of the fun comes from the characters (who make numerous pop culture references and even compare themselves to Scooby Doo and his pals) unraveling the mysteries of the building where they live. Cline has a to-the-point writing style, a good sense of humor and he keeps this story rolling along.

    14 isn't a deep novel or a book that will blow the reader away with tremendous, in-depth characterization. It's good, fun genre fiction with a memorable cast of characters and some genuinely surprising twists and turns. I highly recommend it.

    72 of 87 people found this review helpful
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  • Gareth Franklin
    South West
    2/20/15
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    "Bad story, terrible dialogue, toe-curling narrator"

    Why are there not more good horror audiobooks. It seems the perfect genre for this medium. Instead we get this toss. Bought it on a punt hoping it would be at listenable. It isn't.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    10/23/14
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    "Nice idea, flat characters"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A main protagonist who had some personality. I think the 'zero to hero' thing only works if there's some emotional investment in the 'zero' part of our character, but to be honest of all the characters only Veek got an emotional rise out of me.


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

    I thought the occult side of the storyline and the description of the building itself were brilliant, unsettling, and ultimately what kept me coming back. He could have paid as much loving attention to his cast. The characters all felt like quite flat vessels for necessary knowledge/attributes (carpenter, painter, computer nerd, etc), and quite annoying at times - all the campness and pop reference of a Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode,but what worked to make things cool and edgy back then feels kind of hackneyed now.


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

    A very all-American feel. Really did feel like an episode of Scooby Doo/Buffy at times.


    Any additional comments?

    Great idea, disappointing execution.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • blindluck
    10/1/14
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    "OK.."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love Clines Ex heroes series but this wasn't for me; the story was structured a bit poorly and jumped all over the place.


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

    An excellent mystery story jumping to an alternative dimension story fractured the experience for me.


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

    Brilliantly narrated apart from the "big evil" which sounded like golem with a sore throat!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 14?

    I would have changed the climax to keep it in the real world with experiences of alternative dimensions.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not saying it's a bad book, but it's not fantastic.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mr.billy
    7/27/14
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    "Good characters, disappointing story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It starts off a little slow, but the character development is quite good. It builds up your interest in the mysteries but the minute they begin to be revealed, you are disappointed. Really surprised by the number of positive reviews. The story very quickly descends into total nonsense with no real thought behind it all. I love science fiction and fantasy, but the best of both still make some sort of sense and logic. This is just lazy writing and silly. Disappointed.


    What will your next listen be?

    Name of the Wind


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Great reading, really brought the characters to life well


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No, I imagine it would be like one of the really bad adaptations of Stephen King's books


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gill Le Fevre
    Reading, UK
    7/23/14
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    "Very slow... couldn't stay with it"

    This promised so much, but the story is slow to get going and in the end I didn't have the enthusiasm to keep going. It's like living through the story with blow-by-blow updates on a daily basis. The characters are a lot of fun... but the plot just didn't make me care enough to persevere.

    0 of 1 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 1 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
  • 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 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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