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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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    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 12-06-12
    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the Author's style"
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    Mystery and humor with a little creepy thrown in for effect. Everyone that has ever lived in a creepy apartment complex has had these thoughts, but this goes even further as the people here actually start uncovering some really cool stuff. Great imagination here. Modern day setting with a very realistic perspective on the unknwn. You'l love this if if you like a good mystery book. Not murder novel but definately sci-fi...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie San Diego, CA 12-06-12
    Stephanie San Diego, CA 12-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun, Entertaining"

    This is an interesting twist on the creepy apartment building story, and not one I was expecting! Although very far fetched, I did enjoy the story and found myself entertained throughout. Overall, however, I don't think I can give it more than 4 stars.

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    lea 12-04-12
    lea 12-04-12
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    "Kept me listening!"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    Ray Porter!! What a great job narrating. I listen to a lot of audio books, and a bad narrator can really ruin it. He did an excellent job, there are quite a few characters to this story, and they all sounded great. The story was great and really kept me interested, and not just zoning out for portions at a time like some books do.

    The dialogue was good too. I laughed out loud more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tim. I will let you see why.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I can totally see this book being made into a film. I can't think of a great tag line though.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer richmond, VA, United States 12-03-12
    Amazon Customer richmond, VA, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Probably a Better Read"

    I purchased this much hyped book expecting a lot more. It was interesting and kept me listening until it got so convoluted I couldn't (and really didn't care to) follow it any longer. I am a big proponent of the fact that life is too short to listen to or read any book that doesn't hold your interest and with this one I didn't get past the first download.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John Wunderley 12-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"
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    I was banking on the fact that this was being advertised as a popular item on Audible, but was sadly disappointed. The character development was was shallow and the storyline boring. It was not until the very end that some interesting things finally started to happen, and it suddenly went from painfully mundane to ridiculously far-fetched.
    Ironically, the reader (whom I love) also read Tim Ferris' Four-Hour Workweek, and I kept thinking back to one line where he talks about NOT wasting your time reading a crappy book just so you can feel a sense of accomplishment in having completed it. I should have taken his advice on this one.
    I do think it might be suitable as an adolescent "my first sci-fi" book kind of novel (though I think there was a fair amount of profanity and some sexual content). But it lacks sufficient intellectual flavor for the average adult to sink his or her teeth into.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 12-02-12
    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrific all the way around; stellar narratoin"

    A wonderful story of normal people running up against the mysteries of their domicile. It is a very fresh journey, and all the mysteries wind up making sense before it is all over. It is difficult to say much about the story without giving away some of the many surprises along the way.

    In terms of characters, they are very well developed. Plain and sarcastic Veek was a winning personality, especially with the way that Porter voiced her. Like others, I found Tim to be all-around solid and interesting. Xela - yes, she had her moments. Nate was great, but these others seem slightly more absorbing.

    A great listen.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Summerville, SC, United States 12-01-12
    Rachel Summerville, SC, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2017
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    "I Was Sad it was Over!"

    What a great story! It was gripping and addictive from the very beginning. And the narrator Ray Porter did a fantastic job as well.
    If you're in to checking out an author you may not know yet, start here! You won't regret it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth DALLAS, TX, United States 11-30-12
    Elizabeth DALLAS, TX, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Engaging and fun"
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    In reading reviews I was concerned this would be "horror" like a horror movie. I don't watch horror movies and stear clear of media that are too violent or scary (for me Silence of the Lambs, though good, was too scary). I debated whether or not to buy this based on others' descriptions of the book as being like a Stephen King or modern horror classic. Just FYI for anyone else who doesn't like that genre, this book is not "horror" in that way. It is more sci fi/adventure or more classic "horror" like Lovecraft or Poe. In terms of scare-factor, it's comparable to the TV show, "Lost". Also, it was a great listen, very engaging, didn't want to pause it, etc.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 11-30-12
    Cheryl 11-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful Story"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible story, I listened to all of it in 2 days.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    Green Roaches and Mysterious messages in blood


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

    My first one but not my last.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    So you need an apartment? I know just the place.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron G. Sword 11-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Twisted story that keeps the reader hopping!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but the reader here nailed the characters and narration right smack dab in the bulls eye ring from across the room he is so good! So I would think that the audio version is better, yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way this story feels like you are peeling an onion, you keep pulling back layer after layer and you keep finding more good stuff. This story keeps taking twists and turns and you just never know what really is going on until the end. I mean this in a very good way, you keep guessing, knowing that it's one particular situation, that you have figured it out because you are so smart and then WRONG! He tosses another curve ball hand grenade in the mix and just blew yet another theory out of the water! Awesome!!!


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

    Sheesh, what didn't Ray Porter bring to the book! Naturally he totally had all of the characters down, cold, and kept them even and succinct throughout the story. There was never a time that one character sounded like another or didn't sound like themselves. However, the cadence of the book was set and kept by Porter, like a coxswain driving a boat Porter kept the story driving forward.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't start with that conscious thought in mind, and I didn't listen to it in one sitting, but I can say that once I got into the book I had a hard time putting it down.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is great, I loved it, it reminded me a little of another favorite the Monster Hunter series (Not sure if I can mention other titles like that, editor please remove if that is bad). I have read other stories by Peter Clines and they all have been good!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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