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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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    Christine Duncan, BC, Canada 08-27-12
    Christine Duncan, BC, Canada 08-27-12
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    "Don't usually read Sci-Fi"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Third best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The many vivid, suspenseful moments.


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

    Ray Porter made each character so real, he was "right on" with the voices for everyone in the story. They were all so unique which made the dialogue easy to follow


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

    Do you really know the person who is living in the apartment next to you?


    Any additional comments?

    The characters were so well portrayed. They were just normal folk who came together to be part of most unusual happening.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannine Vallejo, CA, United States 08-27-12
    Jeannine Vallejo, CA, United States 08-27-12
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    "Great narrator, fun story, but some weak points"
    What did you love best about 14?

    The characters were all well developed and you couldn't help but love them all, and the Scooby Do references were hilarious! The concept was unique and I was captivated by it!


    If you’ve listened to books by Peter Clines before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first Peter Clines book. I picked it based on reviews.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    I really loved Ray's narration! As many other people said, his narration was excellent and made the story even better! I loved all of his different intonations and accents (especially Veek (sp?) and Tim). Each character had it's own personality and he did a great job with the women's roles too! I would definitely love to read another story by this narrator and hope he does many more!


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

    I don't know what the tag line would be, but if done right, it has the foundation of a good movie. However there are some things that should be tightened up if it went into a script form...some things that are just not plausible or practical in the story line that make the reader say, "why didn't they just do this or that?" I found myself frustrated with the "that just doesn't make sense" moments, like, for example, how "Lock Management" stays uninvolved until the very end and just lets these people mess around with everything to the point where they almost destroy the world, without ever stepping in to take control of the situation. (I just find it hard to believe that there was no hidden surveillance and constant monitoring of the "machine" by Lock so that nobody accidentally flips a switch.)


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a fun read, and worth the credits even though the ending was frustrating because the obvious solution was a little too drawn out (to obviously build the suspense) and for the reasons I stated earlier about there being too many illogical holes in it. The main reason to read this book is because it's got a unique premise, some great humor, and the characters are excellently narrated!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Ypsilanti, MI, United States 08-27-12
    Carol Ypsilanti, MI, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Would you care if I died?"
    What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

    The unusual premise of the book was probably the best feature of the book. Its fatal flaw, in my opinion, was the irrational behavior of the characters. Did you ever watch a movie and say to the screen "What a dumb move - why would you even think of doing that?"? Also, the characters were as deep as a puddle, which I can put up with in a cleverly crafted plot. This plot started out intriguing, but I think the author ran out of creative energy and funked the end.


    What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

    1. Really dumb moves by the main characters
    2. Cartoonish characters
    3. the idea that one should not feel too bad about witnessing and, in some measure, causing the death of someone who was helping you because "we didn't really know her and she was kind of racist anyway".


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Porter?

    The narration was quite good.


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

    Nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John lagrange, GA, United States 08-27-12
    John lagrange, GA, United States 08-27-12
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    "mystery and action"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    Very interesting characters were enmeshed in very strange circumstances. These previous stangers collaborated to discover the mystery surrounding their apartments and in the process, developed deep relationships.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The last portion of the book is filled with action and terror as the apartment dwellers must rely on themselves to save our world.


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

    The reading overall was excellent and he was very good with dialects. He also was able to nicely interject the occasional humorous event in the story.


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

    I found the book to be very entertaining and the reading of it may our trip fly by. I did not have an extreme reaction, and was satisfied with the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    A few small holes in the story line, but nothing certailnly of any major significance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aaron Ankeny, IA, United States 08-27-12
    aaron Ankeny, IA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Didn't know what to expect..."
    What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

    I would have loved this book had I know it was Sci-Fi going into it. I really enjoyed the publishers summery and the reviews I read ahead of time so I was hopeful I would enjoy the book. I felt a little duped. My own fault ~ I maybe should have researched further before listening.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Love this narrator ~ he does a wonderful job!


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

    None ~ it was a good book for Sci-Fi.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Ward 08-27-12
    Linda Ward 08-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Everything happened too fast in the end!"
    What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

    The mystery apartment building keep me going.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was too abrupt. It waited to long to get to the knowledge of what was happening than ended too quick for me.


    Any additional comments?

    The womens voices were a bit too unnatural in this reading. The mens voices were great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherryl Wynne VISTA, CA, United States 08-27-12
    Sherryl Wynne VISTA, CA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun"

    This was fun to listen to - I really liked all of the characters and could never quite figure out where the story was going or what was going to happen next, which is a rarity. There were times when it felt a little bit like Dean Koontz writing a Hardy Boys novel (but the book itself makes fun of itself doing that, which was also enjoyable). Just good fun all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 08-27-12
    Angela 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Definitely a nailbiter!"

    I adored this book. It is definitely what I would consider a thriller or suspense, keeping you on the edge of your seat and unable to stop listening all the way through. At one point, I chose to listen before bed, but I couldn't sleep because I was so nervous for the characters. The suspense really builds up as they go through exploring the apartment building, and things just get stranger and stranger as they good.

    This was an amazing read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl 08-27-12
    Carl 08-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great inrto to Peter Clines"
    What did you love best about 14?

    The mystery's that they kept tossing your way is what kept me in it. The story was great but tapered off here and there.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book publisher


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    I first came across porter reading the Ledger novels. He was awesome and sarcastic which was the first time I listened to a reader who pulled it off so well. That is how I found this book was through what else he read. He rocked this out and I wasn't sure he would as there are not many sarcastic points in this book. Way to go Mr Porter!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-27-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A Fun Listen!"
    Any additional comments?

    If you kind of like Stephen King & H.P. Lovecraft, but find them either a bit boring or obscure, then I can highly recommend "14". The first 3/4 of the book could be the basis of a social reconnection best seller, while the last quarter delves fully into the realm of the fantastic gothic horror. Ray Porter does a WONDERFUL job of reading this book. He effortlessly cycles through about a dozen character voices, is very easy to understand, has great pacing, and helped to fully immerse me into this fun story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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