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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)

What Members Say

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    Shawn Temperance, Michigan, United States 07-10-12
    Shawn Temperance, Michigan, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2010

    Ex-military high school math teacher.

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    "Enter an apartment that changes your world"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Shift your reality


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    Message written in blood on your wall


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Reading the writting on the walls


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

    Your next apartment could be your last.


    Any additional comments?

    Peter Clines does it again. He is the next Maberry

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Irwin M. Fletcher 07-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wanted to keep listening!"
    What did you love best about 14?

    The characters were unique and well defined. I was able to follow them all, and made connections to each.


    The story was great, too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The intro of the squales.


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

    Veek.


    Any additional comments?

    My next audio book that I purchase will be from Peter Clines. Ray Porter did a great job, too.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Berwick, Australia 07-09-12
    Steven Berwick, Australia 07-09-12
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    "Quirky story"
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    14 is a quirky story well written with an interesting bunch of characters. The effort the author put into character development was worthwhile. A big plot twist takes this story into a genre you might not expect.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    David Spring Hill, FL United States 07-09-12
    David Spring Hill, FL United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "How do I find an apartment like this?"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    It's hard to pick just one, but one of them is when they open the door to apartment 14... no spoilers here, but it's pretty hard to forget.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, it's hard to choose.. but the ending was the best... not because it was over, but because I wanted more.. I hope Peter Clines is planning at least another book with these characters...


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

    No extreme reaction, but when i finished it, it left me wanting more.. the characters are very memorable and almost real. I'm hoping for more "adventures" to come. And I really liked the Scooby Doo references!!


    Any additional comments?

    It's a fun and quick read.. great summer book. Highly recommended.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tony 07-08-12
    Tony 07-08-12 Member Since 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 07-06-12
    Jim 07-06-12 Member Since 2017

    I collect physical books - SciFi/Fantasy & History. I also listen to Audible for over 16 years now.

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    "Different Fantasy"

    A very good mystery / fantasy. The characters are likable & the narration is very well done. Enjoy!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gail 07-05-12
    Gail 07-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Creepily Amusing :)"

    I liked the interaction of the characters which set the mood for the story. The narrator's interpretation and accents added flavor to the characters.
    The process of investigating the building's anomalies was creepy (like in the tv series "Lost" ) but not scary as in a horror film.
    The only part that didn't appeal to me much was the other dimension/world- a better plot or scenario could have been used for this part.
    This is my first Peter Clines story and I'm not disappointed at all :)

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    E. Soden Dallas, TX 06-28-12
    E. Soden Dallas, TX 06-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very let down by this story. Ray Porter was great."

    I am shocked people have rated this so highly. I downloaded it based on the reviews and the fact that Ray Porter was the narrator. Ray is amazing and he did a great job with this book. My problem is that the story is just boring. I will say that once you get into it you'll have a hard time not finishing it but nothing really happens and it just goes on and on.

    I really wanted to like this book and in the end I guess it was decent. I listened to the last few hours on double speed to get through it faster. Overall the story was just kind of far-fetched (not just in the SciFi way but in all ways). Some things came too easy and other things were just stupidly unbelievable...like who the characters were and what they were capable of figuring out and doing.

    I'm not going to spoil the book but this would have been much better as a 2 hour short story instead...

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-29-12
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    I do pay attention to other readers review, and this book is the result of that. What an amazing journey. The story line, the characters, the performance, are all remarkable. It is a bit abstract at times, and does have some rather gory scenes, but the overall value to the reader is well worth the investment.
    ( You do need to be into fantasy/horror somewhat to fully capture this, but man, what a ride! )

    Recommended very highly!

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Lovy 07-08-12
    Howard Lovy 07-08-12 Member Since 2013

    hlovy

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    "So bad it made me angry"
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    I bought this book on the recommendation of other reviewers on here. Big waste of a credit. Huge disappointment. This seemed like it was written by a high school student. Characters were types, narrative filled with cliches, plot completely predictable. I stuck with it, thinking there would at least be a surprise ending, as indicated by other Audible reviewers of this book. Not even a decent payoff there. Saw the ending coming many chapters before. A book is rarely so bad that it makes me angry that I wasted time. This one made me mad.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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