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Lu par : Ray Porter
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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....

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.

Critiques

"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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  • Lindsay
  • 25/02/2013

what the what???? spoiler alert...

What disappointed you about 14?

I thought that the ending could have been much better... I almost felt the the writer started writing this book with no clear vision as to where it was going to go, then got backed into a corner when he finally had to reveal what the building was all about, panicked, and created a totally contrived unbelievable ending. Not only was the ending poorly created, the character development of a key character was not flushed out properly, and it just seemed lazy on the part of the author. (It felt as though the author thought it was just easier to kill off said character instead of explain him) This book started out promising, but ended VERY poorly, I felt it was a waste of my time! So my advice is do not waste yours with this book!

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  • Magpie
  • 24/06/2012

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!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31/10/2018

Should have listened

to the reviews - can't get to the end of the book.... yet another author falling back on Lovecrafts stories. Ray Porter, as always is awesome, the only thing that kept me listening as long as I did.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29/09/2018

Hated the second half SO much

I really liked the first half, when the mystery of the building was still a mystery. Once the absolutely ridiculous Sci-fi element kicked in, however, it was dreadful.

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  • BRE
  • 01/11/2017

The Bar has Been Raised for Stupidity

Just when I thought I had seen the worst ... along comes 14. So! Bad! Especially the last half or so. I have no idea how Audible approved making an audiobook out of this mess. As for all the five stars rankings, I have no clue. I am returning this book as soon as I push the enter button on this review.

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  • Jeeves
  • 20/05/2018

Mystery? Not really

This was a recommendation from a friend, so I thought I'd give it a go. Based off the description, I went in preparing for a mystery/thriller...what I ended up with was an episode of Fringe. Overall, it was ok- maybe if I went in expecting more sci-fi aspects I would have liked it more.

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  • Steve Gilbert
  • 17/03/2018

I really wanted to like this book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wanted to like this book. Great Narration, ticked all of my SciFi and Horror genre boxes, but the main characters consistently did exceptionally stupid things for such supposedly smart people. It drove me nuts. The story plot line itself was fresh and interesting, I loved the concept. I don't know what would be needed to fix it, I just know that it seems like a really good editor could have helped to fix some of the issues with driving the plot forward.

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  • Claudia
  • 23/10/2017

Seems like the author faked an acid trip.

The characters had such little depth that when the author tried to create a love scene I wanted to simultaneously laugh and cringe because it came out of nowhere. I'm starting to think the book is a satire? I'm two hours from the finish but it is painful. I feel like peter clines was inspired by starship troopers.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21/08/2017

Disappointed

It started off interesting but it has the same ending as "the fold" by the same writer. So if you've read one don't bother with the other. I was bored at the end

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  • Lisa Taylor
  • 19/01/2018

don't bother

struggled to finish? could NOT finish. just to far fetched. OVERLY and unnecessarily detailed. so much so it was impossible to picture anything the author waz tryi g to explain

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 14/01/2019

An Interesting Take on Lovecraftian Mystery

At the core of 14 lies a great idea. I won't spoil the fun by revealing the mystery. Around its ingenious framework the execution is mostly well done, but sometimes feels a bit flat. The characters are a little too innocent, and a bit too witty in their banter. However, I personally did not find the witticisms so jarring that they failed their job of lightening the mood and increasing my investment in the characters. I would recommend this to any fans of the lovecraftian horror/mystery structure of a "big reveal" tale.

As for the reading; Ray Porter does a very solid job of narrating Clines' story and giving each character a unique voice. My only complaints are that he overdid with the accent of a female protagonist and sometimes, the most random times, sounded like he "zoned out" for a few seconds and was listing words, rather than reading a story. However, these are minor complaints, and I prefer his slightly inconsistant, yet dynamic style to the grim monotone of some horror recordings.

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  • Mibbel
  • 08/07/2019

2nd time through

It's ... an unusual book. Yes it's filled with murder, gore and plottwists. But it's although heavy on the realistic side of the characters daily lifes. You follow the main character for a few months of his life. His move into a new Apartment. His braindead work, the after work beers on the weekend. Yet it's still mostly a mystery detective story. Clues are found and waited to be solved. A loose group is forming around our main char. And step by step between workshifts it goes deep down the rabbithole.

As you can tell I love the book. Fell in love with the characters and details. Its slow pace is relaxing for me. But still really entertaining. Looking forward to my future readings of this outstanding piece of art!