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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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    Kim Meseck Jamison, PA United States 07-16-13
    Kim Meseck Jamison, PA United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2015

    Kim Meseck

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    "A fun read, keeps you intrigued."
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    A page turner! Great story. Intriguing story sprinkled throughout with interesting characters.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    Science Fiction


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

    Have not.


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

    I was on the edge of my seat most of the time. A thoroughly enjoyable read, right up to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book! The storyline was "magical" and masterfully, well-threaded throughout by the author. A great progression, all questions revisited and answered at the appropriate time. Story progresses at a really nice pace! Story threaded throughout with many wonderful surprises! Wonderful, spot-on, characters and character development. One character-event made me cry. And, the author tied everything up at the end nicely. Totally original story! I thought Peter Clines wrote just a fabulous book and ending! If you have an active imagination, you will most certainly enjoy this book! Just hated when it ended, felt sad leaving all the characters. Doesn't disappoint!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacq United States 07-15-13
    Jacq United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Creepy but sooooo good!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book because it was engrossing, engaging suspenseful and funny at the same time!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Roger. He was a Neanderthal but totally lovable!


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

    He was the manifestation of Nate. I loved the character as much as I did totally because of Ray Porter.


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

    It creeped me out during the monster parts! I didn't want to listen to it at night lol!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 07-14-13
    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable Read"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top 20. I say that as the Joe Ledger series has numerous books as does the Jonathon Mayberry "Patient Zero" series. I enjoy a book that takes me away from reality a bit and this one did JUST that.
    The narrator was very good. I hate it when they try to do other characters and it sounds fake. His voice was perfect for all although I did get confused once or twice due to my own perception. I have not finished it yet, only 1 hours or so to go but would hope there is not a closed ending so there is another book

    I recommend this to anyone who has read Charlie Huston, Jim Butcher, Jonathon Maberry, Peter Brett, Justin Cronin's "The Passage"
    These are my type of reads!!


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    Nothing I have read so far, that is why!!


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Love Ray, He is one of the best out there. His characters are always so realistic. I will look for his narration and then check out the book!!


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

    YES, but I have to work to afford a home to listen to books in with all the rain latley


    Any additional comments?

    GOOD READ

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey 07-13-13
    Stacey 07-13-13
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    "Whatever you do--don't delay--Read NOW!"

    I bought this book on a whim and resisted listening to it for a while. I am kicking myself for procrastinating. I now understand why this book was one of the top rated books last year. The characters development was very well done. The plot of the book was engaging--how to foil the plans of a cult to end the world using a key that is a building. Veek and Nate, two of the main characters, tease each other and give each other the nicknames of Shaggy and Velma from Scooby Doo. If anything, the villain, Andrew, I would akin to Scrappy Doo (The annoying nephew of Scooby that needs to be killed off). I found myself laughing and was completely engaged. Once I started reading, I could not stop. The characters of Nate and Veek were a great dynamic duo. I love the narrator and how he made the characters come to life. The only thing that did not make any sense to me was the nature of the cult was not really explained. Mr. Clines mentions that the cult members' bodies were wrong in some way--legs were bending the wrong way. So I was wondering--what were the cult members? A cross between the humans and the people in the "other" place. Mr. Clines mentions that some members of the cult were similar, in a small way, to the people in the other land, but I think it was meant to be a throwaway point. It was significant enough that I still thought on it. I recommend the book--excellent read.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    keith Howell, Michigan, United States 07-12-13
    keith Howell, Michigan, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very interesting and well written"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Great original concept


    Any additional comments?

    It's a shame that more original books like this are not made into movies. Instead we get the same old plot lines and sequels to films where there are great stories like this that would make for a much better film.

    14 was a great book was an original plot with some great twists and turns. Im definitely looking forward to checking out other books by Peter Clines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-10-13
    Robert Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2004
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    "off the wall"

    story built up pretty well, felt like the author had some Stephen King influence in his imagination, not saying it read like a Stephen King book just in his grand scale of imagination for what was behind 14

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lexington, KY, United States 07-09-13
    Brian Lexington, KY, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2012

    Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.

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    "little more than H.P. Lovecraft fan-fiction"

    "14" starts off strong enough but the longer it went on the more glaring its shortcomings became . The author's voice as a writer is just not mature yet. He does not write with anything at all approaching economy, and consequently many scenes drag on and on. The dialogue is dull and predictable and, worse, often serves to detract from the plot or undermine the tone of the story rather than contribute to it. And perhaps worst of all, the tale reaches at a point where it becomes essentially fan fiction of H.P. Lovecraft in that the underlying premise is borrowed directly from Lovecraft rather than anything actually imagined by Clines.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Hillsborough, NH, United States 07-09-13
    Jeff Hillsborough, NH, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Highly recommended"
    Any additional comments?

    I, like some of the other people here, got this based on the reviews. So glad I did. Great book and good performance. The author blended mystery and sci-fi well. Had alot of elements reminiscent of Stephen King. You'll be glad you got this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Howrah, Australia 07-09-13
    Mark Howrah, Australia 07-09-13
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    "A disapointment from a good author"

    This book was a real disapointment for me given how much I enjoyed Ex-Heroes. The concept was good but I felt it dragged early and then got silly (even allowing for the fact that the "silly bar" is quite high in this genre). Part of my problem with this book is that I actually found most of the characters likeable and engaging, so was therefore upset when the plot was so uninspiring.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yoshi Yoshitani 07-09-13
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    "A Mystery Novel. Charming and Unexpected"

    This is a mystery novel. I didn't know that going into it, and I'm probably giving it a lower score because I just don't favor mystery novels. That being said, the book was pretty enjoyable and performed well. Without giving too much away, I'll say it was amazing how the story changes from reality to fantastical.

    What I liked about this book: The love interest. Their chemistry is non-conventional, and really refreshing. I really liked all the characters, they were real, likable people that you would want to hang out with later, and you really cared for them. Which is surprising, because it's a large cast for such a small book.

    What I didn't like: Now that I've listened to it and the mystery is solved, I don't want to listen to it again. Again, this is my problem with mysteries in general, so I'm probably biased. It was a little slow, and I find the main character the most uninteresting of the lot, though I love the other characters.

    Will I listen to it again: No, I don't think so. BUt I am glad to have listened to it in the first place

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    WIRRAL, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Un-expected pleasure."

    I didn't know what to expect with this one, I got it because I really enjoyed clines other creations.



    But I quickly fell in love with the whole story, you get to know each and every character and the twists are great.



    It is hard to review without giving anything away, alls I can say is very enjoyable and really well narrated to the point where you can easily pick out each character by the narration.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Avon, United Kingdom
    7/22/12
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    "Brilliant"

    This was brilliant - characterisation was wonderful, plot was brilliantly woven together with lots of nice pop culture references (loved the totally throwaway "bowties are cool"), and pace was such that I stayed up much too late to find out how it would end. Ray Porter's narration was also excellent, with clear delineation of the various voices and a great line in comic timing amid all the impending horror. Off to look for more things by Peter Clines/more narration by Ray Porter...

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    1/27/14
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    "It's locked for a reason!!!!"

    It's been a while since I got totally immersed in an audiobook. This didn't really stand out to me, I only got it as it was in the sale, but I'm glad I did!

    Nate works as a temp, going nowhere with no cash, so when cheap digs are offered he grabs them. Once he moves in, he starts to meet his neighbours and they soon realise that not one room in the whole building is structurally the same. Not only that, the building doesn't appear to be attached to the power grid and nobody's heard of the landlord.

    I can't go into too much without spoiling it, but needless to say the atmosphere when they go past the basement and into room 14 is so tense you'll need to put the light on!

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    4/11/14
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    "Mixed bag..."

    This was an odd one for me, I really enjoyed the first 8 hours of the story a lot but the last 4 hours not so much. That's not to say the last 4 hours are terrible or anything - its fine, but its almost like a different storyline somehow. Hard to explain without spoilers really, but for me the writer had the first part of the story done really well, and the latter part not so well - but it was an interesting story well told, just seemed to go a bit odd towards the end.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    RUISLIP, United Kingdom
    3/9/14
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    "Just, wow."
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, entertaining madness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's impossible to put into words without giving massive spoilers, but the characters in this book have much more depth and realism about them than pretty much any other book I have ever read. I found myself sharing all their emotions, and rather than guessing the ending, was anxious to find out what they were leading to. This book is so well written, it's truly edge of your seat stuff.


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

    Ray Porter's performance is fantastic. A couple of the accents may have been a little ropey, but he still managed to make them believable, even his women had the correct balance of strength and fragility that so many actors tend to get so wrong. His pace is perfect, and his acting highlights all the humor and / or tension that each scene requires. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of his narration.


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

    I could've lost a whole weekend to this book. I was due to take a coach journey when I was about a third of the way through it, and decided to listen to more of it rather than my music. On the way home again I was pretty tired, and thought I would continue with the book, maybe have a doze on my way home...no chance. By the time my journey ended I was LITERALLY on the edge of my seat. The girl next to me must have thought I was crazy with all the fidgeting I was doing as events unfolded in my ears. By the time I actually got home, the story had become so intense that I was glad my other half was back from work so I didn't have to sit in the house on my own while I listened to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been chewing all my friends ears off (figuratively) to try and get them to listen to or read this book. If you give it a chance, I promise you will too. Pretty much jumped straight into my top five favourite books and gives Neil Gaiman a damn good run for his money.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mike Collins
    Brighton, UK
    3/22/14
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    "Solid first 3/4's...dissapointing finale."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Hmmm, not really. [Spoiler free] - Ive said that the finale is dissapointing, but this has little to do with the plot/story - which was fine, if a little derivative. The build up of quiet dread, and the slow unfolding of the mystery was a lot of fun. No, it was the character's response to the events towards the end that didn't sit well. Up to the final quarter of the book, Nate and chums responded plausibly to what was going on. However, their friendly banter, and muted reactions (to what was, a roller-coaster of terror and madness), seemed more in keeping with getting lost in the woods, and not being sure if you're going to make it home that night, rather than, what was, a prolonged waking nightmare.

    Putting people in bizarre, and horrifying situations, and making their responses believable, is something that writers like, Stephen King or Richard Matheson, seem to make look easy. And its essential in stories like this. Peter Clines' difficulty just highlights how hard it is to actually achieve, and the difference between writing a book thats good, and writing one thats just alright.

    The narration, although a little flat and stacatto at times (during the 3rd person narration, rather than when people were 'talking'), was quality. The characters were distinct and well portrayed.


    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    1/23/14
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    "Oh I loved this book!"
    What did you like most about 14?

    Fresh believable characters, incidental love interests that didn't detract from the story in any way! Unpredictable twists and turns, appealed to me (at 60) and my daughter (at 24) test of a good story. Different to my usual read but I'm really glad I took a chance and listened. Easy to follow without being boring, unusual concept but believable, even the weird bits!


    What other book might you compare 14 to, and why?

    Can't compare it to anything really, all new and very enjoyable!


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

    Veek is very cool (not sure if that's how to spell it) she has a wicked sense of humour, Zeela is also pretty cool.


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

    Both - I found my jaw clenching in parts, shouted out loud in the car a few times, couldn't wait to get out of work to start listening again!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it if you like a good story, fantasy, suspense and laughing!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Miss King
    UK
    4/8/13
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    "14"

    Nate moves into a new flat in a very strange apartment building. It seems that every apartment in the building is different and has something strange about it. There are the green cockroaches, the lift that has never worked, apartment 14 is padlocked, and many other strange oddities.

    This was a wonderful book, with lots of twists and turns, and some fantastic ideas. And every time something new was revealed about the building I had a new theory about what was going on. I loved this book and will be looking for more books by Peter Clines.

    Loved every minute of it.

    Really great listen, highly recommended.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    10/2/14
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    "A crafty nod to the old master"

    The Kavach building is a wonderful creation set in the middle of LA. A gothic monolith filled with strangely disproportionate rooms and even odder tenants. In comes Nate, an all American loser but all round nice guy. His flat is let to him at an unfeasibly low rent,with all utilities included, but with an ominous message that people move out because things aren't quite right there. The story begins gently with Nate investigating his surroundings and meeting his fellow tenants and from then on it becomes brilliantly weird.

    This story is heavily influenced by another American writer and makes no attempt to hide this.

    The narrator is terrific and handles the material in exactly the right way.

    I can close my eyes now and see the Kavach looming over me.

    And as for number 14 ...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
    6/19/14
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    "Totally unexpected and unexpectedly enjoyable"

    This kind of feels like two separate books but I don't actually mind that at all. It flips between the mundane and the weird and back again before exploding off into a totally unexpected direction. I can't think of anything to compare it to really: it's a bit Lost, a bit House of Leaves, a bit... it's own thing.

    I like the narrator a lot. All the characters are differentiated and believable and I enjoyed his laid back tone as it lulls you into a false sense security before the weirdness kicks in.

    An oddity but an interesting one. Oh, and I really appreciated all the H P Lovecraft references.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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