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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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    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 09-07-12
    Evelyn Carlsbad, CA, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Like Surprises??"

    It pays to read reviews about books that you may have never heard of or considered. It sounded intriguing, but this was my first experience with this author. Page-turner story, unique and believable characters, twists and turns that keep you wondering where this story is going......and then wondering how it's going to unfold. The narrator Ray Porter is incredibly talented. With a list of male and female characters, he didn't really have to tell you who was talking. The voice variations were clear. At one point, he voices a darker character that gave me goosebumps. It's not all suspense.....I did find myself laughing out loud at some of the conversations and one-liners. I found myself absorbed and entertained at every level.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RobbieH Bellingham, WA 09-07-12
    RobbieH Bellingham, WA 09-07-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Great read all the way through!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book kept me interested and captivated all the way through. I loved the characters and imaginative story. I looked forward to the times I could listen and hated it when I had to stop for a time because life doesn't let you be immersed in a book all day long. I highly recommend this book, but it is very hard to put down.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    N Wright King William, VA, United States 09-06-12
    N Wright King William, VA, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Mind Pounding Fictional Reality"

    I felt like I really got to know the characters in this book and grew to like them. The story was enjoyable and I kept following along, then Peter brought us to a huge leap in reality and the level of excitement and disbelief jumped to a level I didn't know my mind was capable of.

    About half way through the second half I expected the story couldn't get any bigger and I was stunned by the leap made into a glittering and electrical dimension that was concretely believable.

    I absolutely loved being wrapped up and into this awesome story. It made my spine tingle and crawl more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 09-06-12
    Richard 09-06-12
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    "Worth the time"

    This is one of the more imaginative stories I've listened to in a long time. It really is full of unexpected twists and turns, as well as some expected ones. I found it started a little slow but still held my interest, but after a couple of hours I was really hooked. It requires willing suspension of disbelief to really follow the plot but I am always willing to do so when I'm reading science fiction/fantasy. Clines has a nice way of keeping the dialog real, even when events are unreal. I thought characterizations were great and have to give the narrator kudos for doing such a great job of differentiating those characters through subtle use of his voice. I especially liked the voice of God.

    This book is definitely worth your time; prepare to be surprised.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jrich 09-06-12
    Jrich 09-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Exciting an unpredictable!"

    I enjoyed this book so much. I could not stop listening and even was late for work because I couldn't wait to see what was going to haoppen next. The narrator was great and was able to portray the characters so effectively. If you like mysteries you won't be disapointed with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shari Tallahassee, FL, United States 09-05-12
    Shari Tallahassee, FL, United States 09-05-12
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    "Very creative!"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Very detailed and creative! Suspenseful!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My fave characters are Nate and Veek!!


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

    He has a wonderful voice! I felt like he was the characters!! I'm looking for other books he has narrated!!


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

    Yes, I hated putting it down!!


    Any additional comments?

    Hoping for more like this from this author and narrated by Ray Porter!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy United States 09-05-12
    Tracy United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Super Fun Read!"

    The reviews I read on this book convinced me to buy it and so glad I did. I enjoyed it from beginning to end especially the character interaction. The witty dialogue between them reminded me of Dean Koontz's "Tic Toc". Loved the narrator too and will look for more of him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    June Alta, CA, United States 09-05-12
    June Alta, CA, United States 09-05-12
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    "Enjoyed it"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    The story was suspenseful and intriguing. I found myself saying no are you nuts, don't go there, but glad they did - except for 14


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    When they went to 14


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

    Tim


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

    No, just enjoyed it


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, I will look for other books by Peter Clines

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Troy Dunlap, TN, United States 09-04-12
    Troy Dunlap, TN, United States 09-04-12
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you love best about 14?

    The actor (Ray Porter) was superb and really helped make each role and the story come to life & exciting. Couldn't have asked for a better narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zeke. She was so down to earth and straight to the point and at the same time knew how to keep a secret and was somehow sexy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when the gang was caught out in the abyss in between worlds (sorta speak) and they were in a race against time and monsters to get back to the safety of the Kavach building.


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

    No extreme reaction but soon after I read this book, I immediately tried to begin another, but soon I had to postpone the new read because...Kavach and friends keep popping into my mind. Thus leaving no new room to absorb new material. ;-)


    Any additional comments?

    Great book loved it best read in a long time and I mentioned it to several others so...


    Thanks,
    -Troy

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Albany, OR, United States 09-04-12
    Kim Albany, OR, United States 09-04-12
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    "Great plot kept me listeniing"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd never listened to any of Peter Clines books before and I was rather pleased this one was so great. I've not reviewed a book in years with most of them being well what they intended to share. This one held a great mystery and the narrator was great at sharing the story and making the people sound a bit different. Very good so I ordered another of his books.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    Dean Kontz also has great books and usually are kind of different. I love his older books where there was a bit on the unknown world. Odd Thomas character is wonderful.


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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 20 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...

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • sarahmoose2000
    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!

    19 of 22 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.

    11 of 13 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.

    18 of 22 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!

    13 of 16 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.


    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • UsefulThings
    7/1/15
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    "Loved the 1st half...then it all got a bit silly"

    Overall narration was good, characters pretty interesting and the story flowed at a decent pace.

    I LOVED the first half / 2/3rds of this ...introduction to the characters and the building, some intrigue, building suspense, a hint at what's been going on. Loved it. It's been compared to Lost and I can see why.

    HOWEVER. Without giving anything away, after we get the big reveal of what/how/why/where/who it became increasingly daft.
    One aspect in particular I detested and it made me cringe, because it was so awfully silly and daft and cheesy. You'll know the bit when you get to it.
    The last couple of hours I really just sat through because I was in the car and hate to leave anything half finished.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • adam
    Par, United Kingdom
    6/11/14
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    "Finally - A fantastic narrator!"

    I've had some hit and miss luck with narrators and was about to give up on audiobooks altogether...... Luckily I tried this book! This guy was spot on!

    Every character had a unique accent and didn't distract from the story... even the female voices! I hope all future audible books have top narrators like this one.

    Story - great story & not too long winded - snappy story telling. Fans of 'Fringe' would like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/7/14
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    "REVIEW FOR 14, by Peter Clines, read by Ray Porter"

    This book is one of my favourite books from Audible since I first got my iPad Mini 2 years ago. I am not sure why, it leans a little too much on the fantasy side of Sci-Fi. I  am not really into Lovecraft horror/monster type normally but 14 is written with such gritty, ordinary, day to day characters, so well developed that it is very believable. And extremely intriguing and very thrilling. 

    It has a "Lost" kind of feeling. However, I don't mean that literally;  Lost became so drawn out and complicated that I got totally bored and lost interest in any of the increasingly unbelievable characters after the first season. This book kept my interest as the puzzles unfolded and the characters developed. 

    Ray Porter, The guy who reads it, is wonderful, not too much accent or gender changes, and helps to give credence to the characters. 

    So, when it started to go off into the horror side I was too hooked to let it really bother me. It all fits together well in the end and I have listened to it over and over. It is weird, I bought one of his other books immediately because I enjoyed 14 so much but, sadly I did not like it at all. 

    But for me 14 remains up there with Solaris, which is a much deeper, more psychological story, (equally well read) and The Martian; which I don't think is as well written but also a really exciting, well read book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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