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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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    ferngarden Newton, NJ 08-08-12
    ferngarden Newton, NJ 08-08-12 Member Since 2011

    ferngarden

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    "Loved the mystery of it."

    I enjoyed the visual images that the story created. The developing mystery of the building was very well written. Narration was great. I was less pleased with the last portion of the story that tipped slightly towards the bad sci-fi area. Still worth the listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in AR 08-07-12
    Robin in AR 08-07-12

    Audible Addict!

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    "Way More than 14 Scares in this Book!"

    I loved the pure unexpectedness of events as they unfolded. Getting "into" the story took a little bit of time, but once immersed I was HOOKED.

    I drove with this book playing. I walked with earbuds and rode my bicycle while this book played. I chopped vegetables for salad and cooked entire meals with my speakers plugged in and this book playing. I folded laundry, vacuumed and dusted while listening. I turned the TV off in favor of listening to this book.

    When the end of the story came, I was toned, exercised, well-fed and the house sparkled. All my errands were done. I realized that I had unconsciously been doing a lot of things that are not normally too enjoyable just because it allowed me to listen a few minutes longer....now, that is a sign of a great book in my world.

    Now that the book has ended, it is almost like a friend has moved away. But I know I will be going to visit that friend again in the future. I will listen to this one again.

    Ray Porter gave each character in this book life and personality. His performance was excellent.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kirk Anderson, IN, United States 08-06-12
    Kirk Anderson, IN, United States 08-06-12

    Actually not Deborah, but Donald. My wife opened the Amazon account and suddenly my Audible account became hers. I'm a basic 63 year old type guy who runs a lot and listnes to books as I run. It was a dark and stormy night ... but I still did 5 miles.

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    "14 is a 15!"

    I listen as I run, and I can simply say that I put extra miles in the week I listened to this story. It was a fun plot with characters I came to know and enjoy (Porter did a fine job of narration).

    Was the story believable? Well, only if I suspend reality. Did I learn lessons for life? Thankfully not at all.

    But what fun in a completely impossible adventure that 'everyday' (strange but everyday) people find themselves in. The plot was new and fresh, it was not easy to predict, well written, and just the right tone of real in an unreal plot.

    So if you take it for what it is -- a fun listen -- I think you'll discover 14 is a 15.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sue 08-05-12
    Sue 08-05-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great book"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far the best audio book I have listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It moved along at a good pace and drew you in.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my normal type of book but I loved it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jared 08-03-12
    Jared 08-03-12
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    "Even the boring parts have something in them."

    The title doesn't make much sense, as it is only a reference to one portion of the building. An interesting portion, but one that is only visited once. The are a lot of unexplained items at the end, but only in the same sense that a science fiction show won't fully explain the technologies in the story. Story-wise, I'd say it's 99% wrapped up and that's what matters. I couldn't tell when I first bought it, but the book is actually science fiction, whereas I thought it was horror, but I was not disappointed. It takes a while to really get to the meat of the story, but it's a good ride all the way there.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Coan 08-03-12
    Coan 08-03-12
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    "Loved this book!"

    I will be listening to more Peter Clines. This was a fun book, a good escape! I was so happy when I feared a "same old, same old" ending and was thrown a twist. Thank you for writing a strong ending for this tale.

    The narration was surprisingly good as well. I will also look for more Ray Porter narration.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    erick HOLLYWOOD, FL, United States 08-03-12
    erick HOLLYWOOD, FL, United States 08-03-12
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    "Great book, very entertaining and surprising!"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Really big twist


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    14 shares a similar theme to a lot oh H.P Lovecraft's books where everything is doom and gloom but 14 bring things down to a much more personal level and has characters that you care about and are invested in.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Great variety , very well read, I just liked how he did over all.


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

    Nothing is what it appears to be.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer North Dakota 08-03-12
    Amazon Customer North Dakota 08-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story, unexpected"

    This book wasn't what I was expecting, but that's part of what made it good. I enjoyed the suspense. I had a hard time putting it down.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Carey 08-02-12 Member Since 2007

    p_sunshine

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    "Fabulous!"
    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    This one is very visual, so the comparison that sticks out for me comes from television. It???s like the Scoobie gang grew up and moved into a crazy apartment building where Bobby from Supernatural also happens to live. Honestly, I would not be surprised if I found out that Peter Clines had written for Buffy, because holy crap, there are some Joss Whedon moments. If he didn't, well, I would love for J.W. to get ahold of this.


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

    I had not listened to him before, but I'm going to search him out now, because wow - the story was great, but his performance knocked it out of the park.


    Any additional comments?

    I can???t spoil any of it for you, because as fast paced as this thing is, the story and reasoning unfold over the course of it, but just trust me on this ??? if you're a Whedon/Supernatural fan, pick it up. I was listening to it while I worked yesterday, and I almost wanted to stay late just so that I could finish it ??? it was that good.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Genesee, ID, United States 08-01-12
    Bill Genesee, ID, United States 08-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Story compelled me to become 1st time reviewer"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Da Vinci Code type story written by Dean Koontz


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate Tucker. Always seeking answers


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Exploring the sub basement.


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

    Don't trust appearances.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope Peter Clines writes a sequel.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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