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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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    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 01-20-13
    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2009

    caffeinated

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    "A stay-at-home thrill ride."

    An excellent read in the vein of Steven King's Under the Dome or Duma Key. A great set of characters. And a fun collection of strange and quirky mysteries which all add up to one big thriller and a fun climax. I will read more from Clines.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    01-20-13
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    "Surprisingly great"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Not cookie cutter characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were great because I had never met them before.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    He could read the line so that it was funnier than it was written


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

    No I wanted to savor it


    Any additional comments?

    I would never had picked this book, It was a lucky pick for me.I am not into scifi at all but it was so well written and had humor.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay 01-20-13
    Jay 01-20-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Very Entertaining Title"

    What a great story and performance. Just imagine normal people finding themselves in a really bizarre situation. It's suspenseful, scary and satisfying. Don't be put off by reviews that claim it's way over the edge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff A. Goldberg Grayslake, IL USA 01-18-13
    Jeff A. Goldberg Grayslake, IL USA 01-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Creative. Loved it."
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story and characters were great. Just enough intrigue in a slow reveal of facts and circumstances.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie wimberly, TX, United States 01-18-13
    Stephanie wimberly, TX, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2009

    I am a farrier and audiobooks really help time go by working alone. Audible makes it so much easier than using CD's!

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    "I found myself cringing at the beginning."
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I might put it in the top 10 percent. And I do LOT of audiobooks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    One brilliant line. It's worth the time just for that one line!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wow, well, maybe the first bad dream, or the introduction of the wall? There were several times I stopped and re-wound to make sure what I was hearing!


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

    Nope, I wanted to piece it out and really enjoy it. It's very elaborate and complex, and full of great imagery. Don't miss a word, you guys.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so glad I got it, I really would be surprised if anyone does not like it. I'm working from payday to payday, too, so the first part really got to me, and was hard to get through. I know that neighborhood, too, and thoroughly enjoyed that aspect. The idea of so many curious folks still in this world just kills me, it's a true adventure story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Lee Pasadena, ca United States 01-18-13
    G. Lee Pasadena, ca United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2010

    Badger

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    "If you like LOST and really wanted it to be better"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    I rather liked this book, it was a wonderful quirky mystery with characters you will recognize from other stories. Heck, you might even have seen them on LOST, but the pace and the language, plus the fact it takes place now...today...makes it a fresh fun romp.

    I would suggest it as a quick read, or in this case a quick listen...Mr. Porter was at first an odd choice, but as he became more comfortable with the material, so does the listener and he takes command about an eight of the way in.

    If you like quirky fun mysteries, and wonder what the Mystery Gang did after the van stopped and they had to let Scooby out, read 14. I think it will make you smile.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that all the characters were likable, and none of them felt far fetched.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Porter?

    Perhaps, his command of female tones, was odd at first, but as I got more comfortable with his voice my imagination helped fill in the gaps.


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

    A quiet apartment, WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen P Syracuse NY 01-17-13
    Maureen P Syracuse NY 01-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "will be a movie!"
    What did you love best about 14?

    Good story, great performance. I can see this book being made into a movie


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CINDY 01-17-13
    CINDY 01-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "MR. CLINES, PLEASE WRITE A SEQUEL OR SERIES!"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's is tied for 1st place with The Dresden Files series!!! I love sci-fi and the far reaching stories. 14 takes you on a wild ride...so hold on for the twists and turns! Can't recommend this book enough!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The most memorable moment of the story was towards the end. I won't tell you what it is because it would ruin the story for you. I use audio books to get my workouts in every morning. This morning I found myself yelling at the characters and my pace on the treadmill got faster and faster...had to have been one of my better workouts!


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

    I think this is my first experience with Ray Porter's performance and I think he did a fabulous job. He made all of the characters very believable, including the female characters. I would definitely listen to another book done by him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several moments in the book that moved me. But I don't want to taint your enjoyment of listening to the story unfold.


    Any additional comments?

    I hesitated for a few minutes about using my credit(s) for this book. I'm SO GLAD that I decided to "buy" this book. Probably one of the most exciting and riveting stories I've listened to in a while. I love all of the stories I've purchased through Audible, but this one really stands out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda South Royalton, VT, United States 01-16-13
    Amanda South Royalton, VT, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Full Time Mom, Full Time Employee, Wife and hopefully much more. Haven't read an actual book since I was pregnant 5 years ago. Now I have time to "read" everyday with audio books!

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    "Great Story for 3/4s of the book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I t was really intriguing, a lot of clues and whodunits throughout the book. Kept me interested. However, it switched gears from plausible to complete fantasy very quickly. I wasn't expecting it and was a little disappointed.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Clines? Why or why not?

    Sure - but after the ending I would research them a bit more.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Loved how he was able to change his voice into each character. None of them sounded the same. The beginning was a little stiff and hurried but I think most books are until the narrator "gets into it".


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Craig 01-16-13
    Craig 01-16-13
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    "Steam punk in action"

    Good blend of vintage steam punk and modern computers. Storyline kept me involved and wondering what would happen next. The reader had a good voice and characterizations

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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
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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...

    15 of 16 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 19 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.

    10 of 11 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 21 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!

    12 of 14 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.

    11 of 14 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
  • me
    5/24/14
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    "Zoinks don't open the door!"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun, entertaining listen. With lots of twists and turns to the story, all of which managed to keep me on the edge of my seat. And seriously I would never of guessed at that ending.The author created some very memorable characters particularly liked Veek and Tim.

    Ray Porters narration really brought the book to life loved his characters,they were all top quality, he did a great job with the female characters and Roger was a joy. You could easily tell them all apart, only felt his third party narration was sometimes a little flat.

    All in all this was a great listen wouldn't hesitate to recommend it,well worth the credit spent. And will definitely look for more from both the author and narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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