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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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    Patrick J. Leinen South Bend, IN 08-31-12
    Patrick J. Leinen South Bend, IN 08-31-12 Member Since 2017

    PL_Gamer

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    "Meh - lost me towards the end."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Ugh... it just went off the rails towards the end. It was as if the book was split into parts. 2/3 suspense-mystery 1/3 bad sci fi.


    What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

    *SPOILER* When the story started to tie Cthulhu writing by H.P. Lovecraft to Nikola Tesla it went from fun suspense-mystery romp to what felt like subpar sci-fi dribble.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-31-12
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Need more Clines books on audio"

    I first started with Clines' X series (looking forward to Ex 3 btw). This book starts out as a mystery, moves into science fiction then pure fantasy. What a ride I blew through it in 3 days. Fantastic story, Ray Porter is one of the best narrators I've heard (he does a lot of the Maberry books).

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    julianelson BOUNTIFUL, UT, United States 08-31-12
    julianelson BOUNTIFUL, UT, United States 08-31-12
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    "Great book, but be warned that it gets Sci-Fi"

    I would recommend this book to a friend who is not afraid to delve into a little bit of science fiction. I loved the character development and I think Peter Clines did a great job keeping the readers attention with a non-stop plot and a great protagonist. This book was incredible and kept me listening for long periods of time. Its one of those books that you wish you hadn't finished so quickly because the characters are your friends!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 08-31-12
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 08-31-12

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "WOW Peter Clines"
    Any additional comments?

    What a great listen. This book had me enticed from the very Beginning. I just loved the story and the characters. Mystery, thriller and a litter Horror all in one. Very well written with excellent narration by Ray Porter. Well done Peter Clines, i will be looking for more of your wonderful work. :))

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. L. Turner 08-31-12 Member Since 2011

    Tutivillus

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    "My Head Lit up with the Joys of Eldritch Horror!"

    I'll REALLY try not to give spoilers...

    This is great! Not deep, but it's fun, fast and twisty. We're talking a mystery that combines pop-culture icons, steampunk, nods to some of the greatest horror written and ties it all together into something entirely new. You'll like the characters, you'll probably see the twists coming (and say "YES!" out loud when they hit) and laugh your ass off at parts of the story where you probably shouldn't.

    Hell, there's even some Office Space in here, for good measure.

    Unless your sense of humor and sense of mystery left you at some point you will love this book. Get it. Get it now.

    Do it. Do it or The Family will come to get you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi WEST CHESTER, PA, United States 08-31-12
    Heidi WEST CHESTER, PA, United States 08-31-12
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    "Not recommended if you don't like sci-fi"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The narration and the characters were very interesting and believable. They all play off of each other nicely, and the narrator did a great job creating unique and consistent voices for them all.


    Would you recommend 14 to your friends? Why or why not?

    I admit that I am NOT a fan of science fiction, and the book just swayed too heavy on the sci-fi toward the end. I bought this audiobook thinking it would fall more under horror/thriller than sci-fi. However, if you LIKE sci-fi, I would guess this story is more entertaining!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wiegand Pinckney, MI, United States 08-30-12
    Wiegand Pinckney, MI, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Somebody please make this into a movie!"

    This is a fantastic story, well written and very clever in its implementation. Nice narration, excellent voice affects.

    It is difficult to say much about the story without giving it away, so I won't. Just buy it and listen. Oh, and be sure you don't have anything else to do because it is very hard to stop listening once the story gets rolling!

    Because the story is so tightly written, with a small group of characters, it could easily be made into a movie. There are a couple of places where good special effects would add to the already good story. While my imagination is doing a great job filling in these gaps, I'd love to see what Hollywood could make of it. There are plenty of references for fans of certain historical figures and early horror writers too...

    Too bad there isn't some way to keep this gang together and solve some more arcane mysteries!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul T. 08-30-12
    Paul T. 08-30-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I didn't expect for it to be this good......"

    14 will definitely keep you interested. I have found a new writer and narrator too search for and if their other works are as good as this, I'm in for a treat.

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    Joyce E Nelson Battle Creek, MI USA 08-30-12
    Joyce E Nelson Battle Creek, MI USA 08-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Farfetched"

    I listened to the whole thing, but just didn't like it. I prefer more realistic stories.

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    Kristin Baltimore, MD, United States 08-30-12
    Kristin Baltimore, MD, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for me..."
    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

    I thought the narrator did a great job with the characters. That being said I couldn't tell if I found some of the characters annoying because of the voices he gave them or if it was the way they were written. I would probably not read another book by this author for the mere fact that I don't think I am the right audience.


    Was 14 worth the listening time?

    I honestly couldn't wait for it to end but I think this just wasn't my cup of tea. The plot was somewhat interesting and I wouldnt say I hated it but I felt like some of it was trying too hard. I hate giving negative reviews but I feel like based on the reviews I read that made me want to read this book there seemed to be too much hype for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it would translate well to a movie.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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...

    15 of 17 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!

    18 of 21 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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