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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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    Tamara 03-31-13
    Tamara 03-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "For a story that hangs together, look elsewhere!"

    Like many reviewers have said. this book takes a left turn about 2/3's in. Not long before that point, most readers will have realized that there is absolutely no way this plot will ever come together neatly. Even venturing into an alternate universe is insufficient to bring it all together. Probably the biggest loose end for me was why this magical building is not being carefully studied by scientists 24/7. Especially because someone has seen fit to develop spare parts!!

    The narrator (Ray Porter) is really amazing and the only thing that made me stay with the book to the end.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 01-29-13
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Ridiculous"

    I really enjoyed this book for the first 2/3 of the story and then it got so stupid that I had to turn it off. I guess no matter how well written I just cant do, Sci-Fi, I can deal with the glow in the dark roaches and the black hole but the "people eating creatures", sorry, you lost me there! If this is your genre, then I think you will enjoy the characters- they were great and the writing was excellent.The narration was also excellent.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Archer, FL, United States 07-07-12
    Rebecca Archer, FL, United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun, quirky listen"

    We all know a significant part of how well you enjoy a book is how well the narrator performs it and Ray Porter did a great job. Beyond that, the story had enough twists and turns to keep it fun. Sometimes you could anticipate where the story was going, but it happened in such a way that you were happy to see you were reading the characters right. Definitely built some great tension at the end. Will look for more by the same author and narrator.

    19 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    William 06-26-12
    William 06-26-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Entertaining"

    I had no idea what to expect from this one and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. The plot twists were very unpredictable and the characters easy to like/hate as needed. To put the cherry on top the narrator was excellent.

    24 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Solitude1984 Canada 11-10-12
    Solitude1984 Canada 11-10-12 Member Since 2016

    Dreamer

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    "Would give it 2.5 stars"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes because I enjoyed 2/3 of it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The last 1/3 of the book was ridiculous. I wanted to scream at the characters to stop with their stupid chattering and get to work! Also, I wasn't a fan of the big secret - it felt too .... weird.


    Could you see 14 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I can see 14 being made into a movie. It's a very visual book.


    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    chris glen mills, PA, United States 09-06-12
    chris glen mills, PA, United States 09-06-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Way too over-hyped"
    Any additional comments?

    I bought this audiobook based on the great reviews. I was intrigued at the beginning by the story and the characters were interesting but the story went nowhere fast and where it ended up was just plain dumb. Overall was it was mildly entertaining for a short period but a waste of about 8 hours

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jason pottstown, pa, United States 10-22-12
    Jason pottstown, pa, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2014

    reading adventurer

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    "WHAT THE HELL..."

    This thing was listed under Sci-fi & Fantasy and was recommended to me after purchasing an epic fantasy Scott Lynch's, 2nd book (Red Seas Under Red Skies) WHICH WAS AWESOME. I put it in my wish list after seeing the HUGE positive ratings.
    This book is fiction, sci-fi slightly... fantasy... barely. I would have some mature high school students read/listen to this book due to its easy going pace and somewhat interesting story-line. This book is NOT for epic fantasy fans or even hard core sci-fi fans. The narrator was good which is how I was able to get through this book.

    27 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy PA 02-21-14
    Old Hippy PA 02-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Another promising story that fell down at the end."
    Any additional comments?

    I really like this story, until it went off the rails about 75% of the way through. It really was too bad. I liked all the major characters a lot. They were believable and credible. They reacted to weird developments like normal people would. I don't even have a problem with the notion of the building being more than it appears. But once they go through the door into Apartment 14 ... well, the author's story unravels into increasing silliness. I could come up with half a dozen ending scenarios that would make more sense than what's written.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-23-12
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Great narrator + wonderful characters = 4 stars"

    This book reminds me so much of Stephen King's Dumas Key, Under the Dome, and 11/22/63. It has a wonderful cast of characters and enough mystery to make the journey more enjoyable than the destination. It begins as a real mystery that eventually morphs into a far fetched sci-Fi with good suspense. But don't let that turn you away. It so well written and read that I just may listen again.

    Ray Porter just may be the most talented performer in the Audible stable of readers. Putting the great Scott Brick a distant 5th, Ray Porter, Will Patton, Eduardo Ballerini, and Tom Stechschulte vascilate within the top 4, depending on the book. Mr. Porter's performance alone makes 14 worth the credit.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 06-24-13
    Dennis 06-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining despite going one step to far"

    Like a lot of books, this one starts out great, so good in fact I was already looking at other titles written by this author. The dialog is great, the characters extremely well crafted eccentric and imbued with great chemistry. The story takes off and begins to take you into the world of the apartment, building some great creepyness with what the troop finds. I do not want to give out any plot spoilers so I will just say that for a bit the books takes things into the surreal just a bit to far, it crosses the line into silly, then comes back. I was bummed by that because the book overall is really good, there is tension, a great storyline that is unique, well crafted dialog and evidence that the author has talent actually writing, that segment though dampers the experience a great deal, does not ruin the book but takes it out of the four or five star category. As a mention, the narration is well done and fits the mood and characters of the story very well.
    Recommended with a sigh at what could have been a great book, but what is in fact only a pretty good book

    8 of 12 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.

    19 of 21 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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