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Written by: 
Peter Clines
Narrated by: 
Ray Porter
14 Audiobook

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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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    Magpie USA 06-24-12
    Magpie USA 06-24-12 Member Since 2007

    You'll find me chattering and chasing shiny things.

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    "Super solid listen!!"

    I'm sure I can't say here anything that hasn't already been said, however I was so impressed, I felt like I had to. I also don't want to reveal anything, because the minimal knowledge I had before listening made the unfolding of the story so much more fun! This was such a solid listen on all fronts. The characters were engaging, the story interesting, the source of the mystery was terrific. By the time it had ended I wanted to hear more!
    The absolute best thing, though, was the narrator. If there were some way I could give Ray Porter more than 5 stars, I'd give him an enthusiastic 10! His accents were credible, pronunciation:impeccable, and timing and flow: spot on! The thing I loved the most is that his interpretation never got in the way of the story he was telling. I've never found a narrator, aside from Jim Dale, I felt I would gush about - Ray Porter is gush-worthy!

    356 of 381 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Idaho Falls, ID, United States 07-08-12
    Anthony Idaho Falls, ID, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2016

    Laughter is the best medicine, but if you are laughing for no reason, you may need medicine.

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    "Sometimes it pays to read reviews!"

    This was another book purchased solely on reading reviews and I'm glad I did. Reading the story description alone I never would have used a credit on this book, strange goings on in an apartment complex just didn't "pop" for me but there were so many positive reviews I gave it a shot. The narrator is the same guy that reads the Joe Ledger series and I really like his voice and characters, he did it again on this book and even added an Indian accent. The "goings on" in the apartments was interesting enough but what happens toward the end of the book was very suspenseful and exciting and that's all I will say about the content.

    This is one of those audiobooks that I really can't see how no less than 90% of listeners will enjoy and a sure bet that your credit won't go to waste.

    285 of 309 people found this review helpful
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    Charles USA 12-24-14
    Charles USA 12-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Completely Engaging"

    I used a credit on this one over a year ago. It sat in my library for a long time- so long in fact that I would have returned it without listening to it if I could have (time limit had passed) since clearly I wasn't going to get to it. I finally decided, hey why not.

    I am so glad I did.

    This was the surprise of the year for me, as far as books were concerned. Utterly engaging and believable. The characters developed well, as did the plot line. No forced culmination- everything fit and made sense based on the build up. That is not to say that the book was predictable- far from it actually.

    It's funny, sci-fi, and horror, mixed into a solve the mystery plot line. Great characters. Just... believable, even with as out there as the plot line is.

    The narration was fantastic. I'd listen to Ray Porter any time. I'm going to have to give Clines' other books a try, even though the ex-superheros series doesn't appeal to me on the surface. If they're as engaging and well written as this was, I can't see not liking them.

    Is it the best book ever written? No. Is it worth a credit and your time? Absolutely.

    Highest marks.

    134 of 145 people found this review helpful
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    FanB14 03-02-13
    FanB14 03-02-13

    Short, Simple, No Spoilers

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    "Sci-Fi Scooby and Friends"

    Mysterious apartment building with low rent in Los Angeles raises healthy curiousity for young tennants. Sharing freaky details about lights and green cockroaches, the gang and slowly comes together in the shape of the Mystery Bunch, complete with Fred, Daphne, Shaggy and Velma investigating the oddities of their dwelling.

    Each character was interesting and relatable with Nate as the reluctant leader trading barbs with Veek, the oober-intelligent hacker. The guys and nudie sunbather, Zela meet on the roof to watch sunsets and share a few frosty beverages. Found myself enjoying the eccentricities of the gang. Narrators did an excellent job for each voice. Fresh take on a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys caper, searching for answers leading them into an other worldly caper.

    The mystery unravels into a science fiction (not psychological) thriller. Enjoy.

    150 of 170 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Noblesville, IN, United States 06-26-12
    Edward Noblesville, IN, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Long Time Listener, First Time Reviewer"

    I've never read Clines before, but if the rest of his work is on par with 14, I think I will have read all of his work by the end of the month. I devoured 14. I missed a project deadline at work because of 14. I really want there to be a 15, 16, and 17, even though I am perfectly aware that would make no sense.

    Bottom line? This was a fun book with a fantastic narrator. Nothing deep really, but it didn't need to be. It was perfect fantasy/horror genre pulp. The entire thing is destined to be a movie that will inevitably fall far short of the story Clines has written. For Clines' financial sake, I really hope that happens anyway. Keep up the good work Peter.

    192 of 219 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 06-27-12 Member Since 2013

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Very Good Thriller"

    I downloaded this book thinking it would be a haunted house story. It's so much more. I hesitate to say more because I would not want to give away anything. I'll just say there is a mystery that you will not guess. Not in a million years. The story is part science fiction, part horror, part thriller. I definitely wanted to finish it in one sitting.

    143 of 163 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce 06-24-12
    Joyce 06-24-12
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    "Surpassed expectations!!!"

    It is difficult to review this book without ruining the experience. I thought I knew where Clines was going, then BAM--he changed directions and utterly surprised me. I did not see where he was going with 14 and was questioning Audible placing it in the Sci-Fi category..I was sooo naive! I believe I can make some comparisons without giving the plot away:

    It is part Stephen King and part Frank Peretti (I think I should stop there as you are probably completely baffled...as you should be! This is utterly unique!). 14 is bizarre and wonderful.

    Ray Porter did a fantastic job. I put him in the same category as Scott Brick and Kate Reading (2 of my favorites). He gave each of the characters their own personality. The evil characters made my skin crawl and I cheered for the heroes.

    Recommended, I just cant tell you why without spoiling it~

    106 of 122 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka 07-12-12
    Mike Naka 07-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "m night shyamalan has nothing on clines"
    Any additional comments?

    m night shyamalan wishes he could tell a story as good as this! i'm not sure i can add anything to what other reviewers have already said.

    i bought this based on what another reviewer wrote, "it's lost meets national treasure." i bought it based on that. and boy oh boy, i was not disappointed! plus, i've read clines' other work and have definitely enjoyed his stories.

    that reviewer hit it right on the head. 14 is a mix of lost and national treasure. there is a great cast of characters, and the plot builds as the story continues to pull you in. you helplessly want to keep listening and finding out more. who are these characters? are they really who they say they are? what is up with the history of this apartment building? why are some of the doors chained and locked up? what is in the basement?

    this is a unique story, not like one you've heard or read before. i kept trying to guess, but i was wrong, pleasantly wrong as the story revealed itself.

    like lost, the story pulls you in. unlike lost, this story has a good ending! my only disappointment was that i wanted to know a little bit more about a couple of the characters. i wanted to know more about a certain character's checkered past and how one character got the job she did.

    like national treasure, there's a mystery and a history behind the apartment building. unraveling these leads the characters on an interesting quest to save the world. that may sound hokey but trust me, this is definitely worth your credit to find out why that's not a flimsy cliché.

    if you like a good mystery with an interesting and unique payoff, then this audiobook is for you. if you've liked clines' other work, then you'll love this b/c it's his best in my opinion.

    33 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan M. Philadelphia 02-25-13
    Ethan M. Philadelphia 02-25-13 Member Since 2005

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

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    "Great SF take on mysteries fades as answers appear"

    The first 2/3 of this novel are pure fun. There are mysteries in an strange apartment complex to be unraveled, a winning cast of characters to do so, and a great reader to narrate the whole thing. The pacing is such that you are always listening for a few more minutes, just to see what the tenants will learn next about their mysterious building. There is lots of original ideas, and some old science fiction and horror concepts reused in fun ways.

    Sadly, as the mysteries are finally revealed, much of the fun drains away, and the last 1/3 of the book, while by no means bad, just can't keep up the excitement and pace. The twists are more cliched, and the revelations surprisingly unsatisfying.

    Despite that, this is still a fun novel, and a solid read, especially those into modern Lovecraftian horror (Atrocity Archives, for example)

    57 of 67 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 09-05-12
    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2016

    The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.

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    "Suspend Disbelief and Critical Thinking Then Enjoy"

    Well written, highly imaginative, apocalyptic thriller, ably narrated by Ray Porter. Listen, and you can expect several hours of entertaining diversion ... IF ...

    You suspend disbelief in the fantastic. This plot moves from engaging mystery to wild apocalyptic fantasy. Let me repeat: WILD apocalyptic fantasy. You have to drink the Kool-Aid for this plot to work. AND

    You also suspend logic and critical thinking. Here is the greatest flaw in this novel. Fantasy is not an excuse for sloppy plot development. And as well written as this novel is, it is bloated with illogical or unexplained plot elements, and not a few distracting contrivances.

    If you think me overly harsh, consider just a few examples (minor spoilers follow):

    ~ Do we really believe that a government so concerned about a particular building that it would track public inquiries would not have more capable agents on site?

    ~ Do we really believe the same government would go to such extraordinary lengths to screen tenants and NOT track or arrest the cult whose actions it fears most?

    ~ And don't we find the explanation from the mysterious "owner" at the end to be a little too contrived, relying a bit too much on the "if I tell you, I'll have to kill you" contrivance.

    Nonetheless, if you can, you should accept the world of 14, turn off that part of your brain that demands logic and internal consistency, and take this ride. It is a wild one.

    60 of 73 people found this review helpful
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    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
  • N
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    3/8/14
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    "really unexpected, loved it all."
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    I loved this book. Not what I expected at all. The narrator was wonderfully. The story kept me guessing. I ended up sitting in my car in the driveway with people staring at me because I wanted to hear what happened next.


    What other book might you compare 14 to, and why?

    Hmmm... that's a hard one. It reminded me a bit of the TV series Lost.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Every character had a distinct voice and even one word replies were easily identifiable. Especially enjoyed his portrayal of Tim the "retired publisher" and Roger the laid back "dude". This narrator is a safe pair of hands.


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

    Yes


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • E. Robinson
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    "It walked a a thin line"

    It manages to hover above being poor and consigned to the DNF bin...only just . The escalating level of incredulity generated by the narrative is at times bewildering. Its lack of depth and treatment of science reminds me of old Victorian novels. While suspending belief is the stuff of scifi, this story takes it to a new level almost verging on stupidity. The main characters are so poorly fleshed out and developed that it does indeed harken back to the cartoon it so often makes reference to. Suffice to say I will be giving this author a wide berth in future. Not one to be reccomended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    St Leonards on Sea, United Kingdom
    8/24/15
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    "Amazing, best book I ever listened to."

    Words are not enough to describe how good this book is. I was gripped from start to end. I'm totally in awe & blown away!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
    7/3/15
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    "If you open the door to 14, it will suck you in."

    Good rent, incredibly good rent, a fantastic building in more ways than first understood, internet for a deal, a beautiful girl that likes to sunbath naked; what could possibly go wrong? Secrets and secret agencies, Mutant cockroaches, disappearance, strange noises, strange lights, doors that you never want to enter caverns in the basement, glimpses of dark thing, very large dark thing that would like to move into this world, this universe.
    This is steampunk Americana chopsuey that works and is entertaining and well paced, the characters are a good mix of suburban geeks, weirdos, losers and a run of the mill guy, that would probably work better is I was younger. As a subgenre of science fiction this is good value entertainment, that will brighten your night.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Leanne
    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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carolyn
    Crewe, United Kingdom
    3/5/14
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    "Good start rather unrealistic finish"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Enjoy listening enough variety to keep returning


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    Going into tunnel description of flats


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

    easy listening


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dylan
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    3/4/14
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    "Modern Lovecraftian mystery"
    What did you like most about 14?

    The characters and the slowly developing mystery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Occasionally fell into over analysis of the surroundings.


    Any additional comments?

    Great mystery that goes in a direction I did not expect. Comedy element was a little over done at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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