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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Read the Reviews!

I put this book in my wish list quite a while ago after reading several reviews... apparently I didn’t read enough. This book was nothing like I expected. After the few reviews I read back then, I was thinking it was a haunting type thriller but it’s not even close. When this book went on sale recently I just bought it and didn’t re-review. Without giving out spoilers I will say that it is science fiction. Certainly not scary, just somewhat interesting until mid-book (if you like sci-fi, which I do not). This book was ok but became silly to me. I will for sure read reviews again before getting anything from my wish list.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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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!

507 of 561 people found this review helpful

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disappointing conclusion ruins this book

The first 2 thirds of this book are actually quite good. We are introduced to the cast of characters

living at the apartment block where most of the action takes place.
The characters, for the most part, are interesting and the dialogue and action scenes are well written.

However, when we reach the climax of the story it deteriates into something like a bad 1950s horror movie.
Indeed, it is complete with creatures with tenticles for faces and bat wings.

Good story building, but in the end it seems the author ran out of good ideas and fell back on the usual horror clichets.

On the plus side narration is excellent.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Slow, boring and a waste of time

Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

Absolutely NOT. The story was slow moving until the last 3 hours ... I guess it was supposed to be a build up but for the first 10 hours I kept wishing something would happen. This writer is NOT a new Stephen King. He does not have the ability to paint the visual pictures. The reader was so unremarkable that I had a hard time keeping awake listening .. when I noticed I'd drifted off either in sleep or just daydreaming I didn't even bother to go back and see if I had missed something. His voice and accent are good, but he is not an actor and there is no impact quality to his deliverance.

What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

It went on and on and got nowhere ... All the action is packed into the last 3 hours. There is a LOT that is irrelevant that we are doused with ... could shave left out all the stuff about Nate's work, for example. Just more time wasted and didin't add to the story at all.

What aspect of Ray Porter’s performance would you have changed?

He needs acting lessons! all the characters, even tho accents were a bit different, had the same tonal quality

Did 14 inspire you to do anything?

Yes, it inspires me to call Audible and ask for a refund. Unfortunately they can give me back only my money . not my valuable time.

Any additional comments?

Wish I could remember where on Audible I got the recommendation for this book so I will know NOT to listen to that source again.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

I was looking forward to this book because the previews sounded so interesting. I was really enjoying it until the end. The mystery was awesome but how it turned out was so disappointing!!!

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • jak
  • philly pa
  • 05-14-13

wait, what?!

What disappointed you about 14?

Oh, where to begin. It started out pretty interesting with so many possible plot directions. The dialogue was cheesy but I can live with that. Suddenly, and without warning, the book began to read like a 15 year-old's fan-fiction. The ending was so dumb I that I sat listening in disbelief, seriously, I was a doe in headlights.

Has 14 turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, I will definately avoid going to fan-fiction forums.

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Idiotic

Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Ray Porter?

Peter Cline, never again.

What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

The sophomoric dialogue.

How could the performance have been better?

Performance was fine but hard to divorce from Cline's horrible writing.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 14?

It's too awful to edit. It needs to be completely rewritten.

Any additional comments?

How this received so many positive reviews is beyond me. The plot is completely ripped off from Lost, mixed with a little Lord of the Rings imagery. The writing is so sophomoric that it is difficult to read at times. The characters have no depth whatsoever and if not for the different inflection and accents used by the narrator, would be completely indistinguishable. The dialogue reads like it was written by a high school kid. The characters have no meaningful interaction. Rather they have these short, awkward exchanges that end when one says something like "f*ck you" or "nice try loser". For example, at the apex of the final action scene (no spoiler here) one of the main characters has what is supposed to be a suspenseful, heroic moment which culminates in him shouting "f*ck you bitch" at one of the other characters. What would otherwise be interesting plot points get completely destroyed by explanatory dialogue like "I read in a book that your nose bleeds when stuff happens to your brain." And corny retorts like "YOU read a book?!" It's as if the author's own social awkwardness comes through the characters. He is not even creative enough to imagine how emotionally mature adults interact. Even worse is the author's attempt at description. Phrases like "the day crawled by like a dying man crawling through the desert," made me think of fill-in-the-blank simile exercises from elementary school. The narrative is also peppered with Cline's own brand of low-brow humor. For example, a running joke about who most resembles which character from Scoobie Doo and sexual innuendo that can only be described as that of a giggling, adolescent girl. Although most people were apparently able to look past these flaws, fair warning to any readers with even a modicum of taste - this writing will grate on your ears like the twangy shtick of a low rent stand-up comedian.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • K. N.
  • Springdale, AR
  • 06-07-18

Too fantastical

I like scifi and fantasy but this book was a little too much fantasy for me.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Donna
  • Porter Ranch, CA, United States
  • 04-26-13

First Audiobook I ever returned

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book started out interesting but got very repetitive and drawn out. By the second half I just could not stand listening to details that I didn't care at all about.

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

Ray Porter's performance was great.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Renton, WA, United States
  • 04-05-13

This book is awfully boring

What would have made 14 better?

A better plot and a better narrator. The narrator did the worst accents I have ever heard.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Robyn
  • 11-23-16

A good one!

The blurb on this one didn't really appeal, so it was with hesitation that I bought it. So glad I took the plunge.

I can see why another reviewer may not have liked the last quarter of the story.....but on balance, it didn't detract sufficiently from the rest of the story to warrant a lower rating. This was a great listen. The quiet dread starts to build from the opening scene, and keeps building (intentional excessive use of "building"), despite the light-hearted tone of the characters. On balance, this is book is good entertainment.

It's not possible to say anything else about the plot without giving too much away. I knew it was sci-fi, but I had no inkling of what was coming for at least 3/4 of the book. It kept me listening into the small hours more than once.....so much for getting a good night's sleep courtesy of the building (not a spoiler of consequence!). Now I know why the editor's intro says what it does....but it doesn't really give much of a clue.

Narration was excellent.

Not surprising that Audible.com selected this as its best sci-fi novel of 2012 - just sorry I took so long to listen to it.



20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • P
  • 04-13-13

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.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • 07-22-12

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...

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 01-27-14

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!

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Helen
  • 03-09-14

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.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-14

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.

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  • Martin
  • 04-11-14

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.

22 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • 01-23-14

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!

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Asbjørn
  • 10-25-16

Thoroughly enjoyable!

One of my favourite science fiction writers. A brilliant tale. Imaginative and engaging! The images come to life and the characters suspend all of my disbelief.

Excellent narration despite my aversion against American accented narration.

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  • adam
  • 06-11-14

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

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  • Linda
  • 06-24-15

14 gets 14/10 from me

WOW, what a great book, I didn't want it to end. It had many different aspects - starting off with us getting to know a group of people renting an apartment building. A small group formed a friendship and began to explore the building. This led to mystery and lots of unanswered questions. Suddenly it was all Sci Fi and I loved every word, sentence, paragraph, chapter. Is this a movie? If it isn't then it should be.
I am so glad I found this author, now to see what else the wonderful Mr Peter Clines has written....

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  • Katie
  • 02-16-15

Excellent Story

I couldn't get enough of this novel. It was really interesting. I loved how it integrated real life history/people in to the storyline to make the story more believable.
If you like conspiracy theory fiction, then you just might like this. It's great FUN.

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  • C.J.R Flanagan
  • 02-03-14

Precisely what I look for in a story!

After reading some of the excellent reviews that Peter Clines has received for 14, I purchased the audio version. I quickly realized that the plethora of shining reviews I had come across were in no way exaggerated. The believable characters and setting and realistic dialogue serve to form an extremely immersive reading experience. Each character brings their own background, expertise and perspective to the situations they find themselves in. Clines has cleverly used these to help the characters explain seemingly complicated concepts to the reader which arise throughout the story in an easily relatable manner.

This is a very well thought-out book which is littered with plenty of "WOW" moments and lots of unexpected and unpredictable twists and turns to keep the reader on his/her toes. I found myself spending hours after hitting the pause button trying to predict the meaning behind certain phenomenon or visualizing a new concept which had been introduced. Even though I usually only listen to audio books while driving, I now have to catch up on the hours I spent listening to "14" on my ipod while I was supposed to be working!

I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends and be on the lookout for future Peter Clines book releases.

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  • Jarryd
  • 09-18-16

Lovecraft with a real story!

Lovecraft's books establish a unique atmosphere, but fail to put a solid story in there.

This book is a solid, mystery laden story. Simple stuff like green cockroaches give way to tentacled mind assailing monstrosities.

The characters communicate with each other, which is very satisfying.

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  • K Fletcher
  • 05-02-16

Quite unique and imaginative story.

Enjoyed this story. Characters were interesting and "real". Narrated well. Had some unexpected plot turns.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-18

Enjoyable listen

Good story with likeable characters. Would have given all fives, however thought it was a little long winded.

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  • Matt Cooper
  • 06-28-18

I'm not great at headings

narrator was great, story was thoroughly underwhelming. This is a children's book written for adults.

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  • flj
  • 04-13-18

great narrator, story interesting enough

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the build up of the mystery, and getting to know the characters but when they opened the door to a particular apartment of note I started to lose my fascination. Was interesting enough for me to listen to the end though.

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  • Mitch T
  • 02-19-18

Best Book Ever!!

I've done myself wrong by making this my first ever real audiobook purchase. it was far too good for anything to follow it, im done for. (seriously though, incredible book, interesting all the way through with fantastic twists and turns)

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  • Eugenio Carvajal
  • 02-12-18

Very entertaining and well narrated.

Lots of tension and twists and turns in this novel. Believable and likeable characters. Clever ending too that raps up the whole story nicely.