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14

Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (40,507 ratings)

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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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  • Kristin
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • 08-30-12

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.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • ED
  • 04-11-14

Boring

What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

The story line was leading and somewhat interesting. This was far from scary and a little silly. There was no connection with the characters. When someone died I felt nothing.

If you’ve listened to books by Peter Clines before, how does this one compare?

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

Maybe

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  • Sean
  • VALENCIA, CA, United States
  • 08-20-15

Took Forever to Get Nowhere

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

IDK, it would have to have some serious endorsement to get me to invest into another book from Clines after this one.

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

see previous statement.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Porter?

Yah, not amazing but not bad either. He just got stuck with a bad story and you cant make bricks without clay.

What character would you cut from 14?

The list of what I would keep is much shorter.

Any additional comments?

This book has 81 chapters and, no joke, for the first 60/70 chapters, nothing happens. Finally, toward chapter 70 or so, things start pulling together and suspense starts to rise; however, it quickly falls leavening you with an overwhelming feeling of being underwhelmed. If you finish the book, check out F. Paul. Willson’s series “Repairman Jack”. It has a lot of out of place supernatural nonsense as well but at least Jack is a bad ass and not a socially depressed office worker treading water below the poverty line.

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Disappointing on many levels

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

No. Peter's writing was poor. The dialog was repetitive (in a dialog being two people, you don't need "he said", then "she said" then "he said" then "she said" then "he said"....we understand that it is two people talking back and forth!) There was no chemistry between the characters, the plot started SO slow, then leap-frogged into crazy-town immediately. There were far too many "close calls" near the end to be believable. The characters came up with solutions far too fast to be realistic. I wanted the book to end sooner than it did.Ray. I think I was more disappointed by his performance just because I've listened to some real classics with particularly great narrators lately. Each voice is TOO distinct. Each person has a crazy accent like cowboy, Indian, surfer dude, tough guy, dumb guy etc. instead of being subtle softer or deeper than the other. Surprisingly though, the entire reading was extremely monotone. If a character "sighs softly" or "yells" to another, the tone of voice should tell you, not the words "she yelled" after the dialogue. Honestly think it would have been more entertaining as a paper book than an audio book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

HG Wells

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The mystery itself was extremely interesting. The last quarter of the book was crazy, and not a great "answer" to the mysteries, but the suspense of the mysteries and looking for clues was my favorite part.

Any additional comments?

Read it as a book, don't listen to it.

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Beware – curiosity doesn't only kill cats

What did you love best about 14?

I often wondered what Tesla had used his genius for. There were all sorts of little mysteries throughout the building. Finding out their purpose kept me reading

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nick because he was stuck in a dead-end job, but noticed and acted on the mysteries that surrounded him

Which scene was your favorite?

when the house had opened onto the terrifying alternate reality. And how zealots/cults can be single-minded and dangerous

Any additional comments?

the narrator was able to, using his voice to define the many characters without confusing them. It's hard to play multiple people using your voice

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Poor story and lame characters

The story was too far fetched to be believable and the characters lack depth.

The only saving grace was the narration, which was quite good.

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Starts strong, then veers unexpectedly ...

To absurd SCI FI. Bummer. The story started interestingly, good mix of characters, interesting situation, but then .... Absurdity. Too bad.

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  • Jon
  • Springfield, MO, United States
  • 04-16-14

I'm in the minority - didn't enjoy the narration

The story was fairly well written and had plenty of suspense. I felt the characters lacked adequate depth, but I enjoyed the plot enough to disregard. I did not enjoy the narration, however. I've seen comments stating exactly the opposite, but felt it was choppy and almost monotone. It was worth my credit...but barely.

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  • lisa
  • MONROE, WI, United States
  • 01-17-13

did not like

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

anyone who likes sci-fi stories....thought this book was more about scary than outerspace. not really my thing

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

yes

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

no....but he did very good

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

not really for me

Any additional comments?

no

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This book is over-rated...

I was expecting some good fictional mystery....not some silly fantasy. Thus, I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for the plot to develop into something exciting. That kind of happened eventually, but there was nothing about this book that I would recommend to anyone I know.

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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.



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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.

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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!

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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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  • 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.

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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.

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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!

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-18

Fantastic narrator

Great story with drama and humour as well as suspense and horror. Narration excellent! Characterisations really well delivered.

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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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  • Brian OMahony
  • 03-15-19

Great book <br />

Excellent story and narration. I read the Fold first but it made no difference. I hope he does a sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-19

Incredibly Lovecraftian

I went into this book knowing nothing at all about it, but I am so glad I did. Being a big fan of HP Lovecraft's work I found myself putting pieces togethor as the story progressed and seeing my ideas come to fruition or be given a new and even better perspective I didnt realise. The story is so engaging and this is enhanced by the brilliant voice work of Ray Porter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-19

Funny, mysterious, great voice performance

This is fun writing and the performance is excellent. The story is jam packed with amusing banter between the characters and intrigue as the plot rockets along. However, it jumped the shark in the final section and simply crammed in too many tropes leaving me feeling a bit empty.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-19

Surprising

Surprising and unpredictable. Read this on a recommendation and was absorbed. Would read more from this author. Not my usual genre but may have converted me.

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  • Mark Hampstead
  • 10-21-18

best book I've read all year!!

fantastic story, brilliant performance, great ending. I have ordered all of Peter Cline's books, and all books performed by Ray Porter. he's excellent.