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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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good narrator but extremely boring story!

struggled to stay interested in this book. the narrator's performance was nice, but the first like 8 hours of the story nothing happens. then the final few hours of the story was just kinda cheesy! Lol found myself just wanting to get through the book so I could find a new book.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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No no no

This book had real promise. Then it went south. Chapters and chapters of description and BORING details. I literally skipped several chapters and they were still looking at a wall.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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dumbest book I have read in a long time

I couldn't finish the book. The character development was so onerous and unnecessary to the plot line which was really dumb.

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Poor Story

Find it very hard to believe this story has received so much attention and so many good reviews.

The plot drags slowly, uninterestingly to the "climatic" conclusion. Character development is horrible and boring. So many logical fallacies it's hard to get through. Lastly the ending that the whole story builds up to falls flat with no real conclusions to many details of the story.

Suffice to say there are much better novels out there.

The only saving grace is Ray Porter's performance which is always great.

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Bored

I tried to like this book and wanted to but couldn't get into it. I got half way through and just had to move on. It wasn't captivating. Nothing interesting was actually happeneing, and after reading other reviews the ending was going to be even more of a let down.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Struggled through this

I only listened to this because of all the insanely good reviews. Oh how wrong I was to trust those. The only good part was the narrator. Beyond that it was trite, over done, and honestly downright boring.

First off, don't worry this isn't a horror novel full of things that will keep you up at night.

There are a few endearing points. You get to know the characters a bit and learn a bit about their world and lives. Great. Problem is you spend more time on that than any real interesting story line stuff. The story line keeps gearing up for these, what you think are going to be, exciting moments and then all just end up fizzeling out to nothing.

Like you think something is exciting or part of the main story and nope. Just there to distract you or get you excited then nothing. There were so many points like that where the author was clearly trying to keep you on the edge of your seat but failed miserably.

Anyway, it does not redeem itself at any point. I wish I had stopped this in the beginning before I wasted my time.

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I'd skip it.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I did not like it enough to suggest it to a friend.

Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Clines? Why or why not?

I might be willing to give another one a try, but based on this I would not seek another one.

Did Ray Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I liked the character representations, but his reading threw me off at times. Sounded a bit like William Shattner as Captain Kirk, but a little less extreme. I can't be the only person to pick up on the weird short pauses.

Do you think 14 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

3/4 of the book was like relationship building qand exploring and then the final 1/4 was like a quick blast of information.Felt rushed at the end, but i wouldn't need a follow up book.

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Why is this so popular?

I have struggled for the last week to get through this book. It is quite slow and I found myself spacing out and not even listening with the long drawn out, redundant descriptions of buildings and situations. It never gets anywhere and even when you've ended up with something it's just so boring and pointless....

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  • TL
  • 10-02-16

Couldn't finish

What would have made 14 better?

More action, less diaglogue.

What could Peter Clines have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

If this is supposed to be an intriguing mystery, it needed more action, more danger. Oscar, the only dark character I knew of through chapter 20, was more of a caricature. The initial clues/anomalies were interesting, but without any danger introduced, the newer clues became monotonous.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Excellent variation in voices.

What character would you cut from 14?

Andrew. Kind of boring - although he may have come to life later in the book. I didn't finish - the book began to annoy me.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Junk

This story is just dumb and the writing is juvenile. I stopped listening with 5 hours to go. I couldn't care any less how it ends...

18 of 19 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.



21 of 22 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...

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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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  • 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.