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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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Too Weird

This is truly a very weird book!! I usually don’t read things like “14,” but it appealed to me after I had listened to more than 40 hours of “Far From the Tree” which was pretty serious and often sad. By contrast this book is a fantasy/science fiction type, something I occasionally enjoy as a change. It certainly WAS a break from my norm, and I’m now more than ready to return to reality again, even in my choice of fiction--at least until George R.R. Martin manages to finish his sixth book in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series.

There are a number summaries and analyses of the plot of “14” so won’t add another. It’s enough to say that I rather enjoyed the first three-quarters of the novel, but I only endured the ending. It just got too strange for me, and I couldn’t relate to either the characters or the story by then. It is like the TV series “Lost” in some ways. I found both compelling long enough that I stuck with them all the way, including their rather disappointing endings.

In order for me to give a book more than three stars, I have to feel that I learned something proportional to the time I invested in it. Unfortunately this was not the case with “14”. However, unless I really dislike a book or hate it enough to not finish it, I rarely give less than three stars. So three stars it is for a fairly entertaining first three-quarters but a rather numbing last section and ending.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Bianca
  • Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 01-03-14

...Seriously?

Any additional comments?

I don't understand why people seem to like this book so much. I found it absolutely ridiculous. The characters, the "mystery", the whole thing is just ludicrous. I kept listening because I couldn't believe a book this bad could have elicited such great reviews.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Boring - spoiler alert

The first 10 hours is just a group of people noticing strange happenings. It's only in the final few hours that anything comes of it. The author's attention to detail is actually a hinderance in that it takes too long for anything exciting to happen. The narrator's voice is very annoying, too. He sounds like Babu, the restaurant owner from Seinfeld's episode of "The Cafe." I forced myself to listen until the end, only because I figured there had to be some payoff for all the details. I was disappointed. I will be requesting a refund on this book.

11 of 11 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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A hero's journey with a decent setup, but weak end

I'm all in favor of steampunk contraptions that keep the world from dystopia, but flying evil whales and inter-dimensional buildings are just a little too silly.

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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.

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I really wanted to like this book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wanted to like this book. Great Narration, ticked all of my SciFi and Horror genre boxes, but the main characters consistently did exceptionally stupid things for such supposedly smart people. It drove me nuts. The story plot line itself was fresh and interesting, I loved the concept. I don't know what would be needed to fix it, I just know that it seems like a really good editor could have helped to fix some of the issues with driving the plot forward.

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Disapointed

What disappointed you about 14?

The story itself. It was pure foolish. The beginning wasn't so bad, although slow at times, but the end was just ridiculous.

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

Come up with a different ending, something more adult-like.

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

No. The performance was fine.

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

The part when the characters end up in the fantasy world. It went downhill from there.

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  • Mark
  • Secaucus, NJ, United States
  • 03-14-18

Sluggish start to an improbable finish

Slow burn, repetitious and dull detail about apartment life. Mildly interesting characters. Might improve in sequels now that we've been overstuffed with minutiae .

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Waste of Time

If you like supernatural ridiculous talking monsters, you will like this. Otherwise, don’t waste your time. On the positive side, narrator was good.

10 of 10 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.



19 of 20 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.

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-17

Sticks true to the theme of the genre.

Fantastic buildup to some truly horriffic revelations, each minor discrepancy is a omen of things to come. For most part of the book I was hooked and I really wanted to know the secrets of the bizzare apartment block. My qualms about the book are that I felt one particular twist important to the plot was a bit too telegraphed and that the climactic chapters were a little weaker than I had hoped.