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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.

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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    Net IL, United States 02-24-13
    Net IL, United States 02-24-13
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    "Made a mistake with this one"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I normally do not care to post a negative review, but I wish I had read one before listening to 14. This book was suggested by my interest in Historical Fiction. 14 could not be further from Historical Fiction. This is the first Syfy book I have ever read, and likely will be the last. I cannot even wrap my mind around the story line. There is so much bad about this story, I hardly know where to start. Wiki is a credible source? Squales? One dimensional characters? Over focus on characters and events that are of no value to the rest of the story? I wish I had been better warned,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 02-23-13
    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 02-23-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Try it if you like science fiction"
    Any additional comments?

    Overal, I thought this was pretty well written. The characters were fun to read about and their personalities were all so different. The plot was sometimes slightly predictable, but there were also many unexpected twists that totally got me off guard. Narrator's good, and I thought he read with a nice pace, that engages the reader in the story. The only thing I would say, was that the ending of some characters were quite abrupt.

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    Rosemary Bannon Tyksinsk, PhD 02-23-13
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    "Suspend your belief. Enjoy the ride!"
    What did you love best about 14?

    A small coalition of unexpected allies living in an old, thread bare building, band together to uncover the building's strange "behavior." Their approach to the many mysteries and problems is unique and refreshing.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    In a small way it is reminiscent of American Gods in its magical realism. While AG is epic, 14 is a tiny story that "jumps the shark" in the second half aspiring to the epic--but it doesn't quite succeed in doing so.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    The protagonist is delightful, earnest young guy who works at a dead end, mind numbing job who comes into his own as a courageous leader of a tentative alliance of fellow building tenants.


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

    The writing did manage to generate a few chuckles. I found myself cheering the characters on and believing in their (totally unbelievable) mission.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a fine job of seamlessly and convincingly speaking for a very diverse set of characters. A fun read.

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    "Caught up in the minutiae"

    There was nothing wrong with the performance, but I found this story to be really dull. Lots of details, Lost-style. I got impatient and bored with it, and it wasn't very long.

    I really enjoy Stephen King, and this seemed along those lines. It was, actually, but only superficially.

    I was disappointed. The premise is solid, the execution was not to my tastes.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mak2 BERRYVILLE, VIRGINIA, United States 02-22-13
    Mak2 BERRYVILLE, VIRGINIA, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes, just when you thought things were tied up in a neat bow, things took a turn.


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    Amazon Customer 02-22-13 Member Since 2017
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    "New addition to my list of favorite authors"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes, I have listening to the same short list of authors for years but wanted to try something new. I came across this book on the Best Sellers list and the synopsis looked like the kind of story I would enjoy. I was not disappointed. Peter Clines came up with a great combination of characters, mystery, puzzles, discovery, and fantasy while keeping a pace that never lagged. I love his writing style and Ray Porter does a great job of reading and representing the characters.

    This was my first Peter Clines book but I have already purchased Ex-Heroes. My only concern is that Clines set the bar pretty high already with 14.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    One of my favorite moments is after chemistry between two characters builds to the boiling point. When they dropped their inhibitions and gave in to their passions, they still keep their sense of humor and try to make light of it. It was a great side of the characters to reveal and a laugh out loud moment.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter represents the characters very well making it easy to distinguish each of them while also giving them personality even through his voice. At the same time, I found his pace of the book and his pace of a moment was very effective. His pauses and quick jumps of dialog kept right in line with the story itself.


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

    No crying but loved Clines' humor behind the characters. Several laugh out loud moments. Hopefully no one saw me in the next car.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep 'em coming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 02-22-13
    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 02-22-13
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    "Excellent story"

    This is a great story and performance held me all the way to the end and then i wanted more well done. whats next

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    Jessica 02-22-13
    Jessica 02-22-13
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    "Fun Horror Thriller"

    This book is really just for fun. Ray Porter is a great narrator and is able to make you care about the characters even in the more ridiculous parts of the story. If you can completely suspend your disbelief, you'll probably really enjoy this story. It begins like a typical haunted house story but takes such an extreme turn to the strange side that it almost loses you. But by the time you get to this point, you're already hooked!

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    A. D. Mcrae 02-21-13
    A. D. Mcrae 02-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Starts with a bang, carries on then fizzes"

    The performance was wonderful. I was engaged and eager throughout entire listen. I really enjoyed the building of community in the first 3/4 of book. I cared about the characters and their macinations. Unfortunately, the story spiralled out of control in terms of believability in the last hour or so, as if the writer ran out of speed and wanted to get something down. It is definitely worth a listen though I would have appreciated a better ending.

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    leslie 02-21-13
    leslie 02-21-13
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    "More enjoyable than expected!"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Interesting concept for a book. Likeable lead characters, nicely developed plot, and well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am not a huge sci-fi fan, but this book comes off as more of a mystery. The characters even refer to one another as Shaggy, Thelma, Fred and Daphney. I liked the "we're all in this together" mentality, and it makes me wish I had the sort of neighbors I could meet on a rooftop to drink beer, watch the sun set, and discuss our creepy building.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What would you do if you found you had the power to keep the world safe?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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