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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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Dont trust the hype - or wait for the movie

I like paranormal tales, and in particular creepy appartment stories (Rosemary's Baby remains one of my favorites, and I have been a H.P. Lovecraft devotee since I discovered him many years ago, so I bought 14 on the basis of the description and the good reviews.
At the start it looked like I was onto a good thing. The book starts well with a cast of normal-but-just-a-bit-off-center characters (voiced perfectly by Mr. Porter) and increasingly weird indications that something very strange was going on. Then it got stupid, draggy and pointless, And then it got grossly ugly in an an apparent attempt to channel Lovecraft (which failing, remained only gross), and moved on to an ending that didn't make any sense at all.

Maybe, maybe, if Mr. Clines had written three separate books each of them would have been able to have a focus, or maybe if he had tightened up the plot? Or, as someone once said about Stephen King, "he's a brilliant writer, but he really does need an editor."

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good Story, disappointing "Surprise"

This is a good book. The narrator does a decent job, and the story is gripping. If you like mysterious sci-fi, you'll probably like this book. I certainly did. There was only one disappointment. I read review after review saying that I'd never guess the "surprise" ending. Well, I say that unless you're kind of dim you're going to know what the big secret is about a third of the way through the book. I kept thinking "Everyone said it was a big surprise, so it can't possibly be THAT." It was THAT.

It's OK, though. The big super-secret suprise wasn't really the reason why this is a good book. It's the journey along the way that makes it. There are some pretty cool characters, some great action, and some tight suspense (even if you've figured out the secret already). You'll notice I gave it four stars.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good book. Great performance.

What did you love best about 14?

Ray Porter did an amazing job of narrating all of the various characters.

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  • Yuri
  • Moscow, Russia
  • 02-14-13

Great discovery.

If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

Awesome story and narration

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Ray did such a great job personifying each character that I could easily portray them throughout the story. He undoubtably has a talent mimicking accents and voices which makes the story sound even better. Because of this excellent performance I decided to choose other books narrated by Ray Porter.

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

I did have a few chuckles while I was listening to the story thanks to both the author and the narrator.

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  • Mark
  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 02-14-13

No ideas, just silly action

Any additional comments?

A group of average people living in an LA apartment building find strange things and discover the fate of the world lies in their hands. This could've been OK but there are no ideas pondered, no commentary on anything, just occasional action and lightly humorous camaraderie with silly but deadly monsters at the end. It could be a TV episode it’s so lightweight.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Pleasantly Surprised

I picked this book based on all of the reviews which is not something that I normally pay attention to. It didn't appeal to me but I felt like I had to give it a go.

WOW, the characters are wonderful and their interaction for me was even better than the story going on. I came to feel like they were my extended dysfunctional family! I found it hard to stop listening.

As for the story, I am not sure. It held my attention. It was suspenseful but I found myself getting confused or lost a few times. That could very well just be me though.

Overall, I am glad I listened to this book. It was a nice change of pace for me.

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Just not my type of story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story started out great and being my first audio book ever, I listened to the entire book but now I am wondering why especially after it turned to syfi.

What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

I wasn't into the SyFi

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

Nate

Was 14 worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

None, it would be a great book if you enjoy a touch of SyFi

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  • Jennifer
  • SAN DIEGO, CA, United States
  • 02-13-13

Tedious

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

Yes

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Reader was very good

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

Story was just too weird... forced myself to finish it... a waste of my time...

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  • jr
  • 02-13-13

Solid Enjoyable Listen

The performance by Ray Porter was excellent. Each character came alive with a unique voice as did the action... when the momentum of the story ramped up, Ray managed to articulate that intensity without overselling it.

The story itself was solid. The set up, the charters were excellent in every way. My only issue is this. It's wonderful when a story takes an unexpected turn... as this one did... I just wasn't completely on board with it.

I did like the way Peter ended the book. It was exactly right.

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Didn't see it coming!

What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

The story is compelling; I couldn't wait to know what was going to happen next.<br/>The dialog is very well written -- very entertaining, very real, and sometime laugh out loud funny. Peter Clines did a great job maintaining the personalities of each character -- what each character offered was consistent with their personality.

What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

I have nothing to compare it to. Story is unique.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

He blew me away when he read a scene involving 5 characters, each in a different voice. Very impressive. He's a top notch reader.

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

Dialog often made me laugh

Any additional comments?

For pete's sake -- listen to this book. It's different, entertaining, and fun!