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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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    Charles Davis Cibolo, TX 11-16-12
    Charles Davis Cibolo, TX 11-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Modern, imaginative, and engaging


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the protagonist--an everyman


    Which scene was your favorite?

    discovering the secret of the building's power source


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't go that far


    Any additional comments?

    The author wrapped it up well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Mount Nelson, TAS, Australia 11-16-12
    Steve Mount Nelson, TAS, Australia 11-16-12
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    "Fun engaging story but thin character development."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes it was a good fun engaging story with a great fun mystery. Unfortunately I find the character development to be "thin"...and it was mainly an action story telling of events.
    Towards the end the author seemed to run out of ideas and the story went a bit "silly". I thought that towards the end he tried to leverage off Stephen King's"The Gunslinger"...but Peter Clines story telling and character development are no where near Stephen Kings skills and ability.


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

    Probably not. The story was fun, but I prefer an author with a bit more depth and character development rather than a thin action mystery story.


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

    Excellent narration. He made a mediocre book come alive. Well done!


    Did 14 inspire you to do anything?

    Read more Stephen King!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kerri Bothell, WA, United States 11-16-12
    Kerri Bothell, WA, United States 11-16-12
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    "Don't be scared by its "horror" genre--"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes, it was so chock full of good plot I know I missed some things!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tim--the mystery of him was never revealed


    Which scene was your favorite?

    spoiler....won't say!


    Any additional comments?

    don't be scared by the genre, I enjoyed this book thoroughly and I don't normally read the horror genre. I think it appeals to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiago Brasília, Brazil 11-16-12
    Tiago Brasília, Brazil 11-16-12
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    "Great story / Great Narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a story full of little mysteries that make you increasingly curious page after page.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    I think that the catching moment is when Veek takes Nate outside to show him that the building is not conected to the electrical system of the city.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when Nate starts to peel of the paint of his apartment's wall to discover hidden messages.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was very efficient making diferent voices for diferent characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pink lady 11-15-12
    Pink lady 11-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Could not stop listening"
    What did you love best about 14?

    How it kept you listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Indian girl and loved the way all the characters sounded different and how well the reader did with giving them their own personality.


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

    NA


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 11-14-12
    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very entertaining!"

    A nice book that is not set up to be multiple sequels. It was fun to listen too and I found myself hoping I would get stuck in traffic so I could listen longer. The plot did go towards the extreme at the end, but there was no way to predict or see what was coming. The characters were fun and diverse, but the author did not go into boring background historys of all of them like some do. Fresh and fun - worth a listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Apache junction, AZ, United States 11-14-12
    Chris Apache junction, AZ, United States 11-14-12
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    "Good story"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, interesting, odd


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The secrets in the walls.


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

    He is a good narrator. A little odd with the voices he tries to portray, but still keeps the story moving along well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I do not want to spoil anything.


    Any additional comments?

    Long story, kind of odd (but I like that). Plenty of turns and blind corners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 11-14-12
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The relationships and intrigue of the journey"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The end, really?
    The whole journey of relationships and investigation is great. The link to Tesla etc. good.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Come on
    The summation after the event, of the characters was excellent.


    What aspect of Ray Porter’s performance would you have changed?

    He did a superb job!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Good humor too
    Interesting and keeps you listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim McMullen 11-13-12
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    "Unusual Story"

    This is an interesting story -- I'm not sure I've ever read anything like it. It has elements of steampunk, but it isn't steampunk. It has elements of horror, but it isn't that either. I guess you could call it a mystery story with a really different ending.

    It fulfilled one of my criteria, which is to not be predictable. This story starts out in one place and meanders into a different place altogether. I like the surprises. The characters were well done and interesting. The climax was a little confusing -- Clines doesn't describe things in too much detail in that part, instead leaving it up to your imagination to fill in the pictures.

    The performance was fine. If I don't really notice the performance and only hear the story, then I think the talent has done a good job, and that's how I felt here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy "Hard-to-Find-a-Good-Book" 11-13-12
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    "Didn't Realize It Was Sci-Fi"

    I thought this book was a thriller. I thought something scary was happening in an apartment and/or an entire apartment building. I had insomnia one night and thought this would be an excellent way to spend a sleepless night: listening to a thriller.

    It started out slowly, but I remembered the reviews, the description and the sample I listened to, so I kept listening . . . and listening . . . and listening to the most boring book I ever suffered through!!

    I kept waiting for the excitement!! I kept waiting for the thrill!! I kept waiting for the scary part!! I kept waiting period. If it hadn't been for the insomnia, I would have stopped listening quite early.

    The reader was good, but the story kept getting longer and longer and longer. When finally the reason for the plot was revealed, I couldn't believe it!! I am not a science fiction fan per se, although I have enjoyed some sci-fi tv shows and movies. I am not THIS type of sci-fi fan and therefore I did not like the book at all!!

    If you're a true-blue-all-the-way sci-fi fan, you'll probably enjoy this. If you're not, if you're a pure thriller fan, seek other books!! This is not worth a true thriller fan's time or worth a single credit!! So beware!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    WIRRAL, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    Malmesbury, United Kingdom
    11/23/16
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    "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.



    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Avon, United Kingdom
    7/22/12
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    "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...

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • sarahmoose2000
    1/27/14
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    "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!

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    RUISLIP, United Kingdom
    3/9/14
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    "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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • UsefulThings
    7/1/15
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    "Loved the 1st half...then it all got a bit silly"

    Overall narration was good, characters pretty interesting and the story flowed at a decent pace.

    I LOVED the first half / 2/3rds of this ...introduction to the characters and the building, some intrigue, building suspense, a hint at what's been going on. Loved it. It's been compared to Lost and I can see why.

    HOWEVER. Without giving anything away, after we get the big reveal of what/how/why/where/who it became increasingly daft.
    One aspect in particular I detested and it made me cringe, because it was so awfully silly and daft and cheesy. You'll know the bit when you get to it.
    The last couple of hours I really just sat through because I was in the car and hate to leave anything half finished.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/7/14
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    1/23/14
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    "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
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    4/11/14
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    "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.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Asbjørn
    10/25/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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