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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - H.P. Lovecraft pioneered the genre of “weird fiction”, so it makes sense that Peter Clines leans heavily on Lovecraft in this twisting, terrifying, shocking, and ultimately exhilarating tale of an apartment building with a lot of secrets. While the main character is a relatable everyman, the rest of the tenants are well-fleshed-out and rich, with their own backstories and motivations that pay off in an extended, otherworldly ending. Everyone is hiding something and the stakes are much higher than they first appear. Ray Porter absolutely nails the accents, tones, and emotions of the diverse cast of characters. —Chris

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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    Randy Allen 09-17-12
    Randy Allen 09-17-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book"
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    Good story and Narration, all the other reveiws are correct. Looking forward to the next book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 09-17-12
    Stephanie 09-17-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyed this strange little book....."
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Really Weird Read


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I understand that there need to be books written that embody the world of everything that is weird. I wonder sometimes if this one went a little too far in that regard, even though I enjoyed it very much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the one where they finally find out what is behind the doors in the basement.


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

    No extreme reactions to this book. It will always hold a special place in my heart as the very first audio book I ever listened to.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne 09-17-12
    Lynne 09-17-12 Member Since 2006

    tennis nut

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    "Unique Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great book with a really unique plot that you certainly couldn't guess what was coming next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The discovery in the basement


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

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candice Osage, IA, United States 09-17-12
    Candice Osage, IA, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    Although I am not a big science fiction fan, and had an idea from previous reviews that this story was in that genre, I I still downloaded it, due to the good reviews it got. It was a very entertaining book and was actually a great break from the type of stories I usually listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. Hawley Hollis, ME USA 09-17-12
    P. Hawley Hollis, ME USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Slacker becomes a hero"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a fun book. There was the occasional reference to pop culture such as Star Trek and Scooby Doo, but these matched the nerdiness of the characters. Mostly it was a mystery. Our slacker protagonist becomes intrigued by oddities of his building and enlists his neighbors in his investigations. And just when you thought you had it figured out, something new and odd pops up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tim the 'retired specialty book publisher' was great. Part Father Confessor with beer and part MacGyver--"I read it in a book I published."


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

    The narrator does a great job of giving each character a voice and maintaining the proper pace.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I lost sleep over this book--meaning I was listening to it when I should have been sleeping, but it was worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to have to check out the author's other books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Madison, OH, United States 09-17-12
    Dan Madison, OH, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it."

    A great mystery story that evolves into a good science fiction story. The narrator did a nice job with the characters. I couldn't wait to hear what going to happen next.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward United States 09-17-12
    Edward United States 09-17-12
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    "Enjoyable Read That Kept My Interest Throughout"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    The reader was excellent. The characters believable and interesting. I liked how each one seemed to have a bit more going on than was revealed. It kept you thinking about how their individual skills might relate to the denouement. A nice albeit somewhat predictable end which was very satisfying.


    Would you recommend 14 to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Good entertainment.


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

    No. I liked Mr. Porter's read.


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

    My only extreme reaction related to the characterization of the beings and existance in the other dimension. This was the only disappointing part of the book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda Litchfield Park, AZ, United States 09-17-12
    Belinda Litchfield Park, AZ, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Must have"
    What did you love best about 14?

    Just keeps you waiting!


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    I can't think of one just now.


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

    excitement


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

    The was everyone pulled together to bring the door closed.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't have it get it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Kurwongbah, Australia 09-17-12
    Andrea Kurwongbah, Australia 09-17-12
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    "Seriously good!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    First time rater who has listened to and read thousands of books but asked to rate this one I couldn't help myself - GREAT READ, end of story


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    I like this author


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

    Characters work


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Any marginal Sci-Fi vs Future person has to read this, but no matter what don't ever spoil the story for anyone else

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth 09-16-12
    Beth 09-16-12
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    "Apartment dwellers beware!"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes. I live solo in an apartment and can imagine what it is like to move and meet the neighbors. This story reminds me of my first moving experience.


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

    X-Files meets Friends


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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.

    21 of 23 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.



    12 of 13 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...

    17 of 19 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!

    20 of 23 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
  • 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.

    18 of 23 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
  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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