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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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    Mary DALLAS, TX, United States 09-30-12
    Mary DALLAS, TX, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "It was just ok."

    I was expecting something better after all the glowing reviews on here, but I thought this book was just ok. There was soooo much dialogue between the many characters, and it was often corny. This sci-fi story took the same turn that many do, with all kinds of suspense building up to the end, and then the end isn't that much of a payoff. LOST come to mind. I'm picky about my endings. The narrator was good at keeping up with all the characters, although his female voices annoy me. But I listened to the end and it wasn't boring at least.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth 09-29-12
    Ruth 09-29-12 Member Since 2017
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    "This book will grab you and not let go!"

    This was my first Peter Clines book and I have to thank Audible for the recommendation, without which I never would have heard of it.

    Clines wastes no time and throws you in the story from the very beginning. Not to give anything away (because A Lot goes on), you should get this book right now, but only start it when you have a couple of free days because I absolutely had the audio equivalent of "I couldn't put this book down." When I wasn't listening to it, I was thinking about it, trying to find ways to secretly listen at my job without getting fired for it.

    Bonus: As I neared the end, I found the Peter Clines page on Facebook and posted that I was really digging the book - and a few minutes later he answered me! Yeah, I'm still a sucker for that kind of thing, and it made a great reading experience that much better. So Peter, for that I thank you.

    14 is exciting and well crafted, with interesting characters - and the story doesn't unfold gently before you: it grabs you by the wrist and drags you through through a burning building. Prepare to be fully engulfed!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan FREDERICK, MD, United States 09-29-12
    Susan FREDERICK, MD, United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Love love love this book"

    This is one of the best books I have read all year. It is a really good mystery, wrapped in Science Fiction.
    The writing was excellent, as was the narrator. I have listened to this book 3 times, I just can't get enough of it.
    I loved all the main players, every one was unique, and brought something special to the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chilkat in AK 09-28-12

    Dogs Rule

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    "Totally Unexpected!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The total unexpectedness of the reason for the building's creepiness. And the characters were great - very believable.


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

    He did a good job with the different voices -- especially Veek (sp?) and one voice in particular toward the end of the book. I don't want to give it away - but it's very scary.


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

    I read this while driving to work, and at times I was so wrapped up in the story that it's lucky I didn't get into an accident. I couldn't wait to get in my car after work just to continue the story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Seattle, WA, United States 09-28-12
    Jamie Seattle, WA, United States 09-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!

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    "Fun and Inventive"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a fun book...a good escape. Adventures and alternate universes and Nicola Tesla-built machines and beers on the roof deck. Light and fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate, the main character, is a fun guy; likable.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun book; an easy listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara 09-28-12
    Tamara 09-28-12

    As a mom of teenagers, I spend a lot of time in the car, and a lot of that time is spent listening to Audible. Because of that, I tend to listen to a lot of YA novels, and my reviews will include the "Mom View" of cussing, sexuality, etc...

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    "Engaging, Surprising, & a Satisfying End"

    I bought this while it was on sale, & I'm glad I did. I wasn't really sure where the story would take me, and was delightfully surprised along with the characters as their investigations deepened. The characters were well developed, and Porter did a great job with the voices, so that they were all easily distinguishable from one another. He also made it easy to picture the characters and events in my head. I would definitely recommend this to others.

    **Not, however, for YA listeners. This novel has plenty of cussing in it, and even one (none too steamy) sex scene.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Afra 09-28-12
    Afra 09-28-12 Member Since 2017
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    "PLEASANT SURPRISE!"

    Ray Porter, the narrator of 14, makes it so much fun! He is gifted, for Porter easily switches from one character to another, expressing each character's nuances without missing a beat, and each character's personality comes through... The conversations are seamless, it truly sounds as if there were several people narrating the book. Believe me, I'm an avid audiobook collector, I've listened to many audiobooks and I thoroughtly appreciate Porter's contribution to this story... As for the writer, I'm glad I didn't know a thing about Cline's previous works. This is a special story, the characters are real people (some of which many of us might have met during our lifetimes). I didn't expect how it developed and what ultimately happened. This was an experience I truly enjoyed: I laughed, felt sadness, terror and much curiosity as to what was going on. Therefore, I will listen to it again: the combination of Porter and Cline is fabulous.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 09-26-12
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2016

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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

    this doesn't get anymore original


    Any additional comments?

    this is fun, original and just awesome
    must read, def. worth 2 credits

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jancie Celebration, FL, United States 09-26-12
    Jancie Celebration, FL, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Listen now as the book is sure to be better than t"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't usually listen to this kind of book, but was intrigued by all the positive reviews. I have to say the story was unusual and kept my interest. Narrator was excellent. This book ranks in the top 75% of books I've listened to, but is purely entertaining, and not meant to provoke strong emotions, in the way The Kite Runner does.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    Difficult to say. It was that different. A cross between Ghost Busters and Dean Koontz.


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

    Probably Viig. Don't know if I spelled that correctly.


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

    Not really. As I said, pure entertainment and non stop suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    There surely will be a movie, and I only hope it will follow the book closely.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erik United States 09-25-12
    Erik United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Did not see this coming..."

    I went into this one blind just at the recommendation of the other reviewers and was not disappointed at all. An intriguing LOST-style mystery, but with actual answers and an appropriately climactic conclusion. Ray Porter's narration is phenomenal and I've just started looking for other books he's read - he's that good.

    2 of 4 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.

    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
  • 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.

    19 of 24 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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