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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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Suspense, Mystery, Sci-Fi, super Narration.

Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

Having not read the print edition I can't say with complete assurance, however, I loved the narration by Mr. Porter. Perfectly read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed the main character, Nate, very much followed closely by Veek and certainly Tim the the, "Publishing company," retiree.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last hour of the book was so exciting I took a couple wrong turns on the way to work.

Any additional comments?

Terrific entertainment. Quirky characters and a slowly unveiled mystery with a Sci-Fi/Fantasy angle that really rocks.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The most unique story I've read in years

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

First, this book is well-written: the characters develop into believable, 3D human beings that I actually liked (many of them . . .), the narrator, Ray Porter, is really superb, doesn't over enunciate, isn't shrill, a perfect mix of dynamic contrast with different characterizations/accents/attitudes, etc., along with a superbly written book. The combo of Clines & Porter is an example of Alchemy, of the 'whole being more than its parts', something like that. At first, I couldn't really tell what genre it was (well, I knew it was fiction, but beyond that, wasn't sure). All I knew was that one scene flows into the next with a speed and clarity that was at a perfect pitch. No boring passages that you really have to force yourself to listen to; truly compelling stuff. I could be more specific (if I were a better writer, ha; no, I just don't want to give anything away except there are some bugs in these apartments that I'm not sure I would want to live with; you'll see).The story moves quickly, you'll see the main character move into the new apartment building and get to know some of his new tenants, as if you're there. It's an old historical building in Hollywood, with a lot of history right there. One tenant is a 'grip' and for the first time I learned what the heck that person does on an actual movie set. Another is an artist who sunbathes topless, has a tough demeanor (at first . . .) with requisite tats, sky blue hair (including eyebrows), who's not only extremely well-educated, but also streetwise. Nice combo. Then the youngish but not too young woman from India who's got a quick, deadpan sense of humor, she's also a computer geek of some kind, says she 'inputs data' (that's what Nate does too but he has to go in to work everyday) but then when you hear the description of her computer devices, well you get the feeling that something's not being said because her computer could run NASA. Then again it might not be such a big part of the story, just saying there's a lot of interesting stuff here. Slowly & surely, you meet a few other tenants, plus there are a few rooms that are always LOCKED. Hmmm, what's that all about?It's written and narrated in such a way that, combined, the story evolves, is told, and you listen to the whole thing with a seeming lack of effort. I kept listening all night, through the next day. Just a suggestion, but you might want to start listening at the start of the weekend. Count yourself lucky if you don't have a date. And count yourself even more lucky to have stumbled upon this writer and narrator, combined.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

When one of the tenant's, Tim (a cool dude, probably in his late 40s or early 50s, totally buff), is sitting with Nate, having a beer on the L.A. rooftop of their apartment building, when Andrew, a tenant that's peripheral, comes up. Andrew starts preaching to Tim and Nate about religion pretty heavy, forcing it down their throats, but not for long. Tim's verbal response and exchange with Andrew is something I would've like to have seen myself. There are many memorable moments in this book. I wish I could talk about them with some of you who've read the book, over a beer on top of a roof somewhere in the city overlooking L.A. Alas. Hey, maybe Audible might add a technology that would allow its readers to discuss the books they read, eh? Do you hear me Audible? (They pre-read all of our reviews before putting them out which is a good idea.)

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

Nate, the main guy's pretty cool. The thing that makes this writing so darn good is that you increasing feel like these are real people in your lives, someone you could relate to; that's a full, three-dimensional character. And Nate also has a side to him that's open; despite the fact he's not sure at all about what he's doing careerwise (or romantically, either; he's straight and he knows THAT but his last relationship just ended), so he projects this intelligent, open to life but not arrogant at all, which along with his humble able to let people get close to him, well, as a reader, we do. Darn, I wish he lived in my apartment building. Down to earth, respectful to all. Listens to everyone, and he's curious, which is a great trait in everyone.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

If you're wanting to be entertained and like a well-written, intelligent book that requires just a bit of 'suspension of disbelief', then you just have to get this book. It's truly one of my favorites (since The Gods of Gotham). And if you hate it, which is really almost impossible unless you don't speak/understand English, you can always exchange it. That's one very cool thing about Audible. "Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think."

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  • Nathan
  • Waxahachie, TX, United States
  • 10-08-12

The Book That Keeps On Giving!

Any additional comments?

I started this book a little hesitant because i didn't see any sic-fi elements in it. But i was dead wrong. Clines does a great job of setting up little mysteries, and they all turn into a huge web of unanswered questions that tickle the back of your brain. Even when some questions are answered, there is always 2 or 3 to take its place... The Hydra would be jealous.<br/><br/>Clines does a great job of showing the different characters outlook and experiences, and they all have a part in the book in some way or another. He also uses the characters to paint pictures of their surroundings in the readers mind. Porter also helps with this by skillfully narrating and giving the characters color and moods.<br/><br/>In the end it is a great book, and it is jam packed with detail and mystery. I couldn't wait to start listening again, and neither will you.

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  • Vicky
  • Norman, OK, United States
  • 10-08-12

Pretty good read! Kept me awake for a 14 hour driv

Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

I found myself slowing down so I could finish it! After a 14 hour drive that is saying something! It was different than I thought it was going to be and I found it refreshing in it's unique story line.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

When they opened the door to room 14!

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

His accents were great you would think you were listening to 10 different people.

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

The End of the World has been here all along, we just didn't know it.

Any additional comments?

excellent

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I dislike writing reviews.

What did you love best about 14?

I liked not knowing what was going to happen next.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

I dont want to ruin the story for those that havent read the book yet....spoiler alert....My favorite part of the book was when the building entered the alternate world and encountered the horrors there.

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

Its a toss up between Tim and Veek.

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

The creatures in the alternate world really creeped me out! Ray Porter did an excellent job.

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  • Simon
  • Innaloo, Australia
  • 10-08-12

A must listen

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

Great story very well read

What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

Nothing quite like it a great mix of sifi and real people

Which scene was your favorite?

Not sure hard to say when so many good ones

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

Oh yes and never end

Any additional comments?

Listen you will be so glad you did

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ozlem
  • Izmir, Turkey
  • 10-08-12

Very entertaining

Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

I find audio books very convenient. I would not be able to finish the book if I was reading the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nate. He was very curious and determined enough to unreveal the secrets of the building.

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

This is the first time I heard his performance. I think he did okay. His accents were pretty good. I would listen to another book read by him.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Amazing!

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

I wished I could have, but actually finished it in 2 days. It was so full of twists and turns and the very unexpected it was hard for me to stop listening.

Any additional comments?

I'd call "14" a must-read, or listen, in this case. It's what I'd call a "guy's book" as there is a lot of mechanical elements and details that make it feel so very real. I enjoyed that it is a "new" book and many modern elements that we use every day are included. The narrator does a great job with accents and varied voices so it's easy to keep the characters seperate and it's so well written I could easily picture every tiny detail. It's mystery with a dab of sci-fi mixed in. I'm excited for some time to pass, so I can forget as much of it as possible, so I can listen to it again! I'd recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anders
  • Noerresundby, Denmark
  • 10-07-12

A great read

An execellent read, with some surprising twists :) I loved the story from beginning to end.

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  • Laura
  • liverpool, NY, United States
  • 10-06-12

14" Hooked Me Instantly!

14 hooked me in instantly. I mean this book is "crazy, good"! If you go into listening with no idea what this book is about it will keep you guessing the whole time. The narration is amazing and the story is powerful. Loved it!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful