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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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    john Wake forest, NC, United States 08-19-12
    john Wake forest, NC, United States 08-19-12

    I am a Chef and have two boys. I also have 2 accounts.

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    "BORING"

    BORING BOOK TO ME. I DID NOT FINISH LISTENING TO IT. THE PREVIEW SOUNDED GOOD, BUT IT WAS NOT TO ME.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Athens, OH, United States 08-19-12
    Rachael Athens, OH, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "very entertaining"

    I liked this book. I liked the characters; and I really liked the story. Well done!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amy EUGENE, OR, United States 08-18-12
    Amy EUGENE, OR, United States 08-18-12
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    "wow!"

    Great story and narration. I did not know that the story would head where it ended up heading - to HP Lovecraft land. I don't think I am spoiling anything by saying that, because there is no way you could figure out how they get there. Also, you definitely don't say at the end of the book: I knew that was going to happen. The book is creepy, but in a subtle, interesting way. This is a fusion of science fiction, urban fantasy, horror and mystery - fresh, uncontrived, utterly original. Highly recommended.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    edel Ireland 08-17-12
    edel Ireland 08-17-12

    LittleBookFairy

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    "Stunned By How Good This Was!!!"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favourite audible book so far.. I bought it not knowing much about it and I truly loved every second of it. I literally did not want to stop listening because I had to sleep and eat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate was my favourite ,but really all the residents from the building were interesting and I could picture each oen in my mind clearly and all their diff personalities


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

    No, this was a first, but it wont be the last. Ray did the voices so well, esp the female voices and the voices of the Squales...OMG he did thise sooooooooo good.. I had goosebumps on my arm and kept thinking of all he said. Even now I can hear it in my head when I think of the book.


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

    I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish.. Housework was left... Husband was not fed... everything was left until I had the book finished..I was freaked out by the story, intrigued and and left speechless. I sooooooooo want there to be another book after this one..... Please Mr Peter Clines write a sequel!!!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book without looking up information on it. Two words that are going to make your blood run cold while listening to this are Squales and Cattle....seem harmless enough now maybe but wait.........just wait.... hehehehehehe(insert evil creepy laugh here)

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Meg Parkdale, Australia 08-17-12
    Meg Parkdale, Australia 08-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Parkdale Australia

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    "YES,YES,YES........."

    Well if you were undecided about reading this novel, DON'T BE.
    Everything about this story draws you in from the first chapter, the characters, the build up of the plot and the genuine surprises around every corner.
    The chapters finish at just the right place the pauses between chapters are perfect, Ray Porter is as much a part of this novel with his narration as any of the characters.
    Even if you are not a scifi novel enthusiast this is a superbly written novel that is performed so well you cannot turn it off. I haven't allowed the radio or the Tv in the house till I was finished the story I was so mesmerized.
    I have let all my friends in on the brilliance of this novel, so Mr Clines I hope your sales surpass expectations.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Bryson City, NC, United States 08-15-12
    Monica Bryson City, NC, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun Beach Read"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Great narrator, interesting characters, good dialog. Story was interesting and fresh but turned hokey in the final chapters.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John 08-14-12
    John 08-14-12

    Retired from a sales and marketing career. I take a lot of long walks while listening to audible books, mainly mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Good story, great reader"
    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    I took a gamble on this book. It is 180 degrees from my usual purchases. BUT.. Ray Porters reading of the book hooked me. The story is actually very good with characters you can identify with. I walk while listening and ended up doing 6-7 miles every time I put the earphones on. This story is fun and interesting. I will be checking out Peter Clines other offerings along with Ray Porter's readings.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Sebastopol, Australia 08-13-12
    Karen Sebastopol, Australia 08-13-12
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    "Great Listen"

    The story kept me wanting more and was I sorry when it ended. End was a little anti-climatic though. Still good.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 08-13-12
    Jessica Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 08-13-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Well that was a bit different"
    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Fresh, surprizing, different


    What did you like best about this story?

    There were things in the strory I did not expect and surprized me


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When everyone gets together to open the last appartment door and they discover what is really behind that door - I never would have guessed that


    Any additional comments?

    They story had good pacing and kept my attention. This is not a story I would normally get and not entirely what I was expecting, but I am very pleased I heard it. The reader is very good at making distinct voices.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Katya A new york 08-11-12
    Katya A new york 08-11-12
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    "Would recommend it to all Sci-Fi/Mystery fans."

    This book was sheer entertainment from page one. Clines created totally likeable, believable characters and then totally took the book to an amazing turn of events. Descriptions are detailed and vivid. Dialogue is quirky and witty and overall writing style is very enjoyable.

    The only thing is that i would prefer if Mr. Ray Porter (narrating artist) would go easy on accents and not go into high-pitch mode when reading female character lines. Other than that, narration was very good, Mr. Porter has a very rich deep voice.

    This is my first book by Peter Clines, but i'm definitely will check out his other books.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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