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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.

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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  • Whittier, CA, United States
  • 10-15-12

Excellent Narration of one crazy story

I very much enjoyed this narration. Ray Porter did an excellent job; I'm definitely going to tune into more of his work. Actually downloading a book of his as I type. He brought the characters to live and I appreciated the thoughtfulness/professionalism of that.

As for the story... whoa. It was one crazy ass tale, but I enjoyed it just the same. Will tune into more from Clines too.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Interesting Sci-Fi story, well performed

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

I found myself wanting to keep listening, which is always a good sign.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

I enjoyed the overall unfolding of the story. The end is pretty wild and definitely keeps you wanting to listen for what comes next.

Which scene was your favorite?

Don't want to give anything away so I won't comment here.

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

Nothing particularly.

Any additional comments?

Not what I usually listen to, but enjoyable nonetheless. Well read by the narrator.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Original

If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

Thrilling-Scary-Great

What did you like best about this story?

The layering of the mystery made me think of a box within a box within a box, and by the time you got to the last box, well read it yourself... It is fully original and well written; it kept my attention fully engaged. The interaction between amongst the players was believable and each one was suited for their role. I usually guess the story lines but this one always had a little more left.

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

Possibilities...

Any additional comments?

I had two complains: Too many cliché moments during the last chapters in the attempt to create a suspenseful situation, a little too predictable; a cookbook approach for the genre which made it annoying at the end of the day. It was a small disappointment considering the rest of the story
Whereas the author's story telling is superb in most areas, he seriously lacks in the romantic department which was a little bit of a let down. All and all was a great experience, I am sure I will be reading his future work.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Really Sci Fi

Nowhere in any review did I read this was a Sci Fi story! Much as I dislike Sci Fi stuff, I persevered through it to the end, where it go really, really weird! I will say that Peter Clines did an excellent job narrating the book, tho'.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Lots of fun

What did you love best about 14?

The characters and their relationships with each other.

What did you like best about this story?

Los Angeles/Hollywood setting and the flow of the narrative. Original concept and exposition.

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

The performance was outstanding. Voice portrayals distinctive and believable and the humorous repartee was awesome.

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  • David
  • MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States
  • 10-13-12

Very good listen

I found the story to be very engaging and was one of those audio books that I couldn't stop listening to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Irene
  • Thornleigh, Australia
  • 10-13-12

The best read yet.

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Just a wonderful "read" - mystery, sci-fi, likeable characters - I just wanted to get back to it. The ending was a little predictable but it was the ending I was hoping for so I couldn't have been happier. Download and enjoy!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Had a hard time putting it down.

I stayed up late listening and was sorry when it ended. I liked the characters and descriptions of things as the mystery of the building unwound. A continuation of the story in another book would be great.

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  • Joshua
  • San Pedro, CA, United States
  • 10-11-12

My new favorite book!

Great book. I found it by reading other's reviews and took a chance since I'd never heard of the author. I loved the characters and miss them. I wish he'd write a sequel. Would make for a fun movie too. Really enjoyed the Narrator as well.

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  • Daisy 2
  • Corona, California
  • 10-11-12

Sucked me in then got a little too Sci-Fi for me

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In its defense, it's Sci-Fi and somehow I missed that. I was looking for something scary to listen with my 18 yr old daughter to get in the October spirit.
That being said, I was sucked in for the first 3/4 of the book, and I really enjoyed the getting there until it got a little too "out there" for me. I loved the characters and I was riveted for most of the book so I'll give it 4 stars to be fair. Overall, entertaining. :)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful