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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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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

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<br/>must read, def. worth 2 credits

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jancie
  • Melbourne Beach, FL
  • 09-26-12

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

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.

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  • Damien
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 09-25-12

Excellent

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It's 6:30am and it was a real struggle to get up for work this morning. I stayed up *way* too late finishing this book last night. Thank you Mr. Clines, thank you very much.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A good Sci-Fi / Mystery with a twist

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

Every now and then you read a book that is different in a good way. This is one of those books. A mystery with a strong Sci-Fi element that takes you an a trail of discovery that ends in a bizarre twist.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

A building is not always just a building - and the discovery of all of the elements of the mystery is a fascinating adventure.

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  • R
  • 09-25-12

A Normal Apartment Building. Or Is It?

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

Deceptive. Exciting. Challenging.

What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

I can't compare 14 to any other book I've ever read, but it seems very like many Dr. Who episodes I've seen over the years. Everything seems normal. Quirks can be explained away rationally. Then something happens, and suddenly nothing makes sense.

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

I've never heard any of Ray Porter's performances, but I'd listen to another one, given the opportunity.

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

I could not believe the twists and turns the plot took!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Inna
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 09-25-12

Captivating!!!!

I recommend everyone to listen to this book - very entrtaining!!!
Nicely written and dynamic piece with some unexpected turns and twists.
Narrators have done a pretty good job.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Unexpected pleasure

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I didn't think this was the genre that it turned out to be but I wound up really enjoying the story, characters and narration. I listen to a lot of narrations and this one was very well done. There were several male and female characters as well as sound effects that couldn't have been easy but the narrator kept them clear and not hokey as they could have easily been. The author took on a lot and could have made the plot a little tighter but overall it was an attention keeping thriller!

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  • Cheryl
  • Rowlett, TX, United States
  • 09-25-12

Compelling story

I got this book off an editor's list & had no expectations. The story grabbed me along the way and held my interest to the end. Entertaining escape.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful