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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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Romance junkie turned sci-fi fan!

Although I typically read Romance Books I just loved 14! After reading so many good reviews I decided to give this one a try for something different. WOW!
I don't want to give any of the plot points away so I will just say this book is funny, scary, mysterious, creepy and a little weird. It's Dean Koontz meets Lost. Just the right blend of sci-fi and horror.
The narration is outstanding. Ray Porter did an excellent job of bringing all the characters to life (even the evil ones).

Definitely a credit worthy listen.

24 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Trish
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 07-06-12

Utterly enjoyable!

What did you love best about 14?

The story was UTTERLY unpredictable and MOST enjoyable!

What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

The wit and humour woven into the seriousness and reality of certain situations.

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

Vika was a favourite as she faced and dealt with challenges to her world both personal and interpersonal.

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

My eyes were wide with wonder in parts and then in other parts you couldnt help but laugh uproariously and from the belly at others.

Any additional comments?

The narrator was absolutely superb!!!!! I want him to be Chief Reader for all Audio Books!!!

31 of 45 people found this review helpful

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Fresh, intriguing, and full of mystery

What did you love best about 14?

I think there are three things that work very well together
1. The book is full of great character development and chemistry between the residents of the building. You want them to succeed and believe they are friends.
2. The mystery unfolds at a satisfying pace and doesn't disappoint. I had a very hard time putting it down. I found myself looking for moments I could steal way to listen.
3. The writing is witty and clever.

Who was your favorite character and why?

That is very hard. They all work so well together. If I had to make a choice I would say Tim. Mainly for his patience, wisdom, and things that unfold in the book.

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

I have not. I was very impressed with this narrator and even looked up his other books to see if there was anything I might like. I really liked his performance!

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

Definitely!!

Any additional comments?

I listen to a lot of books and a lot of those are mysteries. There comes a time when you see the same patterns being used over and over. I was getting a little tired of what was out there. This was an incredibly fresh book. I will caution people that it does have a sci-fi feel similar to the television show, "Lost". If you prefer linear police detective books over unexpected thrillers, then you may not like the content. You can't argue, however, with the superb writing and the excellent narration.

35 of 51 people found this review helpful

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Surprisingly suspenseful...And a bit of a surprise

What on earth is this book about? At 2/3 of the way through nothing had really happened, and nobody had really done anything, but I still kept reading because I wanted to know (probably as badly as the characters wanted to know): what is up with this building? And why is it titled 14? And why has it sometimes been tagged as "horror"?

That makes it sound like the first 2/3 dragged... it did not. For some reason the story kinda grabs you and pulls you in, even if it spends a lot of time keeping you in suspense as to what the story is actually about.

When I (and the characters) finally discovered what was going on, the story picked up the pace, and perhaps got a bit far-fetched... and it ended up not being at all what I thought it had to be. Of course, you have to suspend disbelief when reading. If you can do that, you should enjoy this book. It has a nice sense of foreboding and suspense and you're never really sure what's really going on.

I even liked the ending, pat though it might have been. I'd read more by this author. It is mostly sci-fi-ish, not really horror at all... There is a bit of violence, but it's not graphic or over-done. There is no sex and I don't think there was much in the way of swearing. The narration was very good.

22 of 32 people found this review helpful

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WHAT

The only mysterious thing about this book is the fact that people seem to love it. I seriously for the life of me cannot figure out why. I couldn't even finish the last part. Maybe if I had known this book was going to go from being about an interesting and creepy apartment to straight up off the wall ridiculous and silly I wouldn't be so mad, but the author gave no inclination of this book being such a fantasy. And a terrible crackpot one at that. If you value books with substance, character development, decently-paced, with a plot that makes some sense don't bother wasting your money/credits/time on this. Seriously. A incredibly stupid book.

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Oh my 14!

An awesome mix of Sherlock Holmes, Scooby-Doo, Lovecraft and Stranger things. There's always a mystery to keep you guessing and a satisfying solution to blow your mind. Great characters, storyline and narration. I want more more more, my previous, my hunger, my feed! Eat eat eat!

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  • Trex
  • Wexford, Ireland
  • 06-08-13

This Books Only Problem Is The Publishers Review.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic. The back of the book really doesn't do it justice. All the reviews on here rave about it. Trust them instead.

Oh & the narrator is top class too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A fun soft sci-fi mash up

14 is an exciting search into strange occurrences at a California apartment building. I looked forward to each chapter and was genuinely interested in finding out exactly what was going on and how the story would progress and conclude. Plenty of humor and a little romantic spiciness rounds out an enjoyable sci-fi mystery. While not particularly thought provoking or emotionally engaging, 14 is full of trivia that kept my ears open and my brain working.

It was however, a bit disappointing as a mystery. You know that famous Sherlock Holmes line about eliminating impossibilities? 14 takes that line, rolls it up, smokes it, and flies off laughing, leaving me far below, scratching my head wondering what happened. It’s probably an unfair comparison…nobody ever said 14 was a whodunit. But when a significant part of a work is people sitting around trying to figure out what’s happening, it’s maybe too easy to expect a little nod to convention.

Fans of David Wong or listeners looking for something bizarre will find things to like in 14. Complete strangers to the genre will find this a more than sufficient introduction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathleen
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 05-02-13

Great Listen - Well-Done Horror Novel!

I liked this a lot - it was very suspenseful and fast-paced; the author did a great job of building the story and making it very creepy. The characters were interesting and engaging, and the underlying premise is really cool. The narrator did a FANTASTIC job of creating a unique voice for each of the characters, and considering how many there were, that's impressive. You could easily tell which character was speaking regardless of how it was communicated via the words. I will look for more by both this author and this narrator.

This is well worth the listen if you like horror and have high standards for it.

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  • Timothy
  • College Station, TX, United States
  • 04-01-13

Interesting premise, dissolves into bad writing.

This book starts out with a great premise. Kind of an X-Files, or Twilight Zone vibe. Unfortunately the writing is not very good. People are continually saying and doing things that just ring false and contrived. Every time that happened, it took me out of the story, and it happens OFTEN. It's irritating. Several times I almost stopped listening.

The other complaint I have is that, once the big secret is revealed there are about 10 or so more chapters, and everything from that point on is utterly predictable. Basically, once you get to the big reveal, you can pretty much stop listening. Just imagine how the story would be resolved if it were a Disney movie, and you've got it.

Also, there are a LOT of loose ends. Many of the "oddities" that set up the premise of the story are never explained, at least not to my satisfaction.

The narrator does a good job. I liked that all the characters are given very distinct voices.

17 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Fiona
  • 06-12-17

well balanced, just the right amount of bonkers

This is a good story about a normal guy who gets involved in something strange, and slowly but surely the weirdness grows until we reach full-blown bonkers weirdness. In a good way - for the story at least - although not necessarily for the characters! it all feels remarkably real, without tipping over into "gritty" (which I'm not a particular fan of) - gloomy, dark, depressing.

There are plenty of little mysteries that grow and are cleverly woven together until they some together to make one almighty humdinger. What's behind all the locked doors? What's with the janitor? Who knows what? Who built this place? What happened to them? Who knows what, and so on. Lots to keep you interested.

the weirdness builds in a very pleasing way: each new idea is only ever-so slightly odd if you compare it to the last one. So as a reader at no point are you asked to make a giant leap and accept something utterly fantastic - however that is certainly where we end up.



A very pleasing book,

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  • BlundersM
  • 05-10-17

Fun Horror

Pretty fun, well narrated. Not my usual thing usually go for quite hard sci-fi, but I was happy to suspend disbelief for this title. Pays homage to an old author of the style. Perhaps a bit to much by mentioning them by name but I suppose it grounds it in reality suggesting there is some weird stuff in the world.

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  • James S.
  • 05-06-17

Very Enjoyable.

This was truly a gripping story that held our attention and drew us in.The characters were believable and enjoyed the interaction between them.The only annoying part of the whole thing was the voice used for the alpha being.

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  • Charlotte
  • 05-06-17

An unusual story with unexpected twists.

a great piece of creative writing in a seamingly dull & limited space. great plot twists.
i realy liked the low number of characters as each one was very diverse & i often get lost with a huge cast.

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  • jemma
  • 05-05-17

great book, bit of a naff ending

this is the 1st book ive listened to by this author. I really enjoyed it, although not captivated by it. ot had great potential but i think the ending let it down a bit. However, im going to listen to another by this author. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-06-17

Homage to HPL

A little slow to start and unusual but well worth sticking with .
Good mystery element with all out action at the end .
Lovecraft fans will love this , great imaginative work .
Also great reading by Ray Porter .

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  • QuillDaisyStairs
  • 09-23-16

I'm feeling a bit confused.

What would have made 14 better?

Some cohesion between the first half of the book and the second. There's a very jolting moment when the story takes off on a tangent you really aren't expecting. I suppose I'd like a completely different ending.

Has 14 put you off other books in this genre?

Yes and no. I thought it was in one genre. It turned out to be in another. Unfortunately, this second genre is one that I usually avoid.

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

I liked Nate (you've got to like Nate, he's a nice guy) but my favourite was Tim. He stood up to Andrew's religious guilt-tripping and said what everyone else wanted to say. I felt that the characters, who I became fond of, were safe when Tim was around.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Confusion. Then annoyance. A bit of incredulity. Back to confusion. Then disappointment.

Any additional comments?

There I was, enjoying a novel about a man who moves into an apartment building and who starts trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the low rent, locked doors, empty apartment 14 and suspicious building manager. All of a sudden I find myself... well... I can't say where because it will spoil the surprise. I was really into this book and then it changed direction from where I thought we were going. And when I say "changed direction" I mean it did a handbrake U-turn and deployed the ejector seat. I tried so hard to finish it I really did but only because I really cared about the characters. I didn't want them in this mess they had found themselves in. Nate, Tim, Roger, the women whose names I can't spell (the computer-y one and the arty one) and all of the rest of them: I wanted them in the communal lounge discussing the spooky history of the building, the cold walls and the strange compartment behind the wardrobe. It was the point at which they were fleeing on bicycles (I shan't tell you what they were fleeing from - and you won't guess it in a million years) that I realised I just didn't have the heart to continue. There was only 1 hour left.
The narrator, who I'm a little bit in love with based solely on his voice, did a sterling job. Especially in the second half when he had to put on a slightly funny voice and speak in clipped sentences. If you've got that far with the book you'll know which character (or characters... ooh, a clue... don't get too excited) I'm referring to.
I'm a bit sad about not knowing what becomes of the gang from the building. I may well go back and finish the last hour if only to get closure. Or I might just rewrite (not to publish, just for me) the second half of the book with the story that I wanted and that I thought I was getting.
I've never been quite so miffed about not liking a book before. It's as if the author got half way through, put his manuscript down on the coffee table in order to go and do something else and a random person came along and finished the story. Disappointing.

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  • Rose
  • 09-22-16

well it was, different I guess

Not a bad book really. An apartment building with plenty of weird about it and lots of mutations. It has a bit of a lot of different corror components. The naration is excellent but I reckon the tenants did too much of the same thing too many times such as 'taking a hit of his beer' or shrugging as if nobody has any other gestures they might be capable of. Kind of predictable in places too and it wimped out at the end in my opinion. Other than that, not bad if you like horror but not much good if you're squeamish.

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  • ian
  • 09-07-16

Okay

The book started with a lot of promise but in the end where the story took me was disappointing.
Narration was really good though will look out for more.

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  • Joan
  • 08-27-16

superb

excellent. loved it. rivettjng story, great characters who are utterly believable. i was drawn in from the start and didnt want to stop listening . this was awkward when work got in the way. highly recomend this to all sci-fi fans. loved the nods to "fringe" "torchwood" etc. "neat" as Veek would say!

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