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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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    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 09-05-12
    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2016

    The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.

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    "Suspend Disbelief and Critical Thinking Then Enjoy"

    Well written, highly imaginative, apocalyptic thriller, ably narrated by Ray Porter. Listen, and you can expect several hours of entertaining diversion ... IF ...

    You suspend disbelief in the fantastic. This plot moves from engaging mystery to wild apocalyptic fantasy. Let me repeat: WILD apocalyptic fantasy. You have to drink the Kool-Aid for this plot to work. AND

    You also suspend logic and critical thinking. Here is the greatest flaw in this novel. Fantasy is not an excuse for sloppy plot development. And as well written as this novel is, it is bloated with illogical or unexplained plot elements, and not a few distracting contrivances.

    If you think me overly harsh, consider just a few examples (minor spoilers follow):

    ~ Do we really believe that a government so concerned about a particular building that it would track public inquiries would not have more capable agents on site?

    ~ Do we really believe the same government would go to such extraordinary lengths to screen tenants and NOT track or arrest the cult whose actions it fears most?

    ~ And don't we find the explanation from the mysterious "owner" at the end to be a little too contrived, relying a bit too much on the "if I tell you, I'll have to kill you" contrivance.

    Nonetheless, if you can, you should accept the world of 14, turn off that part of your brain that demands logic and internal consistency, and take this ride. It is a wild one.

    66 of 84 people found this review helpful
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    Jim N Chicago, IL 06-27-12
    Jim N Chicago, IL 06-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fresh and Enetertaining"

    I purchased this novel on a whim, primarily on the strength of it's description. It turned out to be a great investment and a pleasant surprise! It's best experienced without much knowledge of the plot as most of the fun comes from the characters (who make numerous pop culture references and even compare themselves to Scooby Doo and his pals) unraveling the mysteries of the building where they live. Cline has a to-the-point writing style, a good sense of humor and he keeps this story rolling along.

    14 isn't a deep novel or a book that will blow the reader away with tremendous, in-depth characterization. It's good, fun genre fiction with a memorable cast of characters and some genuinely surprising twists and turns. I highly recommend it.

    77 of 99 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 09-04-12
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "My bad"

    SciFi is not my usual genre, but the almost universal rave reviews with promises that this was new and different than any other book around made me take the leap of faith. Ultimately I was both disappointed and pleased at different points in the story.

    I hated the slower than molasses set-up. It took right at half the book to get beyond the introductions to the cast of characters, and as much time as the author took to work everyone into the narrative, there was little depth to any of them. You could see the broad stereotypes from central casting. The comparisons to Scoobey and the gang sounded somewhat intriguing in the reviews that I read, but especially in the front half of the book it became tiresome and trite.

    Once I hit the halfway mark, things picked up considerably. There was action and the wild ride creativity that had been promised in the reviews. It was Scoobey Doo meets Dr. Who, and I mean that in a good way. (Yes, Dr. Who is my one scifi guilty pleasure). Well written, unexpected and breathtaking. The characters took on greater depth and dimension as they were (finally) given something to do.

    Then I hit hour 10. After the thrilling Act 2, I wondered what the author was going to do for four more hours. That's when it hit some hard core scifi that I don't mean in a good way. The fans of the book who gave the rave reviews obviously had no problems with the turn of events. But it didn't appeal to me. I don't want to ruin anyone else's pleasure with spoilers, so I won't be specific about what disappointed me. But the movie Jaws came to mind in the sense that for most of the movie we never saw the shark, and we were scared to death. It was after we actually saw the shark that it didn't quite match our imaginations. That was the kind of let-down that I felt. True fans of Clines may be better pleased. But for my leap of faith - my bad.

    42 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 08-19-12
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 08-19-12 Member Since 2013

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "YES 5 Stars all around- A WINNER!!!!!"

    I am thrilled to rate this book with 5 stars. What this book has.....
    terrific character development, I got to know and cared about each and every character; story/plot, I just couldn't put this book down (what is the audio equivalent of a page turner?); intrigue and suspense, the tenants of the building have a mystery to solve that is a matter of life and death;
    romance that is hip and cool and relevant, with plenty of references to current culture;
    and equal to the wonderfulness of the book overall is the expert narration, I am thinking that Mr. Porter is perhaps one of the best narrators ever, he did everything right, accents, pace, tone, and inflection.
    I wholeheartedly recommend this book, oh I agree ......happy dance!!!!

    75 of 99 people found this review helpful
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    Lizabeth 05-15-13
    Lizabeth 05-15-13
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    "Started off Great.... But Then..."
    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great reading. Characters had distinct voices and brought the story to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the suspense and the science of the first half of the book. It was mature and I enjoyed the theory and the intellectual approach. I couldn't wait to get back to listen to more. THEN...Somewhere near the last 1/4th of the book when the characters actually discovered "the answer" and the "monsters came out of the closet" so to speak, all the suspense flew out the window and it became a silly, contrived action adventure and I was glad when it was finally over. I actually felt a little anger at this book. How could it have been so good to start off and then end in such pure cheese?

    50 of 67 people found this review helpful
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    Emily - Audible NJ, United States 10-09-12
    Emily - Audible NJ, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2010

    As an Audible Editor I listen for a living! British classics, YA novels, speculative fiction, and anything quirky, fascinating, or heart-wrenching.

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    "I went from skeptical to obsessed"

    After talking my my co-worker Chris into checking out some of my favorite YA books it was my turn to take him up on a recommendation – and his pick for me was WAY outside of my normal listening zone. 14 is a Lovecraftian sci-horror novel that feels pulpy and modern at the same time. There’s plenty of kitsch, and lots of old-fashioned sci-fi techniques are on display here, but the voice is still totally fresh, as is Ray Porter- who totally nails the narration. It’s one of the weirdest and best books I’ve ever listened to, and from the number of 5 star reviews it would seem our listeners agree!

    32 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-24-12
    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2017

    I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.

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    "14? Should Have Stopped At 10."

    This book is 12 hours and 42 minutes long. For the first 10 hours, I was so pleasantly surprised I couldn't believe it. It was imaginative, and mysterious, and unlike any story I'd heard before. The tenants of this bizarre apartment house become an amiable team of unlikely amateur sleuths, each of whom has their own secrets, and each of whom hold some sort of special skill or knowledge that seems to come in especially handy in this undertaking. As an added bonus, it's narrated by Ray Porter. It was like a mini-vacation at home, with this crazy fantasy romp.

    Then, we hit hour 10, and a marked corner is turned. What followed was, in my opinion, a complete meltdown of everything I enjoyed about the book. It reminded me of a certain 90's sci-fi flick; one I didn't much like to begin with. I wish I could be more specific, but without giving things away, that's about as much as I can say.

    Right before the plot fell apart, one of the tenants remarked that they may have figured out enough about the mysterious apartment building; Perhaps (this character suggests) they should bring the investigation to a close?

    I couldn't agree more.

    67 of 95 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Auckland, New Zealand 07-06-12
    Trish Auckland, New Zealand 07-06-12
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    "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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    Daron Dickens Atlanta, GA 07-03-12
    Daron Dickens Atlanta, GA 07-03-12 Member Since 2008

    Ddeezer

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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 50 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 06-28-13
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 06-28-13 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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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.

    21 of 30 people found this review helpful
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  • adam
    Par, United Kingdom
    6/11/14
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    "Finally - A fantastic narrator!"

    I've had some hit and miss luck with narrators and was about to give up on audiobooks altogether...... Luckily I tried this book! This guy was spot on!

    Every character had a unique accent and didn't distract from the story... even the female voices! I hope all future audible books have top narrators like this one.

    Story - great story & not too long winded - snappy story telling. Fans of 'Fringe' would like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • N
    newcastle, United Kingdom
    3/8/14
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    "really unexpected, loved it all."
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    I loved this book. Not what I expected at all. The narrator was wonderfully. The story kept me guessing. I ended up sitting in my car in the driveway with people staring at me because I wanted to hear what happened next.


    What other book might you compare 14 to, and why?

    Hmmm... that's a hard one. It reminded me a bit of the TV series Lost.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Every character had a distinct voice and even one word replies were easily identifiable. Especially enjoyed his portrayal of Tim the "retired publisher" and Roger the laid back "dude". This narrator is a safe pair of hands.


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

    Yes


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dylan
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
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    "Modern Lovecraftian mystery"
    What did you like most about 14?

    The characters and the slowly developing mystery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Occasionally fell into over analysis of the surroundings.


    Any additional comments?

    Great mystery that goes in a direction I did not expect. Comedy element was a little over done at times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sydney
    London, United Kingdom
    2/23/14
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    "The reviews don't lie!"

    Crackerjack cosmic mystery-adventure for X-Files/Lost/Buffy/Fringe/etc fans, with witty dialogue, fun well-drawn characters, and swift excellently-judged pacing. Great performance in an edge-of-the-seat style from the reader. Couldn't turn it off!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    Oslo, Norway
    2/19/14
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    "Easy and surprising"

    This was not the book I thought it would be. I thought/hoped I bought a mysterious thriller, but this was quite sci-fi. But I'm glad I read it. It is easy to follow and very much entertaining! A good break between my big heavy books...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mike Collins
    Brighton, UK
    3/22/14
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    "Solid first 3/4's...dissapointing finale."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Hmmm, not really. [Spoiler free] - Ive said that the finale is dissapointing, but this has little to do with the plot/story - which was fine, if a little derivative. The build up of quiet dread, and the slow unfolding of the mystery was a lot of fun. No, it was the character's response to the events towards the end that didn't sit well. Up to the final quarter of the book, Nate and chums responded plausibly to what was going on. However, their friendly banter, and muted reactions (to what was, a roller-coaster of terror and madness), seemed more in keeping with getting lost in the woods, and not being sure if you're going to make it home that night, rather than, what was, a prolonged waking nightmare.

    Putting people in bizarre, and horrifying situations, and making their responses believable, is something that writers like, Stephen King or Richard Matheson, seem to make look easy. And its essential in stories like this. Peter Clines' difficulty just highlights how hard it is to actually achieve, and the difference between writing a book thats good, and writing one thats just alright.

    The narration, although a little flat and stacatto at times (during the 3rd person narration, rather than when people were 'talking'), was quality. The characters were distinct and well portrayed.


    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Miss King
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    "14"

    Nate moves into a new flat in a very strange apartment building. It seems that every apartment in the building is different and has something strange about it. There are the green cockroaches, the lift that has never worked, apartment 14 is padlocked, and many other strange oddities.

    This was a wonderful book, with lots of twists and turns, and some fantastic ideas. And every time something new was revealed about the building I had a new theory about what was going on. I loved this book and will be looking for more books by Peter Clines.

    Loved every minute of it.

    Really great listen, highly recommended.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Carolyn
    Crewe, United Kingdom
    3/5/14
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    "Good start rather unrealistic finish"
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Enjoy listening enough variety to keep returning


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    Going into tunnel description of flats


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

    easy listening


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • BlundersM
    5/10/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James S.
    5/6/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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