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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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    Matthew BERKELEY, CA, United States 01-31-13
    Matthew BERKELEY, CA, United States 01-31-13
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    "Dumb and Dumber"

    I honestly think I lost IQ points listening to this book. The worst part was that I got sucked in initially by the reasonably suspenseful plot devices. I put up with the cardboard characters and cliched writing because I was intrigued by the mystery surrounding the building. But the pay-off was so bad, so ridiculously bad, that I felt like an idiot having wasted any time on this drivel. I want my time back and the brain cells I expended in the effort. The narration was ok, although some of the accents were pretty lame. (Ray Porter's German is much better than his Indian.) I just kept wondering, "Isn't he embarrassed to be reading this?"

    I understand from reading many other reviews that mine is a minority opinion. Just don't say I didn't warn you.

    38 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Murray San Diego CA 12-30-12
    Barbara Murray San Diego CA 12-30-12 Member Since 2015

    Love2Read

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    "I have to contradict all those rave reviews"

    You finally forced me to take the time to review this book by continually shoving it in my face as one of the greats of the year. This book was awful! The narration was, at best, lackluster, and that was the best element. I, too, was sucked in by the plethora of glowing reviews. The first quarter or so of the book was promising. The story moved pretty slowly but was building up some interesting mystery. Beyond that point, though, everything began to read like it was written by a high school student who had seen too many episodes of "Scooby Doo". The fact that the characters eventually begin referring to themselves as Velma, Shaggy et al only makes it worse. As the story progresses we discover that this high school student author has read a few works by H.P. Lovecraft. This leads him to introduce mutant creatures including flying squid-whales and giant insects. Just to be sure we get the erudite literary reference (bonus points!) the writer includes Mr. Lovecraft himself in a tangential way. Not content with this, the author has to add poor Nikola Tesla as a conspirator. I could go on but why bother? The plot is absurd, the characters are two dimensional and literally cartoonish, and the narration is barely adequate - although to be fair you can't do an award winning job on lousy material. I feel like a chump for listening all the way through but it was like the proverbial train wreck you can't look away from .... A really bad train wreck. Please spare yourself and don't waste the credit.

    44 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 04-01-13
    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha tuttlebee 07-11-17
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    "Don't read any reviews since people will spoil the story"

    Don't read any reviews since people will write in their reviews and they spoil the story!
    Just know after 65 books this my first review Great book
    Great characters
    That's all you need to know.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. W. Land Bryce Resort, Virginia 06-22-17
    E. W. Land Bryce Resort, Virginia 06-22-17 Member Since 2017

    Say something about yourself!

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    "This is the book that made me an Audible junkie."
    Any additional comments?

    The story has a slow build, but in that oh so creepy way you'll love. The characters are completely relatable. Ray Porter (the narrator) does a superb job. This book is always easy to get back into. It has mystery and when appropriate a sense of humor. The setting is pure Lovecraft. The storytelling style is more Stephen King. You'll never forget 14. But is it scary? Damn straight...it's a fricking nightmare. It's worth listening to more than once. It's that good.<br/>Laters, E.W. Land

    1 of 1 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 31 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 04-01-14
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2016

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "The stars say it all."

    This book has been around and promoted for a while now. I've seen and been tempted but not so much till it went on sale. While I think it was worth the sale price, it was not worth my time. I was tempted to quit in a number of places but continued to hope it would somehow redeem itself. It didn't.

    The book has almost 1000 ratings on Audible and over 4 stars. I don't get it. I thought the book was silly, trivial and uninspired. You can read what the book was about and why others liked it elsewhere. But for me, I'm done.

    35 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    donna Lake Orion, MI, United States 06-29-12
    donna Lake Orion, MI, United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Doing the happy dance"

    This was fantastic, I enjoyed it throughly. Its one of those I'm so glad I got this books. If you like Dean Koontz you will like this. definitly want more. Worth you time cash/credit

    28 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara 03-31-13
    Tamara 03-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "For a story that hangs together, look elsewhere!"

    Like many reviewers have said. this book takes a left turn about 2/3's in. Not long before that point, most readers will have realized that there is absolutely no way this plot will ever come together neatly. Even venturing into an alternate universe is insufficient to bring it all together. Probably the biggest loose end for me was why this magical building is not being carefully studied by scientists 24/7. Especially because someone has seen fit to develop spare parts!!

    The narrator (Ray Porter) is really amazing and the only thing that made me stay with the book to the end.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Archer, FL, United States 07-07-12
    Rebecca Archer, FL, United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun, quirky listen"

    We all know a significant part of how well you enjoy a book is how well the narrator performs it and Ray Porter did a great job. Beyond that, the story had enough twists and turns to keep it fun. Sometimes you could anticipate where the story was going, but it happened in such a way that you were happy to see you were reading the characters right. Definitely built some great tension at the end. Will look for more by the same author and narrator.

    19 of 29 people found this review helpful
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  • Charlotte
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jemma
    5/5/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    1/6/17
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    "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 .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • QuillDaisyStairs
    9/23/16
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    "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. <br/>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.<br/>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.<br/>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.<br/>

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rose
    9/22/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ian
    United Kingdom
    9/7/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joan
    Co Wicklow, Ireland
    8/27/16
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Spanky
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    8/22/16
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    "A beautifully crafted horror in the Lovecraft mold"

    A stunningly well crafted horror mystery with strong Lovecraft, Men In Black conspiracy undertones. Peter Clines is a phenomenal writer. Not a scene gone to waste, not a detail missed. Fast, entertaining and with a depth of execution other writers could learn from.
    Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    10/2/14
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    "A crafty nod to the old master"

    The Kavach building is a wonderful creation set in the middle of LA. A gothic monolith filled with strangely disproportionate rooms and even odder tenants. In comes Nate, an all American loser but all round nice guy. His flat is let to him at an unfeasibly low rent,with all utilities included, but with an ominous message that people move out because things aren't quite right there. The story begins gently with Nate investigating his surroundings and meeting his fellow tenants and from then on it becomes brilliantly weird.

    This story is heavily influenced by another American writer and makes no attempt to hide this.

    The narrator is terrific and handles the material in exactly the right way.

    I can close my eyes now and see the Kavach looming over me.

    And as for number 14 ...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
    6/19/14
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    "Totally unexpected and unexpectedly enjoyable"

    This kind of feels like two separate books but I don't actually mind that at all. It flips between the mundane and the weird and back again before exploding off into a totally unexpected direction. I can't think of anything to compare it to really: it's a bit Lost, a bit House of Leaves, a bit... it's own thing.

    I like the narrator a lot. All the characters are differentiated and believable and I enjoyed his laid back tone as it lulls you into a false sense security before the weirdness kicks in.

    An oddity but an interesting one. Oh, and I really appreciated all the H P Lovecraft references.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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