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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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    Jason pottstown, pa, United States 10-22-12
    Jason pottstown, pa, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2014

    reading adventurer

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    "WHAT THE HELL..."

    This thing was listed under Sci-fi & Fantasy and was recommended to me after purchasing an epic fantasy Scott Lynch's, 2nd book (Red Seas Under Red Skies) WHICH WAS AWESOME. I put it in my wish list after seeing the HUGE positive ratings.
    This book is fiction, sci-fi slightly... fantasy... barely. I would have some mature high school students read/listen to this book due to its easy going pace and somewhat interesting story-line. This book is NOT for epic fantasy fans or even hard core sci-fi fans. The narrator was good which is how I was able to get through this book.

    27 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 10-26-14
    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 10-26-14 Member Since 2005

    Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.

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    "Entertaining slacker horror thriller"

    14 is escapist slacker horror in roughly the same category as John Dies At the End, but with a less crass sense of humor. The setup is that Nate, a young guy with a dead-end temp job at a Los Angeles magazine publisher, moves into an apartment in an old building somewhere near Hollywood. The deal seems too good to be true, with cheap rent and a great roof deck.

    Naturally, a few things are weird about the building. What's up with the green cockroaches with an extra leg? The permanently-closed elevator? The strangeness of the building layout? The cold spots? The tight-lipped, paranoid building manager? The padlocks on apartment fourteen?

    As Nate investigates, he gradually meets his neighbors, including an exhibitionist artist who likes to sunbathe in the nude, a not-too-sharp movie crew guy, a female Indian computer hacker, a creepy religious guy, and an unusually fit older man whose backstory seems at odds with his skillset. Together, they form a mystery-solving gang, with lots of ironic Scooby Do wisecracks.

    This really isn't heavyweight fiction, but I enjoyed watching the characters delve into the mysteries of the building and its basement, the constant banter between them, and Clines's imagination and humor. There's even a bit of sweetness, as romance blooms and we learn whom "Shaggy" really has the hots for (not Scooby). Audiobook narrator Ray Porter does a pretty good job of giving each significant character his or her own personality and accent.

    The last act of the book takes us into some netherdimensional sci-fi/horror territory. The payoff isn't highly original or quite as much fun as everything leading up to it, but it's not bad, and that freaky tower towards the end is a great visual. Clines leaves a few threads unresolved and not everything makes complete logical sense, so perhaps there will be a sequel.

    In sum, if you're looking for something deep, look elsewhere. If you want an audiobook that's fun to relax to, but has wit and a little creepiness, this is a great pick.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 05-03-13
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Disappointing..."

    First, this is mild in terms of sci-fi or fantasy.

    Second, in my opinion, this belongs in the young adult category. Some hand holding, kissing, reference to spending the night together, but nothing graphic.

    I was engaged for about two thirds of the book. Then it got lame, like the author lost his muse. I was vested in the characters, but many just withered away.

    When I am really into a book I can listen for up to 6 hours per day. When it took me 4 days to listen to the last three hours, I knew it was really bad.

    The narrator did an admirable job with the material. In fact, he's probably the reason I trudged through to the end.

    16 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Solitude1984 Canada 11-10-12
    Solitude1984 Canada 11-10-12 Member Since 2016

    Dreamer

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    "Would give it 2.5 stars"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes because I enjoyed 2/3 of it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The last 1/3 of the book was ridiculous. I wanted to scream at the characters to stop with their stupid chattering and get to work! Also, I wasn't a fan of the big secret - it felt too .... weird.


    Could you see 14 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I can see 14 being made into a movie. It's a very visual book.


    14 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 01-02-13
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Must Listen to."

    I found this book very enjoyable and was captivated throughout the whole book. I enjoyed it more then I thought I would. The narrator did a great job and was easy to listen to. I don't want to give anything away so all I am going to say is you will be glad you picked this one up.

    17 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Mel USA 01-07-13
    Mel USA 01-07-13 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Cthulhu Cult - Cloverfield Sqwhale Eat Clines"

    Ray Porter is always good; he gets 4*; (I'm giving him an extra one just for finishing this reading.)

    Leaping Lemmings!! I betrayed myself--I did not listen to reviewers I trust. Their friendly warning reviews faded to the end of an ever-growing ever-glowing list. I held out for 7 mos., but all those stars! stars! stars! I was glamoured. Good Gawwd...I would be one of those bloody furry lemming puddles at the bottom of a cliff. And deservedly so.

    Read the Lovecraft *cosmic indifferentism* canon. Read his description of the Great Old Ones, Cthulhu, Yog Sothoth, Azathoth--the anthropomorphic beings (tentacled head, whale bodies, dragon wings, and ALL) that occupied the ancient dimensional universe. 14 started out kind of fun, but the piracy got so outrageous, the monotony so monotonous...the Scooby Doo shtuff, the Bradbury name and Tesla, *Sqwhales*, dragging in the descendants of Lovecraft..."I eat you, food for me..." *Ludicrous: So foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing.*

    87 of 140 people found this review helpful
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    ShySusan 02-12-13
    ShySusan 02-12-13
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    "Best new Sci-Fi novel I've read in ages!"

    I know I'm coming late to this book. There are thousands before me, but I can't stand not to put my 2 cents worth in. I am a woman. I find many male science fiction authors uncongenial because they seem to care more about their hardware (guns, spaceships, etc.) than about their characters. All too many of their characters are without personality or any characteristic which would mark them as actual people with pasts.

    On the other hand, I find all too many female science fiction and fantasy authors uncongenial because they are merely dressing up their romance novels with lame science fiction or fantasy trappings. They have put in far too little thought about such trivialities as plot and world building and too much into descriptions of the hero's manly pecs.

    Peter Clines has found the perfect middle ground. The ideas, plot, and hardscape are intricate, well thought out--amazing even. And yet the characters are also well imagined. Each character has her or his own personality. They bring a myriad of abilities to contribute to the solution of the various problems.

    I highly recommend this book.

    20 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 01-29-13
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Ridiculous"

    I really enjoyed this book for the first 2/3 of the story and then it got so stupid that I had to turn it off. I guess no matter how well written I just cant do, Sci-Fi, I can deal with the glow in the dark roaches and the black hole but the "people eating creatures", sorry, you lost me there! If this is your genre, then I think you will enjoy the characters- they were great and the writing was excellent.The narration was also excellent.

    15 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Old Hippy 02-21-14
    Old Hippy 02-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Another promising story that fell down at the end."
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    I really like this story, until it went off the rails about 75% of the way through. It really was too bad. I liked all the major characters a lot. They were believable and credible. They reacted to weird developments like normal people would. I don't even have a problem with the notion of the building being more than it appears. But once they go through the door into Apartment 14 ... well, the author's story unravels into increasing silliness. I could come up with half a dozen ending scenarios that would make more sense than what's written.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Elle OREGON 08-28-12
    Elle OREGON 08-28-12

    Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!

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    "Beware of the mutant cockroaches"


    If you’ve enjoyed Peter Clines "Ex-Heros" zombie-thriller series, (or even if you haven’t) be forewarned...this novel does not read in the same exciting way at the beginning. “14” is a real change-up and has a slow start. There’s a lot of build up in character and plot development. I was seriously considering giving up the first hour or 90 minutes in and I’m glad I didn’t. Narrator Ray Porter does a spectacular job of drawing the listener in to what can be an all nighter. When the mutant cockroaches, odd lightbulbs, lack of city power and mysterious cryptic notes on the apartment walls were introduced, I became more interested.

    As Nate, the primary protagonist, talks to other tenants of the building where he has just rented his apartment, they discover several of them have become interested in oddities that don’t make any sense. When the mutant cockroaches, odd lightbulbs, lack of city power tunnels and caves underneath the building and mysterious cryptic notes are introduced along with a small dose of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Kids I became more interested. Their old apartment building has a past and the mixed group of tenants decide to research the unusual history of their residence.

    If I wrote any more about the plot, my review would become a spoiler so suffice it to say that it’s a completely enjoyable listen about regular people who begin, almost for fun, a search to discover why strange things happen in their average apartment building. The character development moves along as the story develops and a slow story becomes exciting. I can see this easily as a movie or even TV series

    it’s a horror story-also sci-fi, some mystery, occasionally funny, potentially post apocalyptic and even romantic that is a super fun listen. This is a good read for almost anyone.

    21 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    5/24/14
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    "Zoinks don't open the door!"
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    This was a fun, entertaining listen. With lots of twists and turns to the story, all of which managed to keep me on the edge of my seat. And seriously I would never of guessed at that ending.The author created some very memorable characters particularly liked Veek and Tim.

    Ray Porters narration really brought the book to life loved his characters,they were all top quality, he did a great job with the female characters and Roger was a joy. You could easily tell them all apart, only felt his third party narration was sometimes a little flat.

    All in all this was a great listen wouldn't hesitate to recommend it,well worth the credit spent. And will definitely look for more from both the author and narrator.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Karole
    11/23/16
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    "Good but then a little disappointing"

    I really enjoyed this book for a long time as it wasn't clear what was going on and held my attention but then it changed into something altogether different and felt predictable and a little lazy. However much to recommend it and the reader was spot on.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
    7/3/15
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    "If you open the door to 14, it will suck you in."

    Good rent, incredibly good rent, a fantastic building in more ways than first understood, internet for a deal, a beautiful girl that likes to sunbath naked; what could possibly go wrong? Secrets and secret agencies, Mutant cockroaches, disappearance, strange noises, strange lights, doors that you never want to enter caverns in the basement, glimpses of dark thing, very large dark thing that would like to move into this world, this universe.
    This is steampunk Americana chopsuey that works and is entertaining and well paced, the characters are a good mix of suburban geeks, weirdos, losers and a run of the mill guy, that would probably work better is I was younger. As a subgenre of science fiction this is good value entertainment, that will brighten your night.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    6/18/17
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    "Slow to start but really worth sticking with"

    I nearly gave up on this in the first hour. The character development just didn't seem to be catching my interest.

    Also, the only books I've listened to narrated by Ray Porter were read in the first person, and I struggled to adjust to listening to him as a third person narrator. The only scenes that seemed natural were the ones with Nate as the protagonist. Scenes focussing on other characters didn't feel right. Luckily, most of the book is written focussing on Nate.

    However, after a couple of hours I was getting into it and by the time I was half way through I was struggling to put it down. well worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    6/12/17
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    "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,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rousun Uddin
    5/21/17
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    "Good book."

    I loved this book. It would make a great movie. I don't usually like American narrators but this guy was perfect for this book. The plot had me guessing whether it was Sci -Fi, fantasy or horror (still not sure) . I throughly enjoyed it though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/12/17
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    "Interesting Audiobook"

    I enjoyed listening to the book. An interesting story with a nice ending. Sometimes the accents slipped but overall an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David H.
    5/9/17
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    "too many loose ends"

    does not tie it all up well and characters behaved unbelievably in a few key places, making the plot feel contrived. this book had a lot of potential and the narrator was good as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alkes
    3/24/17
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    "Yes good book. You'll like it"

    Enjoyed this story very much. The only thing that detracted from it were the spoilers in the review section.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T
    3/20/17
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    "A surprise of a book, great read."
    Any additional comments?

    Not knowing what to expect I was very much excited as the book delivered its story and adventure, great characters and a simple yet exciting story excellent. Good enough that I will buy another from the same author on the strength of this book alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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