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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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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-23-12
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Great narrator + wonderful characters = 4 stars"

    This book reminds me so much of Stephen King's Dumas Key, Under the Dome, and 11/22/63. It has a wonderful cast of characters and enough mystery to make the journey more enjoyable than the destination. It begins as a real mystery that eventually morphs into a far fetched sci-Fi with good suspense. But don't let that turn you away. It so well written and read that I just may listen again.

    Ray Porter just may be the most talented performer in the Audible stable of readers. Putting the great Scott Brick a distant 5th, Ray Porter, Will Patton, Eduardo Ballerini, and Tom Stechschulte vascilate within the top 4, depending on the book. Mr. Porter's performance alone makes 14 worth the credit.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy L 06-27-15
    Wendy L 06-27-15
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    "Discerning readers, think twice before starting this audiobook"

    The first seven hours of this audiobook were a constant internal struggle for me as I debated whether to stop then and ask Audible for a refund or keep listening in the hope it would get better. Curiosity got the better of me and I kept listening until the end. Now I wish I had spent the past 12 hours listening to something different.

    The first 6 to 7 hours were mind-numbingly tedious and unsuspenseful. The most menacing moments were when the building manager would growl angrily at the tenants in a thick German accent. (If that does not sound suspenseful to you, that's precisely my point.) I thought I was listening to bad young adult fiction, as the sentences were short, the dialogue was uninspired, the characters were slackers mostly in their 20s, and there were a lot of dumb adolescent jokes. The mystery finally started to become interesting around hour seven. A couple of hours after that, the book took yet another turn and was definitely NOT for tender young readers. Though not intended by the author, I would describe this book as being in three parts, each a different genre: first, a really long "Friends" episode; second, a Scooby Doo episode; finally, an HP Lovecraft short story. The book did not particularly appeal to me, though younger readers who are not picky might find it sufficiently entertaining if they can get past the halfway mark. The F-bombs in the latter half became very annoying.

    The narrator did a great job with the various characters and accents.

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 06-24-13
    Dennis 06-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining despite going one step to far"

    Like a lot of books, this one starts out great, so good in fact I was already looking at other titles written by this author. The dialog is great, the characters extremely well crafted eccentric and imbued with great chemistry. The story takes off and begins to take you into the world of the apartment, building some great creepyness with what the troop finds. I do not want to give out any plot spoilers so I will just say that for a bit the books takes things into the surreal just a bit to far, it crosses the line into silly, then comes back. I was bummed by that because the book overall is really good, there is tension, a great storyline that is unique, well crafted dialog and evidence that the author has talent actually writing, that segment though dampers the experience a great deal, does not ruin the book but takes it out of the four or five star category. As a mention, the narration is well done and fits the mood and characters of the story very well.
    Recommended with a sigh at what could have been a great book, but what is in fact only a pretty good book

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 09-29-12
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good, but falls short of excellent"

    This is a very good entertaining book. The story is about a person who starts to notice a lot of strange things about his new apartment building. He forms collation of other tenants to unfolds the mystery of this building. The mystery is very intriguing and complete fiction, but it unfolds in very entertaining though highly unlikely fashion. The cast of characters in the book are very interesting and narrative is snappy delivered expertly by Ray Porter.

    I found story to be very lean, and it moved at a brisk pace. The cast of characters are well flushed out, and their interaction is entertaining. Even though last stages of story become a bit out there, I would still rate this a very good book. I would recommend this book, and I will consider picking up other books from the same author in the future.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Sausalito, CA, United States 09-18-12
    Leslie Sausalito, CA, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Started great, went too far out"

    This started out very good. Good character development, I was very intrigued by the mystery. I fully expected to be writing a great recommendation at the end.

    Unfortunately, half way through the book when the mystery started to become clear it just got too ridiculously sci fi for me. I went days without listening to the book. Not a good sign when you forget to listen to the end of a story. I ended up listening to the end, but I didn't care anymore what happened.

    It's too bad. I think he went too far. I think it would have been a better story if he had kept it a little less ridiculous. (Don't know how else to say that without giving spoilers.) The overall idea of the story was interesting.

    No complaints on the narration. Top notch.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 09-07-12
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2017
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    "OK"

    I hate writing this kind of review because I know it's probably not helpful -- I can't totally recommend this novel...but I can't tell you to stay away either. The writing is OK. The plot is imaginative. (The performance, as is customary for Ray Porter, is terrific.) And yet...

    As other reviewers have already pointed out, the plot takes a somewhat bizarre twist (not totally unexpected for me, perhaps simply because I had read the other reviews). It is not really science-fiction, but it's not "horror" (as you would perhaps expect from the initial plot of X-number of individuals living in a building where unexplained things seem to happen), The twist makes the novel fall somewhere in limbo, genre-wise, making it harder to like.

    The novel starts out slow. Much happens before anything really does. In a way, this is not totally bad because, by the time the characters seem to be in danger, you find yourself actually caring for them. Still, it does drag at times...And some of the characters remain cartoony till the end.

    Perhaps the novel could have used another edit -- or more careful plotting ahead of time.

    And yet...I did finish it and it kept me hooked at times.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Avondale, AZ, United States 07-06-12
    Brian Avondale, AZ, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2011

    Love a good book. I am usually reading one and listening to one in my car (not at the same time, of course). I like just about any fiction.

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    "Unique story that had me from word one!"
    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to a lot of audio books and I have never felt compelled to share a review about any of them. That is not to say they were not great or that I didn't enjoy them and it is not an insult to those books but rather a testament as to how much I enjoyed 14. I have never read anything from this author before and I am not sure why I choose this book. I read the description and though it sounded interesting.

    I was sucked in right away. I found myself taking the long way to and from the office. I was listening to it while doing yard work, I just didn't want to stop listening. I don't want to give anything away so I will not go into any plot lines. All of the characters are well developed and I found myself interested in all of them. I enjoyed the bond that builds between them as the story goes on. The plot was unique and mysterious. The narrator was fantastic and I think really makes the story come to life. Overall, it was one of the very best audio books I have listened to and I would encourage people to take a chance on this one.

    14 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-29-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-29-12 Member Since 2017

    My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.

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    "Time traveling houes, aliens, steampunk..."

    ...government conspiracy. This author couldn't make up his mind. This one started out strong and then went sideways, really sideways. I really like my stories to have a strong believability factor and this one struggled to convince me. It's not terrible. It was easy to listen to. But even if i could get past the nudist tenet that liked to dye her hair (all of it) blue, it fell apart when the building time traveled and carnivorous octopus-whales started hunting the characters. yeah...it really went sideways.

    35 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Danny concord, NC, USA 07-06-12
    Danny concord, NC, USA 07-06-12 Member Since 2006
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    "This is the reason I keep taking chances"

    Books like this one are the reason I keep taking chances on unknown (to me) authors and books. I really enjoyed the building of the mystery and the mystery of the building and the references to pop culture. It really helped pass the workday and held my attention throughout. I really enjoyed the performance and had fun listening.

    15 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Mandy P Bay Area 05-16-13
    Mandy P Bay Area 05-16-13

    Hey Hey Hey

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    "Whaaa?"

    This had me with the creepy apartment. Then the crew turning over and figuring out interesting clues...groovy. But then, they lost me so absolutely and completely that I could never come back right about the time they started their third mile underground.

    Sorry. I found the story tedious and boring. The experience was painful. Yawn.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
    8/19/16
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    "good sci'fi story."
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    very enjoyable story, couldn't put it down.
    well written characters who you go involved with, good storyline and ending.
    will look for more books by this author.
    excellently performed by ray porter.
    couldn't ask for more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A. Banner
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    8/13/16
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    "Loved it kept me hooked right to the end."

    Could not stop listening best book I have downloaded so far. Good story good characters. If you like this then try the fold next same author and narrator and it touches on the same ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Galina
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    8/10/16
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    "Interesting Idea - Badly Executed"
    What would have made 14 better?

    14 had an interesting concept and if executed well, it would have been an excellent sci-fi book. However, it contained far too much pointless blurb and it just dragged.I thought writing was dull, overused cliches and no suspense/far too little action. There has only been around 1 hour of interesting/exciting story, but it was all killed by an empty 12-hour chit-chat.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    I didn't enjoy his writing style, so don't think I will try other books. Plus I am shocked that this book has received so many positive review (it was the main reason why I have bought it), so I will try some other authors.


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

    Disappointment. I always trust other people's reviews and this book had many positive ones, that made it sound a really good sci-fi book. I think those positives reviews was the only reason why I finished this book, even though I wanted to put it down less than 4 hours into it...I wish I did...


    Any additional comments?

    This book didn't meet my expectations and was far too boring for my liking. It doesn't mean this is a bad book, it just means it is not the book for my taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
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    8/2/16
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    "A room with a clue..."

    I've got a couple of gripes but I really enjoyed this book - a real "page turner" (whatever the audio equivalent is) and I loved the links back to other horror/sci fi which were unexpected. I felt the "mystery" 1st half was better than the "action" 2nd half and (my gripes) at least 2 of the characters seemed pointless and the humour / flirting was clunky. Would have liked more on the 'roaches, too, but well read and exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan James Crawley
    7/13/16
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    "Easy listen "

    Loved the first 4/5ths the ending kinda lost me a little bit but overall would definitely recommend it if you're a fan of the genre. Really well narrated too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B.Nesbit
    6/20/16
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    "cracking stuff"

    didn't really know what to expect with this but I certainly wasn't expecting what I got.
    thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/13/16
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    "Fairly gripping"

    Great build up and suspence. The story could have been going anywhere: thriller, Sci find, horror etc. Very engaging. once it settled on the direction it became more predictable and routine, which was a shame and why it got 3 stars. narration was excellent and got 5 stars so overall I give 4 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr morgan brickley
    6/11/16
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    "adventure and mystery in normality"

    convincing interesting characters. slower burner plot. sucks you in. real world sci-fi. well paced. miss this set of characters already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jill middlemas
    6/2/16
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    "intriuging"

    grippingly interesting book. gets lost a bit towards the end. narrator is good leaves you thinking long after it finishes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deedra
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    5/20/16
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    "14"

    I LOVED this book!Something is wrong in the Kavatch building that Nate has just moved into.He intends to find out what it is.Along with other curious tenants,he forms a 'Scooby Doo' team and they investigate.What they find is out of this world!
    Narration by Ray Porter is spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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