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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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Don't Get Killed By This Place

I won't he promised. Smart women are so damn sexy.

There has been a lot of ranting and raving about this book and the narrator Ray Porter.

The reason is because it is a great book. It starts out really good and you think it is a scary house book, but it is so much more. The book just gets better and better as it goes along. Toward the end of the first downloaded part, I was thinking they are about to solve, this, what are they going to do for the next six hours. Well, they did plenty.

I also like how well the author knows what it is like to be a working stiff. Most of these people are in this apartment because it is cheap and Cline seems to have some real experience on what it is like to live around the poverty level. He understands the dreams and struggles of the working man and woman. There is some good character development in this book.

Ray Porter is excellent.

Check this book out, you will like it.

145 of 155 people found this review helpful

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Super solid listen!!

I'm sure I can't say here anything that hasn't already been said, however I was so impressed, I felt like I had to. I also don't want to reveal anything, because the minimal knowledge I had before listening made the unfolding of the story so much more fun! This was such a solid listen on all fronts. The characters were engaging, the story interesting, the source of the mystery was terrific. By the time it had ended I wanted to hear more!
The absolute best thing, though, was the narrator. If there were some way I could give Ray Porter more than 5 stars, I'd give him an enthusiastic 10! His accents were credible, pronunciation:impeccable, and timing and flow: spot on! The thing I loved the most is that his interpretation never got in the way of the story he was telling. I've never found a narrator, aside from Jim Dale, I felt I would gush about - Ray Porter is gush-worthy!

431 of 466 people found this review helpful

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  • Anthony
  • Idaho Falls, ID, United States
  • 07-08-12

Sometimes it pays to read reviews!

This was another book purchased solely on reading reviews and I'm glad I did. Reading the story description alone I never would have used a credit on this book, strange goings on in an apartment complex just didn't "pop" for me but there were so many positive reviews I gave it a shot. The narrator is the same guy that reads the Joe Ledger series and I really like his voice and characters, he did it again on this book and even added an Indian accent. The "goings on" in the apartments was interesting enough but what happens toward the end of the book was very suspenseful and exciting and that's all I will say about the content.

This is one of those audiobooks that I really can't see how no less than 90% of listeners will enjoy and a sure bet that your credit won't go to waste.

338 of 371 people found this review helpful

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  • Edward
  • Noblesville, IN, United States
  • 06-26-12

Long Time Listener, First Time Reviewer

I've never read Clines before, but if the rest of his work is on par with 14, I think I will have read all of his work by the end of the month. I devoured 14. I missed a project deadline at work because of 14. I really want there to be a 15, 16, and 17, even though I am perfectly aware that would make no sense.

Bottom line? This was a fun book with a fantastic narrator. Nothing deep really, but it didn't need to be. It was perfect fantasy/horror genre pulp. The entire thing is destined to be a movie that will inevitably fall far short of the story Clines has written. For Clines' financial sake, I really hope that happens anyway. Keep up the good work Peter.

213 of 247 people found this review helpful

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Very Good Thriller

I downloaded this book thinking it would be a haunted house story. It's so much more. I hesitate to say more because I would not want to give away anything. I'll just say there is a mystery that you will not guess. Not in a million years. The story is part science fiction, part horror, part thriller. I definitely wanted to finish it in one sitting.

157 of 184 people found this review helpful

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Surpassed expectations!!!

It is difficult to review this book without ruining the experience. I thought I knew where Clines was going, then BAM--he changed directions and utterly surprised me. I did not see where he was going with 14 and was questioning Audible placing it in the Sci-Fi category..I was sooo naive! I believe I can make some comparisons without giving the plot away:

It is part Stephen King and part Frank Peretti (I think I should stop there as you are probably completely baffled...as you should be! This is utterly unique!). 14 is bizarre and wonderful.

Ray Porter did a fantastic job. I put him in the same category as Scott Brick and Kate Reading (2 of my favorites). He gave each of the characters their own personality. The evil characters made my skin crawl and I cheered for the heroes.

Recommended, I just cant tell you why without spoiling it~

113 of 134 people found this review helpful

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Sci-Fi Scooby and Friends

Mysterious apartment building with low rent in Los Angeles raises healthy curiousity for young tennants. Sharing freaky details about lights and green cockroaches, the gang and slowly comes together in the shape of the Mystery Bunch, complete with Fred, Daphne, Shaggy and Velma investigating the oddities of their dwelling.

Each character was interesting and relatable with Nate as the reluctant leader trading barbs with Veek, the oober-intelligent hacker. The guys and nudie sunbather, Zela meet on the roof to watch sunsets and share a few frosty beverages. Found myself enjoying the eccentricities of the gang. Narrators did an excellent job for each voice. Fresh take on a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys caper, searching for answers leading them into an other worldly caper.

The mystery unravels into a science fiction (not psychological) thriller. Enjoy.

165 of 197 people found this review helpful

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Great SF take on mysteries fades as answers appear

The first 2/3 of this novel are pure fun. There are mysteries in an strange apartment complex to be unraveled, a winning cast of characters to do so, and a great reader to narrate the whole thing. The pacing is such that you are always listening for a few more minutes, just to see what the tenants will learn next about their mysterious building. There is lots of original ideas, and some old science fiction and horror concepts reused in fun ways.

Sadly, as the mysteries are finally revealed, much of the fun drains away, and the last 1/3 of the book, while by no means bad, just can't keep up the excitement and pace. The twists are more cliched, and the revelations surprisingly unsatisfying.

Despite that, this is still a fun novel, and a solid read, especially those into modern Lovecraftian horror (Atrocity Archives, for example)

67 of 81 people found this review helpful

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  • Bill
  • Kailua Kona, HI, United States
  • 09-05-12

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.

72 of 90 people found this review helpful

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m night shyamalan has nothing on clines

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m night shyamalan wishes he could tell a story as good as this! i'm not sure i can add anything to what other reviewers have already said.<br/><br/>i bought this based on what another reviewer wrote, "it's lost meets national treasure." i bought it based on that. and boy oh boy, i was not disappointed! plus, i've read clines' other work and have definitely enjoyed his stories.<br/><br/>that reviewer hit it right on the head. 14 is a mix of lost and national treasure. there is a great cast of characters, and the plot builds as the story continues to pull you in. you helplessly want to keep listening and finding out more. who are these characters? are they really who they say they are? what is up with the history of this apartment building? why are some of the doors chained and locked up? what is in the basement?<br/><br/>this is a unique story, not like one you've heard or read before. i kept trying to guess, but i was wrong, pleasantly wrong as the story revealed itself.<br/><br/>like lost, the story pulls you in. unlike lost, this story has a good ending! my only disappointment was that i wanted to know a little bit more about a couple of the characters. i wanted to know more about a certain character's checkered past and how one character got the job she did.<br/><br/>like national treasure, there's a mystery and a history behind the apartment building. unraveling these leads the characters on an interesting quest to save the world. that may sound hokey but trust me, this is definitely worth your credit to find out why that's not a flimsy cliché.<br/><br/>if you like a good mystery with an interesting and unique payoff, then this audiobook is for you. if you've liked clines' other work, then you'll love this b/c it's his best in my opinion.<br/>

41 of 52 people found this review helpful

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  • Robyn
  • 11-23-16

A good one!

The blurb on this one didn't really appeal, so it was with hesitation that I bought it. So glad I took the plunge.

I can see why another reviewer may not have liked the last quarter of the story.....but on balance, it didn't detract sufficiently from the rest of the story to warrant a lower rating. This was a great listen. The quiet dread starts to build from the opening scene, and keeps building (intentional excessive use of "building"), despite the light-hearted tone of the characters. On balance, this is book is good entertainment.

It's not possible to say anything else about the plot without giving too much away. I knew it was sci-fi, but I had no inkling of what was coming for at least 3/4 of the book. It kept me listening into the small hours more than once.....so much for getting a good night's sleep courtesy of the building (not a spoiler of consequence!). Now I know why the editor's intro says what it does....but it doesn't really give much of a clue.

Narration was excellent.

Not surprising that Audible.com selected this as its best sci-fi novel of 2012 - just sorry I took so long to listen to it.



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  • P
  • 04-13-13

Un-expected pleasure.

I didn't know what to expect with this one, I got it because I really enjoyed clines other creations.



But I quickly fell in love with the whole story, you get to know each and every character and the twists are great.



It is hard to review without giving anything away, alls I can say is very enjoyable and really well narrated to the point where you can easily pick out each character by the narration.

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  • Jane
  • 07-22-12

Brilliant

This was brilliant - characterisation was wonderful, plot was brilliantly woven together with lots of nice pop culture references (loved the totally throwaway "bowties are cool"), and pace was such that I stayed up much too late to find out how it would end. Ray Porter's narration was also excellent, with clear delineation of the various voices and a great line in comic timing amid all the impending horror. Off to look for more things by Peter Clines/more narration by Ray Porter...

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 01-27-14

It's locked for a reason!!!!

It's been a while since I got totally immersed in an audiobook. This didn't really stand out to me, I only got it as it was in the sale, but I'm glad I did!

Nate works as a temp, going nowhere with no cash, so when cheap digs are offered he grabs them. Once he moves in, he starts to meet his neighbours and they soon realise that not one room in the whole building is structurally the same. Not only that, the building doesn't appear to be attached to the power grid and nobody's heard of the landlord.

I can't go into too much without spoiling it, but needless to say the atmosphere when they go past the basement and into room 14 is so tense you'll need to put the light on!

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  • Helen
  • 03-09-14

Just, wow.

If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

Hilarious, entertaining madness.

What did you like best about this story?

It's impossible to put into words without giving massive spoilers, but the characters in this book have much more depth and realism about them than pretty much any other book I have ever read. I found myself sharing all their emotions, and rather than guessing the ending, was anxious to find out what they were leading to. This book is so well written, it's truly edge of your seat stuff.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ray Porter's performance is fantastic. A couple of the accents may have been a little ropey, but he still managed to make them believable, even his women had the correct balance of strength and fragility that so many actors tend to get so wrong. His pace is perfect, and his acting highlights all the humor and / or tension that each scene requires. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of his narration.

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

I could've lost a whole weekend to this book. I was due to take a coach journey when I was about a third of the way through it, and decided to listen to more of it rather than my music. On the way home again I was pretty tired, and thought I would continue with the book, maybe have a doze on my way home...no chance. By the time my journey ended I was LITERALLY on the edge of my seat. The girl next to me must have thought I was crazy with all the fidgeting I was doing as events unfolded in my ears. By the time I actually got home, the story had become so intense that I was glad my other half was back from work so I didn't have to sit in the house on my own while I listened to the end.

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I've been chewing all my friends ears off (figuratively) to try and get them to listen to or read this book. If you give it a chance, I promise you will too. Pretty much jumped straight into my top five favourite books and gives Neil Gaiman a damn good run for his money.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-14

REVIEW FOR 14, by Peter Clines, read by Ray Porter

This book is one of my favourite books from Audible since I first got my iPad Mini 2 years ago. I am not sure why, it leans a little too much on the fantasy side of Sci-Fi. I  am not really into Lovecraft horror/monster type normally but 14 is written with such gritty, ordinary, day to day characters, so well developed that it is very believable. And extremely intriguing and very thrilling. 

It has a "Lost" kind of feeling. However, I don't mean that literally;  Lost became so drawn out and complicated that I got totally bored and lost interest in any of the increasingly unbelievable characters after the first season. This book kept my interest as the puzzles unfolded and the characters developed. 

Ray Porter, The guy who reads it, is wonderful, not too much accent or gender changes, and helps to give credence to the characters. 

So, when it started to go off into the horror side I was too hooked to let it really bother me. It all fits together well in the end and I have listened to it over and over. It is weird, I bought one of his other books immediately because I enjoyed 14 so much but, sadly I did not like it at all. 

But for me 14 remains up there with Solaris, which is a much deeper, more psychological story, (equally well read) and The Martian; which I don't think is as well written but also a really exciting, well read book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • 01-23-14

Oh I loved this book!

What did you like most about 14?

Fresh believable characters, incidental love interests that didn't detract from the story in any way! Unpredictable twists and turns, appealed to me (at 60) and my daughter (at 24) test of a good story. Different to my usual read but I'm really glad I took a chance and listened. Easy to follow without being boring, unusual concept but believable, even the weird bits!

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

Can't compare it to anything really, all new and very enjoyable!

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

Veek is very cool (not sure if that's how to spell it) she has a wicked sense of humour, Zeela is also pretty cool.

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

Both - I found my jaw clenching in parts, shouted out loud in the car a few times, couldn't wait to get out of work to start listening again!

Any additional comments?

Buy it if you like a good story, fantasy, suspense and laughing!

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Martin
  • 04-11-14

Mixed bag...

This was an odd one for me, I really enjoyed the first 8 hours of the story a lot but the last 4 hours not so much. That's not to say the last 4 hours are terrible or anything - its fine, but its almost like a different storyline somehow. Hard to explain without spoilers really, but for me the writer had the first part of the story done really well, and the latter part not so well - but it was an interesting story well told, just seemed to go a bit odd towards the end.

20 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Asbjørn
  • 10-25-16

Thoroughly enjoyable!

One of my favourite science fiction writers. A brilliant tale. Imaginative and engaging! The images come to life and the characters suspend all of my disbelief.

Excellent narration despite my aversion against American accented narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • adam
  • 06-11-14

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

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  • Linda
  • 06-24-15

14 gets 14/10 from me

WOW, what a great book, I didn't want it to end. It had many different aspects - starting off with us getting to know a group of people renting an apartment building. A small group formed a friendship and began to explore the building. This led to mystery and lots of unanswered questions. Suddenly it was all Sci Fi and I loved every word, sentence, paragraph, chapter. Is this a movie? If it isn't then it should be.
I am so glad I found this author, now to see what else the wonderful Mr Peter Clines has written....

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  • Katie
  • 02-16-15

Excellent Story

I couldn't get enough of this novel. It was really interesting. I loved how it integrated real life history/people in to the storyline to make the story more believable.
If you like conspiracy theory fiction, then you just might like this. It's great FUN.

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  • C.J.R Flanagan
  • 02-03-14

Precisely what I look for in a story!

After reading some of the excellent reviews that Peter Clines has received for 14, I purchased the audio version. I quickly realized that the plethora of shining reviews I had come across were in no way exaggerated. The believable characters and setting and realistic dialogue serve to form an extremely immersive reading experience. Each character brings their own background, expertise and perspective to the situations they find themselves in. Clines has cleverly used these to help the characters explain seemingly complicated concepts to the reader which arise throughout the story in an easily relatable manner.

This is a very well thought-out book which is littered with plenty of "WOW" moments and lots of unexpected and unpredictable twists and turns to keep the reader on his/her toes. I found myself spending hours after hitting the pause button trying to predict the meaning behind certain phenomenon or visualizing a new concept which had been introduced. Even though I usually only listen to audio books while driving, I now have to catch up on the hours I spent listening to "14" on my ipod while I was supposed to be working!

I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends and be on the lookout for future Peter Clines book releases.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jarryd
  • 09-18-16

Lovecraft with a real story!

Lovecraft's books establish a unique atmosphere, but fail to put a solid story in there.

This book is a solid, mystery laden story. Simple stuff like green cockroaches give way to tentacled mind assailing monstrosities.

The characters communicate with each other, which is very satisfying.

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  • K Fletcher
  • 05-02-16

Quite unique and imaginative story.

Enjoyed this story. Characters were interesting and "real". Narrated well. Had some unexpected plot turns.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-17

Sticks true to the theme of the genre.

Fantastic buildup to some truly horriffic revelations, each minor discrepancy is a omen of things to come. For most part of the book I was hooked and I really wanted to know the secrets of the bizzare apartment block.My qualms about the book are that I felt one particular twist important to the plot was a bit too telegraphed and that the climactic chapters were a little weaker than I had hoped.

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  • Tilly Hopper
  • 06-13-17

Best audible experience since The Passage.

Best Audible experience since The Passage. Absolutely compelling from the first word to the last.

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  • JK1
  • 10-26-15

Recommended

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It kept me hooked and I kept wanting to listen to what would happen next. Great characters and I really liked the narrator.

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  • Leigh
  • 10-23-15

Kept me listening

Great story, excellent pace and the narrator delivered it splendidly - definitely recommend - excellent read.

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  • Natalie
  • 08-15-15

sweet

Awesome. fast and curious. excellent combination up there with Mathew Reilly. loved it thoroughly. will look for more of his.