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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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Fun, engaging and speckles of hilarity!

Wasn't sure what I was getting myself into but the reviews seemed good so I went ahead with it. Absolutely no regrets, this book is well performed, engaging and the characters although a bit cliche, are well developed. Highly recommended!

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Lovcraftian Goodness

This book was very good, I am impressed with Peter Cline’s writing. This will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. Ray Porter did a great job bringing the story to life as the narrator.

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My second reading...even better!

Clines introduces us to a familiar setting tohen gradually ramps up the intrigue...culminating in a heart pounding finish...so we'll done.

I want more please!

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  • aaron
  • Ankeny, IA, United States
  • 2012-08-27

Didn't know what to expect...

What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

I would have loved this book had I know it was Sci-Fi going into it. I really enjoyed the publishers summery and the reviews I read ahead of time so I was hopeful I would enjoy the book. I felt a little duped. My own fault ~ I maybe should have researched further before listening.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Love this narrator ~ he does a wonderful job!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 14?

None ~ it was a good book for Sci-Fi.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Stacey D.
  • 2018-05-25

Read the Reviews!

I put this book in my wish list quite a while ago after reading several reviews... apparently I didn’t read enough. This book was nothing like I expected. After the few reviews I read back then, I was thinking it was a haunting type thriller but it’s not even close. When this book went on sale recently I just bought it and didn’t re-review. Without giving out spoilers I will say that it is science fiction. Certainly not scary, just somewhat interesting until mid-book (if you like sci-fi, which I do not). This book was ok but became silly to me. I will for sure read reviews again before getting anything from my wish list.

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  • 55dude
  • 2018-02-12

Great Narration....Lousy story!!

This book at first had lots of promise to be great, but the second half of book was downright silly! The narrator was the only bright spot about this book!

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  • Magpie
  • 2012-06-24

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!

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  • Nellie Mansour
  • Weare, nh, US
  • 2018-03-14

Disapointed

What disappointed you about 14?

The story itself. It was pure foolish. The beginning wasn't so bad, although slow at times, but the end was just ridiculous.

What could Peter Clines have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Come up with a different ending, something more adult-like.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. The performance was fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 14?

The part when the characters end up in the fantasy world. It went downhill from there.

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  • alex
  • 2017-10-08

WHAT

The only mysterious thing about this book is the fact that people seem to love it. I seriously for the life of me cannot figure out why. I couldn't even finish the last part. Maybe if I had known this book was going to go from being about an interesting and creepy apartment to straight up off the wall ridiculous and silly I wouldn't be so mad, but the author gave no inclination of this book being such a fantasy. And a terrible crackpot one at that. If you value books with substance, character development, decently-paced, with a plot that makes some sense don't bother wasting your money/credits/time on this. Seriously. A incredibly stupid book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-12-24

disappointing conclusion ruins this book

The first 2 thirds of this book are actually quite good. We are introduced to the cast of characters

living at the apartment block where most of the action takes place.
The characters, for the most part, are interesting and the dialogue and action scenes are well written.

However, when we reach the climax of the story it deteriates into something like a bad 1950s horror movie.
Indeed, it is complete with creatures with tenticles for faces and bat wings.

Good story building, but in the end it seems the author ran out of good ideas and fell back on the usual horror clichets.

On the plus side narration is excellent.

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  • S. Blakely
  • Oakland, CA
  • 2015-07-19

Too weird for me

This is a weird book, then it gets weirder, then it just seemed silly to me. It wasn't my cup of tea.If you like sci fi and/or fantasy this might be a good listen. I didn't enjoy it much.

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  • Tony R.
  • 2015-01-17

Last third was terrible

Any additional comments?

It seemed like the author wrote the first two thirds of the book and then gave the pen to someone else. I was all set to give this book five stars until about 4 hrs left and then I just had to speed it up to double time and force myself to finish. Very disappointed

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  • Laura Fields
  • Charlotte, NC
  • 2013-11-28

Didn't even finish it

What disappointed you about 14?

It was sold to me as a suspenseful mystery, but it is much more Si-Fi. If that's your thing, you might enjoy it; however the characters are not particularly authentic or compelling.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful