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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.

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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  • Dean Travis Lokken LaBerge
  • 2017-11-17

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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  • David
  • 2017-10-10

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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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2013-06-20

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.

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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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  • Anthony
  • Idaho Falls, ID, United States
  • 2012-07-08

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.

361 of 394 people found this review helpful

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  • Edward
  • Noblesville, IN, United States
  • 2012-06-26

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.

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  • Kim Venatries
  • 2012-06-27

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.

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  • Joyce
  • 2012-06-24

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~

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  • FanB14
  • 2013-03-02

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.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • Ireland
  • 2018-02-06

Must read!!

When Nate moves into his new apartment and sees apartment 14 with padlocks outside the door, he thinks it's strange, but the rent is low and it seems like a nice place so he thinks nothing of it. But with mutant cockroaches, his kitchen light only emitting glowing black light no matter what bulb he puts in, and his neighbours apartments all totally different than what they should be, He starts to realise that there is something strange about this place. But the more he digs, the more questions are raised and Nate needs help to get to the bottom of it. With the help of Xela, Veek, Tim and some more of his neighbours, they soon find out that a locked door is locked for a reason!!

This book totally exceeded my expectations! I thought that it was a horror, and while it is, it's also a mystery. an adventure and a sci fi book all rolled into one incredible read.

The plot was slow to start and took a while to fully get going, but the build up was much needed and the suspense of what the building was just made it all the more exciting. When we find out the answers to some of the questions I actually gasped out loud because it was amazingly done!!! You think you know where it's going, but believe me when I say that you have no idea! The first half of the book is setting the scene for the twists and turns of the second half!! It was expertly done.

There are quite a few characters, but all play a part and all are well written and developed. I loved Nate, he is an ordinary guy who hates his job and is just trying to save money by moving into the apartment. The little things about the place start to niggle at him and he has t get to the bottom of the mystery. He was tenacious! Veek was a mystery because of all her computer equipment and I loved finding out what she did. Tim was another mystery because of his knowledge and the way he "read that in a book"!! I became invested in each of them and their story.

In all, this book was amazing. It had so many elements that I love in a book and I devoured it. There are times where you might have to suspend disbelief but it just makes it more enjoyable to read!! A truly unique, imaginative and surprising read and one I highly recommend.

Ray Porter was phenomenal in this. His range of tones and voices brought each character to life and made it incredibly easy to follow who was talking at any given time. He also captured the atmosphere of the story perfectly. I was hooked right from the start!!

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  • Ethan M.
  • Philadelphia
  • 2013-02-25

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)

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  • Bill
  • Kailua Kona, HI, United States
  • 2012-09-05

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.

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