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Narrated by: Ray Porter
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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....

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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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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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.

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  • 13-04-13

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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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.

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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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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...

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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.

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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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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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!

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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.

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  • John
  • 29-06-17

Not smart sci-fi

Any additional comments?

As many of the reviews show, this book appeals to many readers. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them. If you take the time to go through the many written reviews, you'll see that this book is very polarizing. Most readers either love it, or were disappointed. If you are a reader who accepts what's presented without question, regardless of its plausibility... then you'll probably really enjoy this story.
Ray Porter is a world-class narrator and Peter is a creative story teller, which gets things off to a very good start.Things start falling apart when the author needs to dig deep and intelligently pull all of the strange observations by Nate and his Scooby-do bunch; into a cohesive and compelling narrative.
Initially, we are treated to a complex historical plot-line that Nate and the bunch uncover piece-by-piece. But once the team finally unveil what's happening... the author chooses to venture into the simple and supernatural. Converting the storyline into a bad horror movie of monsters chasing likable characters who make bad decision after bad decision.

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  • Lindsay
  • 25-02-13

what the what???? spoiler alert...

What disappointed you about 14?

I thought that the ending could have been much better... I almost felt the the writer started writing this book with no clear vision as to where it was going to go, then got backed into a corner when he finally had to reveal what the building was all about, panicked, and created a totally contrived unbelievable ending. Not only was the ending poorly created, the character development of a key character was not flushed out properly, and it just seemed lazy on the part of the author. (It felt as though the author thought it was just easier to kill off said character instead of explain him) This book started out promising, but ended VERY poorly, I felt it was a waste of my time! So my advice is do not waste yours with this book!

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  • Axel
  • 23-06-17

This is McDonalds

Have you ever seen Jim Gaffigan's "Mr. Universe" stand-up special? This book is McDonalds.

It's not particularly well written, nor particularly clever, but it includes all the tropes it needs to in order to appeal to as wide an audience as possible.

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  • jaime
  • 23-09-17

So bored

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Im not sure I will finish this book. I only have 3 hours left but, I just dont care. The Scooby-Doo jokes might be funny if they werent actually acting like a bunch of "nosey kids" from that show, that is about the depth of the characters here. This far into the book I should care what happens but I just dont.
I do love this narrator though. I think he is why I hung in as long as I did.

Has 14 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. But no more from this Author for sure!

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

His voice lends itself well to sarcasm and humor. I have listened to him in other, better, books so, it was familiar.

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

bored. disappointed. Annoyed at how obvious certain things were, how shallow others were.

Any additional comments?

I would return it but, I feel like I do that too often, I made a choice, Im going to live with it.

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  • Peter Foss
  • 28-07-17

dumbest book I have read in a long time

I couldn't finish the book. The character development was so onerous and unnecessary to the plot line which was really dumb.

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  • Laura
  • 24-11-16

Not as impressed...

My review of this book is more of a comparison between 14 and The Fold. These two books have a nearly identical plot, with the same concepts, story progression, and even enemy characters. However they differ in their premises and settings, and of course main characters. It seems that once the author wrote 14, he just repeated it in The Fold; however The Fold was a MUCH more interesting and exciting story. I would not waist time reading both books, but I highly recommend The Fold, over 14.

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  • Dahnell Clervil
  • 10-06-17

Poor Story

Find it very hard to believe this story has received so much attention and so many good reviews.

The plot drags slowly, uninterestingly to the "climatic" conclusion. Character development is horrible and boring. So many logical fallacies it's hard to get through. Lastly the ending that the whole story builds up to falls flat with no real conclusions to many details of the story.

Suffice to say there are much better novels out there.

The only saving grace is Ray Porter's performance which is always great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-17

Not my thing...

The story was great until halfway through the book when it took a strange turn. Like when I turn on a movie and get interested until suddenly appears some supernatural unreal balongna​ and I turn the channel. I still finished the book because the performance was really good. I'm sure lots of people will love the book if they are into alternate universes with aliens/monsters etc.

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  • Magpie
  • 24-06-12

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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  • Chris Shelton
  • 29-11-16

I'd skip it.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I did not like it enough to suggest it to a friend.

Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Clines? Why or why not?

I might be willing to give another one a try, but based on this I would not seek another one.

Did Ray Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I liked the character representations, but his reading threw me off at times. Sounded a bit like William Shattner as Captain Kirk, but a little less extreme. I can't be the only person to pick up on the weird short pauses.

Do you think 14 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

3/4 of the book was like relationship building qand exploring and then the final 1/4 was like a quick blast of information.Felt rushed at the end, but i wouldn't need a follow up book.

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