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14

Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (331 ratings)
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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.

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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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.

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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
  • Edmonton, Australia
  • 16-02-2015

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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Fantastic narrator

Great story with drama and humour as well as suspense and horror. Narration excellent! Characterisations really well delivered.

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Quite unique and imaginative story.

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

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Great book <br />

Excellent story and narration. I read the Fold first but it made no difference. I hope he does a sequel.

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Incredibly Lovecraftian

I went into this book knowing nothing at all about it, but I am so glad I did. Being a big fan of HP Lovecraft's work I found myself putting pieces togethor as the story progressed and seeing my ideas come to fruition or be given a new and even better perspective I didnt realise. The story is so engaging and this is enhanced by the brilliant voice work of Ray Porter.

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Funny, mysterious, great voice performance

This is fun writing and the performance is excellent. The story is jam packed with amusing banter between the characters and intrigue as the plot rockets along. However, it jumped the shark in the final section and simply crammed in too many tropes leaving me feeling a bit empty.

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Surprising

Surprising and unpredictable. Read this on a recommendation and was absorbed. Would read more from this author. Not my usual genre but may have converted me.

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best book I've read all year!!

fantastic story, brilliant performance, great ending. I have ordered all of Peter Cline's books, and all books performed by Ray Porter. he's excellent.

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  • David
  • 03-04-2013

Overrated

I purchased this audiobook based on the glowing reviews. I seem to be in the minority, but I did not really enjoy the novel. The core premise of the book is intriguing: A man moves into an apartment complex and soon starts noticing something strange is going on. While investigating, he builds relationships with his neighbors and together they work to solve the mysteries of their building. I was hooked by the central mystery, and stuck with the book entirely because I wanted answers. The book delivers those, and went in unexpected directions, but the author's writing style kept me from enjoying the book. The pacing throughout the first half was incredibly slow, which would have been fine if the characters were interesting, but I never cared for any of them. As such even though the stakes were raised and crazy things were happening throughout the big, I was never invested in any of it.

I had tried to read Peter Clines' previous book 'Ex-Heroes' and quit after the first hour because I really didn't care for the dialogue or the characters. If you liked that book, or if the other reviews posted here make the book sound great, by all means give it a shot. It definitely wasn't for me though.

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  • Jarad Buice
  • 11-08-2017

Builds great momentum and then falls on its face

Past few listens: Ready Player One (great),Cast Under An Alien Sun book 1&2 (great), We Are Bob book 1 (ok, might not continue the series),The Last Tribe (didn't even finish it, became dull and monotonous)
Past reads: tons of zombie outbreak/post apocalyptic stuff (The Road by Carmac Mcarthy being the best of these), libertarian and Austrian economics type stuff.

3/4 of this book is absolutely fantastic. I did not enjoy the final turn. It's sci-fi so anything goes, but it felt like the author just started grasping at straws on a way to close it out. The characters started to feel fake also. Real emotions weren't shown and it felt hurried. I would love an alternate meaning and ending to this one.
I will give this author another shot and hope the next book builds and ends both equally fantastic.
Ray Porter did a great job narrating.

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  • Dahnell Clervil
  • 10-06-2017

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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  • TL
  • 02-10-2016

Couldn't finish

What would have made 14 better?

More action, less diaglogue.

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

If this is supposed to be an intriguing mystery, it needed more action, more danger. Oscar, the only dark character I knew of through chapter 20, was more of a caricature. The initial clues/anomalies were interesting, but without any danger introduced, the newer clues became monotonous.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Excellent variation in voices.

What character would you cut from 14?

Andrew. Kind of boring - although he may have come to life later in the book. I didn't finish - the book began to annoy me.

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  • Fawn Richardson
  • 01-10-2016

Junk

This story is just dumb and the writing is juvenile. I stopped listening with 5 hours to go. I couldn't care any less how it ends...

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  • Lee
  • 30-11-2013

Boring - spoiler alert

The first 10 hours is just a group of people noticing strange happenings. It's only in the final few hours that anything comes of it. The author's attention to detail is actually a hinderance in that it takes too long for anything exciting to happen. The narrator's voice is very annoying, too. He sounds like Babu, the restaurant owner from Seinfeld's episode of "The Cafe." I forced myself to listen until the end, only because I figured there had to be some payoff for all the details. I was disappointed. I will be requesting a refund on this book.

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  • Michael
  • 22-01-2018

Was this book written by a high school student??

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I am shocked at how many good reviews this book has received. It comes off as a pre-pubescent straight boy computer nerd never kissed a girl gonna end up living his his parents basement train wreck. I am appalled that this drivel is even an audible selection. The story is juvenile and the performance is on the level of a volunteer book reader at the book library for story time.

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  • Soitgoes
  • 30-12-2016

Struggled through this

I only listened to this because of all the insanely good reviews. Oh how wrong I was to trust those. The only good part was the narrator. Beyond that it was trite, over done, and honestly downright boring.

First off, don't worry this isn't a horror novel full of things that will keep you up at night.

There are a few endearing points. You get to know the characters a bit and learn a bit about their world and lives. Great. Problem is you spend more time on that than any real interesting story line stuff. The story line keeps gearing up for these, what you think are going to be, exciting moments and then all just end up fizzeling out to nothing.

Like you think something is exciting or part of the main story and nope. Just there to distract you or get you excited then nothing. There were so many points like that where the author was clearly trying to keep you on the edge of your seat but failed miserably.

Anyway, it does not redeem itself at any point. I wish I had stopped this in the beginning before I wasted my time.

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  • Sue
  • 03-12-2016

My mistake

Sorry, just not my kind of story. I must not have read the summary close enough.

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  • Rohit
  • 09-08-2016

Disappointing ending

Story build up was good and it remained engaging till around 80% of book. But was disappointed by ending.

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  • Robyn
  • 23-11-2016

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
  • 13-04-2013

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
  • 22-07-2012

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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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 27-01-2014

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-2014

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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  • Helen
  • 09-03-2014

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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  • Asbjørn
  • 25-10-2016

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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  • adam
  • 11-06-2014

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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  • Jane
  • 23-01-2014

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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  • Martin
  • 11-04-2014

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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