Unexpected Science Fiction
Can't Say I have read anything like it
He give the characters personality that I don't think I would gotten on the written page. The book was better for it.
I purchased this book based on reader recommendation and the story description. The story starts out interesting enough getting to now the characters and then builds into the meat of the story. I don't think that the story description does it justice. It builds into something more complex and bizarre than I expected. But I enjoyed where it took me.
Something's not quite right.
This is one of my favorite books. Chances are high I will re-listen to this book again.
The freaking door they weren't suppose to open. I just sat froze as I listen to them scrabble to fix their, "OF!"
His voice blended well with the character. It made it easier for me to visual the events in this book.
Some doors should remain locked, but curiosity is a bitch with no mercy.
I love a good story no matter what kind it is, and to me a good story is more that just good grammar, tight structure, colorful characters, or intricate plots. A good story makes a reader care about it.
I picked up this book quite some time ago during one of Audible's excellent sales because I listened to Peter Clines' other books (Ex-Heroes and Ex-Patriots) which I found to be entertaining. In the intervening time, I quite forgot the synopsis, so by the time I did actually queue it up I was going in blind. I was more than pleasantly surprised!
"14" tells the story of an apartment building and the group of tenants who follow the trail of oddities about the structure to unravel the secrets of its origins and purpose. I found the cast of characters to be quite engaging. While none of them were particularly fleshed out none of them felt like cardboard cutouts, either. I mean, I would have loved more history on the central characters, particularly the retired "publisher" Tim, but their dialogue and motivations were apparent enough that their actions made sense and felt natural. Everything in the story was well paced and each clue pointed to the next in a believable fashion.
Ray Porter deserves a huge round of applause for his ability to infuse the characters with so much personality. He made the interactions between the characters crackle with sarcasm and innuendo. The lazy vagueness of Eddie and the juvenile undertones of Roger help me see these characters more than the writers words alone could do. The way handled the scenes in which multiple characters bicker was just great.
I enjoyed the plot and appreciated the deliberateness with which Clines moved the story from simple curiousness to true mystery to genuine danger to shocking sci-fi. I truly did not expect the story to go so far in the Twilight Zone as it did but as the strangeness grew deeper I was not surprised by what was happening. Clines did flirt with plenty of stereotypes and cliches but never quite crossed the line so they become distractions.
This a good but not great story with an excellent performance. I would easily recommend this to anyone who enjoys mysteries but must also like things to get weird.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
I thought this was going to be a horror book. It ended up being the Scooby Gang in a sci-fi end of the world book with other dimensions! I know, right? Loved the characters and loved the twists.
My faves were Zeela and Tim because they were the most interesting and always had the best lines. Although I love Nate and Roger, too.
Tim was the best listening. He was awesome. He was interesting.
YES YES YES!
It's a good listen. Give it a go.
Ray Porter's reading made listening a real pleasure.
Twisted plot. Weird characters. Wild.
14 is one of the best audio books I own. I very much enjoyed the story and the narration by Ray Porter really enhanced it.
The development of the characters and the time spent on setting the scene. It pulled me in gradually and I had no idea how long I had been listening to it. Of course, the narrator was an essential part of making the characters come to life
This is the first time I've heard Ray Porter, but I will be looking for other performances for sure
1 star removed for the" convenience" factor by which I mean the convenience of having a character with the specific knowledge needed to solve the problems and challenges the group faced, especially the character of Tim. But then, if you allow for the fact that the building was being watched, then I suppose you can allow for the fact that Tim would exist.
Vague, i know but I dislike reviews that give away the plot. Listen and judge for yourself!
Sci-Fi geek. :)
The first two thirds of this book is pretty good.. A bit of a stretch of the imagination more and more as the book went on. The last quarter of the book but a bit of a stretch and slightly disappointing. Overall it was ok..
I can't tell you how many times I stayed in my car to keep listening to this book after I arrived at my destination. I couldn't wait to get back in the car to keep going!
Wow. Just wow. Buy the book. Period. Peter Clines, write the prequel, fast, please.
Like I said. Wow. Just wow. I need the prequel. Normally I write long reviews but this book I can just say WOW.
Definitely better than the print version. The narrator, Ray Porter, does a masterful job in giving each character a unique voice, even doing an Indian accent for one of them. The story was exciting but the narrator truly added to the overall enjoyment of the story.
Interesting story line that results in the building of excitement and intrigue with each chapter. The book kept me listening from the very beginning!